Introducing the St Edward's team!
Leading the exceptional staff team at First Steps Children's Nursery (St Edward's) is Kirsty, Nursery Manager. She holds a Diploma in Nursery Nursing, Management Level 3, and is a long serving member of the First Steps team. Kirsty worked at our Ashton Court and Rathvilly settings before being promoted to lead the team at the newest First Steps nursery, which opened in February 2014. She is an inspiring, dedicated manager who leads by example.
Deputy Manager is Suzanne. Suzanne is also a well-established member of the First Steps team, with over 15 years' experience. Suzanne holds qualifications in childcare and also in management and customer service. Her bright and warm personality sets the tone at St Edward's - it's a happy, welcoming place!
Together they lead a close-knit, supportive and very dedicated team of staff.
At our first Ofsted inspection, the inspectors noted: "The management team have a clear vision and are passionate about staff's work with children. As a result, the staff team work extremely well together to ensure that children receive a good quality learning experience."
The St Edward's team also includes:
Charlotte, a Senior Nursery Nurse who manages our Toddler Unit is very experienced at working with under 3's. Charlotte has previously worked at our Rathvilly and Stonehouse Farm nurseries before assisting to head up the team at St Edwards when we opened in 2014.
Laura works with our little babies and has a long history with First Steps, having previously worked at our Stonehouse Farm setting for many years. Laura is very creative and often leads making projects. Steph, who has an NVQ level 3 in childcare, loves especially to sing with the children. Steph has previously worked at Stonehouse Farm and has experience of working with all age groups.
Amy has a Diploma in childcare and education and works within our Toddler Unit. In her spare time Amy attends a trampoline club where she often helps the younger children train and compete. Karrie completed her level 3 apprenticeship with us at St Edward's, and is currently working in our toddler unit. Caroline studied for her level 2 and 3 NVQ qualifications at Rathvilly before joining the St Edward's team in June 2014 as a qualified member of staff.
Laura completed her level 3 childcare and education qualification under an apprenticeship with us at St Edward's, and has chosen to continue her studies at open university where she currently studies towards a childhood and youth degree. Nikkay joined the team in October 2015 and has been working with under 5's since she gained her qualification. Nikkay loves getting messy and is always first on hand to help staff with technology difficulties!
Leah and Charlotte. T are currently completing their level 3 apprenticeship with us at St Edwards, and will be experiencing all our age groups within their year of study.
Tanice is our Nursery Cook and is experienced in catering for nursery aged children. Tanice provides homemade meals and snack daily on site, and is committed to working to Startwell guidelines.
Claire helps to lead our toddler unit and has many years experience of working in childcare. Claire will also be acting as our Senior Nursery Nurse when Charlotte leaves for maternity in the spring. Jo is Lead Practitioner within our Red group (older babies) and is always keen to pass on her experience when mentoring new employees. Jo loves a sing song and you can usually hear her singing before you see her!
Charlotte.V works part time within our baby room and loves to get the babies using all their senses! Charlotte also volunteered at Acorns Children's hospice. Jess loves to be creative, and get her teeth stuck into a project!
Kirsty recently joined the team after relocating from Stoke, she is experienced with working with Pre-School aged children. Kymberley and Claire are our newest recruits. Claire has recently re located back to Birmingham after spending 9 years with her husband and young family out in Spain.