Our Staff – Rocking Horse Nursery
We have a large team of experienced staff dedicated to creating a loving home from home atmosphere.
We place a great deal of emphasis on staff qualifications and skills and we support all our staff through work-based training. 20 of our staff are qualified to at least Level 3 including all the room leaders. We always encourage and facilitate additional learning for our staff where possible.
We believe that well trained staff are happy and motivated and this has resulted in almost no staff turnover, which to you means consistent care for your little ones.
All our staff are qualified first aiders, all have Level 2 food safety in catering and are fully trained in Safeguarding and Protecting Children.
There is a focus on developing each child’s communication skills. We have an Early Language Lead Practitioner and all our staff are trained in Makaton sign language. The children benefit from these skills by learning ‘symbols’ each week.
At every step of your child’s journey through the Rocking Horse Nursery there will be a dedicated member of staff holding their hand and assisting in their development and learning. This person is your child’s ‘key person’. They will also be helping them play, have fun and keep them happy.
Your child will be allocated a key person in each of the different rooms. This person will be responsible for ensuring they progress effectively through their learning journey, be a loving pair of arms when needed and provide lots of fun play times. We work in partnership with parents recognising their importance in their child’s lives therefore getting parental input into planning and development is invaluable.
The Rocking Horse Nursery is spacious inside and out. The children are grouped by age and are cared for in six rooms dedicated to their needs at that stage of their lives. The rooms are all named after famous racehorses.
Mel joined the Rocking Horse team in 2016 having over thirty years experience in childcare. She had been working for a small group of nurseries overseeing all of them but missed working continually with parents children and staff to give the children the best possible start.
Jane has been at the Nursery since 1996. “I love it at the Rocking Horse Nursery because working and caring for babies, children and their families is immensely rewarding. I have a passion for providing high quality childcare and at the Nursery this is made possible by the enthusiastic team of staff I have the pleasure to work with.”
Many Clouds – Baby Unit 1
Becks has worked here for over twenty years and joined the team initially as an unqualified Nursery Assistant. Becks gained her qualifications and gained a promotion to the Team Leader for Many clouds.
Rebecca joined the team in 2008 as a Nursery Assistant and gained her qualifications while working at the Nursery. She has worked with a variety of age groups but babies are her favourite!
Finians Rainbow – Baby unit 2
Jenny joined the team in 2010 as a Nursery Nurse and joined the baby room then. The opportunity arose to take over the team leaders role to cover maternity leave and she looks forward to the challenges ahead. Jenny enjoys watching the childrens personalities develop in this age group and working with the childrens parents in supporting their development.
Natalie joined the team in Finians Rainbow in 2015 as a Nursery Nurse from another setting. She particularly enjoys supporting the childrens development and watching them take their first steps and reaching other milestones.
Gained her qualification in 2012 and started working in another setting not only working with nursery age children but also the older holiday club children. Tanzi joined the team in early 2016. Although she had considerable experience with babies previously she was impressed with the environment at Rocking Horse and wanted to be a part of this team.
Celestial Gold – Toddler Room
Emma has been at the Nursery for 18 years. “I like being part of a team, it is a friendly and caring environment. I enjoy watching the children develop. My daughter came here as a baby and loved it, she now comes back every day for after-school club, it has been like a second home to her”
Joined the team in 2011 as a Nursery Nurse and has worked with all the age groups in the nursery. After returning from maternity leave she has taken the role in Celestial Gold supporting the children and their families
Joined the team in 2015 as a Nursery Nurse and has experience with a variety of age groups including a private school. Laura enjoys using her creativity to help the children develop and grow.
Rocky Creek – 2 – 3 years
Kim has worked at the nursery for 13 years. “I love working at the RHN, it’s a fun and caring atmosphere for both children and staff”.
Joined in 2015 as a qualified Nursery Nurse but has been working in childcare since she was 19 years old. She joined Rocking Horse after working in a smaller setting and wanted to experience a nursery on a much larger scale. Loren particularly enjoys working with the parents to achieve milestones and watch them grow into their own individual characters.
Ellie joined the team in 2015 as a Nursery Assistant after finishing her a levels and is working hard to gain her qualifications to become a fully qualified Nursery Nurse. Ellie Attended Rocking Horse as a child so it seems fitting that she continues at the Nursery. As part of her qualification she needs to gain experience with all the age groups.
Team Leader & Senior Nursery Nurse
Janet has been with the nursery since 1996. “After 19 years I am still amused by what children say and do. I enjoy watching them develop into their own little characters”
Kira gained her qualifications in 2016 and left college to join the Rocking Horse team. Although her work experience and college courses covered the entire Early Years age bracket she enjoys being with the older children getting them ready for when they start school
Early language Lead Practitioner
Tikka joined the team in 2009 as a Nursery Assistant based in the baby unit. She quickly started working towards her level three qualification and then went on to do her foundation degree and then become our Early Years Teacher. Tikka also is the nursery Lead on speech and language development.
Nicki started at Rocking Horse in 2010 with toddlers and left in 2011 only to return in 2013 to work with the pre-school children. She really enjoys getting them ready for school and feels a real sense of achievement when they leave to take on the next phase in their education.
Megan joined the nursery in 2016 to work with the children from 3 years and up. Although Megan has experience in all the age groups she likes being in with these children best helping to get them ready for their transition to school.
After School Club
After School Leader
Sheila is a fully qualified teacher and has been at the nursery 17 years, she previously ran the Suny Bay Room.