The Little Oaks Staff Team
We pride ourselves on the quality of our staff that have worked together as a team for many years and are well qualified, experienced and caring.
Good staff are crucial to the success of a setting. We believe that we are friendly and approachable and fully appreciate the importance of our partnership with our parents or carers, whilst not losing sight of the fact that the focus is on fun and education for the children.
The staff team are mature and have excellent caring qualities and experience and are vetted through the criminal records bureau. They all attend regular further training courses, which enable them to bring new ideas and proposals to their daily work.
We have an experienced Teaching Assistant at the Nursery School who will support and direct your children’s pre-school learning. Our teachers have the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to observe, assess and plan for children’s learning effectively thus identifying and meeting any additional needs a child may have.
This is all linked to the Early Years Statutory Framework and recorded in their individual folders and learning journeys. We operate a key person system at the Nursery. This means that the person assigned to your child will build a special relationship with them and help to meet their need while they are in our care.
Mrs Angela Clift
Proprietor of The Little School on the Green. Mrs Clift started her training by studying childcare and working in small Nursery Schools in the local area. Mrs Clift went on to gain a BA(Hons) Degree in Social Work and a Post Graduate Certificate in Childcare at Brunel University. After working 8 years in Children & Family Services, Mrs Clift started her own family and followed her dream of opening her own Nursery School.
Mrs Suzanne Walsh is our Nursery Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Years Education and Childcare. Before joining Little Oaks in January 2013, Mrs Walsh worked for 12 years in a local primary school as a teaching assistant with reception children and years 1/2.
She has a particular interest in Speech and Language development in young children and supports children with Special Educational Needs.
Mrs Walsh is a qualified Forest School Level 3 Leader.
Miss Claire Riordan is our Deputy Manager, she joined the little oaks team after returning from Australia where she spent four years teaching in a small Nursery School in the outback. Miss Riordan has a great passion for outdoor learning and enjoys supporting children in the natural environment. Miss Riordan holds a CACHE level 3 qualification and is currently working towards her Early Years Foundation Degree.
Ms Laura McCormick is a qualified level 3 practitioner, Ms McCormick has excellent caring qualities, she enjoys all aspects of pre school and was keen to begin her career in a setting which has a love of the outdoors. Ms McCormick shares a lead role supporting the under 2's and enjoys taking the younger children into the woodland in their ski suits to explore/cruise/crawl around in the sensory environment. Ms McCormick is currently working towards her Early Years Foundation Degree. Miss McCormick our lead for supporting children with Special Educational Needs (SENCO) .
Mrs Debbie Brewin
Deputy Manager at Little School on the Green (our sister nursery) Mrs Brewin is fully qualified with an NVQ3 in Early Years. Mrs Brewin has worked with children for many years in a pre school setting and was also registered childminder while raising her own family.
Debbie will from time to time work at Little Oaks Forest School Nursery to support the nursery when required.