My name is Sandra Easton and I’m a mother of four grown-up children and have over thirty years experience in looking after children.
I have a law degree (London LLB) and a Masters law degree from Cambridge University, and the solicitor’s qualification. I started my childcare business in 1996 and built up the nursery at Narnia, which has been given the ‘Outstanding’ grade by Ofsted in all areas. I have attended many childcare courses including Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and Safeguarding Children, and I’m a qualified nutritionist. In 2010 I achieved the highest childcare status: the Early Years Professional Status, from Kingston University.
My name is Gillian Wadsted and I joined Narnia about ten years ago.
I am a qualified teacher (B.Ed.) and worked as a teaching assistant at Wonersh and Shamley Green Primary School and I also work at Wonersh Pre-School where I have been for thirty years – having taught Sandra’s children!!
I am a qualified forest school leader (NVQ3) and I’m the designated safeguarding head. I have three grown-up children and one grandchild. I love arts and crafts, cooking and I am very passionate about outdoor learning.
Manager’s comments: Gillian has brought into the Nursery amazing activities and the older children adore her for her outdoor school trips.
My name is Becky Rose and I’m a qualified teacher with a Primary Education Degree and I’m Gillian’s daughter, and I have a child of my own.
I have worked in reception classes and sometimes work as a supply teacher. I am a SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator).
Manager’s comments: Becky, as one of our two qualified teachers at the Nursery, provides a full educational programme of phonics and numeracy education and fun activities (at the same time) until they leave for school.
My name is Maryanne Duncton and I started work at Narnia as part of my NVQ2 work experience in 2012. I have obtained by Level 3 Qualification – a requisite for nursery managers.
Whilst working in childcare, I gained my qualification in Food Hygiene, completed a physical wellbeing course for toddlers, and during 2018 I gained a qualification in promoting positive behaviour. I specialise within the ‘Baby Field’ where I have studied baby communication – a pre cursory for speaking and language acquisition, alongside Safeguarding and First Aid which are compulsory within our nursery.
As continual professional development I undergo regular in-house training to update all relevant information within childcare.
Manager’s comments: Excellent relationships with the children as well as the parents – a valuable quality in a full time member of staff.
My name is Dawn Stanton and I joined Guildford Childcare Limited in 2013 and now I am a full time member of staff. In September 2015 I obtained by NVQ Level 3 (managerial status) and following this I completed a food hygiene course and various other in-house and online courses.
Originally I specialised with working with babies, and I have continued to progress my development with older children as well and have obtained a certificate in promoting positive behaviour.
Alongside my present role I am also a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), first aid paediatric qualified and have completed all safeguarding courses.
Manager’s comments: Dawn is always a pleasure to have around. She is a very popular member of staff with both parents and her peers, and very popular with the children.
My name is Sue Kelly and I have been fortunate enough to work for Guildford Childcare Limited since 2016.
I am a qualified nursery nurse for over twenty nine years, and hold the NNEB and NAMCW. I have managed nurseries, opened and managed a school for deaf children, worked in children’s wards, special needs facilities, playgroups, creches, schools, and as a maternity nurse, nursery nurse, nanny and child protection officer, and I am also a special educational needs co-ordinator.
I presently run a youth group for young adults with special needs and I am also a qualified gym, fitness and spinning instructor.
I have two grown-up children of my own.
Manager’s comments: Sue has brought to the nursery all of her organisational skills and prepares brilliant activities for the children.
My name is Jane Mercer and I am a part-time member of staff at Guildford Childcare limited – since 2013
I have qualifications in health and safety, promoting positive behaviour, the prevent duty in early years, and I am a qualified nursery practitioner NVQ Level 2. As mandatory at Guildford Childcare Limited, I am also paediatric first aid qualified and I have undergone all the safeguarding training. I regularly attend in-house training updating all relevant childcare courses.
Manager’s comments: Jane has a great sense of fun and shows a unique calmness in all situations. She is a valued member of the team.
My name is Lily Williamson and I actually joined Narnia when I was six-months-old(!!) and because I had such a wonderful time at the nursery it prompted me to want to work with children and give them the same happy and safe nurturing environment.
I am currently studying for my NVQ Level 2 as an apprentice and have qualified in Staff Hygiene and obtained my Safeguarding and Prevention certificates alongside qualifying as a full trained first aider.
Manager’s comments: Lily is studious and hard working. Anything creative with the children brings out her endless enthusiasm. Lily has always been part of the family – I consider her as a third daughter.