Nursery Staff

SENIOR STAFF liase frequently with the Nursery Managers and appraisals occur regularly. They can be identified by a different coloured uniform to our usual lilac.

All senior staff and room leaders are qualified Nursery Nurses with a certificate in First Aid and either a National Nursery Examination Board Certificate (NNEB), B-Tec National Diploma, NVQ level 3 in Childcare, Early Years Educator (EYE) or DCE Level 3 in Childcare and education. They will usually have received two years professional training with practical experience in nursery and primary school, the home, day nursery, hospital and special care centres. The Nursery Assistants are also dedicated and are sensitive to the needs of the individual children. Assistants have a range of experience, some possessing other qualifications, most are in training for the Level 2 Diploma or the Level 3 Diploma (EYE). Staff are encouraged to participate in courses and further their professional development. We require all staff to attend Emergency Paediatric First Aid Training and Child Protection Training.

The Nursery has a dedicated Admin team to deal with all Nursery fees and accounts.
The Admin team is based at our Head Office in Reading and can be contacted on 01189 585 367 or 01189 500 116.

Yvonne Dudman

Offfice and Building Services Manager

Debbie Barratt

Admin Assistant

The nursery operates a key person system. A key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents. Notice boards in each room help identify the whereabouts of staff. Staff wear name badges, grey sweatshirts and lilac T shirts bearing our logo – a lion.

The nursery is staffed according to the numbers of children present. The ratio of staff to children is as follows:

1:3 for babies/toddlers 3 months – 2 years
1:4 for children 2 years – 3 years
1:8 for children 3 years – 5 years.

These ratios allow for adequate care even during staff’s lunch breaks, sickness periods and short holidays.

Recruitment

Do you have a childcare qualification or are looking to do a childcare apprenticeship?  If you are interested in joining our team, please email your CV to info@forburygardensdaynursery.co.uk

Cheryl Ballard – Senior Manager

Mrs Cheryl Ballard, NNEB, is the Senior Manager of the Forbury Group of Nurseries, who qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1997. Cheryl’s role as Senior Manager is to help support & guide the Nursery Manager’s in their role, and spends her time between each of the four settings.

Cheryl joined Forbury Gardens Day Nursery in February 2001, as a Nursery Nurse. She quickly promoted to more senior positions within the Nursery and became the Deputy Manager in May 2002. From 2011 Cheryl was employed as the Nursery Manager of Forbury Gardens Day Nursery, helping to maintain an Outstanding Ofsted report and reputation. Cheryl has had a suitable persons interview with Ofsted and had previous experience, working as a Private Nanny and in other Day Care settings.

Cheryl has attended many training courses to help keep abreast of changes within the Early Years and has gained her Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership in 2015. Cheryl is an Emergency Paediatric First Aider. Cheryl also works as a Designated Safeguarding Officer and is a trainer in Universal Safeguarding Children.

Cheryl has a son who previously attended Forbury Gardens Day Nursery before starting school.

Mrs Cheryl Ballard, NNEB, is the Senior Manager of the Forbury Group of Nurseries, who qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1997. Cheryl’s role as Senior Manager is to help support & guide the Nursery Manager’s in their role, and spends her time between each of the four settings.

Cheryl joined Forbury Gardens Day Nursery in February 2001, as a Nursery Nurse. She quickly promoted to more senior positions within the Nursery and became the Deputy Manager in May 2002. From 2011 Cheryl was employed as the Nursery Manager of Forbury Gardens Day Nursery, helping to maintain an Outstanding Ofsted report and reputation. Cheryl has had a suitable persons interview with Ofsted and had previous experience, working as a Private Nanny and in other Day Care settings.

Cheryl has attended many training courses to help keep abreast of changes within the Early Years and has gained her Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership in 2015. Cheryl is an Emergency Paediatric First Aider. Cheryl also works as a Designated Safeguarding Officer and is a trainer in Universal Safeguarding Children.

Cheryl has a son who previously attended Forbury Gardens Day Nursery before starting school.

Amanda Hunter – Nursery Manager

Amanda Hunter was employed as the Nursery Manager of Forbury Gardens Day Nursery from 1st December 2016.

Amanda joined Forbury Gardens Day Nursery in July 2005, completing both her NVQ 2 & 3 with the Nursery and then promoted to a number of different positions.  Amanda was employed as the Deputy Manager in May 2013, and has worked with all age groups. Amanda has a keen interest in helping to oversee the children’s transition from Nursery to school.

Amanda is also one of the Health & Safety Officers for our settings, and is also a Qualified First Aider. Amanda has attended many different training courses and has also gained her Level 5 Diploma in Management. She is also a Behaviour Ambassador in Early Years. Amanda also works in the role as a Designated Safeguarding Officer.

Amanda Hunter was employed as the Nursery Manager of Forbury Gardens Day Nursery from 1st December 2016.

Amanda joined Forbury Gardens Day Nursery in July 2005, completing both her NVQ 2 & 3 with the Nursery and then promoted to a number of different positions.  Amanda was employed as the Deputy Manager in May 2013, and has worked with all age groups. Amanda has a keen interest in helping to oversee the children’s transition from Nursery to school.

Amanda is also one of the Health & Safety Officers for our settings, and is also a Qualified First Aider. Amanda has attended many different training courses and has also gained her Level 5 Diploma in Management. She is also a Behaviour Ambassador in Early Years. Amanda also works in the role as a Designated Safeguarding Officer.

Maria Hine – Deputy Manager

Maria Hine, NVQ 3, Deputy Manager, joined the Nursery team in October 2002. Maria took on the position as Deputy Manager in December 2016.

Maria completed her Level 3 Qualification with the Nursery and worked in a variety of roles from Nursery Nurse to Room Leader to more senior positions.

Maria has a vast experience of all age group in the Nursery, and has worked in all of the rooms.

Maria has attended a variety of training courses, and has a Level 3 Diploma in Management and Leadership. Maria also works in the role of Designated Safeguarding Officer.

Maria is a mum to two young boys who attended the Nursery before starting school.

 

Maria Hine, NVQ 3, Deputy Manager, joined the Nursery team in October 2002. Maria took on the position as Deputy Manager in December 2016.

Maria completed her Level 3 Qualification with the Nursery and worked in a variety of roles from Nursery Nurse to Room Leader to more senior positions.

Maria has a vast experience of all age group in the Nursery, and has worked in all of the rooms.

Maria has attended a variety of training courses, and has a Level 3 Diploma in Management and Leadership. Maria also works in the role of Designated Safeguarding Officer.

Maria is a mum to two young boys who attended the Nursery before starting school.

 

Ruby Brownlow – Third in Charge

Ruby Brownlow joined Forbury Gardens Day Nursery in September 2012. Ruby has worked in various age groups, but mainly under 2 year olds.

Within the Nursery, Ruby has promoted from Qualified Nursery Nurse, to Room Leader, Senior Nursery Nurse and now to the role of Third in Charge. Ruby works closely alongside the management team within this position, helping to oversee the smooth running of the Nursery.

Ruby has a BTEC National Diploma. She has also achieved a Level 2 certificate in Team Leading and is currently working towards a Level 4 Diploma in Childcare. Ruby also holds certificates in First Aid and Safeguarding Children.

Ruby Brownlow joined Forbury Gardens Day Nursery in September 2012. Ruby has worked in various age groups, but mainly under 2 year olds.

Within the Nursery, Ruby has promoted from Qualified Nursery Nurse, to Room Leader, Senior Nursery Nurse and now to the role of Third in Charge. Ruby works closely alongside the management team within this position, helping to oversee the smooth running of the Nursery.

Ruby has a BTEC National Diploma. She has also achieved a Level 2 certificate in Team Leading and is currently working towards a Level 4 Diploma in Childcare. Ruby also holds certificates in First Aid and Safeguarding Children.