Staff who’s who

The nursery is a charity and therefore there is a board of Trustees elected from the parents of the children. The Trustees help to oversee the legalities and finances of the nursery.

The day to day running of the nursery is the responsibility of the nursery manager, Kate Dean, who works in the nursery each day. She is assisted by a team of eight nursery assistants who work on a rota. There are a minimum of 4 additional staff members (and more usually 5) at each session.

In addition there is a ‘parent helper’ each day. When enrolling their child parents are requested to make a commitment to support the nursery by volunteering for one morning per term. (more information on the ‘get involved’ page).

All staff at the nursery have undergone an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS), are trained in Paediatric First Aid and safeguarding children. They are all significantly involved in continuous training to ensure they remain able to deliver the highest level of education.


When your child starts nursery they will be allocated a ‘key-person’ who will be responsible for settling them in at nursery and progressing their learning during their time at the setting. A record for each individual child is kept by the key-person and includes Observation sheets (which include photographic as well as written evidence), a Summary and planning sheet and a Progress tracker. We use Tapestry (an on-line learning journal) to record progress and activity and this is available for you to view at any time. The key-person will work together with other nursery staff in order to provide your child with a depth of supportive adults. They will have a number of targets for your child each week together with a programme of activities she/he intends to provide to help your child achieve their target. This is done through play and your child will learn and re-enforce a wide variety of new skills without realising they are learning.

Staff List

Kate Dean – Manager and DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead): NVQ 4 in Childcare and Education

Natasha Hayes – Deputy Manager and DSL and SENCO (Special Education Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator):  Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
Lara Butler – Early Years Practitioner:  Forest School Assistant (Level 3)
Anna Mitchell – Early Years Practitioner: NVQ 3 in Childcare and Education,  Forest School Assistant (Level 2)
Liz Juson – Administrator (and Early Years Practitioner)

Forest School Team

Richard Dean – Forest School Leader (Level 3), NVQ 3 Childcare and Education
Yvonka Wilkinson – Forest School Assistant (Level 3)

Special Educational Needs Team

Natasha Hayes – SENCO
Sue Bartrum –  Early Years Practitioner and SENCO Assistant: NVQ Level 3 Childcare and Education