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Melanie Jerome

Nursery Manager

Hello, my name is Melanie Jerome and I am the manager here at Basingstoke, Chineham. I have worked for Busy Bees since May 2010.
I gained my NNEB qualification in 1985 and went straight into a sole charge Nanny position for a family with 2 children. After 5 years' service I decided to move on and took my first nursery position as a nursery nurse. I was successful in gaining a Deputy Manager position two years later and then given the opportunity to manage my first nursery. Since then I have had over 20 years' experience managing nurseries in London, West Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Over the years I have ensured my training and development has been kept up to date. Most recent courses include Advanced Child Protection, First Aid at Work and Food Hygiene, to name but a few.

I am passionate about the role I have and thoroughly enjoy every day at work striving to maintain and improve the care, education and service we provide. The staff, families and children bring their own special uniqueness to the nursery and I feel privileged to share in their development, experiences, careers and lives.
 

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Sharon Hollingshead
Assistant Manager

Sharon has been the Assistant Nursery Manager since March 2012. In addition to this demanding role Sharon is our Health & Safety Co ordinator.
Sharon has recently changed her role within the nursery and now spends time in each room throughout the week rather than being based solely in the 2-3's room. This enables Sharon to support, guide and mentor the whole team ensuring our high standards are maintained throughout the nursery.
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Sarah Rogers
Financial Administrator

I am the Financial Administrator. I have been working here since February 2015. I have been doing finance and admin work for the past 15 years. I work at Busy Bees part time and have a 6 year old daughter who goes to school. I love being able to see all the children everyday and listen to their stories that they tell me. I help out all around the nursery where I can.
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Stephanie West
Senior Room Manager

I am the Senior Room Manager in the under 2's unit and have just come back from Maternity leave. I have a BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in childcare. I have 2 children of my own Grace & James. My passion working with children started when i was young, when I was a teenager as a water helper to a swimming teacher. After I developed my knowledge working with children in a nursery and have been at Busy Bees for 7 years now.
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Katherine Tring
Senior Room Manager

I have worked for Busy Bees for 5 years. I started as bank staff, completed my level 3 diploma and have progressed through the company to senior room manager in babies. I have 2 children of my own who attend nursery one in toddlers and the other in babies. Seeing the children learning through play is why I am here.
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Sian Slade
Senior Room Manager

I am the senior room manager of the 3-5's room and have worked here since July 2011. I have my level 3 qualification in childcare and early years as well as my level 3 in leadership and management that I did whilst working here. I am paediatric first aid trained as well. I love seeing the children grow into their young individuals, watching them explore and knowing I help to make them the best they can possibly be.
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Manavi Perera
Assistant Room Manager

I have a level 3 diploma in childcare. I have worked with children for 11 years and have been with Busy Bees for four years. I have a daughter who attends nursery in First Steps and a son who is in school. I love watching the children grow and develop.
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Claire Dillistone
Assistant Room Manager

I am 24 years old and have been working for Busy Bees since November 2015 as 3-5's assistant room manager. I have 6 years experience working within childcare and also have a little boy of my own. I am level 3 qualified and enjoy helping the children to strive in what they do. I have also got my food hygiene and have attended safeguarding training provided by Busy Bees.
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Julie Gray
Chef

I am the Head Chef. I started with Busy Bees in March 2011 as Assistant Chef. I am qualified with City & Guilds 706 1&2 catering. I also attended a Busy Bee course in Nutrition for the Under 5's City & Guilds accredited in 2012. I gained my Level 3 Food & Hygiene certificate in 2013. I also have First Aid at work. I have 5 children ranging from early 30's to mid teens and also now a grandmother. I lead a scout troop in Basingstoke and also help to oversee 10 other troops.
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Tracey Barnes
Qualified Early Years Educator

I have been working for Busy Bees for over six years full-time, before going on maternity leave to have my own two children. I returned to work part time for over four years now, currently part of the 2-3's team. I am qualified to level 3 and have over 19 years experience working with children.
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Charlene Pring
Qualified Early Years Educator

I have been working for Busy Bees since August 2016. I am level 2 qualified which I studied for in college and worked in another setting as my placement. This is my 1st job in childcare and I am really enjoying it. I work in all of the rooms here at Busy Bees. I love to see the children grow and develop.
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Denise Brierley
Assistant Chef

I am the assistant chef and joined Busy Bees in December 2014. I am a self taught homely cook. I have level 2 food hygiene and I have been a nursery cook since 2012. I have two grown up children and I became a grandmother for the 1st time in February 2013. I support Basingstoke town football club and attend as many home games as I can to watch my son. I also enjoy reading and watching thrillers.
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Kiran Heslop
Qualified Early Years Educator

I have been in childcare for over 18 years working with children 0-17 years. I have worked in day nurseries, primary schools, managed a children's club in the Caribbean and worked on cruise ships. I hold a level 3 qualification in childcare, first aid, and I hold safeguarding certificates. I have been working with Busy Bees since June 2016. Everyday here at nursery is different which I enjoy. I love watching the babies grow, develop and interact. I enjoy teaching the babies new things.
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Samantha Ambrose
Qualified Early Years Educator

I am a Qualified Early Years Educator Level 2. I am currently on maternity leave. I am Pediatric First Aid Trained. I have been working here for nearly a year & half. I have always wanted to work with children and I find it rewarding seeing how you have helped a child's development.
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Rebecca Batty
Qualified Early Years Educator

I am 27 years old and have a level 3 diploma in childcare. I have been working in childcare for 11 years and over that time I have developed many skills including Makaton which I enjoy using with the children. I have a son who attends nursery in First Steps and is thriving. I really enjoy working with the team here.
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Anuja Lamsal
Early Years Educator

I am a bank member of staff here at Busy Bees and mostly work in the 0-2's room. I am currently working with disabled children, helping them to overcome challenges they face. I love working with children in the nursery. Being here has made my confidence grow, so I can engage with the children and make play fun.
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Victoria
Qualified Early Years Educator

I have been working for Busy Bees since July 2012 full-time, before experiencing a new setting for 6 month. I returned back to nursery this year and am currently part of the 2-3's team. I am qualified to level 3. I love working with children because I enjoy watching them learn and develop, whilst I support them along the way.
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Emma Bridger
Qualified Early Years Educator

I have been working for Busy Bees since April 2016 and I am thoroughly enjoying every moment. I am level 3 qualified and have lots of experience working with children of all age groups, but my favorite is toddlers. I have a daughter who attends Busy Bees and is currently in Fist Steps. I love working with children because I can help them to develop to their next milestone and it is so rewarding seeing them grow and achieve everything they do.
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Jude Levitt
Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Jude, I am a Early Years Educator in the 3-5's room. I have been working here for 5 years. I love working with children and watching them grow. I love watching them learn through play and helping them get ready for school.
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Annie Miles
Qualified Early Years Educator

I am 19 years old and am level 3 qualified. I have been working for Busy Bees since February 2015. I am paediatric first aid trained and have done other training including safeguarding and food hygiene. I have also completed a short course in Makaton and look forward to more training to improve my development. I love interacting with the children, building relationships with them and their families. I love supporting them and watching them develop whilst they grow.
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Emma McManus
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Emma and I am a Qualified Level 3 Early Years Educator. I work in all of our rooms. I am new to the team here at Busy Bees but I have had lots of experience in working with children in my previous roles. I love seeing the babies develop through different stages of development. I like it that the children in 2-3's can tell you what they want to play with and can start to communicate with you with more words.
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Chengetai Mukamba
Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Chengetai and I am a Lunch Time Assistant.I help out within all the rooms in the nursery. I have been working here for 3 months. I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to witness first hand how children develop emotionally, physically, mentally and how they gain independence as well as confidence. I feel special and honoured to be part of this team.
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Emma Johnson
Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Emma I am an Apprentice currently working towards my Level 2 in Childcare. I will be working in all the rooms throughout my course to gain experience working with all ages.I have been working here for 4 months. I love my job because I get to see the children develop and grow and everyday is different.
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Sadie Keeble
Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Sadie I am an Apprentice currently working towards my Level 2 in Childcare. I will be working in all the rooms throughout my course to gain experience working with all ages.I have been working here for 4 months. I love to look after the children and help them learn.