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Lisa

Nursery Manager

I have managed the Canterbury nursery since we opened in 2006 and I was previously the manager of another nursery in Kent. I have been working with children for 19 years and have gained my NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing and my Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education. I also have a Grade A certificate in Advanced Practice in Working with Babies. Most recently I have worked towards my Leadership and capability programme which has furthered my knowledge in management.

During my time at Canterbury I have had the opportunity to gain additional training and experiences which I use to support the staff team at the nursery. These include, SENCO, safeguarding and First aid.
I genuinely believe that working with children is the best job in the world. Our team at Canterbury know how privileged we are to be working with children in some of the most important years of their lives. It is an honour that parents entrust us with their children’s care and we do our best to ensure that they have a fantastic nursery experience while learning so much at the same time.

I am passionate about working well in partnership with parents as they are their children’s first and most enduring educators. I am also keen to develop the staff’s skills, knowledge and understanding within childcare. It gives me great satisfaction to see them work their way up within the nursery and develop their career.

Our Staff hold qualifications ranging from Level 2 in Childcare and Development to a BA (Hons) Degree in Primary Education. Our baby room manager is due to complete her Early Year’s Professional Status this year. Our team at Canterbury are dedicated to providing the best possible standard of care for children’s learning and development and work hard to ensure individual children’s needs are met.

First and foremost, I am a mum to Sebastian and Glorianna who both attend the nursery and are flourishing under the care and affection from their key people.

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Jade
Assistant Manager

Jade has worked at Busy Bees, Canterbury since May 2007.

Jade holds a Ba(HONS) in Primary Education and is also an Early Years Professional.

Jade enjoys providing exciting, enabling environments where children can lead their own learning and believe this is something we do well at Canterbury consistently evaluating environments and adapting them to suit the needs to of the children.

Jade has three children of her own all of whom have or are attending Busy Bees.
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John
Financial Administrator

John has worked at Busy Bees since 2009.

Not only is John the Financial Administrator for the nursery, he is also the Assistant Chef, supporting Simon in the Kitchen.

John holds a BMus and enjoys spending time playing the guitar with the children. John created the Busy Bees 'Wake & Shake' and the new initiative 'Shake & Write' which are not only enjoyed by children here at Canterbury but across the whole Busy Bees chain.
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Gemma
Senior Room Manager

Gemma is the Room Manager of Buttercups, our baby room. Gemma works Monday-Friday and has been at Busy Bees since 2009. Gemma holds a level 3 qualification in childcare.

Gemma is also the Senior Room Manager of the nursery supporting not only the other Room Managers and staff but also working alongside the Manager and Assistant Manager within the office.
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Helen
Room Manager

Helen is the Room Manager of Snowdrops, our 2-3 year old room and works Monday-Friday.
Helen has worked at Busy Bees since 2007 and holds a level 3 qualification in childcare.
Helen is passionate about ensuring that children's work is recognised and displayed and is keen to involve parents in various events both within the room and at the setting.
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Mabi
Room Manager

Mabi started working for us in April 2012. She has been working in childcare for 21 years with 17 years experience of teaching in a Mexican primary school and 4 years in the Montessori system. Mabi also holds a degree in "Early Childhood study with Psychology".

Mabi works in the pre-school room as the Room Manager and enjoys engaging in a range of activities with the children. Mabi is our Behaviour Management Coordinator.
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Simon
Chef

Simon is our Head Chef and has worked for Busy Bees since 2007.

Simon Holds a level 3 in Food Safety and has had over 12 years experience in the catering business, having previously worked in an Italian restaurant.

Simon enjoys spending time in the rooms cooking with the children.
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Jade
Early Years Educator

Jade works in our Blubells room. Jade has worked at Busy Bees since 2013 and holds a level 3 qualification in childcare.
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Ngoc
Early Years Educator

Ngoc is part of our cover staff team and works various hours throughout the nursery rooms. Ngoc has worked at Busy Bees since 2011. Ngoc holds a level 3 qualification.
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Mary
Qualified Early Years Educator

Mary started working for us in January 2009. She has been a long standing member of our Pre-school team and now works across all rooms as cover staff

Mary has 10 years experience working as a teaching assistant in a local infant school. Mary is interested in working with children on Maths and Literacy activities
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Rebecca
Early Years Educator

Rebecca is a member of our Buttercups team. Rebecca has worked for Busy Bees, Canterbury since April 2015 and holds a level 3 qualification.
Rebecca loves to engage with the babies supporting their communication skills through songs, books, babbling and games.
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Olivia
Qualified Early Years Educator

Olivia has worked at Busy Bees, Canterbury since June 2015. She has a level 3 qualification and is based in the 2-3 year old room. Olivia has just completed a Degree in "Early Childhood Study". She enjoys doing group activities with children.
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Alisha
Qualified Early Years Educator

Alisha holds a level 3 qualification and has worked with us since August 2016. Alisha enjoys planning activities to promote communication skills with the children at nursery.
Alisha works full time in our Buttercups room with our babies.
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Sophie
Qualified Early Years Educator

Sophie works in our 1-2 year old room as a key person and has worked with us since October 2016. One of Sophie's favourite things at nursery is providing and engaging the children in messy play activities.
Sophie holds a level 3 qualification.
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Kirsty
Qualified Early Years Educator

Kirsty started working for us in July 2018 following the completion of her apprenticeship at another nursery setting. Kirsty is level 3 qualified and works full-time in the 1-2 year old room. Kirsty enjoys planning exciting and stimulating activities for the children to explore.
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Lydia
Early Years Educator

Lydia joined us as a member of cover staff in 2018 alongside her University Course. Now Lydia is based as a Key Person in the 2-3 year old room. During her time at nursery, Lydia likes to engage the children in pretend play providing opportunities for this in the home corner role play area, supporting children's imaginative play and development.
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Cheryl
Qualified Early Years Educator

Cheryl started working at Busy Bees, Canterbury early in 2018 and is based within our Snowdrops Room working alongside the 2-3 year olds. Cheryl is level 3 qualified and loves to read with the children and carry out small group activities to extend their learning.