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Lisa Farrow

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 Lock
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 two children of her own whom have both attended the nursery and enjoyed their experiences.

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John Bailey
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 Johnson
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 Gill
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 Hirlemann
Room Manager

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

Mabi works in the pre-school room and enjoys engaging in a range of activities with the children. Mabi is our Behaviour Management Coordinator.
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Simon Smith
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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Abby Marshall
Early Years Educator

Abby works across all rooms from Monday-Wednesday.

Abby has worked at Busy Bees since 2011 and holds a level 3 qualification. Her daughter and son also enjoy going to nursery here.

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Jade Goodwin
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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Sarah Duffy
Early Years Educator

Sarah is based in our Tulips room and loves to sing with the children. She works Tuesday-Friday.

Sarah has worked at Busy Bees since 2013 and holds a level 3 qualification in childcare.
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Clare Turner
Early Years Educator

Clare works in Buttercups, our baby room and works Monday- Friday.

Clare has worked at Busy Bees since 2008 and holds a level 3 qualification in childcare.
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Ngoc Diep Le
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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Janet Williams
Qualified Early Years Educator

Janet has been with Busy Bees, Canterbury since March 2010. She is a key person based in the Snowdrops room. Janet has wealth of experience working in Childcare. She can speak Greek with children.

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Mary Mannings
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 year experiences working as teaching assistant in local infant school. Mary is interested in working with children on Maths and Literacy activities
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Aysha Cabrini
Early Years Educator

Aysha works in the Snowdrops room and has been with Busy Bees, Canterbury since April 2014.

Aysha is currently on maternity leave after having her 2nd baby, Harry.
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Ruth Wooton
Early Years Educator

Ruth is a cover member of staff and is currently based in Snowdrops working with a small group of children. She has been with us since October 2008 and really enjoys reading stories with the children.
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Lisa Sanders
Early Years Educator

Lisa has worked for Busy Bees, Canterbury since 2014. She is a cover member of staff working across all of the nursery rooms.
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Rebecca Cole
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 Stokoe
Early Years Educator

Olivia has worked at Busy Bees, Canterbury since Jun 2015. She has a level 3 qualification and is based in the 1-2 year olds room. Olivia has just completed Degree in "Early Childhood Study". She enjoys doing group activities with children.
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Katie Gale
Early Years Educator

Katie started working for Busy Bees since September 2016 as part of our cover staff team. Katie enjoys planning activities and games with the children at nursery.
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Maisie Terry
Early Years Educator

Maisie has worked with us since August 2016 and holds a level 2 qualification. She loves reading stories for the children and spending time with her key children.
Maisie works with the 1-2 year olds in our Tulips room.
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Alisha Sharman
Qualified Early Years Educator

Alisha holds a level 2 qualification and has worked with us since August 2016. Alisha enjoys planning activities to promote communication skills with the children at nursery.
Alisha works in our Snowdrops room with our 2-3 year olds.
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Nikita-Jade Parker
Early Years Educator

Nikita has worked with us since September 2017 as a member of cover staff across all rooms. Nikita loves to dance and enjoys movement activities with the children.
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Sophie Yarnley
Early Years Educator

Sophie works with us as a member of cover across all rooms since October 2017, but currently is based in our 1-2 year old room.
Sophie holds a level 3 qualification.
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Amie Keyes
Early Years Educator

Amie started with us in January 2018 to undertake her level 2 apprenticeship. She will be spending time in all the rooms.

Amie is currently on Maternity leave
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Kirsty Tritton
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 Pre-school room. Kirsty enjoys planning exciting and stimulating activities for the children to explore.
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Lydia Nelson
Early Years Educator

Lydia is a member of cover staff and started with us in 2018 alongside her University Course mainly covering beginning and end of days across the setting.
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Cheryl Cooper
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.
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Katy Officer
Early Years Educator

Katy is a member of cover staff working across all age ranges whilst studying for her degree. Katy started working for us in August 2018 and enjoys exploring and engaging with the children in different activities throughout the day.
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Berfin Egribayir
Qualified Early Years Educator

Berfin joined the team in November 2018 and will be working across all age ranges as a member of cover staff alongside her university studies. Berfin holds a level 3 certificate in childcare.
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Nadine Govanova
Qualified Early Years Educator

Nadine joined our team at Busy Bees, Canterbury in November 2018 and holds a level 3 qualification. Nadine will be working across all rooms as a member of cover staff.