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Natalia Thwaites

Nursery Manager

Hi. My name is Natalia Thwaites. I have been working as the Nursery Manager since November, 2015. In 2009 I graduated from Ternopil Experimental University of Pedagogical Education with a BA in teaching at Early Years, Primary and Lower Secondary School. I have also been studying at Kingston University where I gained my Early Years Professional Status. During my career I have worked as Nursery Teacher, Deputy Manager and an Ofsted Compliance Manager.

I have a tremendous love for children and place a high standard on teaching and learning. Young children bring host of interesting challenges and I, together with my team, are well prepared to deal with all of them.

I have high expectations for each child, but I recognise that all of us learn, create and express ideas in a different ways. My aim is to continue creating an interesting, challenging and welcoming environment that allows children to progress and develop at their own pace to fulfil their potential.

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Lauren Hardcsastle
Assistant Manager

Hi My name is Lauren. I have a tremendous love for children and enjoy planning exciting activities to support children's development and learning
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Jo Roberts
Room Manager

My name is Jo and I am the Room Manager in Pandas. I am a Level 3 practitioner and have worked for Busy Bees since September 2005. I enjoy seeing children develop and planning interesting and challenging activities to achieve to the best of their abilities.
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Shelley Graves
Room Manager

My name is Shelley. I have a tremendous love for childcare and am always looking for ways to further improve my practice. I am currently working towards a BA in Early Years and Primary School Teaching.
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Emma Rutley
Chef

My name is Emma. I am very passionate about free range and organic meals and enjoy preparing a variety of foods for the children.
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Natalia Swyer
Early Years Educator

My name is Nat and I enjoy working alongside Jo in Pandas Room. I have worked for Busy Bees since April 2013. I have been trained as a Teaching Assistant and achieved a Level 2 qualification.
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Elisha Bailey
Early Years Educator

My name is Elisha.I love spending time outdoors and enjoy providing children with new risky experiences to support their physical development.
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Katie Wheeler
Qualified Early Years Educator

My name is Katie. I am very excited working with children and i am currently working towards my level 3 qualification in Early Years
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Laura Smith
Qualified Early Years Educator

My name is Laura. I have been with Busy Bees for 6 years and I am very passionate working with children of all age groups