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Claire Arkell

Nursery Manager

Hello my name is Claire Arkell and I am the Nursery Manager at Hempstead Busy Bees.

I have been with Busy Bees since they acquired the Kinder sites in March 2014.

I have been in childcare now for 9 years and hold a NVQ 3 in Children's Care Learning and Development. I have worked in a number of nurseries and for the last 9 years have been working at Management level. Along the way I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience which I reflect in my day to day practice, using this to guide the staff team and share my experience.

I attend regular training to improve my practice including, First Aid and Safeguarding.

It fills me with pride when you can see how the children flourish and develop in our care and become the individual people with shining characteristics that they are.

 

 

 

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Lorraine
Assistant Manager

I have worked at Hempstead since March 2001. I hold a level 3 in childcare and education and pediatric first aid. I have experience of working with all ages within the nursery and after school club. Whilst at nursery I like to read stories to the children and sing with them. I like to encourage the children imagination through dancing and role playing games. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, socialising with friends and participating within the local amateur dramatic club
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Emma
Senior Room Manager

Hi I’m Emma! I have worked for the company for 6 years! I am preschool room manager, childcare rep and senco. I have a BA Hons in early childhood studies, sociology and social sciences. I love stories and art activities! In my spare time I like going on adventures and spending time with my nephew.
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Rachel
Room Manager

Hello. My name is Rachel. I am the room leader of the wobbler room (0-2-year olds) I have worked in childcare from June 2013 and have enjoyed learning and developing my knowledge over that time. I enjoy messy play & dancing and singing nursery rhymes with the children. I am currently on maternity leave as I had my own little boy in February 2020, but will be back soon.
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Kirsty
Room Manager

Hello my name is Kirsty , I have worked at Hempstead since 2013 and I am level 3 qualified.
I currently work in the 0-2 room as room manager covering maternity leave, I am enjoying this role and it has been a great opportunity for my professional development. I enjoy working with all ages and watching the children develop. I enjoy cooking activities with the children along with stories.
In my spare time I love spending time with my own little family especially going to the zoo.
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Claire
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hi, I am Claire, I have level 3 in childcare and have been in childcare for 17 years. I work in the Toddler room and enjoy being part of the team in there nurturing and helping the children to grow and develop. When I am not at work, I will spend time with my son and partner and also catch up with friends and family.
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Vicky
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hi my name Vicky I have worked at busy bees for 20 years. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our family’s and going to watch shows in London.At nursery I enjoying cooking activities and messy activities Such as gloop and painting, I also enjoy singing and stories.
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Joanne
Qualified Early Years Educator

I have worked in childcare for 12 years starting at a children's center as a liaison officer before starting at a nursery. I am level 3 qualified and love to see the children flourish and grow through learning. I also like to spend time with my family and going on long walks with my dog.