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Victoria Solomon

Nursery Manager

Hi, my name is Victoria Solomon. I have been working at Busy Bees Nursery at Newcastle since 2003 when we opened. I started as Deputy Manager and in 2005 was promoted to Nursery Manager.

I qualified as a NNEB in the summer of 1990 and have worked in a wide range of setting in the 13 years leading up to working at the nursery. This has included both private settings and schools and a variety of work with under 5’s and also children with hearing impairment and special educational needs. I have also trained further at both Newcastle and Northumbria Universities to gain module qualifications in leadership and in management of the early years.

I live locally with my son who is now 12 years old and in my spare time I volunteer and lead at a church youth group and plan and run a summer church holiday club. I am also a member of a Contemporary Choir in Newcastle and love to sing. I love to spend time with my family in the outdoors and walking at the coast. I love listening to music and going to concerts and the theatre.

I am extremely proud of my nursery and team. Gaining an Ofsted rating of Outstanding along with the Busy Bees Centre of Excellence Status just shows what a fantastic nursery we have here. They are highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic practitioners providing an excellent level of care in a fun, safe and stimulating environment with outstanding outdoor facilities. We focus on children as individuals ensuring they have an excellent foundation to learning, meeting their individual needs. We always go above and beyond to provide the very best service and the highest quality care and education.

You will always receive a very warm, professional welcome and we all look forward to meeting you.

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Rachael Christie
Assistant Manager

Hi, my name is Rachael and I am the Assistant Manager for the nursery, job sharing alongside Elaine Powell. I also oversee the curriculum in my role as Childcare Representative. I have a Foundation Degree in Education and Care and a Management Level 5 qualification. I have also completed various other courses. Working with children is really rewarding to see how they gain new skills from the experiences I have helped provide for them at nursery. I love listening to music and attending concerts.
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Elaine Powell
Assistant Manager

Hi, I'm Elaine, part time Assistant Manager for Busy Bees Newcastle. I have worked at the setting for many years. I am well qualified in childcare with a degree and Early Years Professional Status and therefore help oversee the curriculum at the setting. I also am the SENCO for the nursery and the Training Coordinator. I have two children who I love spending all of my spare time with.
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Kelly Olds
Financial Administrator

Hi, my name is Kelly and I am the Accounts Administrator. I have worked here since Feb 2008 and have worked in Customer Service since leaving school and also have many years experience working in Admin roles. I have a level 3 in business administration. My job role very challenging and interesting. Everyday there is something different and no day is ever boring. I have two children, Lucy and Charlie, and I love to spend my weekend as a family. Any free time I do have I like to try and keep fit.
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Emily Robertson
Room Manager

Hi my name is Emily and I am the Hedgehog Room Manager. I have worked here since 2014 and was promoted to my Room Manager position in February 2016. Previous to working at Busy Bees I have enjoyed being a Rainbow leader and also a Tree Tops outdoor playworker. I have a Level 3 in childcare and have additional qualifications in working in the outdoors, first aid, solving problems and working an a team. My hobbies include cooking and socialising.
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Cheryl Thompson
Room Manager

Hi my name is Cheryl and I am the Baby Room Manager for Busy Bees Newcastle. I have worked here since March 2015 and I have a Level 3 in Childcare. In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and my Niece.
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Kat King
Room Manager

Hi, my name is Kat and I am the Room Manager for the brand new Foundation Class at Busy Bees Newcastle. I have worked here since 2010 and in 2016 left for 1 year to travel the World. I have also taken part in the Busy Bees Talent Exchange Progamme which sent me to visit nurseries in Singapore and Malaysia sharing practice around the world! I have a level 3 in childcare and also a Level 5 in Management. In my spare time I love to shop and spend time with my family.
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Hayley Parker
Chef

Hi my name is Hayley and I am the Nursery Chef at Newcastle. I hold a NVQ Level 2 in Food Preparation and Cooking and a Foundation Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace. I love working in the kitchen, providing really fresh nutritious meals for the children, and get a lot of satisfaction from this. I am so proud of our continuous 5 star food hygiene rating.
I have a lot of interests outside of work and love spending time with my son, going to the gym and also making celebration cakes
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Squirrel Staff
Room Team

Hi, we are the staff team in the Squirrel Room who work alongside Taylor as Room Manager. We are Kirsty, Will, Gemma and Stacey. Our room is for children between around 2 years and 2 years 9 months. We have a fantastic garden area which the children love to explore in all weathers.
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Foundation Class
Room Team

Hi, we are the staff who work in the Foundation Class alongside Kat King our Room Manager, Roxanne and Sue. Foundation Class is for children in their Pre School year and we prepare children for taking that next step and join Reception at school. This is a fantastic new, state of the art facility, really focussed on the children's interests and curiosity and gives an excellent foundation to learning.
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Bunnies Staff
Room Team

Hi, we are the staff team who work in the Bunnies room, our very first baby room. We are Emily, Room Manager, Sophie, Gemma and Kayla Assistant Room Managers, Lizzie and Holly. Children in Bunnies room stay with us until around 16 months. We have our own little secret garden which we use in all weathers and a lovely spacious environment.
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Hedgehogs Staff
Room Team

Hedgehogs is our older baby room. Our children have access to lots of amazing activities. Our team is led by Room Manager Cheryl with Assistant Room Manager Amy and a team of Rebecca, Lorraine and Sarah. We have a lovely indoor outdoor environment which the children love!