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Katrina Miller

Nursery Manager

My name is Katrina I have worked for  the company for eighteen years  and during that time have been based at the Fulwell branch. In July 2019 I made the move to Ryhope to cover the managers maternity leave.

I qualified as a NNEB in the summer of 1994 and have worked in a range of settings. I also hold a NVQ Level five in management.

I have been married for 20 this year and I am mam to Esmie who is coming up to 15 years old. Weekends and holidays are cherished times spent with family and friends. 

Although I haven't been here long  I am extremely proud of the staff team who work hard to provide high quality care and education and also to maintain our twice outstanding Ofsted report. They are very committed to give every child the best start in life and make everyone feel welcome. 

 

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Jenna Baxter
Assistant Manager

My name is Jenna I have worked in childcare since 2006. I started at Busy Bees in 2009 and have worked my way from nursery nurse up to Assistant Manager. I really enjoy the everyday challenges that working with children brings. I work full time as Assistant on a Monday and Friday. I am based in the Bombo's 1 room with the babies. I have a little boy myself and understand what being a parent is all about.
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Tracy Cummings
Room Manager

Hello I am Tracy, I am Room Manager of the Bumbles Room. I have worked in childcare since 1998 giving me a vast amount of experience working with all ages from 0-5 years.
What I love the most about my job is making every child's day at nursery enjoyable and special. I work part time and when I am not at nursery, I am looking after my own little girl.
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Lisa Dawson
Room Manager

My name is Lisa. I have worked at the nursery since June 2009. Throughout my time at the nursery I have had the pleasure of working with all ages from 0-11 years giving me experience which has helped me to work my way up to Room Manager. I am based in the Bombo's 2 Room. I find my job rewarding as I get to see the children grow and progress which I know I have had an input with.
I am also the Nursery SENDco and Behaviour management co-ordinator.
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Margaret Ayre
Assistant Room Manager

My name is Maggie, I have worked in childcare since March 1996. I have a wealth of experience across all ages within the nursery. I am currently based in the Bombo's 1 room with the babies as an Assistant Room Manager and really enjoy the different challenges each day brings,even more so with the arrival of my first grandson in 2019.
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Hollie McTomney
Early Years Professional

My name is Hollie I have worked in the nursery since 2009 and I am based Buzz's Foundation class. I hold a Early Years Teacher Status as well as a Post Graduate Degree in Early Childhood Studies. I love my job because every day is different and I am able to make a difference while caring for and educating the children.
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Luke Balderson
Chef

I am Luke, the Chef at nursery. I have worked at the nursery since July 2019 but have years of experience Catering. I am proud to have maintained my 5 star rating from Food Standards. I have great fun working at the nursery it is made more enjoyable as I am able my to get children involved with cooking and baking.
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Samantha Rutter
Qualified Early Years Educator

I am Sam and I work in the Bombo's 2 room.
I have been working in the nursery since 2012.
What I enjoy most about my job is that I have my own group of key children to provide care for and support their families to help them grow and develop. In March of this year I start maternity leave as a new chapter begins and exciting times lie ahead.
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Rebecca Laidler
Early Years Educator

I am Becky. I work in the Buzz's Foundation class. I completed my level 3 childcare apprenticeship within the nursery. I am have loved learning how to educate children from a young age. I have recently began a level three in team leading and management course with Busy bees.
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Callie McMahon
Qualified Early Years Educator

I am Callie, I have worked in the nursery since March 2016. I have a range of experience across ages 0-5 years. I am a qualified early years educator based in the Bumble room. I enjoy working with children helping them to develop and reach milestones each day.
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Tara Donnelly
Early Years Educator

My name is Tara. I started my childcare Apprenticeship in August 2017 with Busy Bees. I am loving getting to know all the children and their individual characters.
I am based in the Bombo's 1 room with the babies but I am soon to leave to start a new chapter with my own baby which is due in June 2020.
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Emma Faulkner
Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Emma! I work part time at Busy Bees Ryhope as the nursery housekeeper. I love to clean and I am always looking back at the end of my shift to see my achievements. I also help out over lunch time and enjoy the nursery environment.
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Becca Henshall
Qualified Early Years Educator

I am Becca and have worked at Busy Bees Ryhope since May 2019. I have graduated from university in which I was studying Childhood studies. I am based in the Bombo's 2 room.
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Abbie Marrin
Early Years Educator

I'm Abbie, I started with Busy Bees as an apprentice in December 2018. I have worked in all the nursery rooms and I am now based in the Bombo's 2 room as a key person.
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Allison Hobkirk
Early Years Educator

My name is Allison.I first started working at the nursery in 2005. I am a very friendly and approachable. I mostly cover staff lunches and work throughout the nursery. What I love best is singing with the children and engaging in fun learning activities which makes children's time at the nursery very enjoyable.
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Natalie Robertson
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Natalie, I have worked for Busy Bees since 2013. I work in all the rooms on a when required basis, which fits perfect around me as I returned after having my second child late in 2019. It also allows me to spend time with all of the various ages throughout the nursery.
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Stacey Thompson
Early Years Educator

Hi I'm Stacey and I work supply at Busy Bees Ryhope. I cover staff holidays and lunches. I work in all rooms within the nursery which I love because I spend time with all of the children and staff.
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Abi Redpath
Early Years Educator

My name is Abi, I mostly cover staff lunches within Busy Bees Ryhope. Its really good as I get to spend time with all of the children in the nursery. I also help out covering staff holidays when needed.
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Eve Brennan
Early Years Educator

Hi I'm Eve and I started my journey with busy Bees as an apprentice in October 2019. I work in all rooms within the nursery and enjoy helping the children learn new things and carry out everyday tasks.