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Helen Wallace

Nursery Manager

My name is Helen and I have been the Nursery Manager of Busy Bees at Sunderland Ryhope Village since 2010.

I graduated from University of Northumbria in 2001 with a 2:1 in Ba (Hons) in Care and Education of very Young Children and Professional Practise Studies. I have many years experience in childcare starting out as a Nursery Assistant in a small local nursery. From there I worked in various settings, quickly working my way up to management level and have 15 years experience managing Nurseries, After school Clubs and Holiday Schemes.

I am mum to Aubrey who is 5, Elspeth who is 3 and stepmum to Niamh who is 17 so I understand the joys of bringing up children and the challenges of  juggling work too.

I am passionate about our nursery which has undergone significant improvements since I joined 8 years ago which is reflected in our OUSTANDING Ofsted report. I am extremely proud of the staff team who work hard to provide high quality care and education. They are very committed to give every child the best start in life.

 





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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 Small Discoverers room. 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 Big Inventors Room. I have worked in childcare since 1998 giving her 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 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 Little Explorers Room 2-3 years. 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 Margaret, 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 Small Discoverers room as an Assistant Room Manager and really enjoy the different challenges each day brings.
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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 Foundation classroom. 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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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 based in the small discoverers room. 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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Samantha Rutter
Qualified Early Years Educator

I am Samantha and I work in the Little Explorers 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.
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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 Big Inventors room