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Melissa Smith

Nursery Manager

Hello

My name is Melissa and I am the Manager here at Busy Bees Uttoxeter previously known as Midway Academy.

I joined the nursery in April 2018, I hold a NNEB in Nursery Nursing, a Level 5 in Leadership and Management and I also have a A1 Assessors Award.

I also hold certificates in Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid, First Aid at Work, Food Hygiene and I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the nursery.

The need and best interests of every single individual child are central to everything I do here at nursery, and this is something that is well promoted to the team also. We work hard as a team to ensure that your child receives the best possible care whilst they enjoy their day at nursery.

I really look forward to meeting you and starting your journey here with us at Busy Bees Uttoxeter.

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Samantha
Assistant Manager

Hi my name is Sam, I am the Assistant Manager and have worked at the setting since 2006. I have a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies and am currently working towards my Level 3 in Management.

My additional roles within the nursery include: Health & Safety Co-ordinator, Childcare Rep and Assistant Nursery Senco.

I am committed to ensuring that the individual needs of all children are met by providing them with a wide range of experiences whilst in our care.
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Susan
Financial Administrator

Hi, my name is Sue, the Office Administrator at Uttoxeter and have worked here since 2008. I have a BTEC qualification in Business Studies, a Diploma in Word Processing and have always worked in an office environment.

I am happy to help and support the nursery and am always willing to assist parents with any queries
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Carly
Room Manager

Hi My name is Carly and I am the Room Manager in the Bumbles Room. I joined the team at Uttoxeter in April 2019, having previously worked at Busy Bees in Long Eaton for 15 years.
I hold a level 3 certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development and have recently completed my Level 3 in Management.
I am very passionate about working with children and enjoy planning various activities and experiences, based on their individual likes and interests, to encourage and promote their learning
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Jasmine
Room Manager

Hi my name is Jaz, and I am the Manager in the Buzz Room. I have a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education and am currently completing my Level 3 in Management. I am also the Nursery Senco.

I have worked at the setting since 2012 and feel proud to be part of the nursery team, who I consider to be an extension to my family.

The team in the Buzz Room take pride in ensuring that your child's day is filled with outstanding learning experiences to prepare them for the transition to school.
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Melanie
Room Manager

Hi my name is Mel, I am the Bombos' Room Manager and have worked at the setting since 2014. I have a NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care & Education, a CACHE Level 3 Certificate in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and have nearly completed my Level 3 in Management.

Previous to working for Busy Bees, I was a registered childminder for 9 years.

I have a wealth of experience and knowledge which enables me to provide for and meet the individual needs of your child.
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Christine
Assistant Room Manager

Hi, my name is Christine and I am the Assistant Room Manager in the Bumbles Room. I have a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Education and am currently completing my Level 3 in Management.

I was employed at the setting in 2014 and have since taken on the roles of Fire Marshall and Behaviour Management Co-ordinator.

I am passionate about providing children with a wide range of learning experiences and enjoy setting up and developing quality environments for the children to explore and develop.
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Sarah
Assistant Room Manager

Hi my name is Sarah and I am the Bombo's Assistant Room Manager. I have an NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development, and the Nursery Fire Marshall.

I have worked at the setting since 2007 and am one of the longest serving members of the team. I have a happy, friendly and caring personality which assists me in helping to reassure parents, and supports the children to settle well into the nursery environment.

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Jenny
Teacher

Hi, my names is Jenny, I am a qualified teacher and have worked at the setting since 2005.

I support the children in the Buzz Room by planning and implementing a variety of learning opportunities and experiences, which challenge and stimulate their knowledge and development in all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. This prepares the children and helps to ensure a smooth transition into school.
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Sian
Chef

Hi my name is Sian and I am the Nursery Chef. I have worked at the setting since 2010, originally starting as a Nursery Assistant.

I take pride in preparing and providing the children with a highly nutritional and balanced diet, and am happy to cater for any individual dietary requirements that a child may have.
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Caleb
Chef

Hi my name is Caleb and I assist Sian, the Nursery Chef. in the kitchen. I am currently working towards an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Catering and Professional Chefs .

I started working at the setting in September 2018 and am enjoying learning about the importance of providing children with high quality and nutritional meals, which assists the nursery in providing the children with the "Best Start in Life"!
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Bethany
Early Years Educator

Hi, my name is Beth, I am an Early Years Educator and hold a CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Early Years Education and Care, and currently working towards my Level 3.

I joined the setting in 2018 as a relief member of staff, and in 2019 was employed full time on a permanent basis.

I am currently based in the Bumble's Room where I work alongside the staff team to provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children to develop and grow.
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Janet
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hi, I'm Janet (the children in the nursery and their parents know me better as "Mrs LeGrove"!).

I hold an NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing and have worked at the setting since 1988 - which makes me the longest working member of staff here!

For 7 years I lived in Zambia, working in a nursery school. The experiences and knowledge that I gained whilst there enable me to teach the children at this setting about different cultures and the world around them, by sharing a selection of my souvenirs.
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Claire
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hi, my name is Claire (otherwise known as Fairy!) and I hold a National Diploma in Nursery Nursing. I started working at the setting in 2004 and am a well established member of staff.

I currently support the teams both in the Bumble's and the Buzz Rooms, and work alongside the staff to provide the children with a range of outstanding learning experiences.

I have a friendly, outgoing personality and am very approachable, which enables me to build up strong, secure partnerships with parents.
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Megan
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hi, my name is Meg and I am a Qualified Early Years Educator in the Bombo's Room. I hold a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.

I have been at the setting since 2010 and have always worked with the under 2s, so I am very experienced in catering for their individual needs.

I take great pride in helping the children progress from the smallest, dependable baby into the young independent pre-schooler, knowing that I have helped to provide them with the 'Best Start in Life'.
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Nicola
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hi, my name is Nic and I am a Qualified Early Years Educator in the Bombo's Room and I hold an NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing.

I have worked at the setting since 2004 and have a variety of childcare experience, as I have travelled the world being a 'Jet Setting Nanny' working in places such as New York and Bermuda!

I am enthusiastic to share my knowledge and experience with the team and incorporate ideas into the children's learning.
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Tyler
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hi, my name is Tyler and I am a Qualified Early Years Educator in the Bombo's Room. I hold a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education and have worked at the setting since 2014.

I have a very friendly and caring nature, and my focus is always to provide a safe, fun and stimulating environment in which the babies can grow. explore and develop.
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Elizabeth
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hi, my name is Liz. I am a Qualified Early Years Educator based in the Bumbles Room and I hold an NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing.

I have worked at the setting since 2010. I have a very caring nature and take pride in helping children to settle into nursery life, by getting to know their preferences and interests and planning activities to incorporate these.

My aim is always to provide the children and their families with a high quality childcare experience.
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Leah
Early Years Educator

Hi, I'm Leah and have been at the setting since 2016.

I am currently on maternity leave and enjoying every minute of being a new mummy!
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Joanne
Room Team

Hi, my name is Jo and I am the Housekeeper at Busy Bees Uttoxeter.

I joined the team in January 2019 and take great pride in ensuring that the nursery cleanliness is of the highest standard.

I am also available to support the nursery as a relief member of staff working directly with the children when required.
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Rita
Room Team

Hi, my name is Rita, I am the Nursery Cleaner and have worked at the setting since 2003.

I work alongside Jo, the Nursery Housekeeper, to ensure the nursery is always kept clean and tidy.