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Nursery Manager: Rebecca Croft

Rebecca CroftRebecca qualified as an NNEB Nursery Nurse from Reading College in 1995 and has worked continually in the private day care sector since qualifying.

When the nursery opened in 2003 she was the Third In Charge and the Team Leader within the 2 to 3 year olds room. By 2006 Rebecca had become the Deputy Manager and she has now been managing the nursery since June 2013.

Rebecca holds the following qualifications, NNEB, Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, NVQ Level 3 Introductory Certificate in Management, NVQ Level 3 in Management and Essential Skills for new NHS Managers.

Nursery Deputy Manager: Louise Wye

Louise GlowackiLouise has worked at Little Dragons since the nursery opened in 2003, completing her NVQ childcare qualification at the nursery. Louise has since gone on to gain NVQ’s at Level 3 and Level 4 in management and most recently completed the NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Leadership.

Early Years Professional: Michelle Foster

Michelle FosterMichelle has worked in the nursery since 2007. She was employed as a Nursery Nurse and worked in the 3 to 5 year old room but has now also had experience working throughout the nursery in all of the rooms.

Michelle qualified as a Nursery Nurse, DCE Level 3 Diploma in 2004 at Reading College and worked in another private day care setting following her qualification.

In recent years Michelle has completed a Bachelor of Arts Children’s Development and Learning in 2011 (BACDL) and gained the EYP, Early Years Professional Status in 2012 and now works closely with Lorna and the 3 and 4 year olds.

Team Leader for the 3-4 year olds: Gina Southern

Gina has worked in childcare since 2012 and had the pleasure of working with all age groups. She has been a Team Leader of both the baby room and most recently the pre-school room at her previous setting. This involved contributing to the management team at the nursery and closely supporting their trainee nursery nurses.

Gina qualified as a Nursery Nurse after completing the NVQ level 3 in childcare in 2014. Since then Gina continued to study the Early Years and completed a Foundation degree in Children’s Development and Learning in 2019. Her passion for working with children and early years development made it the logical decision to continue studying for a degree in Children’s Development and Learning (BACDL) of which she is currently studying to complete.

Team Leader for the 2-3 year olds: Christine Garcia

Christine has worked at Little Dragons since the nursery opened in 2003 and was the Foundation Team Leader in the 3 to 5 years room for a number of years.

She has now been team leading the 2 to 3 year room since 2013 and is the nursery SENCO. Christine also takes a keen interest in children’s nutrition and recently completed a training course ‘Diet and Nutrition for Children’ Level 3.

She is an NNEB Nursery Nurse and has completed a Level 4 in Management.

Team Leader for the under 2’s: Kirsty Elmore

Kirsty Elmore Kirsty has worked at Little Dragons since 2007 when she completed NVQ Level 2 and 3 in child care.

Since then Kirsty has had experience with all age groups at the nursery and has been a very steady member of the team.

Kirsty has been team leading the Green Room since late 2017 and has completed an introductory course in Team Leading.

Testimonials

I don’t know whether there is enough space here for the positives for A's time at Little Dragons. Everything is positive!

The support and guidance that he has had has enabled his learning to grow rapidly. We believe that the speed of his development has a lot to do with the attention that he has had over the past 11 months.

His speech has come along very well, he is competent in eating and drinking by himself, he has become a very independent little chap, but still very loving at the same time. He has learnt many new words and has started potty training!

The food that is provided is excellent, with a good variety. A good range of activities are provided and A has come home with a huge variety of artwork!

Bradley and the girls in the green room are amazing with A, it is obvious to us that they have looked after him and are teaching him well.

I would definitely give the nursery a mark of outstanding!

Mr and Mrs R

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