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Meet the Team

All Ofsted quotes have been taken from our last inspection operating as Home from Home Day Nursery School, and our latest inspection operating as Home from Home Day Nursery School Academy.

An effective team

The different skills, attitudes and personal qualities and qualifications make up the Home from Home team. The practitioners/staff aspirations are high and everyone understands that they are expected to fulfil their role. Communication is open and honest and practitioners/staff work hard and to a high standard and everyone takes joint responsibility for achieving the aims of the setting.

“The leadership and management of the setting is exemplary. There are high aspirations for the setting, practitioner's professional development and outcomes for all children. Exceptionally well managed documents and working directives ensure the well-being of the children and the very smooth running of the nursery” –Ofsted

 

 

Directors

Linda Collins 

Director of Education:

Early Years Teacher (EYT)

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Diploma Child Psychology

Btec Edexcel Assessor Award D32, D33-Childcare Standards

Safeguarding Designated Officer

SEND Specialist Certificate

Linda is the founder of the Day Nursery School, setting its direction and has worked for over 30 years in Early Years Care and Education. She is one of the Directors and leads the education at Home from Home Day Nursery Academy. Linda is a mother herself and has four adult children and five grandchildren! Her role is to take overall responsibility for all aspects of the organisation alongside Anne Carter (Director of Operations), to support practitioners and staff, children and families. She is the named training and development officer, overseeing and advising on the Early Years Curriculum. Linda is currently the Networking Chairperson on behalf of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) representing Hertfordshire.

Anne Carter

Director of Operations:

Infant Mental Health online, Warwick University

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Children and Young People's Services

CIS Diploma in Child Psychology

Level 3 Children and Young People's Workforce

Level 3 Designated Safeguarding Officer

CIS Business and Management Diploma

Hertfordshire Step On Training 

Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher 

Mental Health Awareness for Management Training

Anne is a Director at Home from Home (Director of Operations) and takes responsibility for all duties associated with the management and leadership. She is responsible to lead practitioners and liaise with parents/carers, she works in partnership with Linda (Director of Education) to aid the smooth running of the setting. Anne brings her philosophical approach and strategic skills to support the team and works in partnership with parents, she is also the settings Mental Health Awareness Coordinator. She is currently the Networking Secretary on behalf of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) representing Hertfordshire. She is a mother so is fully empathetic with parents who are juggling parenting and a career! Anne has been with Home from Home since February 2012.

Administration Team

Nicky Simson

Administrator, 

Nicky joined the admin team in  early 2022. She has over 10 years experience working in early years and in more recent times, she has worked within a school setting as an administrator. Nicky works closely with the Directors and admin team to ensure all children's individual needs are being met, communicating with parents and carrying out tasks associated with the administration role.

 

Keira Tatton

Administrator/ Transition Coordinator / Senior Early Years Educator:

Level 3 Childcare and Development, Level 3 Designated Safeguarding Officer

Keira has an award in British sign language and enjoys partaking in charity work, including helping to run residential holidays for under privileged children in Liverpool, she is an advocate for all children and brings an empathetic nature to the team. Keira started at Home from Home in July 2015, working as a key practitioner and later moving into a leadership role.  Keira stepped away from working directly with children in February 2022, taking on an administration role whilst continuing to support the leadership team, with roles such as Health & Safety Officer and supporting the Transition Coordinator role in an administrative capacity. She works closely with practitioners to ensure all children's individual needs are being met, communicating with parents and carrying out tasks associated with the administration role.

Team Leaders and Senior Practitioners

Katie Ledwith (currently on maternity leave)

Joint Team Leader/ Senior Early Years Educator:

Level 6  Degree in Early Years Education, Level 3 Childcare Learning and Development , Level 3 Designated Safeguarding Officer

Katie has been with Home from Home since 2009 and is a reassuring presence with a caring and empathetic nature. Katie's role is to lead practitioners within the Fledglings & Squirrel team on a day-to-day basis, liaise with parents/carers, and in the absence of the Principal/Lead Professional, assists in the smooth running of the setting. Katie would agree that she can also turn her hand to most creative things.

Colin Franklin

Joint Team Leader/ Senior Early Years Educator:

Level 3  Childcare Learning and Development 

Colin joined Home from Home in March 2011, he left to gain further experience within the state sector, however returned to the team in 2022 as a joint team leader. Colin's role is to lead practitioners within the Fledglings & Squirrel team on a day-to-day basis, liaise with parents/carers, and in the absence of the Directors, assist in the smooth running of the setting. Colin has an empathic and caring nature, consequently he is a great role model to our student practitioners.  

Lindsey Collins 

Senior Early Years Educator:

Performing Arts Degree BA (Hons)

Level 3 Childcare Learning and Development

Prevent Training (WRAP)

Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher

Lindsey holds a Makaton Sign Language qualification and is pro-active in using it to include all children in the setting. Lindsey’s role is to be responsible for supporting and implementing the welfare, learning and development requirements within the Bees, Badgers and Owls group and to liaise with parents/carers and work with outside agencies where necessary. Lindsey particularly enjoys delivering the creative side of the curriculum, for example, dance and movement and also delivers the drama and yoga sessions and she is excellent in her method. Lindsey has been with Home from Home since 2009.

Chloe Gauthier

Senior Early Years Educator, Cache Level 3:

Chloe joined the Home from Home team back in 2014, she has enjoyed her journey in early years so far and finds her career inspiring and challenging. She is currently a senior key practitioner within the Fledglings, Squirrels and Worker Bees groups, observing and planning next steps in order to develop children’s understanding and knowledge of their world. She supports the smooth running of the setting, taking on the additional role of Health and Safety lead within the younger end of the house.  

 

Ella Huggett, 

Early Years Educator and Transition support coordinator, CACHE Level 3: 

Ella joined Home from Home is 2020, she is a conscientious practitioner, she is calm and collective with a patient nature. She is a good role model to children in her care and demonstrates a clear passion for early years. Ella supports children transitioning from our younger end of the house to the older end (Squirrels and worker Bees to Bees), she works well with practitioners across the whole house to ensure children's individual needs are being met. 

 

Qualified Practitioners and Students

Ami Gundigara

Early Years Educator, Cache Level 3:

Ami joined the team in February 2018, she is eager to broaden her experience within an outstanding team and extend her existing knowledge of care and education with children 0-5 years. Ami is creative and incorporates her artistic flare into the activities she plans for children. 

Crystal Cameron 

Early Years Educator, Level 3 EYE:

Crystal joined Home from Home in 2019 as a part time key practitioner within the older end of the house, however she decided that Home from Home was the place for her and shortly after starting, became a fulltime member of the team. Crystal has a kind and calm nature and children tend to warm to her quickly. 

Phoenix Grey

Early Years Educator, Level 3 EYE: 

Phoenix qualified as a level 3 Early Years Educator in early 2021, he is enthusiastic in his practice and brings skills such as Makaton signing to every day routines. 

 

Ian Parry

Early Years Educator: Level 3 EYE:

Ian joined our team early in 2021, he is an enthusiastic practitioner, eager to transfer his existing skills to support the team. Ian has a level 3 diploma in Health & Social care, Applied Science and Public Services. He also has had hands on experience working with children aged 1-4 years, organising and running entertaining events. Ian completed his level 3 EYE qualification as a student at Home from Home and is continuing his career with us as a qualified practitioner. 

Faith Beckles

Senior Student Early Years Educator, working towards level 3 EYE: 

Faith joined the Home from Home team in the summer of 2020, after completing her A-Levels. She is keen to develop her knowledge through further study and hands on practical experience, she is working towards her level 3 qualification as an Early Years Educator. Faith has a bright and colourful personality, bringing an injection of fun into every day routines. 

Tia Constable 

Early Years Educator,  Level 2 EYE

Tia joined our team as a junior student practitioner in 2019. She has built positive relationships with children and colleagues. She is very creative and enjoys using this skill to support her colleagues to plan fun and interesting activities for children. She has completed her level 2 qualification and is looking forward to continuing her studies.  

Tris Finlay

Early Years Educator, Level 2 EYE, studying for level 3 EYE: 

Tris joined our team in 2019 as a junior student practitioner, he is very enthusiastic and the children really enjoy his company, he is also proving very supportive with every day routines and practice. Tris has completed his level 2 qualification and plans to continue his studies to obtain a level 3.

Maddi Pollard

Early Years Educator, working towards Level 2 EYE  

Maddi joined our team as a junior student practitioner, she has a kind and empathetic nature, consequently the child gravitate towards her. 

David Wood

Support Practitioner within the Bees, Badgers & Owls

David joined the team as a bank support practitioner, he is a valued member of the team and has built positive relationships with his colleagues and children. David has a background in the arts and brings his flamboyant personality to our diverse and charismatic team.

Cara Dolan

Senior Student Early Years Educator, studying for a Degree in Early Years Education

Cara joined the Home from Home team to gain practical experience whilst studying for a degree in early years and education. She is popular with children and her calm and empathetic nature lends well to working with our youngest children.  

Chef and Ancillary Support

Dave Collins

Caretaker / Environmental Support: 

Dave joined the team in 2015 as a full time caretaker. He has also completed a level 2 qualification in child care, in order to be effective in supporting practitioners to keep the environment safe for all children on a daily basis. He has also completed a level 3 certificate in supervising food safety in catering, to support the smooth running of the kitchen in the chef's absence. He is popular with the children and is always willing to lend a hand where ever he is needed.

Maverick Gapuz

Chef:

Level 3 Food Safety and Catering

Maverick is passionate about food and what he creates for the children on a daily basis tastes delicious! Mav works well with the leadership team to ensure all children have access to a balanced, nutritious and tasty diet.

Accounts

Maura Hendrie

FCMA - Chartered Management Accountant:

Accounts and Financial Admin

Maura is a mother of two and is active as a school governor at a multi academy trust and a primary school. Maura is an integral part of the Home from Home team and joined us over 10 years ago.

“The highly qualified practitioner/staff team is very successful in supporting and promoting the children’s welfare and learning to a high standard. Children feel safe and secure, they are cared for and equally important, they are cared about, in a welcoming, stimulating environment by a caring and motivated practitioner team. Very effective partnerships with parents/carers and other early years agencies contributes significantly to the process and development of all children” – Ofsted

 

"Staff are genuinely respectful and caring with children. They listen to them and provide considerate care routines. For example, before any care routines, such as wiping noses or changing nappies, staff ask children and tell them what will happen. This shows how staff value children, their rights and their sense of safety and security."- Ofsted

 

All staff at Home from Home are expected to be in Continuous Professional Development. It is a condition of employment that all staff, including ancillary and administration staff, hold a Paediatric 1st Aid certificate and have attended at least Level 1 in Safeguarding Children training. Where funding is not available from the Local Authority the setting fully commits to fund practitioners to access further professional qualifications.

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