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
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 Lead Officer
Behaviour Management Coordinator
Educational Planning Adviser
Prevent Duty Training (WRAP)
SEND Specialist Certificate
Linda is the founder of the Day Nursery School, setting its direction, and has worked for over 25 years in Early Years Care and Education. She is the Principal and one of the Directors at Home from Home Day Nursery Academy. Linda is a mother herself and has four adult children and four grandchildren!
Her role is to take overall responsibility for all aspects of the organisation alongside Anne Carter (Director), to support practitioners and staff, children and families, and 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.
Director of Operations:
Infant Mental Health, 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
Staff Liaison Officer and Sustainability Manager
Anne is a Director at Home from Home and takes responsibility for all duties associated with the management and leadership. She is responsible to lead practitioners, and liaise with parents/carers, and works in partnership with Linda (Director) 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 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.
Team Leader/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.
Transition Coordinator / Early Years Educator:
Level 3 Childcare and Development
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. As Transition Coordinator she is responsible to support all transitions within the setting, she works closely with practitioners to ensure all children's individual needs are being met in order for transitions to be smooth.
Senior Key Practitioner, Performing Arts Degree BA (Hons), Level 3 Childcare, Learning and Development, Prevent Training (WRAP), Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher, Drama 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 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 works closely with Nick (Drama teacher) to deliver drama sessions. Lindsey has been with Home from Home since 2011.
Joint Team Leader & Key Practitioner, Level 3 Early Years Educator:
Jodie is empathetic and has a caring demeaner, she is popular with the children, supporting positive relationships with children and the colleagues. She supports the smooth running of the setting, leading the team within our Bees, Badgers and Owls groups.
Senior Key Practitioner and Physical Education Lead, Level 3 Early Years Educator, Cosmic Kids Yoga Training, working towards Level 5 in leadership and Management:
Olivia is enthusiastic and eager to further her knowledge and experience within early years. She is empathetic to children's individual needs and demonstrates a good understanding of what is required to teach children effectively. She supports the smooth running of the setting, leading the physical program within our Bees, Badgers and Owls groups.
Key Practitioner, Level 3 Early Years Educator, SENCO Support Officer:
Liv has a calm disposition with a reflective character. She is eager to learn how to best support children’s individual needs and is keen to take on tasks delegated to her, she is currently working as a key practitioner within our Fledglings, Squirrels and Worker Bees groups. Liv recently completed SENCO training, the SENCO has a critical role to play in ensuring that children with special educational needs and disabilities within a school receive the support they need.
Senior Key Practitioner, Cache Level 4 Qualified Early Education:
Chloe 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.
Key Practitioner, Cache Level 3 Qualified Early Education: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.
Key Practitioner, CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator:
Ella 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.
Key Practitioner & Drama Lead, Level 3 Diploma, Children and Young Peoples Workforce in Early Learning and Childcare:
Eden joined our team as a qualified level 3 practitioner, she has a mature and calm approach to her practice with children building strong bonds as a result.
Key Practitioner, Level 3 Early Years Educator:
Crystal joined the Home from Home team as a part time key practitioner within our older end of the house. Crystal has a kind and calm nature and children tend to warm to her quickly.
Junior Key Practitioner, Level 2 Early Years Educator:
Lauren has a calm disposition and is key in supporting her team in Fledglings and squirrels. She is eager to learn how to best support children’s individual needs and is keen to take on tasks delegated to her. Lauren came to work for us on recommendation from her mother who worked here as a student before stopping to have her children.
Senior Student Key Practitioner, studying for a Degree in Psychology:
Angie joined our team as a Senior student practitioner, she has completed A-Levels that support knowledge in Early Years and is currently in her last year at university, studying psychology, she is planning on continuing her studies with a masters in clinical psychology. Angie is a part-time joint key person in our Bees, Badgers and Owls workshop.
Student Practitioner, studying for Level 2 Early Years Educator:
Tris joined our team 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 almost completed his level 2 qualification and plans to continue his studies to obtain a level 3.
Student Practitioner, studying for Level 2 Early Years Educator:
Tia joined our team as a junior student practitioner, she is keen to get stuck in and has built positive relationships with children and colleagues. She is nearing the end of her level 2 qualification and is proving to be an asset to the team.
Student Practitioner, working towards level 3 Early Years Educator:
Faith joined the Home from Home team in the summer of 2020, after completing her A-Levels. She is keen to continue her studies and is now 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.
Tina joined the admin team in January 2020. She supports the smooth running of the setting, liaising with parents and managing office related tasks. Tina is a mother of two teenage boys, so is fully empathetic with the struggles of everyday parenting!
Rachel supports the administration tasks on a part time basis in the afternoons, she is a friendly face on reception and popular with parents and children.
Level 3 Award in supervising food safety in catering, craft trainer award:
Jonny has a Navy background working as a chef in the military. His role is to be responsible for the organisation and management of the kitchen and server area and to prepare healthy meals and snacks for children, in accordance with national guidelines appropriate for children under the age of five. Jonny works closely with practitioners to prepare meals and special diets.
Caretaker / Environmental Support:
Dave has completed a level 2 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.
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 7 years ago.
Holiday Cover; Office & Practitioner Support:
Level 6 Degree in Early Years, Certificate in Early Years practice level 4, Learning through Play certificate, Diploma in Child Psychology.
As well as previous experience in accounts Sue has worked as a childminder, gaining an 'Outstanding' grading from Ofsted. She has four grown up children and 6 grandchildren and enjoys working within a nursery environment. Sue retired from the role of administrator at Home from Home in December 2019, however she continues to support the team covering holidays.
“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
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.