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
Linda Collins MA - Director and Principal:
Early Years Professional Status (EYPS)
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 20 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
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, Fledglings & Squirrels workshop:
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, Fledglings & Squirrels workshop:
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, 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 and Squirrels room, 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, Level 3 Early Years Educator Qualification
Olivia is enthusiastic and eager to gain experience within early years. She is empathetic to children's individual needs and already demonstrates a good understanding of what is required to teach children effectively.
Pre Preparatory Coordinator /Early Years Educator: Bees, Badgers & Owls workshop:
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.
SEND Support Officer, Senior Key Practitioner
Level 4, Children's Care, Learning and Development
Anita celebrated 20 years at Home from Home in 2014. Her role as SEND Officer is to support all areas of Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) within the setting and she has also attended advanced Safeguarding children training. Anita is a mother herself and has four adult children and five grandchildren.
Key Practitioner, Cache Level 3 Qualified Early EducationAmi 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.
Key Practitioner, level 3 Early Years Educator Qualification
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 and Squirrels room.
Student Practitioner, level 2, working towards level 3 Early Years Educator Qualification
Georgia joined our team as a student practitioner, she has recently completed her level 2 qualification and is looking forward to starting her level 3. She works across the whole house, supporting practitioners whilst learning what 'best' practice looks like. Georgia has a kind and caring nature and demonstrates an eagerness to learn.
Student Practitioner, level 2 Early Years Educator Qualification
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.
Student Key Practitioner, working towards level 3 Early Years Educator
Previously studying health and social care, Shy is very eager to transfer her skills into early years and continue her studies to gain the relevant qualifications, to support her practice as an early years educator. Shy is empathetic with a clear passion for early years.
Level 2 Practitioner, working towards level 3 Early Years Educator
Crystal joined Home from Home in March 2020, she came on board part time to support our older children with the Bees, Badger and Owls group. Crystal has a kind and calm nature and the children have warmed to her quickly.
Student Practitioner, studying for Level 2 Early Years Educator
Tris recently 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.
Student Practitioner, studying for Level 2 Early Years Educator
Tia recently joined our team as a junior student practitioner, she is keen to get stuck in and has started building positive relationships with children and the team.
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
Billy has a background working in school catering. 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. Billy 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 Support Practitioner, Level 3 Cache Childcare and Education
Ashley joined the team in 2013, he later made the decision to move away from childcare and support his family business. Over the years Ashley has stayed in touch and supported holiday cover, he continues to be a popular member of the team, regularly covering practitioners holiday.
Holiday Admin 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.