Our Team

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Our Team...

Research has shown the huge positive impacts of graduate leadership on areas of child development such as early literacy and social development. At Kamelia Kids we strive to have the best qualified staff and we do.  Our early year’s practitioners understand, value and support young children’s play in its various forms and how it is fundamental to the wellbeing, learning and development from babyhood and throughout their early years. We also know from our parents that our early years practitioners are effective in developing their children’s communication, language and literacy, reasoning, thinking and mathematical skills.  At Kamelia Kids our staff provide the warmth and love children need to develop emotionally alongside and as part of planned and spontaneous learning opportunities. Nursery Manager Rachel Martini - Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional Learning and Development is responsible for the day to day management of the nursery and is responsible to the Trustees. Supporting Rachel, is Julia Godfrey Deputy Manager - Bachelor of Arts – Advanced Study on Early Years and Early Years Professional Status EYPS.

Our team are valued early years professionals and hold recognised National Occupational Standard (NOS) qualifications in Early Years Care and Education who have great enthusiasm and commitment towards their professional development. As a nursery we are committed to providing appropriate and reasonable opportunities and resources to enable the training and development of our staff to take place. By attending continuing professional development training we ensure that our team are in possession of all the latest ideas and initiatives, thereby giving your child the best experience possible.

A high priority is placed on children's safety and well-being and our staff have undertaken mandatory training in child protection, behaviour management and are trained in paediatric first aid. Staff are secure in their knowledge of the procedures to follow should they have concerns about a child's welfare.

Our highly experienced team provide a happy, fun loving and stimulating environment, encouraging children to learn through play and interaction, and supporting adult-led experiences where needed. Our team are all very experienced in their field helping each child to reach their full potential.  Parents are always welcome to drop into the nursery to discuss ideas, views or questions.

 

Apprentices
The nursery participates in the Government funded work-based training programme for people aged 16 and over and recruits apprentices. By working alongside our experienced staff they are able to gain knowledge and experience towards their Level 3 qualification in Early Years.

 

Rachel and her team have a responsibility to ensure that:
•the physical environment is safe, well organised and stimulating. 
•all activities, resources and equipment are appropriate for the children's ages and stages of development. 
•when appropriate, children are given opportunities to become involved in their own learning environment including the setting of rules and boundaries.
•each nursery offers an organised environment that provides plenty of well planned and age appropriate activities. 
•when they are actively included in positive play with adults, children are less likely to adopt inappropriate behaviour.
•once expectations have been made clear, children receive a consistent approach from the staff. 
 
Children develop and progress best in a safe and caring environment in which: 
•they know what is expected of them and they are free to learn and play in an organised way where good behaviour is positively encouraged.
•opportunities for inappropriate behaviour are minimised.
 

 


Profiles

RachelRachel Martini - Nursery Manager

Qualification: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies in Learning and Development (BA PSLD)

How long have you been an Early Years Practitioner..?
Studied BTEC in Nursery Nursing in 1993 at Exeter College (on leaving school!) and worked in early years ever since!
Previous Experience

Bundles of Early Years experience in a variety of settings! Previously manager for charity nursery in East Brighton for 8 years – rated ‘Outstanding’ 3 years consecutively, when newly qualified was a nanny in the West Indies and USA and worked in private nursery in and around South West London with range of ages including babies! (Wimbledon, Putney, Richmond etc..)
What do you bring to Kamelia Kids..?

Passion and dedication for achieving best possible outcomes in early years, commitment and drive for continuous improvement, professional development of the team, raising standards ‘Outstanding’, quality assurance awards etc.. reaching out and working with families and professionals, experience of working in a charitable organisation – keeps children at the heart!

 

Julia Godfrey - Deputy Manager

Qualification: BA Primary Education and Teaching Advanced study of early years.Julia
How long have you been an Early Years Practitioner..?
I have been an early year’s practitioner for 10 years.
Previous Experience:
I was a Health Care Assistant for 14 years which has given me skills in caring for children’s needs and excellent people skills. I have worked in a variety of settings and developed practice through my ‘Early years teacher status’, in particular at Worthing college. I have been at Kamelia for over 3 years and have thoroughly enjoyed being instrumental in bringing the nursery forward to what it is today. I am looking forward to seeing the nursery grow and develop for the future.
What do you bring to Kamelia Kids..?
I will always be there to talk to parents and will greet children on a daily basis. I am very passionate about children’s development and strive for them to reach their potential and be happy in their work/play. I have a love of music and try to bring this into nursery life as much as possible.

 

Beci Fisher - Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO)Becky RF 7982

Qualification:Level 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education

How long have you been an Early Years Practitioner..? 10 years

Previous Experience

I have been an Early Year’s practitioner for 10 years. I have worked with children of all ages in many different settings, in nurseries, the home environment, after school clubs, holiday clubs abroad and children’s entertainment events. I have worked with children of all abilities including those with complex additional needs.

What do you bring to Kamelia Kids..?
Energy, enthusiasm and commitment. I am very passionate about working with all children of all ages and abilities. I enjoy extending a child’s learning and helping them to reach their full potential.

Hayley Munt - Inclusion Co-ordinator (INCO)Hayley

Qualification: BA Primary Education with Advanced Early Years

How long have you been an Early Years Practitioner..? 5 Years

Previous Experience

I have over 5 year’s experience and has worked in a residential unit for children with severe autism and challenging behaviour and at a special needs school in Chichester within the autism department.

What do you bring to Kamelia Kids..?
I bring experience and knowledge of working with children with specials needs, especially autism and want to bring this into the nursery to ensure that every child can achieve their potential!

 

Marie Hammond - Baby Room Leader

 Marie

Qualification:  BA (Hons) in Professional Studies in Learning and Development

How many years have you been an Early Years Practitioner..?   11 Years.

Previous Experience

Since qualifying with my Level 3 Diploma in 2005, my experience has focused on caring for children within the nursery environment.  I have experience of caring for children across the age range of 0-5 years.  However, the Baby/Toddler room is where I feel my heart lies.  This is where I have gained a majority of my experience and have progressed to Deputy and Room Leader positions over the years.

What do you bring to Kamelia Kids..?

I have a passion and commitment to support and encourage every child to reach their full potential together with an understanding how important the earliest years can be.  I pride myself on working together with families to support positive outcomes for children and have a strong community spirit.  I am driven by reflective practice and committed to finding the best opportunities to help children learn, succeed and enjoy.

 

Amy Shirley - Bluebell (photo to follow)

Qualification: Diploma in Chidcare - Level 3
How many years have you been an Early Years Practitioner..? 6 Years.
Previous Experience
I have experience in working in many different childcare settings, including working in a creche as supervisor, working on a Disney cruise ship, nurseries and a holiday club abroad.  I have worked with children from all ages but specialise in 2- 5 years.

What do you bring to Kamelia Kids..?

I am friendly and cheerful and love to see the children having fun and enjoying learning throughout their time at nursery.  I am a committed individual and will give it my all at Kamelia Kids to allow the children to reach their full potential!

 

 

 

 

Board of Trustees

As a charity organisation Kamelia Kids is managed by a voluntary board of trustees. The members are responsible for the sustainability, legal accountability and long term viability of the nursery.

All staff and trustees are vetted to ensure their suitability to be working with pre-school children. The vetting process includes obtaining references from previous employers or educational establishments, with a successful issue of an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Testimonials

The nursery is brilliant. It’s been an absolute godsend for our family
- Angie, Kamelia Kids parent
 
It’s been incredibly beneficial meeting other parents in the same boat. We’ve built really strong relationships here and feel much less isolated
Kate, Kamelia Kids parent
I love Kamelia Kids and all the staff in it. Having been in Worthing less than a year, I thought my little girls would struggle to settle, like she did at her last nursery but no…, from day one she has loved every bit which as a Mum is the number one thing. The staff are amazing and so experienced. Thank you to all the team
Kamelia Kids Parent

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