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

Rachel Martini - Nursery Manager

Qualification: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies in Learning and Development (BA PSLD)DGRachel pic.JPG

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 15 plus 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 6 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..?

13 years

Previous Experience

I have been an Early Year’s practitioner for 13 plus 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.

 

Jade Schwar -  Baby Room Leader (Photo to follow)

Qualification: BA (Hons) Early Years
How many years have you been an Early Years Practitioner..?  

10 years.

Previous Experience

Studied Cache diploma in childcare upon leaving school and have worked in early years sector ever since. I have worked in a number of settings with children aged 0-5 years and gained most of my experience working with 0-3 year olds. I have over 5 years experience of being a room supervisor.
What do you bring to Kamelia Kids..?
I enjoy leading my team to ensure best practice to help young children to develop their independence and social skills and to reach their full potential. I am very creative and enjoy putting this into practice with the children

 

Amanda Clark - Pre-School Room Leader  (Photo to follow)

Qualification: BA (Hons) Early Years

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

I have worked in the Child Care Sector for over 20 years.

Previous Experience

My previous experience evolved in Pre schools, but predominantly lays within the Education sector teaching in Early Years, Years 1, 2 and 3.  I have also worked within the Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help team within Children's Social Services, but my passion has always been for Early Years!

What do you bring to Kamelia Kids..?

I am enthusiastic, fun, creative and have a love of the great outdoors.  I am looking forward to getting involved within the Beach School at Kamelia Kids.  I aim to create a positive learning environment, provide inspiring activities to spark each and every child's interest, arouse curiosity and provoke further independent learning.  I understand that each child is unique and wish to work closely with parents to ensure their child achieves the best possible outcomes in their last year at Nursery, resulting in a smooth transition to their first year at School.

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

My son 14 months old started there in January! They are absolutely amazing... brilliant with the kids and brilliant with parents! I was super anxious about leaving him and they really helped calm me and make me feel at ease! I really feel they genuinely care about the children.
- Kamelia Kids parent
 
My daughter is 2.5 and has been going since she was 8months. They are brilliant! She has such a good time. The staff are amazing and so lovely. They are really helpful when you’re settling in and so understanding. They’ve put up with my sobbing on many occasions! My second little one is due to start in June. Her development has been awesome and I put a lot of that down to them.
Kamelia Kids parent
My kids are 2 and 4 and attend there. My 2yr old is thriving. She didn't say much when she started, can’t shut her up now. Talking, signing, wanting to play more, they're so good with her. My son loves it too, he gets to play outside and go in the soft play almost every day. He made friends there so quickly too.
Kamelia Kids Parent

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