Our Staff

Here at Birch Grove, we are committed to employing high quality staff who have the qualifications,skills and experience to provide the very best of care for your child. All staff are actively encouraged to continuously develop themselves professionally.

We insist that all of our staff members hold certificates in Paediatric and Emergency First Aid, Food Safety and Safeguarding children to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children in our care.

The Early Years Foundation Stage states that at least 50% of staff should be qualified to a minimum level 3 qualification. We are proud to boast that 100% of our staff are qualified to level 3 or above to ensure the highest standards are provided for you and your child.

The company benefits from staff who have achieved Early Years Professional Status & Early Years Teacher Status, a status that recognises the skills and knowledge required to lead and improve practice, transforming the quality of provision and improving outcomes for children.

Managers at Birch Grove Day Nursery Ltd implement rigorous recruitment procedures to ensure that staff employed by us are fully qualified and appropriate for the role. All staff members are subject to Enhanced DBS checks.

Becky Beavan, Nursery Manager – BA Early Years / Early Years Professional Status

I have been part of the Birch Grove family since 2004, originally starting as Nursery Nurse and working my way up to Nursery Manager. No two days are the same and I love the diverse experiences that my role provides me with.

I am proud to work with my dedicated staff team who genuinely care about each and every one of the children attending our setting, striving to ensure the best outcomes for our children through hard work and determination.  

I am passionate about high quality teaching and learning with young children and having completed my Early Years degree with Early Years Professional Status, I use this knowledge to coach and mentor my team to develop them into the best early years practitioners that they can be.

Aaliyah Reddish, Nursery Nurse – BA (hons) Education Studies and Early Years

I have worked at Birch Grove for 2 years now, constantly developing my skills and knowledge to become a strong practitioner. I have worked with 2 year olds and more recently within the baby room with children under the age of 2 years. I enjoy working within our friendly team and learning together to create the best possible nursery environment for our children.

Laura Graham, Nursery Nurse – Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

I am extremely passionate about my role here at Birch Grove, I currently work with our Toddlers. They are so full of wonder and excitement and I love watching them learn and grow. Our toddlers love to learn and explore new activities; I like to plan a variety of activities to support their learning, development and interests.

Sofie Preston, Senior Nursery Nurse, Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Coming soon! – Currently on Maternity Leave

Gemma Jones, Deputy Manager (SENCO) – BA Early Years / Early Years Teacher Status

I have worked at Birch Grove for 14 years and the best thing about working at Birch Grove is the homely family feel, it is a lovely size with lots to offer to the children. Once settled, the children are always happy and enjoy making friends here! That’s what I love most about working in the early years, having a positive impact on the children’s learning, and seeing them feel happy and have fun as they learn!

Josie Jarvis, Nursery Nurse – Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce

I have worked for Birch Grove Day Nursery since September 2019 as a nursery practitioner. I qualified as a level 3 nursery practitioner in 2013, and have been attending regular training and development opportunities to keep my practice up to date. I really enjoy working for Birch Grove Day Nursery because of the fantastic and enthusiastic team. All of the staff care about each and every child’s individual needs and interests, and they show this by using the EYFS in their practice, and by providing exciting and educational activities.

Lucy Stephenson, Apprentice Nursery Nurse – Working towards Level 3 Early Years Educator

Coming soon!

Gaynor Simpson, Nursery Cook – Level 3 Advanced Food Safety & Hygiene

I love being with the children and forming bonds with both them and their parents. I thoroughly enjoy creating meals and snacks, especially when I see the children enjoy something new and different. Seeing empty plates an hearing the children say how much they have enjoyed their lunch gives me a great deal of satisfaction. Knowing our little ones go home with full tummies makes me feel like I have done my special part in their very busy day!

Emma Hardman, Nursery Nurse – Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce

I’m one of the Pre-School Practitioners here at Birch Grove, since April 2014. I enjoy seeing our Pre-Schooler’s grow and become extremely independent whilst getting them “School ready”. It really is rewarding seeing how much of an impact you can make on ones “Pre-School Adventure”. The bond you make with children, parents and staff team is lovely! I love that my job is so rewarding and you feel like you have made a difference to someone’s day, every day! 

Tasha Pritchard, Nursery Nurse – Level 3 BTEC Early Years Care & Education

I have worked at Birch Grove Day Nursery for nine years and have loved every minute of it! I have experience as a nursery practitioner throughout the nursery and for the past two years I have worked in the baby room. I enjoy working with the children to provide the best care and enjoy enhancing their learning and supporting their individual needs. I really enjoy getting to know the children and watch them as they grow and develop. As a parent of three children myself, I know how hard it can be to leave your child for the first time at nursery and that’s why I will support parents and build positive relationships. Every day I love coming to nursery to see the children with smiles on their faces and enjoying their time in nursery.   

Hope Edgar, Nursery Nurse – BA (hons) Working with children, Young People and Families

I joined the team at Birch Grove in September 2019. I enjoy working as a Nursery Practitioner as I find it so rewarding to see a child progress and use skills that I have taught them through play.

“Here at Birch Grove, I have had 4 children attend. The nursery is very good at getting the children ready for school. My children always come home from nursery with smiles and full tummies very, they offer a good range of foods... x”

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