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 is the founder of the Day Nursery School, setting its direction, and has worked for over 20 years in Early Years Care and Education. Linda is a mother herself and has four adult children and three grandchildren.
Her role: is to take overall responsibility full time for all aspects of the organisation, 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.
Linda Collins MA - Principal/Lead Professional:
- 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
Anne takes responsibility for all the administrative duties associated with the management of Home from Home, she is responsible to lead practitioners, and liaise with parents/carers, and assists the Principal in the smooth running of the setting, in the absence of the Principal Anne is responsible for the overall management at Home from Home. Anne brings her organisation 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.
Director of General Practices:
- 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
- CIS Business and Management Diploma
- Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher
- Infant Mental Health Online, Warwick University
- Staff Liaison Officer and Sustainability Manager
Daniel’s role as Deputy of General Practice is to assist in the smooth running of the setting, he works closely with all practitioners to support, guide and ensure that their practice is conducive in supporting children's individual needs. In the absence of the Principal/Lead Professional he supports the Director of General Practice in the management of practitioners, staff and premises, and the welfare, learning and development of children, liaising with parents/carers. Daniel is also the designated Health and Safety Officer. He is a popular practitioner who has been with Home from Home for over 10 years.
Deputy Director of General Practices:
- Health and Safety Officer
- Level 3 Childcare, Learning and Development
- Level 4 Childcare, Learning and Development
- Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children and Young People's Services
Pre Preparatory Coordinator /Early Years Educator: Bees, Badgers & Owls workshop:
Performing Arts Degree BA (Hons), Level 3 Childcare, Learning and Development, Prevent Training (WRAP) Deputy Safeguarding Officer (having attended advanced Safeguarding training), Rainbow Kids Yoga 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 also supports practitioners within her team. Lindsey particularly enjoys delivering the creative side of the curriculum, for example, dance and movement, and works closely with Nick (Drama teacher). Lindsey has been with Home from Home since 2011.
Team Leader/Early Years Educator, Fledglings & Squirrels workshop:
Level 3 Childcare, Learning and Development, Degree in Early Years Education
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, Bees, Badgers & Owls workshop:
Level 3 Qualified
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.
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 Education
Chloe has enjoyed her journey in early years so far and finds her career inspiring and challenging. She is currently a key practitioner within the Fledglings and Squirrels workshop, observing and planning next steps in order to develop children’s understanding and knowledge of their world.
Support Key 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 has recently come back to join the team on a more permanent basis, supporting practitioners in the afternoons Monday to Friday.
Drama Teacher: Lamda trained
Nick provides drama sessions to our Bees, Badgers, Owls & Squirrels children.
This particular provision aims to build self-confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem. Nick joined the team over 8 years ago and is a popular teacher, children enjoy acting out stories and their own ideas taking on various persona's to support their imaginative play.
Student / Key Practitioner, Level 3 Health & Social Care, working towards level 3 Early Years Educator
Angie decided to explore the world of early years after having her own son, she has many years of experience in health and social care and wanted to transfer her existing skills and knowledge to start a career in early years. She has an empathetic and caring nature and is really enjoying the challenges that working in early years brings.
Assistant Key Practitioner, Level 2, working towards 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.
Student Practitioner, working towards 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 supporting key practitioners within our Fledglings and Squirrels workshop.
Support Key Practitioner – BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, A levels in Psychology and Performing Arts.
Lauren brings a valued skill set to the setting with her Performing Arts background and supports the team within the Bees, Badgers and Owls workshop. Lauren is the oldest of seven children and has a background in working with children with special needs.
Student Practitioner, working towards level 2 Early Years Educator Qualification
Lauren has a calm disposition and is key in supporting her team in Fledglings and squirrels. She is also 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.
Early Years Degree, Foundation Degree level 5, 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 supports the team, liaises with parents and assists in the smooth running of the setting.
Daily Ancillary and Support Caretaker
Dave has completed a level 2 in child care in order to be effective in supporting practitioners on a daily basis. He is popular with the children and is always willing to lend a hand where ever he is needed.
Level 3 Award in supervising food safety in catering, craft trainer award
Dena has a background working in school catering. Her 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. Dena works closely with practitioners to prepare meals and special diets.
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.
“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.