Nursery Team

We believe Footsteps Pre-Nursery is different to other local pre-nurseries in our approach and attitude. The children are at the very centre of everything we do, and because Footsteps is a registered charity rather than a private business we invest all of the fees and funds raised back into resources, equipment and excellent staffing.

All of our staff are fully qualified, extremely professional and greatly experienced.

They are registered with Ofsted, DBS checked and attend regular training courses. They are always available to talk with you about any issue, no matter how small. They will always keep you fully informed about your child’s progress.

We choose our staff very carefully because we know as parents just how important the way staff interact with the children in their care is.

Our most recent Ofsted report said:

“The staff and committee have strong relationships with parents.”

“Parents speak highly of the well-established staff team”

Christine Wahl

Pre-Nursery Leader

Red Group Key Worker

Paediatric First Aider, Safeguarding Designated Person Fire Officer

I am no stranger to working with young children and have run my own Pre-school nursery for over 15 years. I then went on to specialise in children with special needs, working as a home visitor supporting parents and children. I have the Pre-school Alliances Diploma in Pre-school Practice and many other qualifications related to child education. I believe that children learn through play and this should be fun! I am the mother of two (now grown-up) daughters.

Amanda Pedley

Pre-Nursery Deputy

Green Group Key Worker

Paediatric First Aider, Safeguarding Designated Person, Health Safety Officer, Risk Assessment Officer, Special Needs Coordinator

I have worked with children since the age of seventeen, mainly at Busy Bees day nursery. While working at Busy Bees I attained many skills including the NVQ 2 in Childcare. I have since gone on to gain my Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People Workforce, and Cache Level 3 QCF.
I am pleased to have taken the position of Deputy at Footsteps.
I have a young daughter and a baby girl.

Sue Benton

Pre-Nursery Assistant

Blue Group Key Worker

Paediatric First Aider, Fire Officer

I obtained a BTEC “First In Caring” prior to joining Footsteps in 2008 where I started as a volunteer so that I could attain my NVQ2 in childcare. I have since joined as a permanent member of the team and have attained my Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People Workforce, and Cache Level 3 QCF. I have also been temporary deputy at Footsteps when the need has arisen.
I am the mother of two boys and a girl.

Jill Robertson

Pre-Nursery Assistant

Yellow Group Key Worker

Paediatric First Aider and Special Needs Coordinator

I started working at Footsteps as a volunteer in 2011. In 2013, I started studying for my Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People Workforce. I became a permanent member of the team in January 2014 and I have gained my Cache Level 3 QCF.
I am the mother of two boys.

Sarah Valentine

Pre-Nursery Assistant

Purple Group Key Worker

Paediatric First Aider

I started working at Footsteps as cover staff. When the deputy went on Maternity leave, I was delighted to be offered a full-time post. I am National Nursery Education Board (NNEB) qualified
I am the mother of two girls.

Management

The Management Committee works behind the scenes to support the dedicated and professional teaching team and ensures the Pre-Nursery can flourish.
All of the committee members are parents, carers or members of the community, and without their dedication and enthusiasm Footsteps would cease to exist. They fulfill a legal requirement set by Ofsted and the Charity Commission, as well as performing a variety of vital business and administrative activities, and support functions.
A view from the parents: “We each choose to give a little of our time to support Footsteps because we appreciate all of the benefits that it has given to our children, and we want those same opportunities to still be there in two years’ time for the babies being born today.”
As the children are constantly transitioning through the Pre-Nursery, there are constantly opportunities for parents and carers to have a say in how the pre-nursery is run, to help at events and to volunteer with the children (DBS checks permitting).

Committee Members

All our members have helped our nursery with their valuable time, experience and tenacity. We are very grateful for all their hard work and at Footsteps we always welcome new members.

Chair of the Committee: Judith Chamberlain.

A retired headteacher with a wealth of experience in the education sector.

Nursery Manager: Christine Whal.

Treasurer: Hugo Dolton.

A parent to two previous nursery children. Hugo has been involved with the committee for nearly 3 years.

Admissions: Rachael Brady.

A parent of one of our nursery children.

Secretary: Heather Gershater.

A parent to two previous nursery children.

Events Coordinator: Fiona Davies.

A parent to two previous nursery children.

Webmaster & Marketing Coordinator: Yat Lo.

A parent of one of our nursery children.

Marketing Coordinator: Laurel Smithson.

A parent to a previous nursery child.

Other members:

Julia Lucas.

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