Our Early Years qualified staffing levels enable us to maintain our staff to child ratios at the level of:
• 1:3 – for children aged three months to two years
• 1:4 – for children aged two years to three years
• 1:8 – for children aged three years to five years
When recruiting our staff, we have very thorough checks in place to ensure that your children are safe. All staff are DBS checked, have references followed up and completing online Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and First Aid training is compulsory.
Other training courses are offered to staff throughout the year to ensure that their knowledge and practice is up to the highest standard. We may use bank staff to cover absences if needed and sometimes we have students on placements who work on a voluntary basis to gain work experience, they are all DBS checked and complete induction training. Students are never left unsupervised, and like all staff follow our policies and procedures. We also have a low staff turnover.
Tara Dingley-MooreDeputy Manager
Tara has been successfully working in childcare for over 30 years and holds a degree in Early Years and has many years’ experience as a Nursery Manager and Deputy Manager.
Bethany BaronBaby Room Leader
Beth also started at Squiggles as an apprentice almost 4 years ago, now she has her level 3 in childcare and also completed her level 2 team leading course and is Baby Room leader.
Abi Taft-SheeranNursery Nurse / Third in charge.
Abi is Karen and Paul's daughter and is currently undertaking her level 3 in childcare. She has worked at the nursery since it started, helping out where she was needed. Like her parents, she has a passion for children and loves working in the baby room alongside Beth
Michaela HarleyNursery Practitioner
Michaela joined the Squiggles team just over 2 years ago as an apprentice and is now a fully qualified level 3 practitioner. Michaela and Cody work brilliantly in the toddler room together.
Alex KinchNursery Practitoner
Alex joined the Squiggles team recently and has completed her Level 3 in childcare, she is based in the Pre-School room alongside Lisa.
Lauren DuffellNursery Nurse Apprentice
Lauren also joined our team last year and is undertaking her level 2 in childcare. Lauren works mainly in the baby room, however she does also assist in the other rooms.
Mrs. Karen Taft-SheeranDirector/Manager
I have more than 30 years child care experience and have been an OFSTED registered child minder in Hagley since 1999. Over the years I have cared for scores of children, while looking after my own three children. I have an NVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and Cordon Bleu Cookery Diploma. I have been on several courses always keen to update my knowledge such as Quality Still Matters, Embedding the EYFS, Safeguarding, first aid and a level 2 in food safety.
Katie GarrettNursery Manager
Katie has recently joined us and holds a BA (Hons) degree and Early Years Teacher Status and has experience as a Nursery Manager and Deputy Manager
Cody SansonToddler Room Leader/ Third in Charge
Cody began working at Squiggles during a college placement over 4 years ago, but stayed on to do her apprenticeship and is now a fully qualified nursery nurse. As well as this, Cody has also completed her level 2 team leader course and has gone on to do her level 3 in management. She is toddler room leader and also third in charge.