Our Team

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.

Meet the Team

Karen Taft-Sheeran

Owner/Director

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.

Tara Dingley-Moore

Manager

Tara has been with us for many years and has over 30 years of experience within the child care sector. She holds a Foundation Degree Qualification in Early Years and Education and Level 5 Management and Leadership as well as other various courses throughout her career.

Abi Taft-Sheeran

Deputy Manager/ Baby Room Leader

Abi is Karen and Paul's daughter and is currently undertaking her Early Years Foundation Degree. 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 with all the children as well as being Deputy Manager 

Davina Wilkes

Third in Charge/Chef

Davina holds a Level 3 in Early Years and Education as well as a cookery diploma. Davina is Third in Charge and plans and provides nutritional meals and snacks and supports the children and staff within all rooms throughout the nursery

Michaela Harley

Toddler Room Leader

Michaela joined us as an apprentice 4 years ago and has completed her Level 2 and 3 qualification in Early Years and Education. Michaela has worked her way up to Room Leader of the Toddler Room. She is also wokring toward getting her foundation degree in Early Years. 

Lacey Priest

Baby Room leader

Lacey has got her Level 3 qualification in Early Years Education. She has had lots of previous childcare experience and was a Nanny before becoming room leader.

Carla Bettington

Pre-School Room Leader

Carla has got her level 3 qulaification in Early Years education and is our pre-school room leader. 

Fran Gilday

Nursery Nurse Practitioner

Fran has completed her Level 2 in Early Years and Education and is currently undertaking her Level 3, Fran supports in all rooms but is mainly based within the Toddler Room.

Lauren Duffell

Nursery Nurse Practitioner

Lauren joined us as an apprentice 3 years ago and is now a fully qualified level 3 practitioner. Lauren supports in all areas. 

Nathan Booker

Nursery Apprentice

Nathan has completed his Level 2 in Early Years and Education and is now doing his Level3. He is our Playworker for our After School Club as well as working within every room to gain experience and develop his knowledge.

Chloe Roden

Nursery Apprentice

Chloe has completed her Level 2 in Early Years education and is now working towards her Level 3. She supports in all areas but is mainly based in the Baby room.

Chloe Hodson

Nursery Apprentice

Chloe is working towards her Levle 3 in Early Years and is gaining experience in all rooms.