'Our amazing staff are passionate and dedicated to making sure children are safe and engaged'

Our Ethos

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Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.

At Whitehill Nursery School, we are fully aware that children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, but also good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. We also run an After School Club and a Holiday Club as part of an extended school service.

Our Guiding Principles

Four guiding principles should shape practice in early years settings. These are:

Principle 1

Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Principle 3

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.

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Principle 2

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Principle 4

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Principle 1

Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Principle 2

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

caterpillar artwork cartoon

Principle 3

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.

Principle 4

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

OFSTED Report

Following our latest Ofsted inspection in May 2016, the quality and standards of our early years provision has been rated as OUTSTANDING.

We have been rated as Outstanding in all four areas of the inspection criteria which include:

1. Effectiveness of the leadership and management

2. Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

3. Personal development, behaviour and welfare

4. Outcomes for children 

To view the complete inspection report, CLICK HERE.

Quality Assurance

Whitehill Nursery School was awarded the prestigious Pre School Learning Alliance Accreditation Quality Assurance Award in January 2003. Quality Assurance Schemes are frameworks that enable childcare providers to work towards and demonstrate measurable, high standards of quality that go above and beyond the minimum standards regulated by OFSTED.

The Launchpad to Quality

The Launchpad to Quality was developed in 2009 with the purpose of enabling early years and childcare providers to develop skills of self-evaluation and to improve their quality. The emphasis is on PRACTICE, not paperwork.

The Launchpad to Quality is a tool aimed primarily at enabling a setting to:

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Develop skills of self reflection for all our staff and volunteers

2

Ensure all minimum standards are met and built upon

3

Ensure whole staff participation so that we all work as a team pulling in the same direction

4

Ensure involvement of children and families in a setting’s development and everyday life

5

Develop skills of articulating practice through evidence gathering

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Develop skills of observation – both of practice and of peers

7

Breakdown practice improvement into management steps

Who's Who - Meet Our Amazing People

Our staff are incredibly passionate and dedicated to ensuring that children are safe and engaged. All our staff have been trained in Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding.

Nehal Vara

Nehal Vara

Owner/Director

Experience & Qualifications

I entered the childcare industry when I bought Whitehill Nursery in 2016. I have a strong background in Finance with excellent knowledge in business, having worked in Finance for over 20 years. I decided that it was time for a change. Being a mother inspired me to work with children and encourage their development and progress in a positive way.
Teressa Sayer

Teresa Sayer

Nursery Manager

Experience & Qualifications

I have worked with children for nearly 30 years. I started at Whitehill Nursery since it first opened and have watched it grow from 12 to 50 children per session. I have a diploma in Pre-school Practice and enjoy seeing the children learn through play.
Hannah Fox

Hannah Fox

Deputy Manager/Room Leader

Experience & Qualifications

I have been working at Whitehill Nursery since September 2011. I hold a Level 3 qualification in childcare. I enjoy messy activities with the children and playing games.
Evangeline Stevens

Evangeline Stevens

Room Leader

Experience & Qualifications

I have an NVQ Level 4 in Early Years with over 10 years experience. My passion is promoting children's learning through play and emotional wellbeing. I love being creative with messy play and craft. I enjoy baking in my spare time.
Yasmin Mellet

Yasmin Mellett

Nursery Assistant/Afterschool & Holiday Club Manager

Experience & Qualifications

I've worked in childcare since September 2008. I have completed my playwork course and am a Level 3 qualified. I work in the Nursery and manage the Afterschool & Holiday Club. This gives me the opportunity to work with a wide range of age groups.
Linda Gill

Linda Gill

SENCO Lead/Qualified Nursery Assistant

Experience & Qualifications

I started at Whitehill Nursery in 2006 as a Level 3 qualified Nursery assistant. I then qualified as SENCO and more recently as a Licensed THRIVE Practitioner. Away from work, I enjoy gardening, reading and spending time with my daughters.
Angela Barton

Angela Barton

Qualified Nursery Assistant

Experience & Qualifications

After a period of childminding, I joined Whitehill Nursery and qualified in Level 3. I have attended many courses over the past 14 years. I enjoy seeing many of my past children as young adults. I like, walking, swimming and gardening.
Gillian Billing

Gillian Billing

Qualified Nursery Assistant

Experience & Qualifications

I joined Whitehill Nursery back in 1999 when it first opened. I am Level 3 qualified and recently trained in Paediatric First Aid. I enjoy reading and acting out stories with the children. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, going to the Gym and watching F1.
Nicola Bridgland

Nicola Bridgland

Qualified Nursery Assistant

Experience & Qualifications

I recently joined Whitehill Nursery in April 2018, with previous experience in childcare. I have learnt that the Children are at the heart of everything we do. I'm Level 3 qualified and have a real passion for childcare and believe that it is our purpose to nurture and develop young children by providing a safe & stimulating environment.
Lilly Brown

Lilly Brown

Qualified Nursery Assistant

Experience & Qualifications

I joined Whitehill Nursery as an apprentice in February 2015. I completed my NVQ Level 2 and working towards my NVQ Level 3. I am very creative and firm believer of messy play.

Catherine Turner

Qualified Nursery Assistant

Experience & Qualifications

I have over 12 years of experience working with Early Years Education in a range of roles. I am Level 2 qualified Nursery Assistant and trained in ELKLAN Speech & Language Support for 3-5 year olds. I enjoy arts and crafts in my leisure time.
Angie Wooldridge

Angie Wooldridge

Qualified Nursery Assistant

Experience & Qualifications

I have worked in Early Years for almost 10 years, having joined Whitehill Nursery in 2009. I hold NVQ 2 CCLD. I particularly enjoy creative and story based activities. I love to see the children progress in their learning development during their time with us.
Kayla Radloff

Kayla Radloff

Nursery Assistant Apprentice

Experience & Qualifications

I started my NVQ Level 2 with Whitehill Nursery in September 2017 as an apprentice. I enjoy messy craft activities and story telling with the children. In my spare time I enjiy going to the Gym and playing with my pet budgies.
Alex Willingale

Alex Willingale

Individual Learning Assistant (ILA)

Experience & Qualifications

My role at the Nursery is an Individual Learning Assistant, working closely with Miss Gill, our SENCO Lead. I gained my PGCE in 2006 and went into Primary School Teaching until I had my own children.
Charlotte Allan

Charlotte Allan

Lunchtime Assistant

Experience & Qualifications

I have recently joined the Whitehill Nursery as a Lunchtime Assistant and am enjoying working with the children. I am hoping to study towards an NVQ Level 2 in the near future.
Kerry Wright

Kerry Wright

Lunchtime Assistant

Experience & Qualifications

I have worked at Whitehill Nursery for the past 4 years as a Lunchtime Assistant. I enjoy working with children and often cover staff holidays & sicknesses. I am Level 2 Qualified and enjoy reading stories and playing with the children.