Our Team

Proprietor / Principal Manager – Sandy Clayton 

Sandy has a BA Hons Degree in Education and is a qualified primary teacher specialising in early years care and education.   Sandy is currently undertaking MA in Early years.  She has also qualified as an Additional Needs Co-ordinator (ANCO).   Sandy is responsible for overseeing the leadership and management of Toadhall Nursery and Creche and providing in-house and external training to continually enhance the professional development of the team, thus improving overall practice and standards.

Senior Operational Manager – Jackie Bostanci

Jackie gained her CCLD Level 4 in childcare in 2008 and completed a 10‑day Art of Leadership course in 2010. Jackie has also qualified as an Additonal Needs Co-ordinator (ANCO) and has completed a Parent Nurturing course with Family Links.     She has recently completed a five day fully accredited Montessori training  course which will lead to her becoming a fully trained Montessori teacher.  Jackie is responsible for the day-to-day running and overseeing of Creche and Nursery.

 

Introducing the childcare team at Toadhall

All childcare staff employed by Toadhall are either ADCE, Btec/NNEB/NVQ/QCF Level 2 and/or Level 3 to Level 5 qualified.   In addition, we have QCF trainees who undergo continual assessment within the workplace, ie Nursery and/or Creche, who are working towards Levels 2 and 3 of the national occupational standards in children’s care, learning and development. (NB – attainment of Level 3 is equivalent to the NNEB qualification).

Toadhall Nursery and Creche also employs a Registration & Finance manager, who works part-time, a cook, who works part time and a full-time maintenance manager and a wrap around care co-ordinator.

All staff undergo an enhanced CRB police check in accordance with the Criminal Records Bureau and CSSIW requirements.

All our staff possess a wealth of experience together with an in-depth knowledge of child development and early years education.    Our Nursery assistants work towards an NVQ Level 3, with training and support from the setting managers.   In addition to in-house training opportunities, Toadhall is committed to the continuous professional development of staff.   All staff members have completed all mandatory training in relation to Safeguarding Children, First Aid, Food Hygiene, Manual Handling etc. at a level in line with their roles and responsibilities.

NB  –  CCLD level 5 is now the equivalent of a CCLD level 4

 

Nursery team

Nursery Manager – Rachael Witts

Rachael gained her NVQ Level 3 in childcare in 2007 and achieved a CCLD Level 4 qualification in 2011.   Rachael is currently undertaking a 10-day Art of Leadership course and is shortly due to complete her Forest School Leader training.

Nursery Deputy Manager – Louise Hugo

Louise gained her NVQ Level 3 in childcare in 2006 and achieved a CCLD Level 4 qualification in 2008.   Louise also completed a 10-day Art of Leadership course in 2011.

Senior Early Years Practitioner / Key Worker

Toadies – Rachael Witts, Level 4 CCLD

Badgers – Kathryn Jones, Level 3 CCLD

Moles – Louise Hugo, Level 4 CCLD

Practitioners / Key Worker

Toadies (Job Share) – Jade McGrath, Level 4 CCLD  & Emma Hedges, Level 3 CCLD

Badgers – Taylar Crook, working towards Level 2 CCLD

Moles – Natasha Murphy, Level 2 CCLD

Floating Early Years Practitioners / Keyworkers

Kathryn Mogford (Part-Time), Level 3 CCLD

Apprentice Early Years Practitioner

Bethan Griffiths – has been employed under the Jobs Growth Wales scheme and, following the successful completion of her probationary period, will commence CCLD Level 2 training

Creche team

Creche Manager – Carrie Charles

Carrie gained her CCLD Level 5 in childcare in 2014.   She has recently completed a five day fully accredited Montessori training  course which will lead to her becoming a fully trained Montessori teacher.   She also completed a 10-day Art of Leadership Course in 2014.

Creche Deputy Managers

Alisha Hardacre – Alisha gained her CCLD Level 3 in 2010.   Alisha completed a Leading Teams course in 2013 and is currently undertaking QCF Level 5.

Nia Edwards – Nia was awarded a BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies in 2007 and gained an MA in Developmental and Therapeutic Play in 2014.

Senior Early Years Practitioner/Senior Key Worker

Tadpoles – Nia Edwards, was awarded a BA (Hons)  in Childhood Studies in 2007 and gained an MA in Developmental and Therapeutic Playin 2014

Tiddlers – Esther Atabong, Level 3 CCLD

Otters – Alisha Hardacre, Level 3 CCLD

Early Years Practitioners / Key Worker

Tadpoles – Jenny Keenor, Level 3 CCLD

Tiddlers – Dionne Shugar, Level 3 CCLD

Otters – Dionne Green, currently undertaking Level 2 CCLD

Apprentice Early Years Practitioner

Laura John – has been employed under the Jobs Growth Wales scheme and, following the successful completion of her probationary period, will commence CCLD Level 2 training