Our strongest belief is that we best meet the needs of parents, children and our team by listening to what they have to say about nursery. You will have many opportunities to tell us what you think and where we can improve right from the start. From the settling in process all the way through nursery to the day your child leaves us, happy, confident, and extremely well prepared to start school.
We listen to our team regularly too through staff forums, team building events, appraisals, awards and family events as well as having a culture of open dialogue and discussion. We know this promotes a positive attitude to work and ensures everyone shares our vision and values and helps each other to do the very best they can for all of our children and families.
A sound understanding of what young children need to do well in their early years and beyond underpins every decision we make about running the nursery, from appointing senior managers and teachers to deciding which resources to buy or how to best share information about children’s development and well-being.
Emma Jones, Operations Director
Working closely with Rebecca Moore, we ensure that our dedicated Nursery Managers have everything they need to deliver first class childcare in a beautiful learning environment with an outstanding team of practitioners. My teaching and leadership experience along with my BA Hons in Primary Education with QTS which means I can provide mentoring and guidance to support our teams to continue to meet all the requirements of their roles.
I have worked with the Village Nursery Group since 1997 where I began my journey as a nursery apprentice, throughout this time I have continued to study and develop my skills with a particular focus on leadership. This has supported me to reach my current role of Regional Operations Manager.
I love all aspects of my role, but my huge passion is the coaching and mentoring of the team working towards growing our future leaders. As part of my role, I enjoy spending time within the rooms to observe and experience what it is really like for children within our nurseries.
Claire Oxley, Nursery Manager
I have been part of the family run Village Nursery Group since 2006 and most recently as the newly appointed Nursery Manager here at The Quays and I thoroughly love the diverse experiences my role provides me with.
No two days are ever the same and that is because of the wonderful unpredictability of our children and the fantastically creative team that support me here. I am beyond proud of this team who strive to ensure the best outcomes for our children through their hard work, determination and dedication.
Building outstanding partnerships with children and families is another passion of ours. From the first seeds of a family coming to look around the nursery, to the fully-grown, ready for school four year olds that leave our care, we ensure our families are involved in nursery every step of the way.
High quality teaching and learning with children is hugely important to me but having now completed my BA Hons in Early Years studies, I am fully involved in mentoring and coaching my team to fully develop them to be outstanding early years professionals.
Alison O’Connor Limb, Assistant Manager, SENCO & DSL
I have worked within the early years sector since graduating from University and I have worked at The Quays since 2016. I started out as the Early Years Teacher and have since progressed to Assistant Manager.
Having a specialism in early years education, I have a deep-rooted understanding of what children aged upto to five need to thrive. My ultimate goal is to ensure that every child starts the next chapter in education at school with a healthy and curious attitide to learning. We build the all-important foundations for learning starting in the baby room and is nurtured right up to pre-school.
I work closely with Claire to develop our staff and build fantastic partnerships with parents. We are a community nursery and with this brings a huge amount of community and family spirit and this is one of the many reasons I enjoy working here so much.
Cheryl, Quality & Relationship Manager
As Quality and Relationship Manager at the Quays I work very closely with Claire. We share the same vision to ensure the children and families are the centre of everything that we do. I also support our staff team on a day to day basis.
I have worked at the Quays since 1998 and am very proud to be a part of such an amazing team who are so passionate about Early Years. I love seeing this in their day to day practice.
I have a hands on approach working closely with children and families. I thoroughly enjoy this part of my role, from meeting new families and making those strong links to making myself available to families whenever necessary.
Nicola Conlon, Baby Room Supervisor, 3rd in Charge
I have worked at The Quays for 20 years. Working in this nursery for such a long time and seeing the positive impact of what I do daily with children motivates me to become the best early years professional I can be.
I love being part of this team as I see it continually going from strength to strength. I have seen the wonderful effort and emphasis placed on staff development and training and this has further enhanced my working knowledge and my passion for what I do.