Jo Bates – Nursery Manager
Jo has a BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Studies and she also has Early Years Professional Status. She has over 10 years experience of managing settings in West Sussex and a true passion for working with children in the Early Years. Jo has been working at Windmill since July 2013, and she has a great vision for the Nursery with the children at the heart of every decision that is made.
Nikki works at Windmill as one of the Deputy Managers and she has been with us for 12 years. Nikki has a BA degree in Professional Studies in Learning and Development and Early Years Professional Status. Nikki said ‘I am fascinated at how children learn through their play and make sense of the world. It amazes me how quickly they pick up new skills and put them into practice.’ In her spare time she loves spending time with her friends and family.
Kim F works as another of Windmill’s Deputy Managers. She is NNEB qualified with over 30 years experience in childcare, working in various settings as a nanny, a Pre-School Supervisor, a Creche Manager, a nursery Deputy Manager and a Nursery Manager. Kim has 3 grown-up children of her own and she said, ‘I enjoy working with Jo and the team to fulfil her vision of Windmill Day Nursery’.
Sophie started as a member of bank staff at Windmill in 2012 and worked with us while doing her childcare qualification, which she completed in February 2014. Since then, Sophie has progressed to a Room Leader position and she now oversees the children under the age of 2. Sophie loves working at Windmill because the staff are lovely and enthusiastic! She really enjoys seeing the children develop, learn and grow each and every single day.
Ellie has 4½ years experience in childcare and a Level 3 Diploma in the Children’s and Young Person’s Workforce. She said she enjoys working at Windmill because the staff are lovely and enthusiastic which makes the nursery feel warm and friendly. She added ‘All the children are really happy and settled and the staff know each child extremely well!’
Vicki initially worked with us through an agency but has now joined our team. She has over 30 years experience of working in childcare settings, both in nurseries and as a Nanny. She also worked for several years within Social care settings. Vicky often makes cakes for the staff to enjoy at lunchtime and many of them refer to her as ‘Mumma Viggi’!
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Jess has a Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce and 4 year’s experience of working with children. Jess has successfully completed the first two years of a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood and in her spare time she plays the guitar. She said, ‘I love working with children and helping them grow and develop into young people.’
Megan has been qualified for almost 10 years with a Certificate and a Diploma in Child Care and Education. Megan said, ‘I love working with children because the job is full of smiles, giggles and rewards from such beautiful young characters. I enjoy Windmill because of the supportive team and the homely environment.’ In her spare time, Megan enjoys spending time in her new home, going on long walks, watching movies and baking.
Farzana started at Windmill as a student on a placement while she gained her Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. She loves watching the children grow and gain confidence while playing and learning. She said ‘Knowing you put a smile on the children’s faces makes the job very worthwhile’. In her spare time, Farzana likes to go out with her friends.
Kim K has worked at Windmill for 6 years. She has a Level 3 in Early Year’s Care and Education. ‘I love the warm friendly atmosphere of Windmill and the close relationship I have with all the other staff.’ Kim has a five year old daughter who used to attend the nursery and Kim says ‘she always loved coming to Windmill’.
We currently have a vacancy for another full time member of staff. If you have experience working in childcare or an Early Years qualification and you would like to join our team, please contact Jo on 01342 328544.