Staff and Staff Training

The regular staff in the Pre-school are:

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Pam Halligan

Manager

My name is Pam Halligan, I live in Chapelfields with my children Emma and Tom.  Both my children attended Castle Keep but are now at University and working.  I began working at the Pre-school in 1999 and was promoted to Manager in July 2007. I hold a NVQ 3 certificate in Childcare, Learning and Development. As well as being first point of contact should you have any questions or concerns I am also responsible for Child Protection, Allocation of Places, Accounts, Staff and Recruitment, Health and Safety, Liason with Outside Agencies amongst others.

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Nicola Bennett

Room Supervisor

My name is Nicola Bennett, I live in Tile Hill with my Parents. I began working at Castle Keep Pre-school in 2007 as a Pre-school Assistant and was promoted to Room Supervisor in January 2011. I have worked in childcare since 2006 and have held a NVQ 3 certificate in Childcare, Learning and Development since 2008.

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Tracie Burdett

Room Supervisor

My name is Tracie Burdett, I live in Allesley Park with my husband and our three sons. All my children attended Castle Keep Pre-school along with my Nephew. I began working at the Pre-school in March 2011 as a Pre-school Assistant and was promoted to Room Supervisor in November 2014. I completed my NVQ 3 in Childcare Learning and Development in 2014.

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Helen Clark

Assistant

My name is Helen Clark, I live in Coundon with my husband and our four children, my two youngest children have attended Castle Keep. I originally worked at Castle Keep from 2007 to 2011 and returned to the Pre-school as a Pre-school Assistant in September 2014.  I have held a NVQ 3 certificate in Childcare, Learning and Development since 2000. My role at Pre-school includes Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.

 

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Kirsty Gibney

Assistant

My name is Kirsty Gibney, I live in Radford with my partner and our daughter who also attends Castle Keep.  I began working at the Pre-school in April 2016 as an Early Years Educator. I have worked in childcare since 2008 I have held a NVQ 3 certificate in Childcare, Learning and Development since 2011.

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Shanise Poyner

Assistant

My name is Shanise Poyner, and I live in Coundon with my parents.  I have worked in childcare since 2016 and I completed my NVQ3 in Early Learning and Childcare in March 2017.  I began working at Castle Keep in September 2019 as an Early Years Educator.

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Kayley Gregory

Assistant

My name is Kayley Gregory,  I live in Tile Hill with my partner and son.  I have worked in Nursery since 2004 and completed my NVQ3 in Early Care and Education since 2006.  I began working at Castle Keep in September 2019 as an Early Years Educator.

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Erin Boyce

Assistant

My name is Erin Boyce, I live in Radford with my partner and two children, my youngest child also attends Castle Keep Pre-school.  I began working at the Pre-school in September 2017 as a Pre-school Assistant.  I have worked in Nursery’s since 2008 and have held a NVQ 2 since 2010.  I am currently working towards my level 3 qualification.

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Charlotte McDonald

Assistant

My name is Charlotte McDonald, and  I live in Stoke with my Husband and two Daughter’s, who have both attended Castle Keep.  I originally began working at Castle Keep in September 2012, leaving to have my daughters and have since returned in September 2019.  I completed my NVQ3 in Childcare Learning and Development in June 2009. My role at Castle Keep includes support Special Educational Co-ordinator.

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Debbie Brownlie

Assistant

My name is Debbie Brownlie, I  live in Coundon with my four children and my Husband.  I began working at the Pre-school in May 2018 as an Early Years Educator. I have worked in childcare since 2002.

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Renai Forbes

Assistant

My name is Renai Forbes, I live in Stoke with my parents.  I began working at the Pre-school in July 2018 as a Pre-school Assistant.  I have worked in Nursery’s since 2017 and have held an NVQ 2 since March 2018.  I am currently working towards my level 3 qualification.

We are proud of the high levels of training carried out by our staff to keep us constantly in touch with new thinking and development in the field of childcare and child education.

All staff complete at least 12 ½ hours training per year consisting of a combination of professionals visiting our setting to carry out training with the whole team and also training delivered by the Coventry Early Years Development and Childcare service off site.

All staff hold also hold current First Aid certificates, Level 2 Food Safety in Catering and have attended current Child Protection Training. Copies of staff training certificates are available in the folder in the entrance hall.

Disclosure & Barring Service

All members of staff, volunteers and students are subject to a successful DBS check. In the case of adults who are awaiting the return of their certificate we ensure that they are supervised at all times with the children.

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