The Lambkins Team

Our staff team is highly valued and we pride ourselves in having a consistent staff team. For us, our commitment to our team mirrors our commitment to our children. All members of the team are fully qualified, experienced and supported by a strong management team. They are all enthusiastic and caring – combining a love of young children with professional expertise. This is coupled with an understanding of the children’s needs and their development processes.

The Nursery Proprietor/Manager, Rachel Forster has over 15 years’ experience in childcare and holds an Honors Degree in Child and Family Studies and Qualified teacher status. This coupled with the fact that she is a mother herself means that the nursery is run in a caring and professional manner.

Staff learning and motivation are of utmost. Self evaluation is key and we do this through:

• Comprehensive learning targets
• Continuous professional development
• Various training opportunities
• Days for team training and team building

The setting has members of staff with qualifications and responsibility in specialist areas such as children’s special needs, health and safety, nutrition, baby massage and forest school.

We are very proud to say that all our staff hold a paediatric first aid certificate and we also hold first aid for training for parents. With robust policies and risk assessments, we can ensure your child is in safe hands.

‘Effectiveness of the leadership and management is outstanding. Staff are well qualified, experienced and ambitious. They continue to further develop their learning in order to improve their already outstanding teaching practice. Staff have an excellent understanding of their individual responsibilities to safeguard children.’

Ofsted Report



Rachel Forster

Nursery Manager

When I grow up

Midwife

Early Years Teachers Status, BA Honours Degree in Children and Family Studies, SENCO, Designated Safeguarding Officer , Equalities Named Coordinator, Designated Behaviour Management, Fire Warden, Paediatric First Aid

Donna-Marie Waugh

Deputy Manager

When I grow up

Marine Biologist

FD in the Integrated Care and Education of Children and Young People, SENCO, Health and safety officer, Designated Safeguarding Officer, Fire Warden, Paediatric First Aid

Karina Bird

Senior Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Marine Biologist

CACHE Diploma Level 3 in Childcare & Education, Nurturing Stronger Children from Within, Improving Children’s Learning Through Play level 2, Paediatric First Aid

Steph Westgarth

Senior Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Vet

Level 3 in Childcare & Education, Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning, Understanding and Addressing Behaviour, Paediatric First Aid

Michelle Stables

Pre-School & Outdoor Specialist

When I grow up

Cartoonist

City & Guilds Level 3 in Early Care & Education, Certificate in Developing Forest Schools, Paediatric First Aid

Lorynda Turnbull

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Popstar

Level 3 Dip for the Early Years Practitioner, Paediatric First Aid

Emma Winter

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Social Worker

NNEB, Quality Teaching in Early Years, Paediatric First Aid

Marie Robinson

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Primary School Teacher

BA Hons in Primary Education with QTS, Paediatric First Aid

Samantha Hewitt

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Professional Show Jumper

BTEC Level 3 in Children’s Play, Learning & Development, Paediatric First Aid

Jamie-Lee Crawford

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Level 2 in Childcare & Education, Paediatric First Aid

Rebecca Donald

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Teacher

Cache Level 3 in Childcare & Education, Child Protection Level 2, Paediatric First Aid

Rachel Buckle

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Hairdresser

FD In Children, Young People & Their Services, Supporting Children with SEND in Early Years and Promoting Positive Behaviour level 2,
Paediatric First Aid

Lucy Wilson

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Bus driver

Diploma Level 3 in Childcare & Education, Safe Sleeping for Babies, Supporting Early Language Level 2, Paediatric First Aid

Alice McKillop

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Primary School Teacher

Dip HE (level 5) Early Years Education And Development, BTEC Diploma in Children’s Play Learning and Development, Paediatric First Aid

Leanne Manson

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Dancer

CACHE Diploma Level 3 in Childcare & Education, Paediatric First Aid

Katie Eggleston

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Vet

Diploma for the Early Years Workforce, Supporting Early Language Development Level 2, Understanding and Addressing Behaviour, Paediatric First Aid

Jess Louis

Nursery Practitioner

When I grow up

Teacher

Level 3 Dip Childcare & Education, Health and Safety in Education, Paediatric First Aid

Claire Burne

Lead Administrator

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Artist

Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration, NVQ Level 3 in Customer Care

Ann Epgrave

Nursery Cook

When I grow up

Dairy Maid

City and Guilds in Cookery for the Catering Industry, Food Allergy Training

How do we safeguard your child

Our nursery has Designated Lead Persons for Safeguarding who are responsible for ensuring they keep their own training and knowledge up to date as well as that of our team.

All of our team go through a rigorous two part interview process with a panel and must have a clear enhanced DBS check and two satisfactory references before completing a probation period, followed by an in-depth review. All staff members must attend Safeguarding training and have regular updates.

We operate a ‘no lone working’ policy where there must always be a minimum of 2 adults present. We also have a Key person system, where every child is allocated a specific member of the team who will work closely with your family and speak to you about any concerns we have regarding your child’s welfare unless we feel they are at immediate risk, in which case we will make a referral to Children’s Social Care.

For more detailed information please read our safeguarding policy or speak to one of the Management team.

Lambkins Nursery

Kindling Curiosity

We believe in creating a home from home where children thrive and their imaginations are encouraged indoors and out.

Our Ethos
Lambkins Nursery

Healthy Eating

Our meals are made with no refined sugar, reduced salt, and lots of love! Prepared on-site, we cater for all little tastebuds.

Meals
Lambkins Nursery

Room to Roam

Our recently refurbished rooms coupled with our fantastic outdoor areas offer space for children to play, learn and relax.

Environment