Fundamental to the high quality of our provision is to have well-qualified, professional and caring staff. Our Head of Nursery, Kerry Bentley, is a passionate, knowledgeable and experienced practitioner with over 15 years experience in various early years settings holds a BA HONS in Early Childhood. As a small setting we are very fortunate to also have a qualified teacher and a specialist qualified early years teacher within our team.
Kerry also has business responsibilities for the Country Mice setting and acts as key support for the voluntary committee members of the Charity’s management team.
Kerry is also our Inclusion Coordinator (INCO) who liaises with other professionals as required in the SEN Code of Practice.
All staff are encouraged to continue their professional development to raise their level of skills and qualifications through external training courses in line with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
All staff with Country Mice are DBS checked,to ensure their suitability and have appropriate Child Protection training ,Pediatric First Aid, health and safety and food hygiene training .
Country Mice is committed to staff development and supports staff through appriasls, observations on practice and monthly one to one meetings. Staff are encouraged to undertake continuous training such as EYFS courses and any other further training and courses to benefit themselves and the nursery.
Kerry Bentley: Nursery Head: BA HONS in Early Years(Level 6) : Senco/ Inco for the nursery,Behavior Management Representative Child Protection Officer, Health and Safety Officer, Fire Marshall, First Aider.
Anna Lancaster: Deputy Nursery Head Qualified Early Years Teacher (EQT), First Aider, Child Protection Support
Charlotte Forrest: Learning Lead, Classroom management specialist, Qualified Teacher Status, Senco/ Inco Support, First Aider
Maureen Dudman: Nursery Practitioner / Club Practitioner- Level 3
Lisa Hiller: Nursery Practitioner / Club Practitioner – Level 3
Holly Brooks: Nursery Practitioner / Club Practitioner – Level 3
All members of the committee are parents, and they work together with the staff to provide a safe and happy environment in which children can develop and learn through play. We are very keen for new parents to feel as much a part of Country Mice as their children, so we are always delighted when parents become involved. One of the best ways to do this is to join the committee.
The committee meets regularly once every half term and is responsible for the overall management of the pre-school. Even if you cannot make such a regular commitment, we always need assistance at our fund-raising events and with individual projects. If you would like to help out and are able to spare some time, please speak to a member of staff who will put you in contact with the Chairperson.
Current elected Committee members for