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Mrs Jill McCoy

Nursery Leader

Responsible for:

Health and Safety &
Child Protection Designated Safeguarding Lead and Parent and PTA Liaison

Qualifications include:

  • Certificate in Early Years Leadership and Management
  • National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB)
  • Accredited Learning Support Assistant
  • Health and Safety Level 2
  • Makaton Trained Modules 1 – 4
  • Level 2 Food Safety in Catering
  • Child Protection Designated Person Level 2
  • First Aid / Epipen
  • PREVENT and FGM trained

I am an experienced practitioner having worked continually since 1981 in Early Years Education (private schools and nurseries).  In 2006 I became the Nursery Leader of Chiddingstone Nursery School CIO. I have also worked as a TA (3 afternoons a week) at Chiddingstone Primary School since 2003. I have 2 grown up sons.  My interests include gardening, reading, walking and keeping fit.

Mrs Megan Downing

Deputy Leader/ SENCO

Responsible for:

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Lead Special Educational Needs/Inclusion, Equal Opportunities and Diversity

Qualifications include:

  • NVQ Level 3 Early Years Childcare & Education
  • BA Honours in Education & Early Years Childhood Studies
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Food Safety in Catering
  • PREVENT and FGM trained

 

I have a NVQ in early years childcare and education and also a degree in early childhood and education.  I have worked with children since 2001 through nurseries, holiday clubs, schools, children’s homes and forest schools.  I joined the Chiddingstone Nursery School team in 2018 and became Deputy Leader and SENCO in 2020.  I have two boys.  My interests include Harry Potter and Disney!

 

Miss Sam Wells

IT Manager/ Deputy SENCO

Responsible for:

Online Safety Coordinator

Qualifications include:

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce (QCF)
  • Child Protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • PREVENT and FGM Trained
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene
  • Makaton Trained Modules 1-4

 

 

My career in childcare began 2008. I started at Chiddingstone Nursery School CIO in 2015 initially as a nursery assistant, and currently as IT Manager and Deputy SENCO. I feel privileged to play a part in a child’s early years, to set them on a journey of knowledge and success. My interests include spending time with family and friends, gardening and walking, especially in the Lake District.

Mrs Sue Butcher

Nursery Assistant

Qualifications include:

  • Diploma in Nursery Nursing (NNEB)
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Child Protection
  • PREVENT and FGM Trained
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene

 

 

I have over 30 years experience working with young children.  I have previously worked as a Nanny in Vancouver, Canada for 10 years and at a Nursery in a Private School for 15 years where I became Nursery Leader. I joined the Chiddingstone Nursery School team in 2011. I am married and my husband and I enjoy breeding and showing pedigree sheep and cattle.

Mrs Philippa Handy

Nursery Assistant

Qualifications include:

  • BA Honours in Education
  • Child Protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • PREVENT and FGM Trained
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene

 

I have a BA Honours Degree in Primary Education and Biology. I have previously taught in Private and State Primary Schools for 6 years and most recently in an International School in Singapore for 4 years. I joined the Chiddingstone Nursery School CIO team in 2016. I am married and have 3 teenage children, 2 dogs.

Cover Staff

Mrs Jo Massey

Cover Nursery Assistant

Qualifications include:

  • BTEC – Media Arts & Technology Sports Coach
  • Child Protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Food Safety in Catering
  • Prevent and FGM trained

 

 

I first became involved with Chiddingstone Nursery School CIO in 2010 when my two children attended the nursery and I became a parent helper.  I loved the experience so sought a permanent early years role with Langton Green Nursery where I worked for a year year.  In 2011 I became a sports coach for children aged 2-7 years at Playball where I worked for 5 years.  I re-joined the Chiddingstone Nursery School team in 2018.  I love seeing the children explore their creative sides and grow in confidence.  Outside of work I lead an active life where my interests include skiing, surfing, running and keeping up with my two rugby playing boys.

Miss Vicki Wallis

Cover Nursery Assistant

 

Qualifications include:

  • Triple Merit – Media Production
  • Child Protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Food Safety in Catering
  • Prevent and FGM trained
  • Child Sexual Exploitation

 

 

 

Mrs Kim Agate

Cover Nursery Assistant

 

Qualifications include:

  • Child Protection
  • Prevent and FGM trained
  • Child Sexual Exploitation