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VICKI EDWARDS. BA(Hons)

Vicki
is the nursery owner and has worked in the childcare sector since 1995. Vicki has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in Children, Schools and Families and is qualified to BTEC standard in nursery nursing and has attended many short courses in child care. She is a qualified first aider and has a Foundation Degree in the Integrated Education and Care of Children and Young People.
Vicki has also been awarded the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) which is a professional accreditation endorsed by the government for graduate practitioners who have demonstrated a set of professional standards.

   

JOANNE HARTLEY

Joanne has been at Abacus since 2004 and has a BTEC National Diploma in Childcare. Joanne is the Nursery Manager and has completed her level 5 in Leadership and Management.  Joanne has attended many short courses in child care. She is a Designated Lead Practitioner in Safeguarding, and a qualified first aider.


   
SAM HASTON

Sam has been at Abacus since 2003 and has a level 3 Diploma in Childcare and has completed her level 5 in Leadership and Management.  Sam is our Deputy Manager and the preschool room leader. She is a Designated Lead Practitioner in Safeguarding and a qualified first aider. Sam has attended many short courses in childcare.

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MARTINE HARWOOD

Martine has been at Abacus since the nursery opened in 1995. Martine has a Diploma in Childcare and is based in the rainbow (preschool) room. Martine has attended many short courses in child care. She is a qualified first aider.


   
KIM McHUGH

Kim has been with Abacus since 2013. Kim is qualified to NVQ level 3 standard and is based in our rainbow room. Kim has attended many short courses in child care. She is a qualified first aider.
   
JOANNE WALSH

Joanne has been at Abacus since September 2015.  Joanne is a team leader and is based in our curious caterpillar room. She has also worked at our sister nursery Kingsway Playgroup, since April 2015. Joanne has a level 4 Diploma in Childcare and has attended many short courses in child care. She is a qualified first aider.

   
FERN MARLER
Fern has worked at the playgroup since 2018. She is an apprentice and is studying for a level 2/3 qualification in Child Care and Development.
   
HAYLEY DAWSON. FdA.

Hayley has been at Abacus since 1999. Hayley has a Foundation Degree in the Integrated Education and Care of People and Young Children and is our Professional Staff and Setting Development Manager for all four of our nurseries. Hayley has attended many short courses in child care. She is a qualified first aider.

   
KATH WOODHOUSE

Kath is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and works at all four of our nurseries. Kath has a BA (Honours) in Geography, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and a Post Graduate Diploma as a Teacher in the Deaf. She worked as a special needs advisory and support teacher in North Lancashire for 23 years, in high schools, primary schools, pre-schools and with babies in their homes. During this time she gained experience in working with children with a wide range of special needs and her work included cooperative working with a wide range of professionals, including those in health and social care.

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