Children 1st @ Sheffield

Breedon House Nurseries, 39 Scotland Street, Sheffield S3 7BS

Children 1st @ Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Children 1st @ Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Children 1st @ Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Children 1st @ Sheffield is located within easy reach of Sheffield city centre and has been refurbished to offer a bright and spacious learning environment for children aged from birth to five years.

A dedicated and enthusiastic team of early years staff are fully trained and experienced to support the children's healthy growth and development. The nursery have high staff-to-child ratios to ensure each child receives high-quality care.

The age-apprpriate rooms have 'free-flow' access to a spacious outdoor garden which has designed to maximise the potential for outdoor play in all weather conditions.

The nursery also provides plenty of extra learning opportunities including Funky Feet dance classes for children aged between two and five years, French for those aged three to five and a sports skills class with Sheffield Wednesday community coaches.

Children 1st @ Sheffield also operate an 'out of school' club for children up to twelve years of age and offers fully grant funded places for children aged three and four years.

Group: Children 1st Day Nurseries

Person in charge: Marie Bagley and Deborah Thorne (Managers)

Local Authority / Social Services: Sheffield City Council

Number of Staff: 32

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 120

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 12 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.6 Children 1st @ Sheffield has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.579)

The Review Score of 9.6 (maximum of 10) for Children 1st @ Sheffield is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 22 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Children 1st @ Sheffield in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.7 out of 5 from 17 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.871 for Children 1st @ Sheffield is calculated as follows: ( (230 Excellents x 5) + (32 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 263 Ratings = 4.871

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    The 4.708 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Children 1st @ Sheffield is based on 17 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 24 positive Reviews (120 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 17 Reviews ÷ 24 Target = 0.708

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    21
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    22
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
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  • Unlikely
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Reviewer Connection to Children 1st @ Sheffield

  • Mother of Child
    21
  • Father of Child
    1

Professional, caring, sensitive to needs of the child. Absolutely lovely care for my child, above and beyond my expectations. Staff really enjoy their role and my child is really happy. I have complete peace of mind.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I am impressed and reassured by the staff, environment and food at this nursery. My 1-year-old daughter is happy and settled. I get plenty of feedback and observations about what she has been up to.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I think the Children's 1st staff have been taking a good care of my daughter since she was 8 months old. She fell into the good eating habits and also learnt how to speak politely. The nursery focuses on the mental development of the children via different activities like colouring, painting, messy play etc which gives the children more to explore and learn.
They have taken a good care of my daughter by making sure she's comfortably dressed and her nappy is changed regularly. At times if she was ill or tired, I would let the nursery staff know and they always made sure to give her the rest or comfort she needed. The nursery always informed me immediately to let me know of any incidents happened / if my daughter was ill so that I can take necessary steps immediately.
I am very happy with the nursery and I would recommend it to my friends.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Both of my children attended this nursery from six months. I have a five year age gap between my children and it was a relief to see the same staff when my second child began attending. The baby facility is just like home, the care and provision is first class- every day. The staff are experienced, many are parents themselves and so they understand how to warmly welcome the children each day, how to entertain and nurture.
As a parent, I have learnt so much about each stage of their development- feeling reassured that my children are progressing well. Each day brings a new adventure and it is a pleasure to see updates on their electronic learning diary.
My daughter has several allergies and I was impressed at how well her individual needs were catered for every day. I have always recommended this nursery to friends and family.
The care is outstanding and it so reassuring to know that the children are thriving and enjoying their own day.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Both my husband and I spent a lot of time researching a nursery for our daughter and decided on Children 1st @ Sheffield. We are in total agreement Children 1st @ Sheffield was the right choice as our daughter has progressed emotionally, physically and socially since starting here and we are so proud of the little lady she is becoming.

Our daughter started nursery at an early age due to work commitments and we were concerned that she was too young to attend a nursery however the staff were and have continued to be very supportive not only of our daughter but to ourselves. All the staff are very friendly and attentive to every child and parents and strive to help the children grow mentally and physically.

Words do not really justify how pleased we are with Children 1st @ Sheffield and we will continue to recommend to everyone we know.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I am so happy that we picked this nursery for our baby. The staff are all extremely friendly and my baby is completely infatuated with his key worker! It makes me feel so much less guilty going to work when I know how much he is enjoying himself. I love all the updates we get from the eyLog app - it's wonderful being at work and seeing a video of him having fun. There is also a lot of detail about his day written in his diary, and always a nice chat about how he's been when we go to pick him up. They are extremely good at taking extra care when he has been poorly. The room always looks clean, well cared for, and with so much fun stuff to do. Some of the ideas for different sensory experiences are really clever. I have already recommended this nursery to friends and will continue to do so.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

After a bad experience with another nursery, I moved my daughter to Children 1st. From the first settling visit, it has been amazing and now, 14 months on, my shy daughter who barely talked is a confident girl who is now above average with her speech. Routines are in place and stuck to so she always knows her plan for the day. Funky feet (an in-house extra activity) is the highlight of her week. You are always greeted with a smile and all the staff genuinely love and care for her like she's a family member. I can't recommend enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Staff are very friendly and supportive, especially when my daughter is a little tearful and not wanting me to leave, and so gives me great peace of mind knowing she is in very good hands. Since starting at Breedon House, my daughter has come on in leaps and bounds, she has really come out of her shell and is so much more confident. She is learning so much, all thanks to the amazing staff. Cannot praise them enough for all that they do for the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has attended Children 1st @ Sheffield for 10 months now and I cannot speak highly enough of it.

The staff are warm, caring and fun and my daughter plays, eats and sleeps happily there 3 days a week.

The nursery is secure with key fob entry and there is always staff in reception to monitor movements around the nursery and to help with any problems.

There is always structure to the day with varied play, including time outside in the amazing playground (which is divided into age groups).

Meals are all cooked on site by the fantastic cooks and the children sit together in groups to eat nicely. It is a wonderful thing to see and my daughter eats really well there!

I am so pleased that I sent my daughter to this nursery and will not think twice about sending my future children there.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter started nursery in December 2014, since then she has become a more sociable and confident child. The staff are continually supportive to both me and my daughter. They are welcoming, patient and encouraging. I would not hesitate to recommend Breedon House to friends and family. There are lots to keep my child busy from painting outside and lots lots more.
A big thank you to everyone for giving me support and peace of mind, knowing my daughter is happy and well looked after and safe.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been coming here for 4 months now and the change in him has been brilliant. He is happy, confident and outgoing and his teachers do a great job in looking after him and teaching him new things.I wouldn't send him anywhere else!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son attended this nursery for 4 years, 4 days a week. During this time the nursery and staff have excelled and gone above and beyond to care for my child and support my family; to name just a few scenarios:
Preparing dairy free meals when my son was between 6/18 months.
Supporting home life discipline, reinforcement and discipline. Provided me with with same time out mat. when my son was 42/48 months.
Helping reducing childhood fears by making a dream catcher.
Helping with logistics inside the building following the birth of twin siblings.
Preparation for school and graduation process etc.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our daughter recently started at the nursery and the service we have received has been excellent from initial contact through to intro session. Now our daughter is attending we have been dealt with professionally and with obvious care for our daughters well being.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Both of our children attend Breedon House and both thoroughly enjoy it. Their own personal confidence has increased dramatically since attending and their academic journey has been well funded and improves week on week.
My son is due to start school full time in September and is well prepared and ready to start.
The grounds at Breedon House are wonderful and the girls get the most from them.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We love this nursery and can't imagine sending our children anywhere else - all the staff are fantastic, caring, engaging. Both children are thriving at nursery and really enjoy their time there. The facilities are excellent, as is the attention to detail and the variety of activities on offer.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Children 1st are a fantastic nursery. Both of my children have attended this nursery over the past 5 years.
They are welcoming to the parents and succeed in being as helpful as possible with any queries or issues.
Most importantly, they are so attentive to the children, treating them with love, care and respect. I have never had any worries or concerns about leaving my children in their care. I recommend them wholeheartedly.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

A brilliant nursery that has supported both my children and us as parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

As a first time mummy going back to work, I was very nervous and hated the thought of leaving my little baby boy at just eight months old but Children 1st were fantastic. They reassured me and were supportive. The staff are always happy to see him and he loves nursery. My son is now nearly two and has an amazing key worker and learns so much there. I would recommend this nursery without a doubt.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Sending your child to nursery is very difficult for any parent, however the staff at Children 1st Sheffield have managed this transition with ease. The staff are always helpful and really know your child. Our little ones development has come on in leaps and bounds since joining. I would recommend the nursery to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Marie Bagley, Nursery Manager at Children 1st @ Sheffield responded to this review on 19 Feb 2016:

Thank you so much for your kind review. You're not alone in worrying about leaving your child for the first time at nursery and equally not alone in quickly realising there was nothing to worry about and that your little one is actually having a great time learning and playing with their friends.

I will pass your comments on to the staff team who I know will appreciate them as much as I do.

Kindest Regards,

Marie Bagley
Nursery Manager

My daughter has developed so fast and she love going to the nursery every day. She started since she was 6 weeks old. The facilities are amazing with plenty to keep his young mind busy throughout the day. The staff are very friendly and they look after her in detail. I'm also happy putting her at Children 1st @ Sheffield. I feel it is safe place and secure to protect her while I'm a way. Thanks to all the staff in Children 1st @ Sheffield for their caring and behaviour with my child and me as well. I really appreciate that my baby is in secure and good place such as Children 1st @ Sheffield.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Leaving my only child at nursery for the first time was a very daunting prospect, despite having researched several nurseries and picking Children 1st @ Breedon House as the best, that first day was terrifying. However, the staff were fantastic, they welcomed my daughter with kindness, provided reassurance to me and were not judgemental when I phoned to see how she was. The daily information we get in her diary and updated on the EY log allow us to feel in touch with her despite being at work. She is growing in confidence and her willingness to try new things is amazing and we thank the staff for their encouragement. I can't recommend this nursery enough. Thank you Children 1st for taking such good care of our most precious thing!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little one has attended children 1st from 9 months. From the time she started until now she has gained so much confidence, self awareness and has gained an understanding of other people's lives and cultures that myself alone couldn't have given her! During each room she has had amazing key workers who have treated her as an individual and have all loved and gained her trust which has made it easy for me to leave her knowing she is well cared for and having lots of fun whilst I'm at work! I've never been so proud as I was when my little shy girl took part in the nativity at Christmas this was a truly remarkable achievement for her and the staff which I am eternally grateful for! Thoroughly recommend this nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Sheffield? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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Awards / Recognitions

July 2013

Ofsted Good in All Areas

Recipient: Children 1st @ Sheffield

Date: Thursday 25 Jul 2013

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Staff Profiles

Deborah

Deborah Thorne

Job Title: Manager - Early Years

Joined: 1993

Description:

My Name is Deborah Thorne and I am the Early Years Nursery Manager for Children 1st @ Sheffield.

I have been working with children since the age of 16. I qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1993 gaining my N.N.E.B Diploma in Nursery Nursing.

I then worked as a nanny for almost 2 years having sole charge of two boys Edward and Thomas who are now 19 and 21.

I started work for Children 1st Day Nurseries in May 1996 when they purchased the nursery that I was currently working in. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to grow with the Nursery right from day one and have gained a vast amount of experience. I have worked my way up from Nursery Nurse opening the baby unit, to Room Leader then to Deputy Manager and finally on to Nursery Manager in 2000. I have worked with all ages of children and enjoy the challenges that working with different aged children bring but I especially love the Early Years age group and this has been my area of specialism for a number of years.

While I have been with Children 1st I have managed the Newark Nursery for 6 months working with the team and the new Nursery Manager to build up occupancy levels. I then managed St Peters and St Paul Nursery for 2 1/2 years which I really enjoyed as this took me out of my comfort zone and I grew in confidence and was able to develop my own skills. I then came back to the Sheffield Nursery (home) in May 2009 were I have resumed my role as Nursery Manager for the Peter Rabbits and Early Years.

Through my role as Nursery Manager I have worked with diverse cultures and families with different needs and expectations, this has given me the tools to enable me to meet their different needs and make a real difference to children's lives, one of my passions is to be able to offer high quality childcare for ALL children regardless of their status.

My role as Nursery Manager also enables me to work with children with Special Education Needs (SEN) and become a linchpin with families and other members of my Nursery Team, giving our children the best start to their nursery education regardless of their abilities or needs.

I have also built a strong team who I work very closely with and feel I am a good role model to all staff members. I am a qualified NVQ Assessor and gained my Level 4 in Childcare and Education, I enjoy this very much and hope to continue to support all the trainee Nursery Nurses that train with us.

I became a Nursery Manager by chance as I had no desire to become one, I was more than happy being a Nursery Nurse and enjoyed the role as key worker to my children but through a passion for my work and the investment of Margaret I was encouraged to move up the ladder. I enjoy the challenges that being a Nursery Manager brings and feel that over the last 15 years that I have worked for Children 1st Day Nurseries I have gained so much and been able to give so much back.

I believe in the ethos of Children 1st Day Nurseries and am fully committed to our mission statement of: ‘Leading the way, shaping the future’ and providing high quality day care and education, my role as a Nursery Manager enables me to ensure that the children who use our setting are receiving the very best and I can ensure the quality is there all of the time this is why I have stayed with Children 1st Day Nurseries and will continue to stay until I am old and grey (if you let me)

I like lots of things about Children 1st Day Nurseries - the dedication to our small babies that we insist on, the quality environments, the sleeping outside in proper prams, the play experiences that the teams offer, the drive and passion of our teams and the on going commitment that we have to achieving the best that we can be.

I always feel proud when I attend outside training events as I know that out provision is up there with the best.

I hope I inspire other Nursery Nurses to be passionate and proud of the work that we do, and encourage new families to make that brave first step of bringing their children to nursery for the first time to start the education of their children.

Marie

Marie Bagley

Job Title: Manager of Jemimas, Bobtails and Peter Rabbits

Joined: 1997

Description:

My Name is Marie Bagley and I am the Nursery Manager for Jemimas, Bobtails and Peter Rabbits at Children 1st @ Sheffield.

Before starting work at Children 1st Day Nurseries I was a sole charge nanny for two little boys who I cared for, for 18 months.

I joined Children 1st Day Nurseries in 1997 as a trainee Nursery Nurse and completed my NVQ Level 3 qualification with the company. My training gave me lots of experience of working with babies and children from six weeks to twelve years by having the opportunity to work in all areas of the Nursery. I worked as a key worker for children for many years and built up relationships with children and their families.

Even though I had qualified as a Nursery Nurse my learning did not stop there, I have been given the opportunity to grow and develop my skills through in house and external training opportunities. I have continued to develop my own skills and was able to move up the ladder first working as a qualified Nursery Nurse, Room Leader and Deputy Nursery Manager before moving on to becoming a Nursery Manager.

I have been a Nursery Manager for eight years and have spent my time at our Sheffield Nursery. It has been a real pleasure seeing children grow and develop into independent, confident individuals as they move onto school.

As a company we celebrate and recognise our own staff’s achievements and the Sheffield Nursery has successfully received Nursery Manager of the Year twice and also as a team at Sheffield we have received Nursery Team and Nursery of the Year. We have also had great Ofsted inspections receiving elements of outstanding.

Children 1st Day Nurseries has an ethos in that children come first and are always striving to improve what we already do well, with a wonderful working environment that is welcoming and settling for children. Children grow and develop in small groups in a fun and safe environment making learning fun and developing children to be confident and independent ready for school.

I now have a daughter, Amelia, who attends the Nursery, as a parent I can’t think of a better place for her to be. Amelia has flourished and settled well in to the Nursery. This has been achieved by the quality of staff and our ethos in Children will always come first.

Like any other parent I only want the best for my daughter and Children 1st Day Nurseries is and always will be the best.