"For several years I dreamed of owning a nursery that would replicate a family home - where the children:
- are free to run, play and explore in the fresh air, in gorgeous grounds.
- receive first rate childcare from dedicated, loving staff.
- can play with their siblings.
- are in a warm, friendly, homely environment
When I owned Newbury Nannies (which was the local leading nanny agency for over 25 years until it closed in 2011) many parents told me that they would like to use a nursery for their children's social and educational development, yet were reluctant to do so due to the institutional aspect of some nurseries.
Therefore, my dream was to create a nursery that REALLY is a home with plenty of character, as well as land and space for the children to play in - my dream came true at Acres of Fun! The wonderful house is set amidst a couple of acres of fabulous grounds. There are huge lawns, mature woodland, a vegetable garden and leafy glades - perfect for exploring, playing and building dens.
I only employ quality staff at Acres of Fun. It is obvious how the staff love the children and their jobs - this is regularly commented on by visitors. Happy staff means happy children! I employ more staff than the legal requirement - as I think this is essential in order to give quality care. I also employ extra help to cover lunch breaks. All the full-time staff are either qualified or undergoing training. They are a terrific bunch who get on extremely well. Acres of Fun is always filled with lots of laughter! Acres of Fun is all about children learning through play and having fun in a setting that is the next best place to home.
I have a first class management team lead by Rebecca Wells, our Nursery Manager. She is supported by our Deputy Managers, Julie Huntley and Catherine Whorton.
When the new Pre-School building was completed in 2008 Rebecca joined the nursery as Head of Pre-School, and one of our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators. She quickly progressed to become one of our Deputy Managers and was appointed Manager in 2011. Prior to being at Acres she had been the Deputy Manager of another local nursery and so brought her experience, and expertise, with her. She started her childcare career in 2002 completing her NVQ2 in 2003, NVQ3 in 2005 and NVQ4 in 2006. She has completed numerous training courses including First Aid, Food Hygiene and NVQ2 in Team Leading and many specialist SEN courses.
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