Kasey Metters – Nursery Manager
Kasey has known that she was destined to work with children from an early age. After completing her BTEC Kasey felt it was important to learn all she could about early years childcare and education so left sunny Cornwall for the Big Smoke in London to study a degree in Early Childhood studies at Roehampton University.
Since then Kasey has worked in various settings in London and Cornwall, but never lost the desire to learn more so completed Early Years Professional Status in February 2011.
Kasey is dedicated to and passionate about high quality childcare and education and strives to provide the best opportunities for children every day.
Karen Ould - Deputy Nursery Manager & Caterpillars Room Leader (under 2's)
Karen completed her BTEC in Early Years to fulfil her dream of working with children. Karen has since worked in Nurseries, Holiday Clubs and progressed into Nursery Management. After the birth of her daughter Ashleigh, Karen realised that office life was no longer for her and wanted to return to working with children and getting messy!
Karen has more recently completed an NVQ in Team Leading which has given her the ability to further develop and support her team in their professional development.
Leonie George– Butterflies Room Leader (over 2's)
Leonie has over 17 years’ experience working with children. Along this journey she has completed her BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies and particularly enjoyed learning about child development. She continued her studies and became a Primary Teacher in 2001, but her heart lay with younger children so returned to the Early Years environment.
Leonie continued her professional development by completing her Early Years Professional Status, the equivalent to a Qualified Teacher for Under 5’s.
“I love working with children, no day is the same and they give you lots of lovely surprises.”
Mike Andrews - Nursery Teacher
In 2008, Mike decided to volunteer at his daughter's Nursery and immediately fell in love with the Early Years environment. A Year later he was studying to be an Early Years Teacher.
Mike has spent various placements in Nursery and School environments always knowing his dream was to open a Nursery with his wife Emma.
With a commitment to Ecology and Conservation, he was keen to develop an Eco-friendly Nursery. With the help of our parent committee, Mike has helped the Nursery achieve our Eco-Schools Bronze Award and is looking forward to achieving Silver.
“I’m never happier than when I am in the garden with the little ones. There’s something incredible about the wonder on a child’s face when they see a carrot come out of the ground for the first time!”
Emma Andrews – Nursery Nurse
As a mum of 2, Emma had always been fascinated by Child Development, opening a Nursery and working in the Under 2’s room provided the perfect opportunity to learn more. Emma studied at Truro College and completed an Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 in Children and Young People’s Workforce.
Emma thrived on studying learning theories, and was keen to learn more about Children’s Nutrition.
Emma has developed the Nursery Menu and recipes in line with the Nippers Nutrition Programme. With Emma’s hard work and determination the Nursery achieved Level 4 status in December 2012.
“I love working with the under 2s, getting to know each little personality and watching them develop into walking, talking little people, all so unique!”
Stef Goodson– Nursery Nurse
As the oldest of four sisters, Stef has always been involved in helping to look after younger children. Stef worked with older children in a school setting and in a Holiday Activity Club, and then realised that her passion lay in the Early Years environment.
She joined Cornwall College and successfully completed her NVQ level 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development and was the first Nursery Practitioner to join Small Wonders.
“When I found Small Wonders I knew that I had found what I was searching for and hope to be part of the team for a very long time.”
Shelley Rowe – Nursery Nurse
Following a school placement, Shelley knew that she wanted to work with children. She pursued this by completing a BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care Learning and Development. During the course Shelley had the opportunity to work in various childcare and educational settings and fell in love with Early Years.
Since joining Small Wonders, Shelley has undertaken an NVQ Level 2 in Leadership and Teamwork to further her professional development.
“I really wanted to find a Nursery where I could develop my skills in a smaller environment, and this is exactly the job I was looking for!”
Jenny Brazier – Nursery Cook
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Sofie Donlan – Nursery Nurse
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Stacey Rigby – Nursery Apprentice
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