We have a very caring, engaging and dedicated team of staff at URC Preschool and Nursery, all of whom have a great deal of experience and are parents themselves. Many of our staff have worked at the setting since 2011. All our staff have looked after many children and have received plenty of training along the way. Before joining our preschool and nursery, all of our staff had experience in childcare and education, and many had nannying or childminding careers. We strive to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for all children in our care and you will always find our staff to be caring, hardworking and there to help you and your child in any way that they can.
All our staff are DBS checked and hold first aid training certificates.
Mrs Robinson is the Manager of URC Preschool and Nursery, having been promoted to the role in 2016 following her work as Deputy Manager and a Key Person since she joined us in 2011. Mrs Robinson has always had a career involved in childcare, including a career as a nanny for nearly 20 years, as well as having 2 children of her own. Mrs Robinson has experience working with children of all ages; in her spare time she volunteered as a leader for Girl Guiding, alongside Mrs Vallé (our Deputy Manager), for 10 years, and has also managed the Kangaroo Club parent and toddler group held at the URC church hall on Fridays. Mrs Robinson has her Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Childcare along with her Level 5 in management, and is qualified as one of our Designated Safeguarding Officers.
Mrs Vallé is our Deputy Manager and has worked at URC Preschool and Nursery since 2011. In addition to her managerial role, she looks after the youngest of our children as the Rainbow Room Leader and Key Person. Mrs Vallé has 4 children of her own and prior to joining our team, she was a childminder for 6 years and led the Kangaroo Club, a weekly parent and toddler group held at the URC church hall. Mrs Valle also volunteered as a Girl Guide leader alongside Mrs Robinson (our Manager), for over 10 years . Mrs Vallé is our Art Coordinator and has her Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Childcare.
Mrs Burroughs a Key Person in our Red Group Nursery and she has been part of our team since January 2011. As well as having 3 children of her own, Mrs Burroughs worked as a nanny for 12 years before her time with us, having trained as a ‘Norland nanny’ at the prestigious Norland College, and has a qualification from the NNEB (National Nursery Examination Board), which is the equivalent of a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Childcare. She is our Special Educational Needs & Disability Coordination Officer (SENDCo), having the Gateway Accreditation SENDCo Award for the role.
Mrs Bates is our room leader and one of our Key Persons in our Nursery, called Red Group, and she has been a part of our team since 2011. Before this, Mrs Bates worked as a nanny for 4 years, as well as having worked in a school and a private nursery for a further 4 years. She has 2 children of her own and has a Scottish NNEB (National Nursery Examination Board) qualification, which is the equivalent of a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Childcare.
Mrs Bowden is a key person in our Red Group Nursery, she has recently returned to the preschool after taking a break in 2018. Prior to her departure, Mrs Bowden had been our Orange Group teacher for 5 years. Mrs Bowden is a qualified teacher and completed her degree in Education at Cardiff Met University, she has 2 children of her own and a cat called Gem.
Mrs Sergeant has been a member of our team since January 2018 and is our Key Person for Orange Group. Before her time at URC Preschool and Nursery, Mrs Sergeant was a nanny for over 18 years as well as having 2 boys of her own. She has completed her Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Childcare.
Miss Surridge has been a member of our team since September 2022 and is our Key Person for Purple group. Before her time at URC Preschool and Nursery Miss Surridge has been worked in a private nursery for 5 years gaining a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Childcare. Miss Surridge also nannies for 2 young boys.
Mrs Henman has been a member of our team since September 2022 and is our new Key Person for Green group. Mrs Henman has worked as a nanny for 20 years and has a qualification from the NNEB (National Nursery Examination Board), which is the equivalent of a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Childcare. Mrs Henman has a son of her own, 2 dogs called Stanley and Nancy and a cat called Buzz Lightyear!!
Mrs Powell assists in our Rainbow Room and has been with us since 2017, she has completed her level 2 qualification in Early Years. Previously, she was the assistant leader at a preschool in Woodhall Farm for over 6 years, whilst her own 2 children were in school. Since then, Mrs Powell has welcomed 5 grandchildren into her family and shares the same care when looking after the children at URC Preschool and Nursery.
You can find Mae playing and engaging with the children all day at the URC Preschool. Mae is the daughter of Mrs Valle, she completed her level 2 qualification in Early Years. In her spare time, Mae enjoys looking after her dogs Rizzo and Tilly.
Harpenden URC Preschool & Nursery
Vaughan Road, Harpenden, AL5 4ED
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