Our Team

We are a team of highly trained, qualified and committed professionals.
We are passionate about delivering outstanding care and education to children.
We are a close knit team who work well together, providing consistency to both children and parents.

About Us
“No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship"

Our highly trained, qualified and compassionate team.

We benefit from having a mixed age range which means that we gain knowledge and understanding about new ways of thinking within the childcare sector from the younger and more recently qualified staff, whilst at the same time can draw upon the experience and expertise of the mums amongst us. This means that we have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience which can be used at any time. We share duties and responsibilities and because of our close working relationships all the staff get to know all the children.
We undertake verification of professional reference and personal identification of all staff joining Close Day Nursery. We always maintain a very high ratio of qualified staff at least to NVQ Level 3.
In accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory requirements, all our staff are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service. Upon commencement of joining the Close Day Nursery team, new staff are provided with an Induction Course to educate them on our policies and procedures. These are the underpinning foundations of our approach to education and high quality care.
Staff at Close Day hold a variety of qualifications that are all nationally recognised. We provide ongoing in-house training to update and improve the knowledge of our staff in all matters of childcare. Our staff also attend external training courses to aid their professional development. In addition, we ensure that all staff receive paediatric first aid training, safeguarding, fire training and basic food hygiene skills.
  • Lorraine

    Nursery Manager

  • Aimee

    Deputy Manager, Baby Room leader (Full Time)

  • Hayley

    Deputy Manager & Early Years Practitioner (3 Days a Week, Full Time)

  • Rachel

    Pre School Room Leader (Full Time)

  • Tammy

    Early Years Practitioner (Full time)

  • Leah

    Early Years Practitioner (Full time)

  • Olivia

    Early Years Practitioner (Full Time)

  • Joelle

    Middle Room Leader (Full Time)

  • Alisha

    Early Years Practitioner (Full Time)

  • Louise

    Early Years Practitioner (Part Time/ Term Time Only)

  • Jessica

    Early Years Practitioner (Part Time/ Term Time Only)

  • Louise

    Early Years Practitioner (Full Time)

  • Jade

    Early Years Practitioner (Full Time)

  • Nicole

    Nursery Assistant

  • Verica

    Lunchtime Assistant and Mobile Duties

Lorraine

Nursery Manager

Lorraine has 14 years experience in the childcare field and has been at Close Day Nursery since 2006. Whilst being responsible for maintaining the high standards of the nursery, Lorraine also ensures that each member of staff adheres to the policies and procedures creating a safe, stimulating environment for all the children who attend.
Lorraine supervises the nursery curriculum and implementation of the EYFS, providing support and training to staff. She encourages close partnerships between staff and parents, striving for The Close Day Nursery to be the best nursery in Oxfordshire!
Lorraine is our Lead Safeguarding officer. In addition, she delivers talks around the county on best practices in Nursery Management.
When not at work Lorraine enjoys spending time with her husband being a mother to her two “grown up” sons, theatre trips, fine dining, holidays and reading for pleasure.

Qualifications

BA Hons First Class Early Childhood Studies (Level 6)
SENCO
Designated Lead Safeguarding Officer
WRAP Prevent Duty Trained
First Aid Trained
Safer Recruitment Trained

Aimee

Deputy Manager, Baby Room leader (Full Time)

Aimee has worked at the nursery for nearly 10 years, 7 of which she has lead the Baby Room, and two years ago became a Deputy Manager.
As Room Leader, Aimee oversees an amazing team, she is responsible for the daily care of our youngest children, planning exciting and new activities for the babies, ensuring that all make developmental progress and thrive. Aimee is extremely proud of her role in the nursery, especially the home from home environment created in the Baby Room. As Deputy Manager she provides Lorraine and the Close Nursery Team with support daily.
When not at work Aimee enjoys time with family.

Qualifications

Level 3 Childcare
Designated Safeguarding Lead
WRAP Prevent Duty Trained
First Aid Trained
FGM Trained

Hayley

Deputy Manager & Early Years Practitioner (3 Days a Week, Full Time)

Hayley has 12 years nursery experience, joining The Close Day Nursery in 2007, she began her time with us as a student, completed her level 3 qualification and became Room Leader and then Deputy Manager, before taking a short maternity leave.
Hayley provides an abundance of support to Lorraine and all the team. She is a key worker in the Middle Room, she provides care and development for all children, ensuring children have an enjoyable and fulfilling nursery experience.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and soon to be two sons!! Country walks with the family dogs, theatre trips, baking and going to the gym.

Skills

Level 3 Childcare
Designated Lead Safeguarding Officer
SENCO
WRAP Prevent Duty Trained
First Aid Trained
FGM Trained

Rachel

Pre School Room Leader (Full Time)

Rachel has worked as the Big Room Leader at The Close since November 2016. She also has 20 years teaching experience, working in 2 Banbury Primary Schools.
As room leader Rachel oversees a team of three hard working ladies, she is responsible for planning and delivering a range of enjoyable and engaging activities, whilst ensuring that all children’s needs are met, they are having fun and making good progress. Her aim is to ensure that they make the transition to primary school as happy, healthy individuals with a love for learning.
When not at work Rachel enjoys spending time at the theatre, reading, cooking and travelling.

Skills

B.Ed Primary School Teaching
Safeguarding & Prevent Duty Trained
First Aid Trained
FGM Trained

Tammy

Early Years Practitioner (Full time)

Tammy has worked at The Close Day Nursery for over 16 years, gaining her childcare qualifications whilst working. She is a key worker in the Pre School Room and thrives on ensuring the setting is a safe, fun and happy environment for all children to develop their confidence, friendships and learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage while building positive relationships with all children and parents.
When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her adult daughter and son, she loves to keep active, especially running and swimming. A new found interest is reading books to relax.

Skills

Level 3 Childcare
Safeguarding
WRAP Prevent Duty Trained
First Aid Trained

Leah

Early Years Practitioner (Full time)

Leah has worked at the nursery for nearly three years, she completed her level 2 and level 3 qualifications whilst working at several nurseries and a primary school in the local area, these placements gave her lots of experience across a range of children’s ages.
Leah is a key worker to several preschool children, she plans effective activities to support their learning ensuring all make progression. She prides herself on being a positive role model to all, and providing lots of fun, whilst building relationships with parents and carers.
When not at work Leah enjoys everything sci-fi related, she often attends Comic Cons, dressing up as her favourite characters, this is usually Dr Who or Star Wars. She also enjoys listening to music, going to the theatre and visiting her family in Scarborough.

Skills

Level 3 Childcare
Safeguarding
WRAP Prevent Duty Trained
First Aid Trained
FGM Trained

Olivia

Early Years Practitioner (Full Time)

Olivia completed her qualification in college, within the placements for this course she gained lots of experience in different settings with children in age groups up to 7 years. She has worked at The Close Day Nursery for over 2 years, she is a key worker in the Pre School Room but also cover staff annual leave in the Baby Room and Middle Room.
Olivia’s role within the setting is to encourage learning and development through play, building relationships with children and parents, supporting transitions and giving children the independence they need to grow and develop.
When not at work Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading books for pleasure, theatre trips and going on holiday.

Skills

Level 3 Childcare
Safeguarding
WRAP Prevent Duty Trained
First Aid Trained
FGM Trained

Joelle

Middle Room Leader (Full Time)

Jo has over 6 years nursery experience. She is our newest staff member, joining us earlier in the year.
Jo leads a room of wonderful ladies; she plans exciting and engaging activities, ensuring that all are differentiated to take account of children’s individual interests, needs and level of learning. She ensures that positive relationships are built between all staff, parents and children, offering support, guidance and care to all. When not at work Jo enjoys following her favourite football team, travelling, theatre trips and live music.

Skills

Level 3 Childcare
Safeguarding
WRAP Prevent Duty
First Aid Trained

Alisha

Early Years Practitioner (Full Time)

Alisha has been with us for nearly three years, she began her time at The Close as a student completing several of her placement units at nursery before being offered an Early Years Practitioner position in the Middle Room.
Her role as a key worker is to provide a fun learning environment, planning specific activities to ensure all children are making good developmental progress whilst having ‘lots of fun’.
When not at work Alisha enjoys spending time with her family, she recently brought her own home and found that she really enjoys interior design, she also enjoys reading and running, although she is not sure how long that interest will last!!

Skills

Level 3 Childcare
Safegfuarding
WRAP Prevent Duty
First Aid Trained
FGM Trained

Louise

Early Years Practitioner (Part Time/ Term Time Only)

Louise has worked at The Close for over 8 years, she began as a nursery assistant, just a few hours a week, she then completed her level 2 qualification and is hoping to complete her level 3 soon.
Louise’s is a key worker in the Middle Room, she encourages learning and development through play. She offers support to all the staff and being a mum herself is able to provide much appreciated ideas and share her own experiences with parents.
When not at work she enjoys spending time with her children, supporting them in activities outside of school, socialising and reading for relaxation.

Skills

Level 2 Childcare
Safeguarding
WRAP Prevent Duty Trained
First Aid Trained
FGM Trained

Jessica

Early Years Practitioner (Part Time/ Term Time Only)

Jess has been at the nursery for nearly three years, she began as an apprentice completing her level 2 qualification whilst working, she is currently on maternity leave, returning soon, and hoping to commence her level 3 qualification.
She is a key worker in the Middle Room, providing a stimulating learning environment for all children, ensuring all make excellent progression in their learning.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, her daughters keep her very busy!!

Skills

Level 2 Childcare
Safeguarding
First Aid Trained
WRAP Prevent Duty Trained
FGM Trained

Louise

Early Years Practitioner (Full Time)

Louise has nearly five years experience at nursery working in the Baby Room, she began as a student on placement whilst completing her level 3 qualification.
As a key worker in the Baby Room Louise’s role is to build positive relationships with the children and parents in her care, working closely with Aimee and Jade to ensure children’s safety and well being are a priority, as well as creating fun learning activities for all.
When not at work Louise enjoys spending time with family and friends and ‘hinching her home happy’.

Skills

Level 3 Childcare
Safeguarding
First Aid Trained
WRAP Prevent Duty Trained
FGM Trained

Jade

Early Years Practitioner (Full Time)

Jade has been working at The Close for nearly 6 years, she started in the pre-school room, shortly after moved into the Baby Room where she has been ever since.
Jade’s role within the setting is to provide a safe and enabling environment for the babies, supporting them with their well-being to ensure they feel safe and confident during their time here. She is a key worker and therefore plans effective activities to support their learning development, whilst working with parents.
When not at work Jade enjoys spending time with family and friends, in particular shopping, going out for dinner and keeping fit at regular gym classes.

Skills

BA Hons Early Childhood Studies
Safeguarding
First Aid Trained
WRAP Prevent Duty
FGM Trained

Nicole

Nursery Assistant

Nicole has worked at The Close Nursery for 8 years, only taking a short Maternity Leave break a couple of years ago. Nicole’s role within the setting is to fulfil mobile and kitchen duties in the morning and to support the children throughout their lunch time.
When not at work, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and making good use of her building qualification and experience renovating her home.

Skills

Level 2 Childcare
Safeguarding
First Aid Trained
WRAP Prevent Duty Trained
FGM Trained

Verica

Lunchtime Assistant and Mobile Duties

Verica’s role within the setting is to support the children throughout their lunch time; she also fulfils mobile duties in the afternoon.
When not at work, Verica enjoys spending time with her children, going to the park, reading books and especially enjoys spending time with her family in Dorset.