Daisychain is managed by Sarah Radford and is supported by the nursery deputy Helen White, who between them have fifty years of experience and qualifications in childcare and education. Each unit has a Senior Early Years Practitioner that leads a team who hold qualifications of level 3 and above in childcare and education.
We are committed to the continuing development of our staff and provide a wide range of relevant in-house and external training.
Sarah Radford has been in childcare for twenty-seven years and has three of her own children, all of which have now grown up.
Sarah has many years of experience of working with children from three months to eleven years and has run many a thriving room. Twenty-one years ago she became manager for Cloverleaf Day Nursery which later became Daisychain Day Nursery. Sarah runs a very busy but calm nursery, she ensures that all policies and procedures are adhered to and oversees the general day to day running, she is also the Nursery SENCO and Safeguarding Lead. She loves to be able to spend time in the rooms with the children when time allows.
Before having her children, Sarah trained as a Home Economist and worked for a well-known, large food manufacturer. During her BTEC National Diploma in Home Economics she studied nutrition from birth to adulthood; this has enabled us to secure and maintain a ‘Gold standard’ Award in ‘Eat Out Eat Well’ for our seasonal menus.
Helen’s role within Daisychain is to assist Sarah in the day to day running of the nursery and support each unit, she is also the Deputy SENCo and Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
Helen also has many years of childcare experience, originally qualifying in 1998 she later went on to achieve the Foundation Degree in Early years in 2010. Helen has studied for many courses including ‘Supporting Mental Health in Young People’ and ‘Five To Thrive’.
Helen has two young grand children.
We have highly experienced and qualified Unit Seniors that have been with us for many years, they have a variety of backgrounds in early years care and education.
Emma Witcombe runs ‘Snowdrops’ our baby unit. She is currently studying for her Level 4 in Early Years.
Sarah Tanner runs ‘Bluebells’ our toddler unit. Sarah has plenty of experience of working with babies and toddlers and has progressed from Deputy of Snowdrops.
Kathy Goodhew has run our busy Pre School unit ‘Buttercups’ for many years now; before joining Daisychain she ran a village pre school..
Early Years Practitioners
We believe it is important to have a good mix of ages along with experience. Some of our staff have been with us since doing their apprenticeships, and some have previously held senior positions within other nurseries and have chosen to return to the more hands on role of an Early Years Practitioner.
Julie Barnett is our qualified nursery cook who prepares and cooks our seasonal snacks, lunches and high teas; she caters for all allergies and dietary requirements. Parents have the chance to taste some of Julies wonderful cooking throughout the year as we hold many family events such as Mother’s Day Tea, leavers party and Christmas get togethers.
We believe that continuous training is essential to further our staff’s personal development; every member of staff is trained in paediatric first aid, safeguarding, food safety, manual handling and COSHH and are encouraged to attend face to face training and study with on-line courses.