Our Nursery

Southover Nursery is renowned for its warmth, care and expertise.  We are characterised by our happy, relaxed and nurturing ethos and have a reputation for being a lovely place for children to be.  Our aim is to create an atmosphere in which all children feel secure and confident, and to provide a stimulating environment that enables them to thrive.

We recognise that all children are unique and welcome children of all cultures and backgrounds, as well as those with various specific needs. We continually use our knowledge of individual children’s interests, needs and stages of development to provide balanced and varied experiences that enable them to develop at their own pace. We place great emphasis on the need for praise and encouragement, with the aim of developing children’s self-esteem and confidence.

We encourage children to be considerate and kind towards each other and to develop good manners. We want our children to feel secure and confident, and have a strong sense of self-worth. Fundamental to this is a close relationship between home and nursery. We believe working in partnership with parents/carers is essential as together, we can ensure children’s needs are met and that they really can achieve their true potential.

We were inspected by Ofsted in July 2017 and were judged to be outstanding in all four areas – 1. effectiveness of the leadership and management, 2. quality of teaching, learning and assessment, 3. personal development, behaviour and welfare and 4. outcomes for children. VIEW OFSTED REPORT

OUR STAFF

We have a dedicated staff team of just nine, three of whom are qualified teachers and one of whom is a qualified occupational therapist. Most of us have a certificate in paediatric first aid. We are registered with OFSTED and are also registered to provide EYEE (Early Years Education Entitlement) funding.

Our staff team is highly qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated. We are professional in our approach and have high expectations of ourselves. The majority of our staff are mothers and two are grandmothers.

We believe our maturity and experience plays a fundamental part in the creation of the happy, welcoming and professional atmosphere that Southover is renowned for.

SARA HALL
Manager & proprietor; nursery teacher; SENCO; paediatric first aid
1st class MA (honours); PGCE (primary) with distinction. All three of Sara's children attended Southover.

SOPHIE CRAWFORD
Deputy manager & nursery practitioner
NVQ level 3 in childcare; paediatric first aid; GCSEs, AS & A levels.

ALISON WASHINGTON
Nursery teacher; paediatric first aid
Qualified teacher (Bachelor of Education).

SALLY JONES
Nursery practitioner & SENCO
BA (honours); diploma in occupational therapy; certificate in cognitive behavioural therapy; NVQ level 3 in childcare; paediatric first aid.

ANGELA RAMSAUER
Nursery practitioner; paediatric first aid NVQ level 3 in childcare; previously a homestart volunteer. Angela's daughter attended Southover.

LIZZIE GILBERT
Nursery practitioner; paediatric first aid
Qualified Nursery Nurse; Certificate in the Montessori method (merit); Diploma in Practitioner Counselling.

BABS RUSSELL
Nursery Assistant; paediatric first aid
Experienced in early years settings & special educational needs.

SARAH HAMBLIN
Nursery Practitioner
Studying for EYE level 3 in childcare; GCSEs; paediatric first aid.

HELENA PICKUP
Nursery teacher & SENCO
Masters & doctorate degrees; PGCE (primary); studying for an MSc in Experimental Psychology; EYFS training