Our Staff Members

All our staff are highly valued members of the Mansion House team and community. They work closely together in a professional manner and compliment each others strengths and interests across the Early Years Foundation Stage. Staff are dedicated to providing a stimulating, safe and caring environment in which children can learn, develop and prepare for the transition to school. Our Key Person system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for a small group of children. They are in a position to tailor the curriculum to the needs of the individual child, ensuring that all children are supported in reaching their full potential. All members of staff are fully trained first aiders and all staff employed by the Pre-School are security checked and DBS cleared.

Gillian Carvey – Manager. Gillian has been working at Mansion House for over 20 years. She is the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and the designated deputy safeguarding officer. Gillian has also now completed her NVQ Level 5 (Congratulations!) and organises training opportunities for the team.

Sam Hyde – Deputy Manager/Curriculum Lead  Sam has been with us for 11 years. She is our team leader for 2-3 year old children. She has NVQ Level 3 and has completed a unit in working with vulnerable children within level 4. Sam enjoys planning activities for the older children and adapting to meet the needs of the younger children in the Conservatory.

Catherine Hill – Practitioner Catherine has worked at Mansion House for 5 years. She has completed her Diploma in Level 3 and loves working with families to support children during times of transition. She loves the development of the child’s voice and has experience of working with the more gifted and talented children.  Catherine is using her experience and training by leading the Letters and Sounds activities which are carried out daily.

Debbie Perry – Practitioner Debbie has a Diploma in Level 3 and has been with us for 3 years, however she has over 14 years experience in the early years. She is passionate about researching other approaches to Early Years and likes to implement these ideas through purposefully planned activities. Debbie also has a BA  Hons degree in sociology. Debbie is also our Diversity and Equality co-ordinator and likes to promote and embed these within our setting.

Nicola Hill – Practitioner Nicola joined the setting in 2009 and is qualified to level 3.  She has recently undertaken training for BLAST (a programme to help children find their voices) and for ‘Curly Hair Project’ which helps assist children with additional needs.  Nicola supports the children in developing their imagination encouraging them to recycle and make new and exciting things.  Nicola is also oversees the planting of our vegetable patch.

Katie SharplesPractitioner – Katie joined the group in 2011 as a part time assistant. Since 2014 she has been a member of our supply team, but has recently returned to working 4 sessions a week.  Katie enjoys encouraging children to explore and investigate nature learning and extending through planning activities outside.

Christina Charleston – Practitioner – Christina joined the group from April 2017.  She has a wealth of experience both in settings and through working as a childminder.  Christina will be based in the Conservatory every morning and work in the main room in the afternoons.

Supply Staff – We also welcome Jade Cooke, Abi Lewis and Rachel Bedford to our supply list.

All staff have the ‘Online Safeguarding Awareness Training’. Gillian has the ‘Advanced Safeguarding Training for Designated Leaders’. Sam has the ‘Foundation Safeguarding Training and Child Protection Training’. We are now looking at getting all staff to this foundation stage of training. The Chair and Safeguarding Officer of our Committee, Tracy Bass, also has ‘Online Safeguarding Awareness Training’.