The staff at Meare Moles are dedicated, experienced, qualified, caring and fun! They work together as a very effective team to ensure that all children are safe, happy and having a wonderful time. Training is ongoing and staff development is a high priority – they are constantly in touch with new thinking in the field of child education and care.
We have a team of three permanent staff members, allowing us to provide a consistent support structure for the children. Each child will be allocated a ‘key person’ who will build positive relationships with the children in their groups to enable them to feel safe and secure, ensure their care and learning needs are met and regularly inform you about their progress within the areas of learning and development, in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Nicola Lynham – is our playgroup manager and a Senior Practitioner who holds a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years. ‘Nickie’ is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and Designated Safeguarding Lead(DSL). Nickie has been working at Meare Moles for over 14 years, prior to this she worked in a daycare nursery and a school reception class. She lives in Street with her partner, has three grown up sons and enjoys reading, walking her dog and gentle running!!
Saffron Boughen – holds a Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education and has previously worked in a Children’s Centre caring for babies and young children. Saffron is the Deputy Manager and the Equality Needs Coordinator (ENCO) and has worked at Meare Moles for 7 years. Saffron lives in Glastonbury with her husband and two young children and likes to spend her time reading and having outdoor adventures with her family. She has attained an ‘A’ in art and enjoys drawing and painting with the children!
Rebecca Jenkins – lives in the village of Meare with her husband and two children, so is a familiar face in the community. Becky has worked at Meare Moles for 10 years and enjoys creating colourful, creative wall displays with the children. Becky’s hobbies include cooking, creating poems and reading.
The staff are always available to chat and answer questions at the beginning and end of each session. Parents are encouraged to raise any concerning issues, and to pass on any information that affects their child, which will always be treated in the strictest confidence.
All our staff are first aid trained and have CRB and suitable person checks as required by Ofsted, with whom we are registered.