I founded the nursery in 1997. So many babies (including my daughter, Kath) were born in 1993 in the Mamble/Bayton area and a group of us young mums decided to start a mother and baby group in Mamble Village Hall. It occurred to me that none of us had first aid training, so I thought it a good idea to seek a course. I approached the Pre-School Learning Alliance who offered a basic play course which taught the value of play and how children learn through play. Thus my passion began for working in child development and I became a qualified playground leader. My learning journey continued and I gained a Level 4 NVQ.
Whilst running several playgroups in the area I was approached by the Governors of Bayton School keen to create a nursery in the school grounds. In 1997, Little Learners’ was created – a purpose built building in the garden of the old school house. As numbers grew, an extension was added and the nursery continues to thrive, having become an asset to both the primary school and the community.
I worked full time at Little Learners’ until undertaking a qualification to assess childcare practitioners. This led me to working for Shropshire Council in addition to the nursery so I employed a full time manager. I am proud of the team we have created, all of whom support and encourage the ethos of Little Learners – nurturing, caring and best practice. Today we boast a team of eight staff who ensure the very best for each and every child who comes to us.