MEET OUR STAFF TEAM...
Every member of our staff team holds or are working todays Early Years Childcare qualifications and are vetted by enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service' (DBS). We also request references from previous employers. All our staff attend regular training and meetings to update and build upon their skills and knowledge.
Jean Taha- Nursery Manager and Owner
Jean and family (husband and two daughters) first established the nursery in February 2005, and has worked in childcare for 16 years. Her husband Kasim is the Director and Registered Person. She has a Level 5 in Leadership and Management and a Diploma in Pre-school Practice Level 3. Jean is one of two designated Safeguard Leads and has attended Safeguarding Training for Managers alongside several other safeguarding training. Jean's other qualifications include Paediatric First Aid, Food Safety Level 2 and Allergy awareness Level 2.
Laila Taha- Trainee Operations Manager
Laila has grown up working in the nursery so has lots of experience working with different age groups of children. She has now retuned to work full time at the nursery after finishing a BSc at Leeds University. She will also be beginning to study Early Years and Enterprise at Leeds Beckett University in September 2018. Laila has training in Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Food Safety Level 2 and Allergy Awareness Level 2.
Dawn Eyre- Deputy Manager
Dawn has been with Three Bears Nursery for over 5 years, with over 10 years of experience working with children from birth to 5 years old, prior to this. She has a Foundation Degree in Children's Care, Learning and Development from Leeds Metropolitan University, and a BA in Children's Learning and Early Years Professional Status from Huddersfield University. Dawn is one of two designated Safeguard Leads and has attended Safeguarding Training for Managers alongside several other safeguarding training. Dawn's other qualifications include Paediatric First Aid, Food Safety Level 2, Allergy awareness Level 2, Inclusive Practice and SEN Code of Practicing Training.
Baby Room Staff:
Laura Grunwell- Nursery Practitioner
Laura joined our team in May 2018 and has Cache Level 3 in childcare. She has 5 years of experience working with children from babies to preschool age.
Claire Todd- Nursery Practitioner
Claire joined us in April 2017 and has BTEC National Diploma in Early Years, (Edexcel L3) June 2007, and has 10 years experience, as well as being a mum herself. Claire has Paediatric First Aid, Food safety and safeguarding.
Our Babies staff both have paediatric first aid training, food safety training and safeguarding training.
Goldilocks Room Staff:
Shannon Weir- Nursery Assistant
Shannon joined our team in June 2017 when she relocated to Leeds from Chesterfield, and has Level 2 Certificate for Children and Young People's Workforce. She is now working towards a Level 3 diploma.
Amanda Machin- Nursery Practitioner
Amanda has been part of our team for 4 Years. She has a CACHE level 3 diploma for the children and Young People's Workforce, alongside 16 years of child-minding experience.
Our Goldilocks staff both have paediatric first aid training, food safety training and safeguarding training.
Big Bears Room Staff:
Becky Flanagan- Leading Practitioner
Becky joined our team 4 years ago and has 9 years of experience working with children. She has recently completed a BA(Hons) in Children's Care, Learning and Development. Becky is going on to study a Masters in Early Childhood Studies September 2018.
Samantha Burke- Nursery Practitioner
Sam has been a part of the team since March 2018. She has a Foundation Degree, Level 4 in Early Years and has recently completed a BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at Huddersfield University and Graduates summer 2018.
Our Big Bears staff both have paediatric first aid training, food safety training and safeguarding training.
Preschool Room Staff:
Mais Jabas- Leading Practitioner
Mais joined the team over 4 years ago. She has CACHE Level 3 and recently completed a BA(Hons) in Children's care learning and development. Mais speaks 3 languages and enjoys teaching the children basic Spanish. She has attended English as an additional language training and supports Arabic speaking children in the setting.
Abbie Lockwood- Leading Practitioner
Abbie has been a part of our team for 4 years. She has a CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce.
April Beswick- Nursery Practitioner
April joined our team in October 2016 and has 5 years experience in childcare. She has a Level 3 in Playwork.
Christine Richardson- Nursery Practitioner
Christine has been at Three Bears Nursery for nearly 10 years, before this she had over 13 years experience working in school nurseries and reception classes. She has a BTEC national Certificate (Level 3) in Childhood Studies and is based in the Pre School Room.
Mais, Abbie and April have paediatric first aid training, food safety training and safeguarding training.
Patricia (Pat) Baxter
Pat has recently joined our team. She is excited about cooking for the children and getting to know all their favourites foods so she make them into healthy meals. Pat has a wealth of experience in cooking and catering for groups of individuals. She cooked for a local fire service for 15 years prior to joining us at Three Bears.