Huggie Bears Family Child Care prides itself on its excellent team which are specially selected for their expertise and experience. The Proprietor/Manager, Geraldine M. Kennefick (Level 6) holds a B.A. Degree in Early Childhood Studies (Honours), Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy (Mont. Dip.)C.A.C.H.E Diploma in Nursery Nursing (N.N.E.B.), National Certificate in Childcare (equivalent to Level 3) and Advanced Forest Schools Leader. In addition, the current highest professional accreditation, ‘Early Years Professional Status’ from the University of Kingston (now known as 'Early Years Teacher Status' EYT), with over ten years experience working with children from birth to early teens inclusive with experience to Nursery Manager Level.
Staff comprise of a blend of mature, experienced and professionally qualified skilled in expertly guiding your child through the wonders of learning through play. The staff are dedicated to treating your child with patience, affection, enthusiasm and understanding.
Students can be an addition to the team. As students are in the process of learning and developing their skills they are always supervised.
All staff, including non care staff and volunteers and students, have Enhanced DBS clearances before they are allowed to work unsupervised with the children and are vetted by Ofsted.
As child care is continuously evolving with new and interesting research being developed at a rapid rate, training is seen as a vital component for the team to stay up to date with current changes. Henceforth, professional development is fully endorsed for the staff team. All staff participate in ongoing training and development opportunities.
It is the aim of the entire team to provide a secure family environment where you can feel relaxed and confident in the knowledge that your child is being cared for by our dedicated staff.