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Our Team

Our Early Years qualified staffing levels enable us to maintain our staff to child ratios at the level of:

•    1:3 – for children aged three months to two years

•    1:4 – for children aged two years to three years

•    1:8 – for children aged three years to five years

When recruiting our staff, we have very thorough checks in place to ensure that your children are safe. All staff are DBS checked, have references followed up and completing online Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and First Aid training is compulsory. Other training courses are offered to staff throughout the year to ensure that their knowledge and practice is up to the highest standard. We may use bank staff to cover absences if needed and sometimes we have students on placements who work on a voluntary basis to gain work experience, they are all DBS checked and complete induction training. Students are never left unsupervised, and like all staff follow our policies and procedures. We also have a low staff turnover. 

Mrs. Karen Taft-Sheeran

I have more than 30 years child care experience and have been an OFSTED registered child minder in Hagley since 1999. Over the years I have cared for scores of children, while looking after my own three children. I have an NVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and Cordon Bleu Cookery Diploma. I have been on several courses always keen to update my knowledge such as Quality Still Matters, Embedding the EYFS, Safeguarding, first aid and a level 2 in food safety.



Deputy Manager
Lisa Strain

Lisa has over 20 years of experience in Child Care and is our deputy manager. Lisa holds an NVQ Level 3 qualification. Lisa also represents us at meetings with other settings in the area to gain information on any changes or ideas that might benefit the nursery. This allows us to share relevant information with parents, such as what school expects to see from their children when they join them. 

Toddler Room Leader/ Third in Charge
Cody Sanson

Cody began working at Squiggles during a college placement over 4 years ago, but stayed on to do her apprenticeship and is now a fully qualified nursery nurse. As well as this, Cody has also completed her level 2 team leader course and has gone on to do her level 3 in management. She is toddler room leader and also third in charge. 

Baby Room Leader
Bethany Baron

Beth also started at Squiggles as an apprentice almost 4 years ago, now she has her level 3 in childcare and also completed her level 2 team leading course and is Baby Room leader. 

Nursery Practitioner 
Michaela Harley

Michaela joined the Squiggles team just over 2 years ago as an apprentice and is now a fully qualified level 3 practitioner.  Michaela and Cody work brilliantly in the toddler room together. 

Nursery Nurse Apprentice

Abi Taft-Sheeran

Abi is Karen and Paul's daughter and is currently undertaking her level 3 in childcare. She has worked at the nursery since it started, helping out where she was needed. Like her parents, she has a passion for children and loves working in the baby room alongside Beth. 

Nursery Practitoner
Alex Kinch

Alex joined the Squiggles team recently and has completed her Level 3 in childcare, she is based in the Pre-School room alongside Lisa. 

Nursery Nurse Apprentice 

Tia Westwood

Tia joined our team last year and is currently doing her level 2 in childcare. Tia is a support member of staff and and will work and assist in each room as she continues to gain more knowledge for her apprenticeship. Tia also works brilliantly with the before and after school club. 

Nursery Nurse Apprentice
Lauren Duffell

Lauren also joined our team last year and is undertaking her level 2 in childcare. Lauren works mainly in the baby room, however she does also assist in the other rooms. 

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