The Lodge

Nursery School

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The Team (scroll down the page for profiles)

Mrs Caroline Nokes, Setting Manager, Designated Safeguarding Lead

Diploma in Pre-School Practice

(DPP)

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Mrs Heidi Guinane

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Diploma in Pre-School Practice

(DPP)

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Mrs Jill Osler

Diploma in Pre-School Practice

(DPP)

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Mrs Emma Holden

Diploma in Pre-School Practice

(DPP)

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Mrs Penny Larner

Certificate in Pre-School Practice

(CPP)

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Mrs Jessica Warren

Diploma in Pre-School Practice

(DPP)

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Mrs Justine Shellard

Post Graducate Teaching Certificate

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Miss Tracy Rogers

SENCO

Diploma in Pre-School Practice

(DPP)

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Mrs Caroline Howe

SENCO

Level III Early Years Educator

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Mrs Margaret Holman

Relief Staff

All staff hold first aid certificates which are renewed every three years.

 

All staff have Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau Approval (DBS).

 

We are proud of the high ratio in our school, of 1:6 adult to children over the age of 3 and 1:4 adult to children under the age of 3. This ensures individual attention to the needs and development of each child. Our key person system gives members of staff particular responsibility for groups of individual children, and this ensures that each child has one special adult to whom they can relate. The key person is responsible for maintaining each child’s records, and supporting them in reaching their full potential.

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Mrs Amelia Clark

Owner/Director

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Amelia Clark, Owner Director

 

It was through my After School and Holiday Club that I first met the former owner of The Lodge.  She invited me to come and see The Lodge with my youngest son in mind.  It was during that show around that I fell in love with this unique and very special preschool.  I am absolutely thrilled and feel very privileged to now own The Lodge and be involved in the provision of the outstanding care and education that is its hallmark.

 

I was previously a Chartered Accountant and established an After School and Holiday Club when I moved to this lovely part of Kent with my two children.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey retraining in everything relating to childcare and early years education.  

 

The Lodge teachers are a truly cohesive, strong and dedicated team.  It is the impressive collective experience, qualificiations and passion of The Lodge team that underpins the provision of such genuniely exceptional care and education.  It is a joy and a priviledge to be part of that team.

 

My daughter is now 9 and has been very involved in helping me build both settings.  My son is now 5 and it has been a real joy seeing him attend The Lodge and how this has supported his transition to primary school.

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Caroline Nokes, Setting Manager

 

I am The Lodge Setting Manager, having been at The Lodge for 15 years this year.  I have previously worked as a researcher in the telecoms industry and raised 3 of my own children.  I lead our dedicated team overseeing curriculum planning, health and safety and pastoral care, and I also enjoy my role liaising with parents, staff and other professionals and agencies.   In addition to my Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice, I have certificates in Child Protection, Paediatric First Aid, Special Educational Needs and Makaton and I am a Designated Safeguarding Lead and our Fire Safety Officer.  

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Heidi Guinane

 

I have enjoyed my 10 year anniversary with The Lodge, having had previous experience in another Early Years setting and Management experience in the leisure industry.   I am extremely passionate about creating play and learning environments and about supporting my key children in their development.  In addition to my Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice and safeguarding and First Aid training, I continuously look for opportunities for continuing professional development, having recently undertaken training in the Characteristics of Effective Learning.  

 

I have two grown up sons and a patient husband who is frequently called on for DIY services to The Lodge!  My love of gardening and growing my own vegetables spills over into actvities in The Lodge garden!

Jill Osler

 

Having trained as a Surgical Nurse, I joined the Lodge Team nearly 15 years ago. I am enthusiastic about the curriculum I deliver. I also work hard with my key children, and enjoy watching them develop into confident, independent individuals. I love music, the theatre and stories and bring these passions to my work: putting on puppet shows, promoting role play and jointly leading our singing and story curriculum. In addition I like gardening sometimes, rambling in the countryside, good food, good company and dancing in the kitchen!

 

I have a level 3 Diploma in Pre-school Practice and hold certificates in Child Protection, First Aid and Makaton. I am also the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) for The Lodge and attend regular updates, training and inter-agency meetings.

 

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Emma Holden

 

I come from a merchant banking background but discovered a passion for working with children when I joined the Lodge 10 years ago, having had two sons of my own.  I am a Sociology Graduate and have a Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice.  In addition to my child protection and first aid training, I am The Lodge's Phonics Champion and am currently working towards a Certificate for Teachers of Jolly Phonics.  I am is very passionate about planning for my Key Children’s learning and development, both through my lesson plans and creating exciting environments.  I spend most of my weekends watching rugby, baking bread and learning to play Bridge (slowly!).

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Penny Larner

 

I have been part of the teaching team at The Lodge for almost 17 years, having moved into childcare from a background in banking.  While raising my own three children, I volunteered in various capacities at various schools and discovered my passion for working in a school environment.  I am a keen cook, baker and gardener, skills which we capitalise on at The Lodge!  I have a Certificate in Pre-School Practice as well as training in Child Protection, First Aid and Makaton.  In addition, I have experience working one-to-one with children who need additional support.  

 

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Jessica Warren

 

With a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design and 12 years PR experience, I joined The Lodge 5 years ago and added a Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice as well as training in Child Protection, First Aid, Makaton and Food Hygiene to my qualifications.  I have two of my own children and am dedicated to understanding and meeting the needs of children in my care, and to continuing professional development.  Most recently I have undertaken training in ASD in Early Years.  I particularly enjoy getting to know and nurture each individual child, watching their personality and abilities grow during their first year of nursery school.

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Justine Shellard

 

I am a fully qualified Primary school teacher holding a BA and PGCE qualification with an Early Years Specialism. I have spent my entire career working with Early Years Children and previously worked in three primary schools before taking a break to raise my own three children. I joined The Lodge three years ago. I am extremely passionate about working with young children and am committed to working alongside parents to help their child reach  their full potential. Instilling a positive and nurturing start to learning at this early stage can ensure a lifelong love of learning!

 

At the Lodge, I help to contribute to curriculum delivery and enjoy planning exciting and engaging activities, building on the children's interests. Storytelling, outdoor play, music sessions and puppet shows are activities that I particularly enjoy engaging in with the children. I have worked with children from a variety of backgrounds and with lots of specific needs. Training that I have undertaken whilst at the Lodge include paediatric first aid, safeguarding and makaton signing.

 

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Tracy Rogers

 

My previous experience was in the banking industry particularly Information Technology.  Before joining The Lodge as a teacher 3 years ago, I volunteered and helped in various children and toddler settings, at the library, music groups and the children's centre. I currently volunteer at a Beavers group and at my local school whilst raising my family.   I am very passionate about my role developing my key children through teaching and play, and also have experience working one-to-one with children who need additional support.  I am The Lodge's Makaton Champion and am about to add a Foundation Certificate in Makaton to my existing qualifications including Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Workforce and certificates in Child Protection, First Aid and Makaton signing.  In my spare time I enjoy reading and craft work.

 

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Caroline Howe

 

My previous career involved administrative roles which culminated in acting as a consultant advising clients with regard to UK Immigration Law.  Having had my own children, I decided to retrain as a childminder and cared for children across a range of ages.  Wishing to continue working with children, I have now been at The Lodge for 2 years and recently completed my Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification, which I add to my Child Protection and Paediatric First Aid qualifications.  I have worked closely one-to-one with children who have required additional support, in addition to passionately planning and delivering my lessons for the wider group.

 

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Anna Slaughter

 

Following on from a career in nursing, I gained my level 3 Diploma in Pre School Practice. This enabled me to work in Early Years Education both in the state and private sector for the last 20 years.

 

I have 4 grown up children and in my spare time enjoy walking my dogs, yoga, swimming and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

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Margaret Holman

 

I have had a close contact with the Lodge Nursery School since 2007 helping out wherever needed.  I am also an active member of St Mary's church, helping to run the Tots & Toddler group on a Monday. As you can see I enjoy working with children.

 

I have lived in Sevenoaks since 1973, I have 3 sons and 3 grandchildren, 2 who have attended The Lodge.

 

 

 

 

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