We are small friendly and dedicated team who are committed to recognising every child as an individual and enabling them to reach their full potential. We are all paediatric first aid trained and will do our upmost to care for your child.
Keely- Sun Bear
Sarah- Panda Bear Key Group
Rachel- Polar Bear Key Group
Preschool Manager (Job share)
Keely joined Stowey Bears as Preschool Manager alongside Tina in September 2021. Keely has worked in early years her entire career and was previously a Deputy Manager in a busy London preschool before relocating to Somerset with her family.
Sarah joined us in September 2017 as a key worker before being promoted into the role of Deputy Manager. Alongside this, Sarah maintains her role as our red key worker and is also our safeguarding officer.
Level 3 in Child Care, Learning and Development, Safeguarding Officer, Fire Marshall, Paediatric First Aider
Early Years Educator
Rachel brings with her many years experience within Early Years and joined the team at Stowey Bears in September 2019. Rachel is our yellow key worker and alongside this also our ENCO (Equalities Named Coordinator).
Level 3 in Child Care, Learning and Development, ENCO, Fire Marshall, Paediatric First Aider
Hayley- Koala Bear Key Group
Early Years Educator
Hayley is our newest member of the team joining in January 2020, however brings with her a wealth of experience from previous roles. Hayley is our blue key worker and is also our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).
Level 3 in Child Care, Learning and Development, SENCO, Paediatric First Aider
Business and Finance Manager
Tina has many years experience in early years, previously leading another setting before joining Stowey Bears in January 2020; initially to cover maternity leave before later permanently taking up the role of Preschool Manager.
All staff regularly update their training and all have received training in; Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid and Somerset Total Communication (STC).
"I'd like to thank you all for your care and compassion towards our son. He gets so excited knowing that he's going to pre school. We've noticed such a difference with his vocabulary and interaction with others."
Key Person System
We believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to, who knows them and their parents well, and who can meet their individual needs. Research shows that a key person approach benefits the child, the parents, the staff and the setting by providing secure relationships in which children thrive, parents have confidence, our staff are committed and the setting is a happy and dedicated place to attend or work in.
We want children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in the setting and to feel secure and comfortable with our staff. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children's well-being and their role as active partners with our setting. We aim to make our setting a welcoming place where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families.
The key person role is set out in the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each child must have a key person. The procedures detailed further in the Key Person System Policy set out a model for developing a key person approach that promotes effective and positive relationships for children.