My name is Samantha Adams and I am the Manager at Safe and Sound Nursery on the Crabtree Road. I have worked at Safe and Sound Nursery since it first opened in August 2007. I worked as a supervisor within the Toddler Room for the last 8 Years and in July 2015 was promoted to Manager. I was honoured to have been offered this post and have welcomed the new challenges this entails.
Throughout the last 9 years I have been given opportunities to further my knowledge of child development by attending various training such as The Eager and Able to Learn programme designed for 2 year old, The Media Initiative Programme in Respecting Differences, Nutrition Matters, Food Hygiene and Safety Level 2, Fire Safety and Managing and Leading a team within Early Years.
I am also trained in Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection and am the Designated Officer within Safe and Sound Nursery. In 2014 I decided to further my qualification by undertaking a level 5 in child care leadership and development and with the support of Angeline and the staff I completed this in January 2016.
I am also mum to Charlie aged 2. Charlie has attended Safe and Sound since he was 14 weeks old and to him the girls at Safe and Sound our a second family. The care Charlie receives is second to none and as I returned to work early this was very comforting to know. Safe and Sound has not only become Charlie’s second family but it has become mine as well, together we all share the same passion, drive and enthusiasm for childcare.
My name is Amanda Lavery and I have worked at Safe and Sound Nursery since October 2007. Whilst starting with no formal child care qualifications, I had the experience of being mum to 2 children, Caitlin now aged 16 and Ben aged 13 years. Since working at Safe and Sound I have been encouraged to gain valuable qualifications and am pleased at having qualified with a diploma in Child Care (Level 3) as well as Paediatric First Aid, Designated Officer, Child Protection, Food Hygiene Level 2 and numerous other day and night-time training courses provided by Early Years.
I am based in the Pre-School Unit where I love working with the 3-4 year olds preparing them for their move to primary school. It is very rewarding to watch each child’s confidence build and learning progress through play, and to help and guide them through this process. Safe and Sound is a very homely place to work and the safety and happiness of the children is paramount.
My name is Christine Rogan and I have worked in Safe and Sound for almost 9 years. I started working in the Baby Room but have also worked in all areas of the nursery which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am a mum of 2 young children, Ryan who is 11 and Eimear 4, they keep me very busy and have given me great insight into child development. During my time at Safe and Sound I have had the opportunity of qualifying for an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare. I have attended many courses such as Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Basic Food Hygiene, Autism Awareness and Media Initiative. Safe and Sound is a very welcoming place to work, all the staff work very hard and are dedicated to ensuring that the needs of the children are of paramount importance. I am proud to say that I have recently been promoted to the role of Deputy Manager and I am currently undertaking my level 5 in childcare.
My name is Kelly Sloan and I have worked at Safe and Sound since it first opened in August 2007. I enjoy creating a fun, learning and stimulating environment for the children to grow and develop. I love that Safe and Sound is situated in the country and the children gain many benefits from this as they enjoy going for lovely walks and exploring the natural environment. Since joining Safe and Sound I have gained my NVQ level 3 in Child Care and Development, First Aid, Child Protection, Behaviour Management, Early Movers, Sensory and Heuristic Play. I find my job very rewarding and love being part of the team.
My name is Leeanne Cox and I am Supervisor of the Baby Room. I joined Safe & Sound in 2009 I have worked mainly within the Baby Room. I find my job very rewarding and love to watch the children grow, learn and develop in a stimulating environment. Encouraging children at an early age is most important and as a team we provide great support both to children and parents. I have an NVQ Level 3 in Child Care and Development and am trained in Child Protection and Paediatric First Aid. I have attended training courses that have helped to further my knowledge within the age group I work such as sensory and heuristic play, rhythm and beat and story telling.
Safe and Sound offers a home from home environment where staff and children work and learn together.
My name is Niamh Laverty and I work within the toddler room at Safe and Sound. I first came to the Nursery as a student in March 2011 and quickly realised that my talents and skills lay within nursery life. During my placement at Safe and Sound I gained valuable experience and knowledge while working with children aged 0-11years. When my placement came to an end I was offered a permanent job on completion of my National Diploma in Early Years (level 3). Throughout my time at Safe and Sound I have been given many opportunities to develop my knowledge of child care specifically with the 2-3 year age group and have recently attended the new media initiative 2 year old programme – Eager and Able to Learn. I am also trained in Paediatric First Aid, Behaviour Management and Child Protection. Safe and Sound offers a home from home environment where staff and children work together in harmony.
My name is Sarah McKee and I have been working at Safe and Sound since 2007. For the past few years I have been supervisor of the after-school room. I enjoy working with this age group as the children are full of fun and imagination. The nicest part of my job is to witness the close friendships that are formed amongst the children and staff. We very much value the children’s opinions and ideas and encourage them to help us plan their learning topics, the activities and organise exciting and fun trips out.
For the past 3 years I have also undergone a new job role as Pre-school Leader. This job requires a lot of planning and preparation to meet the requirements laid down by the Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education as set by the Department of Education. Each day is packed full of fun and exciting activities for the children whilst at the same time they are learning through play.
The best part of this role is observing the progress with each individual child and preparing them for primary school. I also have a close working partnership with parents through informal chats, team interviews, monthly newsletters and open mornings ensuring parents are always informed and up to date with their child’s learning.
Safe and sound nursery has a homely atmosphere for children and staff. The staff members work closely together as a team to create a nice friendly environment for all.
My name is Stacey McGavock and I have been working at Safe & Sound since September 2017. I am based within the Baby Room and thoroughly enjoy the 0-2 age group. I have been working for the past 4 years and look forward to furthering my knowledge and gaining new skills at Safe & Sound. I am excited to be a part of this team.
My Name is Amy Quinn and I am based in both the Baby and Toddler Rooms. I joined Safe & Sound in October 2017. Since joining Safe & Sound I have gained new skills and experiences that will help me as i begin my Early Years Foundation Degree next year.
My Name is Louise Rogan and I have worked at Safe & Sound Nursery since November 2016. I work within the Baby Room and really enjoy this age group. I first joined Safe & Sound with no formal qualifications and throughout my time here already I have gained my First Aid, Child Protection, Sensory and Heuristic Play. I am currently completing my NVQ level 3 and will be qualified in June 2018.
My name is Annette Rogan and I am Supervisor of the After-School Room. I started working at Safe & Sound in September 2015, I am a mother of two children age 9 and 6. Since joining Safe and Sound I have gained my First Aid, and Child Protection certificate, to add to my Diploma in Nursery Nursing. I love the home from home feel to Safe & Sound, and feel very privileged to be part of such a great team. The staff have a great bond and work well together as a team, which shows in the work they do and the care given to the children.
My Name is Laura Fitzsimmons and I am mostly based in the After-School Room. I have experience of working in the Toddler/Preschool room and enjoy all the different age groups. I am excited to be a part of an already established team and look forward to furthering my knowledge while at Safe & Sound.
My Name is Toni Sharvin and I have been working at Safe & Sound since May 2017. I work with the Pre-School age group and enjoy watching the children explore new challenges. I am currently studying for my Early Childhood Studies Degree and can put into practice all that i have learnt while working here at Safe & Sound.