Management Team –
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Jennie Smillie – Nursery Area Manager/Advisory Teacher
My name is Jenny Smillie and I began my role as Area Manager/Advisory Teacher for Tiddlywinks Day Nursery in November 2016. I am an experienced Early Years Teacher with 10 years of leadership and advisory experience, before starting my role here at Tiddlywinks I was working as a Deputy Head teacher for a large nursery school and children’s centre in Lancashire. Prior to this I worked as an advisory teacher for Sure Start Centres in Manchester working with Higher Blackley and Crumpsall Tiddlywinks nurseries. Having achieved qualified teacher status in July 2002, I went on to teach in Australia for 2 years where my passion for early years education developed. Since then I have furthered my study to support my career as an early years teacher and leader having achieved Early Years Professional Status in 2008 and completing my Masters Degree in Childhood Studies and Practice in 2013. I have a commitment to giving all children the best possible start in life. My vision is to inspire excellence and I hope to engage with all children, parents and colleagues to help motivate them to learn and develop a passion to succeed. I always strive to develop a strong community network focused upon high standards.
Sarah Russell – Nursery Manager
My name is Sarah Russell and I am the nursery manager for Tiddlywinks at Ancoats/Beswick Nursery. I started working at Tiddlywinks Day Nursery in July 2007 and have been part of the Tiddlywinks family for over 12 years now and have loved my time here, especially all the knowledge I have received and learnt on my career journey. I started as an Nursery Apprentice in 2007 and have worked my way up over the years to become nursery manager. I have a BA Honours Degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies and have learned a lot about child development and the theories on how children learn.
I am the designated safeguarding officer for the nursery, as well as the SEND-co and am paediatric first aid trained. I have experience in working with all ages and I am passionate in what I do. I am bubbly, friendly and always strive for the best in children with regards to their learning and development. I have a creative flair and am passionate about making the environments ‘wow’ for both children and parents.
Our aim as a nursery is to continue our outstanding practice and to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for the children to learn and develop. To do this we will make excellent progress through the Ealy Years Foundation Stage, making sure all areas of the curriculum are covered and that we teach the children new and exciting things throughout their time at nursery. I will support the staff team to ensure the nursery provides a welcoming, family atmosphere where parents and carers are happy to leave their children in our care.