Baby Unit: 01704 894 761 - Toddlers and Pre-School: 01704 893 279

About Our Team

Staff Members

1ST Class Nursery has always been a family run nursery where High priority is given to employing qualified Nursery Nurses who are experienced and well-motivated, ensuring that the children have continuity of care reflecting their individual needs. We pay special attention to maintaining high standards by holding regular team meetings and a range of training opportunities. All members of staff attend courses to update their knowledge on a wide variety of related subjects.


A key-person system gives each member of staff responsibility for a few children. Each child in the group has one special adult to relate to, which can make settling into the group very much easier. The key-person can help tailor aspects of the curriculum to the unique needs of each individual child via planning meetings. The key-person maintains links with the child’s home, working with parents through shared record keeping ensuring that all children are supported in reaching their potential. The child`s learning journal can be viewed at any time, and if you wish, by making an appointment to ensure appropriate time is allotted for discussions between the key person and parent/carer.

Record Keeping

A learning and development record is produced from observations and photographs of the individual child-which are used for planning and assessing their development. Termly reports are provided for parents which indicate the child’s next steps for learning. This ensures both parents and nursery are working towards the same goals. Parents evenings are scheduled twice a year giving the parents the opportunity to look at their child’s file and talk to the key person.


Constant information on new thinking in the field of child education and care. On-going training is available through Lancashire Council Early Years and Child care Service and other local and national organisations.

Trainees working towards NVQ level 2 and 3 in childcare are supported by senior staff to achieve their individual potential. Students from local colleges occasionally attend, seeking to gain practical experience as part of their training in childcare.

Training & Qualifications

We run a rolling training and development program ensuring our staff exceed OFSTED minimum regulations. Our staff participate in regular updates and refresher courses to ensure we are fully up to date always with current regulations. These training and qualifications include:

  • NVQ Level 2, 3 and 4 in Early years and education, Foundation Degree and BA (Honours) Degree
  • Pediatric First Aid
  • SENCO training and Understanding Autism
  • Food Hygeine
  • Health & Safety
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Effective Communication Training and PECS
  • Observation, planning and assessing training
  • Equality and Inclusion, EYFS

Fran Jenkins

Nursery Manager

Sian Grindlay

Assistant Manager

Janine Thompson

Room Leader

Emma Riley

Senior Nursery Practitioner

Natasha Rothwell

Senior Nursery Practitioner

Rebecca Gower

Senior Nursery Practitioner

Natasha Fairhurst


Jessie Wright

Nursery Practitioner

Sophie Wilkinson

Nursery Practioner

Tracey Martin

Nursery Assistant

Courtney Watson


Jodie Shipley


Laura Hayter




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