Our Staff

We operate to a very high ratio of well-qualified staff acknowledging the requirement of the local authority. Those ratios being:

  • One staff for every 3 children aged 0-2 years
  • One staff for every 4 children aged 2-3 years
  • One staff for every 8 children aged 3-5 years
  • However we endeavour to attain a much higher level of staffing ratios, wherever possible.

Staff knowledge and training in the supervision of our children is of prime importance.  In addition to our regular internal training and development programmes we established, and now maintain, a progressive educational programme for our staff.  This is directed and controlled on our premises by an independent and experienced childcare practitioner, ensuring that our staff are kept completely up to date with childcare and management issues along with any changes in childcare legislation.

At Clowns we have a management team of four individuals who work alongside the Manager/Proprietor. They have been with the company spanning twenty-six years. The team includes the Deputy, the third in charge, the fourth in charge, fifth in charge and Operations Manager.

In every classroom we have a Class Teacher or a Team Leader and they work alongside at least four Early Years Teaching Practitioners/Nursery Assistants.

Our administration team is led by our Operations Manager and the team includes a secretary, a receptionist, an accounts administrator and an administrative assistant.

We have an in-house catering team; a Head Chef / Kitchen Manager, a second chef and two kitchen porters.

Our extra curricular members of staff are as follows; a music teacher, a drama teacher and a physical education teacher. We have the opportunity once a week to use the fabulous Heath Extension for many of our sporting activities.

The nursery has a maintenance man, contract cleaners, a gardening team, electricians and a plumber.

At Clowns, six members of our staff are representatives of:

  • Special Educational Needs
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Librarian
  • Charity and Events Co-ordinator
  • Garden and Growing Advisor
  • Creative, Design and Imagination of our outdoor resource classroom

Clowns Nursery/Manor House Pre-School Extended Family:


Percy the Persister
Betty the Believer
Sally Ann who is Not There Yet 

Milly the Mouse – Cherry class
Tony the Toucan – Strawberry class
Bill the Rainbow Parrot – Willow class
Monkey Doodle – Elm class
Maurice the Mouse – Peach class
Priscilla the Parrot – Rosewood class
Gerald the Giraffe – Limetree Yellow class
Elsa the Elephant – Limetree Green class

Sealie and Sven the Seals – Management Office

Mrs Landy’s Dogs:
Lexie and Oska Landy