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 member for every 3 children aged 0-2 years
  • One staff member for every 4 children aged 2-3 years
  • One staff member 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 have developed 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 eight years. This team includes our Deputy, Third-in-Charge, Fourth-in-Charge, and Operations Manager.

In every classroom we have a Class Teacher or a Team Leader, who work alongside Early Years Teaching Practitioners/Nursery Assistants.

The Administration team is led by our Operations Manager and includes a Secretary/Receptionist, an Accounts Administrator and an Administrative Assistant.

We have an in-house catering team led by our Head Chef / Kitchen Manager, which includes a second Chef and two Kitchen Assistants.

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 team including, contract cleaners, gardeners, electricians and a plumber.

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

  • Safeguarding Lead and Safeguarding Officers
  • Children Looked After Officer
  • Early Years Lead
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Special Educational Needs and/or Disability Coordinator
  • Oral Hygiene Lead and Oral Hygiene Officers
  • English as an Additional Language Coordinator
  • Fire Officers
  • Forest School Leaders
  • Environmental & Social Responsibility Officer
  • Cultural Capital Coordinator
  • Cyber Bullying Prevention Officer

Clowns Nursery/Manor House Pre-School Extended Family:


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

Kindness Kevin 

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:
Lexi and Oska Landy