Claire Ward - Nursery Manager

Claire started at the nursery as room leader of the Caterpillar area and was promoted to Manager in August 2015.  Claire comes to the post with 8 years management experience of managing a workplace nursery for the NHS.  Claire's strength are her strong leadership of the team whilst having the ability to listen to her team.  She is very child centered and every decision is taken based on how this will impact on the children.

Nyssa Williams-Deputy Manager -Butterflies Room Leader

Nyssa is Level 3 Qualified and has worked in the Nursery since 2009 as a Nursery Practitioner. Has been Deputy since January 2016. Nyssa is also a SENCO/INCO for the Nursery.

Clare Roberts- Senior Practitioner- Butterflies

Clare is a Level 3 qualified practitioner and is a SENCO/INCO for the Nursery. Clare is a senior member of the management team and shares the room leader post of Butterflies with Nyssa.

Vicky Barker – Lead Practitioner EYPS -  Butterflies  (2.5-5 year learning space)

Vicky holds a BA Hons in Education Studies & Early Years Professional Status. Vicky ensures that all children’s individual learning outcomes are reached with a holistic approach.  As part of her EYPS status she mentors the teams with their planning and journals.

Caterpillars (3months-2.5 years)

Room Leader - Erin Kinsella Level 3 Nursery Nurse with 8 years experience in childcare.
Our team is not just based in the Nursery.

The nursery is part of a small portfolio of independent unique nurseries and work as part of a larger team supporting each other.

Management Team

Nursery Owner/Business Manager

Antonia Ogden-Meade RGN, MSc, Early Years Professional
Antonia Ogden-Meade has worked in Quality and Performance for over 20 years. She started her career in the NHS as a Nurse and worked in Children's health services for a number of years before going into performance and operational management. Having been an Executive Director of Performance and Operations for 4 years, Antonia left the NHS to set up her own Nursery in 2006 and has since expanded her successful business to 6 settings. Antonia has recently achieved Ofsted Inspection status and carries out Ofsted Inspections as part of her ongoing professional development.

Head of Operations-  ILM Leadership and Management Diploma and NVQ Level 3
Lorraine Brown – NVQ 3 /ILM Dip in Leadership and Management, Lorraine Brown moved to work with A Step Ahead Ltd  in March 2011 from working in the NHS as Family and Childcare Co-ordinator for 10 years. Her role within the NHS was to manage hospital on site nurseries across West Sussex.  Since joining A Step Ahead Lorraine has project managed the opening of Ashington Nursery part of our portfolio and now she continues to support our nursery managers and manages the accounts team.  Lorraine's strengths are ensuring that the child is at the centre of all learning experiences and the staff team as a whole are meeting parent expectations.  In our recent outstanding ofsted report for A Step Ahead Lower Beeding, Lorraine was identified as a strong leader.

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Monday - Friday
8.00am - 6.00pm
52 weeks a year

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