Bridget has been a childcare professional throughout all of her working life, spending many years in Nursery Management before helping Lewis to set up the Wishing Tree Nursery in 2004. Bridget is also mum to 4 children, a backgound which greatly benefits the nursery, especially as 3 of her children have attended The Wishing Tree. Bridget believes passionately in the detail and quality that are essential to a successful nursery, a belief which has been rewarded with Ofsted "outstanding" scores in 2005 and 2008. As the nursery has grown over the years, Bridget has been joined in her management role by Vicky Cobb.
Date of Birth: 24th January 1971
Address: Brighton, East Sussex
Marital Status: Married
Children: Four - Andre, Dylan, Millie and Fleur
NVQ Level 3 Early Years Care and Education
NVQ Level 4 Childcare and Management
- Managing older children's behaviour
- Early Learn Goals
- Child Protection and SEN
- Paediatric 1st Aid
- Customer Care
- Mentor Training
- Basic Food Hygiene
- Introduction to the Early Yeas Foundation Stage
- Curriculum planning
- Assessment and record keeping
- Time Management
- SEN code of practice
- Working with bilingual children and families
- Health and Safety
- Safeguarding Children
- Behaviour Management
- Equality and Diversity
2003 - 2004 Asquith Court Nursery, David Lloyd Leisure Centre, Brighton
Asquith Court is a 47 place nursery with a 15 place crèche. Bridget was responsible for the overall running of the nursery and crèche and managed a staff of 17.
2000 - 2003 Academy Day Nurseries & Childcare Limited, Brighton
Bridget was responsible for all aspects of running a 32 place nursery with 10 staff. Initially she joined as Deputy Manager having shared responsibility with the Nursery Manager for staffing issues and curriculum planning for early years. Bridget was promoted to Manager of the Nursery in November 2000 responsible for all staff issues, administration of the nursery, financial record keeping, the children within the nursery and liaising with local authorities and statutory bodies.
1998 - 2000 Triangle Nurseries - Warwickshire
Shared responsibility with the Manager for curriculum planning, financial record keeping and general upkeep of the nursery. Bridget started as a Nursery Nurse and began her NVQ Level 3 training after which she was promoted to Deputy Manager.
The nursery provided places for up to 24 children.
1998 - 1999 Tysoe C/E Primary School, Warwickshire
(Special Needs Assistant & Playscheme Manager)
This was a part time position working along side groups of children outside the classroom and working along side an individual child in and outside the classroom.
The role was to work with the classroom teachers and local authorities to support the education of children with special needs. She combined this position while working part time at Triangle Nurseries. She also ran the school's holiday playscheme which offered provision for up to 60 children. She was responsible for supervising 5 members of staff, planning all activities, recruiting staff, organising staff rotas and purchasing.
1996 - 1998 Bridget started as a volunteer helping out at her son's school and was then offered a permanent part time post.
1994 - 1996 Dolphin Montessori, Wellesbourne
Bridget started as a Montessori Teacher and was later promoted to Deputy Manager. The nursery catered for 16 children and had 4 members of staff.