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Chelsea Mapps

'Little Miss Encyclopedia'

Joined November 2017

Professional Qualifications:

  • Children's Learning and Development (Early Years Educator), Level 3 (2017)


  • Safeguarding Children: Basic Awareness (July 2015)
  • Manual Handling (July 2015)
  • Paediatric First Aid, Level 3 (October 2015)
  • Food Safety in Catering, Level 2 (February 2017)
  • Basic Awareness of Child and Adult Sexual Exploitation (September 2017)
  • Channel General Awareness (November 2017)
  • Makaton (May 2018)

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Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy spending time with my friends at the weekend and enjoy taking part in a pub quiz with them.  I also like to walk my dogs, Cookie and Crunchie.

Tell us a little bit about life before Incy Wincy's...

I use to work at another nursery and completed my apprenticeship with them where I gained my Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification.  I worked across a number of age groups but gained the most experience with babies.  Having learnt so much about the under 1's is helping me now I have joined the Bumble Bee room at Incy Wincy's.  I understand the development the children have made and the steps they need to take next.

Which is your favourite children's book?

Like so many other people, I love 'The Gruffalo.  I am proud to say I have all the characters from the book (my favourite is the Gruffalo himself) and I can recite the whole story word for word.  I also know every word of its sequel, 'The Gruffalo's Child'!

What qualities do you bring to team Incy Wincy's?

I am happy to share the interesting facts I have in my head (handy when I am on a quiz team). I can be very chatty...and a little sarcastic (but always reserve this for the staff room); however, I believe my best quality is my enthusiasm.

What do you remember from your own childhood?

Always being outside, riding my bike, climbing trees and playing with my friends.  When I was younger I use to enjoy horse riding and remember riding a pony called Jupiter. 

What makes you laugh?

I have a habit of laughing at my own jokes; otherwise, I enjoy a giggle with friends and at work with the girls.

Chelsea's top tip...

Try and read a book to your child every day, even when they are a baby (our Book Borrower basket at nursery has some of our favourites).