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Nursery Manager

The Nursery Manager is responsible for the overall organisation of the nursery and staff and for providing a high standard of childcare and development.

  • Sarah Moon-Gatford

  • Emma Scott

Sarah Moon-Gatford

Nursery Manager

'Little Miss All-rounder' 

"Our work 'mum' who is full of ideas, is helpful, dedicated, imaginative, upbeat and a jack of all trades!" [Team Incy Wincy's, Sept 2017]

Joined June 2014

Professional Qualifications:

  • Early Years Teacher Status, Outstanding Level (July 2015)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) Open (December 2010)
  • Certificate in Early Years Practice (December 2005)
  • Diploma in Pre-school Practice, Level 3 (August 2003)

Training:

  • Paediatric First Aid (June 2019)
  • Forest School First Aid (June 2019)
  • Safer Recruitment (June 2019)
  • Advanced Safeguarding Training for the Designated Safeguarding Lead (March 2019)
  • Home Office Recognising & Preventing FGM (June 2017)
  • Anaphylaxis Awareness (March 2017)
  • Home Office WRAP Training (October 2015)
  • LSCB Child Protection - A Refresher, Level 2 (February 2014)
  • Working Together to Understand the Child Protection Conference Process (November 2010)
  • Food Allergy Awareness for Childcare (March 2015)
  • Food Safety in Catering, Level 2 (July 2014)

Continuing Professional Development:

  • ITC Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (began studying October 2018)
  • Safe Sleeping for Babies - Reducing the Risk of SIDS (June 2017)
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour (September 2014, updated February 2017)
  • Wingate Conference - Celebrating Childhood (May 2016)
  • Making Maths Counts in the Early Years (March 2016)
  • Mini Bus Driver's Review (February 2016)
  • Reflections Approach Training Day - Telling Stories (October 2015)
  • Sing & Sign (June 2015)
  • Leading Good Autism Practice (June 2015)
  • Wingate National Conference - Creativity Culture (June 2015)
  • Fostering Creativity and Imagination Conference (March 2015)
  • Nutrition & Healthy Eating (January 2015)
  • Forest Schools Introduction (November 2014)
  • Makaton Foundation Workshop (October 2014)

Currently Studying: 

Key Areas: Forest School & Outdoor Learning, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Movement Play

Hobbies/Interests:  I love being outdoors whatever the weather gardening or walking, then have the joy of going onside to cook or curl up and read a book.

Tell us a little about your background...

I joined the Incy Wincy team in 2014, having worked in a variety of childcare roles in North Yorkshire over the past 19 years. I began as Play Leader at Thornton Watlass Playgroup and later managed a nursery in Harrogate. I am a Early Years Teacher, have a BSc (Hons) Open and have a particular interest in children’s Movement Play developing project with Jabadao, which I hope to continue in the future.

Emma Scott

Deputy Co-Manager


'Little Miss Caring'

Joined July 2012

Professional Qualifications: 

  • Early Years Care, Learning and Development, Level 3 (July 2011)
  • Baby Massage (December 2014)
  • Baby Yoga (May 2018)

Training:

  • Paediatric First Aid, Level 3 (November 2017)
  • Child Psychology, Level 3 (November 2014)
  • Food Safety, Level 2 (May 2016)
  • Channel General Awareness (November 2015)
  • Safer Recruitment in Education (May 2017)

Continuing Professional Development:

  • Planning and Room Development (November 2013)
  • EYFS Incredible Learning Journey (January 2014)
  • The Baby Room Project (Spring/Summer 2014)
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour (September 2014, updated February 2017)
  • Basic Child Protection, NDNA (May 2014)
  • Makaton (October 2014)
  • Forest Schools Introduction (October 2014)
  • Wingate National Conference - Creativity Culture (June 2015)
  • Sing & Sign (June 2015)
  • NDNA, Working with Babies (October 2015)
  • Reflections Training Day - Telling Stories (October 2015)
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour (September 2014, updated February 2017)

Currently Studying:

Key Areas:

  • Designated Lead Practitioner ECAT (Every Child a Talker) Project (2014/2015)
  • Baby Massage and Baby Yoga Instructor
  • Safer Recruitment

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy spending time as a family and taking my little girl for trips out; one of our favourite places is Fountains Abbey.


What particular qualities do the staff in the Caterpillar room require?

I feel it is very important that the staff are calm, patient and have an unhurried approach to their day. We invest a lot of time in settling the babies into the Caterpillar room as we know how important it is for parents to return to work safe in the knowledge that their child is happy and in a secure, caring environment.

You have received a lot of training, what has been the most useful?

The Child Psychology training has been really useful as it has allowed me to see the babies from a different perspective which helps explain why babies behave in certain ways to different stimuli.  I regularly run baby massage classes and can use these techniques in the Caterpillar room.  Most recently I have completed training in baby yoga, which will run alongside baby massage, and I am looking forward to putting this into practice.

What have you been doing in your role as ECAT Lead Practitioner?

Across the whole nursery we have carried out an assessment of each child for the Every Child a Talker (ECAT) project. This has involved us assessing each child’s speech and language skills and offering additional support through fun activities. My role has been to coordinate this process with other staff and going forwards I intend to share the ECAT programme with parents and offer ideas for them to use at home.

Sarah Utley

Deputy Co-Manager

'Little Miss TBC'

Joined September 2019

Professional Qualifications:

Training:

  • Paediatric First Aid, Level 3 (November 2017)
  • Food Safety, Level 2 (May 2016)
  • Channel General Awareness (November 2015)

Continuing Professional Development:


Currently Studying:

Key Areas:

Hobbies/Interests: 


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

I have been lucky enough to work in some fantastic settings around the country and abroad, though I have now settled in to life in North Yorkshire.  for the past two years I have been working as the Deputy Manager at the pre-school in Masham.

What are you looking forward to the most about joining out team?

I am looking forward to being part of a larger setting and working with the team.  It will be great to take part in the exciting adventures that the children at Incy Wincy's enjoy on a daily basis.

How would you describe your educational approach?

Fun, we all learn so much more by having fun and being active - children are no different. 

Which aspect of child development are you particularly interested in?

I believe that children need to be active and am particularly interested in physical development, how children develop large movements and then the smaller more refined skills.  I love to be active and on the go myself; you will often find me with the children looking for a big tree to climb.

How would your family describe you?

Fun, but competitive. 

I play games; taking part in things, always aiming to do my best - and if I'm honest to win. I have learnt that I will lose sometimes and accept this will happen, but it doesn't hold me back from having a go.

Top Tip...

Turn off the television, put down the phone and spend 10 minutes talking and laughing with your child