Our Team

 

Peapods staff are all qualified, highly experienced and committed to providing a high standard of care and a wide variety of stimulating learning experiences. Our work has one clear focus, your child's individual needs.  In order for us to support your child's development in the best possible way, we ensure staff attend regular further training courses, which enable them to bring new ideas and proposals to their daily work.

 

 

Key Person Family Groups

 

At Peapods we group children in 'families' of mixed ages, each with a key person responsible for their care.  We feel this is a natural way to look after children and allows them to play and learn from each other, with older children helping younger ones to develop and progress. 

 

Your child's key person is responsible for planning learning opportunities that meet the unique needs and interests of each child in their 'family'. 

 

Grouping children in this way allows siblings to remain together, enabling greater security for children.  It also enables a deeper and effective patnership to develop between parents and staff as children remain with one key person throughout their time at Peapods.

 

 

Find out more about our staff.

 

Louisa Hopcroft

 

Nursery Manager

I have been working in the early year’s sector for the past 15 years since completing my NNEB nursery nurse training. I have gained experience from working in a range of settings - schools, nursery schools, day nurseries and residential care, with children with differing needs including hearing impairment, learning disabilities and looked after children, in a variety of roles including management. After nearly 3 years of searching for suitable premises, going through the planning process, with several disappointments along the way, Peapods finally opened its doors in April 2013, fulfilling my ambition of setting up and running my own nursery. I am very excited to be able to put my knowledge and experience into creating a special setting that nurtures to the full, each child's unique character and potential.

 

 

Christine

 

Deputy Manager

 

I am very excited to be at Peapods, I have been working with children for 30 years after qualifying in London and gaining the NNEB qualification. I have worked in both nursery and primary schools, and with partially hearing children aged 2 years-9 years old and with children needing support with behaviour problems, and bereavement.

I have been a swimming teacher and life guard, I set up and managed a nursery school in Gloucestershire and I set up and managed the crèche in Henley for 15 years and I am also a mother of 2.  

I think Peapods is a perfect name that reflects our homely environment, but celebrating that we are all individual with different qualities. I hope I can inspire and excite the children, to encourage them to grow and want to learn more through fun, laughter and friendships, skills that will stay with them into adulthood.

 

Nursery Assistants

 

Gemma

Hayley

Emmi

Maria

Jacqui

Viki

Jessie