Nicola Olver

 

Life before St Petroc’s

Before working at St Petroc’s I worked at a nursery for over 9 years working my way up from nursery nurse to manager and gaining a level 4.

 

What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

Working in early years is one of the most rewarding jobs around and it is an amazing feeling to know I've been part of their young life.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

Outside of nursery I enjoy spending time with my two nephews who I regularly look after and catching up with my friends.

 

 
Tahira White

 

Life before St Petroc’s

After leaving college I embarked on a career in Administration.  I honed my skills in a variety of work places before landing a job as a Civilian typist in a busy police station in the Northwest.  Part of my duties involved transcribing evidence in criminal cases.  Having lead a sheltered existence some of the vocabulary used by the criminal fraternity required explanation from the more worldly wise of the offices of the law.  Needless to say during my early days in this role I frequently blushed and suffered embarrassment of having to type such colourful and descriptive language and practises.  My police career came to an end when my husband decided to start a family.  Over the next few years we had two children Charlotte and Stephen and I could regularly be seen pushing a tandem in all-weather around the Cheshire countryside. In 2000 my husband and I purchased a holiday home in Marhamchurch but the pull of Cornwall was such that 18 months later we moved permanently down and have never regretted it. 

 

What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

There can be nothing more rewarding in my opinion than watching young children grow and develop their personalities as well as achieve their full potential.  I experienced this with my own children and knew that I had found my vocation.  The more of one self that is shared with children the more one receives in return.  I feel it is hugely important to nurture our children and provide the best care possible for them as they will become our future. In order for me to provide the best possible care and education I undertook a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies degree having first obtained a Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education.  This required balancing a full time job and running the Dolphins pre-school while meeting the needs of my family.  After much hard work and late nights I achieved my degree with Honours and successfully completed the Early Years Professional Status qualification which is teacher status for the Early Years. 

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

The White family have been nicknamed the ‘fit family’ as we enjoy physical pursuits involving cycling, climbing, running, hiking, kayaking and the use of a rowing machine.  I run several times a week and recently my family and I including Minnie the Terrier climbed Ben Nevis and successfully completed the Three Yorkshire Peaks Challenge which involves 24 miles of hiking and climbing to be completed under 12 hours.  Our future goals are to climb Mount Snowden and Scalfell Pike.  We can often be found on Dartmoor and walking along the Coastal path.  My husband enjoys collecting and driving classic cars and sometimes recruits me to join him on polishing and cleaning!!

 
 
Laura Bray

 

Life before St Petroc’s

I went to St Joseph’s School in Launceston for my senior years where I passed my GCSES and went onto study at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland.  From there I passed my NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

I enjoy watching the children develop their skills in their own time and how they make me laugh and smile.  They have so much imagination from small ideas given to them.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

I milk and feed calves at my family’s dairy farm, meet up with friends and family once a week and go to a young farmers club.

 

 

 
Fiona Britten

 

Life before St Petroc’s

Having been a frequent visitor to Bude as a child, I was drawn here by its unique beauty and knew it would be a great place to raise my family.  After having my three children I volunteered at Bude Junior School and later became employed there for a period of 9 years. I worked as a lunchtime supervisor, supply teaching assistant and assistant caretaker.  Whilst working there I gained my NVQ level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development.

 

What do you most enjoy about St Petroc’s?

I have great pleasure working within the reception class at St Petroc’s, watching the children take their first steps into full time education. It’s a wonderful experience as I see them first hand develop new skills each day that will help them throughout their school life.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

I play darts in the local ladies league, my most memorable achievement to date was playing world darts number 9 Gary Robson over one leg and defeating him. I enjoy running and each year participate in race for life, have also partaken in a sponsored 10k race in Bristol to help raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital running in memory of my best friend’s son who was a pupil at the school. Anytime I have left is spent either supporting my daughter who plays football for Bude Ladies or my partner who manages a local football team.  Another of my hobbies is needlework and I can often be found doing some sewing of one kind or another.

 

 
 
Josie Brown

 

Life before St Petroc’s

Before St Petroc's I worked a season in France running a kids club; helping them to enjoy their holiday, join in with different activities and meet new people.  I have also worked as a nanny for a family in North Devon.  Before working in the childcare sector I looked after adults with physical disabilities.

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

I enjoy watching children learn and develop, creating individual personalities.  I enjoy helping them to experience different opportunities both in, and outside the classroom.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

Outside of St Petroc's I enjoy exploring the local environment, going for walks, bike rides and travelling often to the Lake District, to see my family.  I also enjoy socialising with friends and seeing my nieces.

 

 

Laura Hicks

 

Life before St Petroc’s

Before working I was studying at Truro College where I completed my NVQ level 2 and 3.

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

Working within Early Years is fantastic.  I love having fun with the children and helping them to achieve their goals.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

I enjoy walking, cycling and spending time with my friends and family.

 

 

 
Katie Holmes 

 

Life before St Petroc’s

Before joining the St Petroc's team, I worked in various settings gaining a vast amount of experience and knowledge, most recently working within a nursery in the local area, as a preschool room leader.  I have previously enjoyed positions as classroom assistant in reception classes, working in a creche situated in a health and fitness club and as nursery manager for a preschool setting in a rural area of Staffordshire, which have all been very different but valuable experiences which have enriched my understanding and Early Years practise.

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

Working within Early Years is, in my opinion, one of the most rewarding and fulfilling jobs.  As a parent, I understand what a huge privilege it is to be given the trust of caring for little ones, being part of their lives, helping them achieve their milestones and aid in their learning and development - it is truly wonderful.  Children are all so totally individual and getting to know their characters, watching them grow, taking new steps and exploring their surroundings is so gratifying.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

Out of work, I love to walk my two dogs, Dougal and Dillon, along the coast path and in Stowe Woods.  They both love to swim so anywhere with water is explored!  I really enjoy eating out with friends, we are slowly making our way around all of the eateries in Bude and having lots of fun!  I also enjoy relaxing at home watching movies with my two children or tackling the Camel Trail on bikes, we also love the beach and often take picnics or fish and chips and watch the waves.

 

 

 
 
Victoria Moore

 

Life before St Petroc’s

Life before St Petroc’s I started working at St Petroc’s in 2005 when I was only 18, so I have been here for most of my adult life. Before that, I worked in a surf shop in Bude upon leaving Budehaven. 

 

What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

I enjoying knowing that I have been able to make an impact on a child’s life by helping them to achieve different milestones, for example by encouraging the babies to walk

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

Outside of the nursery, I spend quality time with my family, including my 2 young children, who I enjoy taking to the beach. When I have time, I enjoy baking which I usually share with the ladies at nursery! I am also currently studying at Duchy college to further my qualification in childcare.

 

 

 
Stephanie Perry

 

Life before St Petroc’s

I went to St Austell College to study NVQ2 and NVQ3 in Childcare.   I then went onto work in a tearoom in Boscastle becoming head waitress there.  I then saw a job advertised for St Petroc’s nursery, applied and got the job and have been here for 4 years now. 

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

I love seeing smiles on their faces, hearing lots of laughter around the nursery and also knowing that I am role model for them. 

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

 I look after two children on a Thursday both boys aged 1 year and 3 years old.  I enjoy walks on the beach and also a drink in the sunshine!  I also love spending time with my two beautiful nieces Louise and Charlee.

 

 

 
Laura Pollard 

 

Life before St Petroc’s

When I left school I didn't really know what I wanted to do in terms of a career.  I began studying for my A Levels but after working at a summer holiday play scheme I realised working in childcare was the direction I wanted to take.  I began a work placement at a small preschool in 2003 and undertook an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Early Years.  I worked at a local preschool for eight and half years looking after children ranging from 4 months to 4 years before joining St Petroc’s in April 2013. 

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

I love the variety that each day brings and seeing the way that friendships form between children.  One of the most rewarding aspects is watching the children’s’ confidence and personalities grow and develop as they become ready to move onto School. In this role you need to be very versatile and I feel I have developed many skills- both personally and professionally through helping children progress.  Team work is another important factor and I have gained some great working relationships, helped by the fact that we all work together to combine our individual skills.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, cooking, watching films and generally relaxing!  I would love to travel more both in the UK and abroad and explore what the world has to offer.

 

 

 
Kayleigh Sennett 

 

Life before St Petroc’s

I started woring at Thorne Manor day nursery when i was 18, I was doing a level 2 qualification as an apprentiship.  Unfortunately, there was no job vacancies when I finished so did a bit of nannying for the two families for just over a year.

Then I applied for a job back at Thorne Manor and worked there for about 5 years, I worked in with the babies then with the 2 year olds where I then did my level 3 NVQ.

I then felt I needed a change, so I got a job at an accountants where I did level 1 & 2 payroll and level 1 & 2 bookeeping qualifications.

I worked there for aboput a year before leaving and having my daughetr.

From having my daughter I really wanted to go back into childcare, and was delighted to get a job here at St.Petroc's!

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

I enjoy how each day is different from the last, that one day can be quiet and run smoothly and the next day it could be loud and hectic - all part of working with under 5's!

I also enjoy watching how the children grow and change from the day they start to when they are ready to leave for school, knowing that I had a part in that is just great.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

I enjoy spending time with my daughter, we go to the park, feed the ducks and go for walks down the woods with my Dad and his dog, Honey.

I also have 5 neices and 5 nephewss who I enjoy spending time with when they come to visit, going on days out to the beach or Trethorne.

 

 

 
Rebecca Symmons

 

Life before St Petroc’s

I worked at two nurseries gaining 6 years’ experience in early years and completed my level 3 NVQ.

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

Knowing that you make a difference in the early years of a child’s life and helping them to develop valuable skills needed.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

I enjoy spending time with my son Tyler and being around family.  I love being outside going for walks seeing all the different wildlife we have around us.

 

 

 
Carol Tye

 

Life before St Petroc’s

Before coming to St Petroc’s I worked at Bude After School Club, in fact after fifteen years I still work for them! I find it invaluable for keeping up to date with children and the ever changing internet.  I studied hard and gained NVQ at Levels 2/3 in Childcare and Education and Level 3 in Play Work Promoting Children’s Development Through Play. 

 

What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

I love working with children knowing I can make a difference in their life and adopting my teaching styles to suit individual children and their needs.   It is very rewarding to see a child develop and grow in self-confidence.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

I love to go to music festivals with my youngest daughter and spend as much time as I can visiting my eldest daughter in Wales.  In the past I have flown helicopters, worked in football development, enjoyed upholstery and woodwork.  Most of all I like to buy shoes!

 

 

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