The Circus Family

TEAM… Together. Everyone. Achieves. More.”

We would be nothing without our extraordinary team of staff, Our Circus Family.

Here are some of the hard-working, passionate and dedicated individuals we are blessed to have in our Family:

Ashlee

Ashlee

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2014

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • No two children are the same, they’ve all got their own personalities and quirks.
  • The way you nurture and teach the children, truly helps shape them as a whole.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Jesus died on the cross-eyed, didn’t he?”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Peg and boards – keeps them and the adults engaged forever!
  • Any of the “Meg” stories – they are hilarious!
Bekah

Bekah

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • All are unique
  • Patience

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“You ain’t big, you’re little”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Hide n Seek
  • Monkey Puzzle
  • Matilda

Melanie

 

When did you join the Circus family?

1998

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every family is different – it is critical to find out their needs and expectations.
  • Nursery is so important for children to learn about sharing, socialising and being away from their parents. A good start can really make all the difference!

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

A child said to me that he had been to “God’s Castle” at the weekend. When I asked mum later that day, she confirmed they had actually been to Tewkesbury Abbey!

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • We’re going on a Bear Hunt
Gemma

Gemma

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2011

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • All children are individuals
  • Children are very clever, use their imaginations and have an amazing memory.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“He’s got a Willy Wonka”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book? 

  • The Yoga Ogre
  • Whiffy Wilson
Claire

Claire

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2012

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

Unpredictable and interesting

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Have you got a baby in your tummy? I think it’s a food baby in your tummy.”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Imaginative Play and Making Dens
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
Michelle

Michelle

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2006

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Letting them make their own choices as individuals.
  • Communication – children, staff and parents.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Sit on your bottom please”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Squash and a Squeeze
  • Shape Sorter and Painting

Hannah

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child is different and responds in different ways to situations and how they learn.
  • Communication with children, other staff and parents.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

Whilst playing in the garden, a child said “Sit down Hannah” wanting me to join in her game / song

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Dancing
  • That’s not my Rabbit Book
Tanya

Tanya

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Becoming more patient
  • Every child is different and has a different personality and character

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

During breakfast a child said to me “Look my daddy is in my porridge… Help! Help!”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Puzzles and Bricks
  • The Gruffalo

Michelle

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2014

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • There are different challenges every day and there is always something new to learn

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

” My nanny has a baby in her tummy”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Abacus
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Lucy

Lucy

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child is an individual
  • Every day brings something new, different and exciting

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Hama Beads
  • Monkey Puzzle
Lacey

Lacey

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2016

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Each child develops and learns in different ways
  • Every child has their own little personality which shines through

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

When asking the children to do “sticky bottoms” ready for lunch, a child said, “I got a stinky bottom, I need a bath”.

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Any messy activity
  • The Gruffalo
Emma

Emma

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2007

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • All children are different and learn at their own pace
  • Good bonds with children and parents

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

When explaining the Paralympics to a child, I said some people are different and Emma has poorly legs” to which the child said, “So are you in the Paralympics?”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Brian and Bob Guinea Pig
  • Wendy the Wide-Mouthed Frog
  • Dilly Duck
Sarah

Sarah

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2014

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child is unique and an individual

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“I have hairs on my legs, I think I am turning into a werewolf”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Lego
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  • 10 Little Pirates

Maddie

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2013

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child is different from their speed and ways of learning to their personality.
  • Each new day brings new challenges and learning skills.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Have you got two babies in your tummy or have they come out yet?”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Interactive ICT Walker
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Jaymee

Jaymee

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

Children always have a choice.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Don’t laugh at me”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Penguin says nothing

Vikki

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2008

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child works at their own pace, they all achieve so much in the early years it is important to embrace all goals and achievements.
  • Positive praise and showing care is crucial in understanding individual needs and progression within a child.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

Whilst doing a Circle time activity a child turned to me and said “I think you are about 82 years old!! Near my mummy’s age!!”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Aliens love Underpants
Laura

Laura

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child is different and individual in every way
  • Every day is different and brings new challenges!

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

A pre school child tried to guess my age and when I said how old I was, he said that was “mega old”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Dear Zoo
  • The Gruffalo
Kerry

Kerry

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2017

What’s your Favourite Dish to make for Children?
I enjoy making Lasagne (Meat and Vegetable​.​) It​’​s packed full of goodness that is enjoyed by all of the children and I have been cooking this with big happy smiles in return for many years now!

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“​Why is my mashed potato yellow?​”​

What’s the greatest lesson you can share about food and children?
There is a vast array of wonderful food with such nutritious choices to choose from. Helping educate the children ​about the different foods and their values is so rewarding. Children have an open​n​ess and natural curios​i​ty to learn, it’s beautiful to o​b​serve and share.

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