Meet The Team

Laura – Nursery Owner and Manager

Laura has over 25 Years experience in working within the early years sector, in addition to her diploma in childcare, she also has the following certificates:-
Paediatric first aid, SENDCo, Supporting 0-2’s, Supporting 2-3 year old's, Supporting 3-5 year old's, Safeguarding level 3, Fire Safety, Food Hygiene, Safer Recruitment and Selection, Managing Children’s Behaviour, Effective observation, Assessment and planning, Characteristics of effective learning, Anaphylaxis and Epi-Pen, Leadership and Management, FGM, Prevent Duty and an Introduction to the Autism Spectrum.

Corinne – Administrator

Corinne has many years of experience within Early Years, having run her own settings for the best part of 23 years. She is a qualified Level 3 Practitioner and has also completed training in safeguarding, 1st Aid, FGM, Prevent, Food Hygiene, Makaton and GDPR. Corinne currently provides administration support on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and is a great asset to our team.

Deputy Manager & Lead Practitioner Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room)

Hello, my name is Enkeleda and I have worked at Over The Rainbow since 2015. When I became a mother, I realised how important it is for children to feel safe, protected and loved and to be given equal opportunities to learn and progress in life, which is why I decided to become a practitioner in Early Years.
Enkeleda has vast experience in working within the early years sector, in addition to her Level 3 childcare qualification, she also has the following certificates:-
Paediatric first aid, Supporting 0-2’s, Supporting 2-3 year olds, Introduction to child protection, Managing Children’s Behaviour, Effective observation, assessment and planning, Characteristics of effective learning, Anaphylaxis and Epi-Pen, FGM and Prevent Duty, Level 3 Safeguarding.


Jolie – 3rd In Charge, SENDCo & Lead Practitioner Upstairs (Toddler 2/Pre-School Room)

I’m Jolie and I have worked in Early Years since 2015. Working in Early Years is such a rewarding and fun job and I really enjoy seeing how our amazing children grow and progress during their time with us. Part of my passion for Early Years is working with children with special educational needs and disabilities and I am proud to be our Nursery SENDCo.
Jolie is a degree Level Practitioner and has experience of working within the early years sector, both in schools and in day care settings - in addition to her Degree in Early Years, she also has the following certificates:-
Paediatric first aid, Level 3 Safeguarding, SEN training, Supporting 2-3 year olds, Supporting 3-5 year olds, Level 2 in food hygiene, Introduction to child protection, Anaphylaxis and Epi-Pen, FGM and Prevent Duty.

Laura D – Level 3 Senior Practitioner Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room)

Hello, I am Laura and I love working in childcare at Over The Rainbow! I love how we as practitioners are helping the children to develop at such a valuable time of their lives, so that they are ready for their future, and creating bonds with the children and their parents is such a lovely experience. I love constantly learning new things and thinking of new activities knowing that the children will be just as excited as me to participate in anything new. The nursery is such a fun, warm and loving environment and I am glad to have had the opportunity to have this experience as my first ever job.
Laura has been with us since 2017 and has worked her way up to become a senior practitioner. In addition to her Level 3 childcare qualification, she also has the following certificates:-
Paediatric first aid, Supporting 0-2’s, Supporting 2-3 year olds, Understanding Babies, Managing Children’s Behaviour, Effective observation, assessment and planning, Characteristics of effective learning, Anaphylaxis and Epi-Pen, FGM and Prevent Duty, Level 3 Safeguarding.

Eleanor – Level 3 Senior Practitioner Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room)

I am Eleanor, I have always loved watching children grow and learn, it is such a lovely feeling to help shape them into the clever little people they become! I also enjoy helping to develop their speech, language and communication skills by teaching and using Makaton. Working here you can feel the love from everyone and I love my rainbow family!

Eleanor has been with us since 2019 and has worked her way up to become a senior practitioner. In addition to her Level 3 childcare qualification, she also has the following certificates:-
Paediatric first aid, Supporting 0-2’s, Supporting 2-3 year olds, Understanding Babies, Managing Children’s Behaviour, Effective observation, assessment and planning, Characteristics of effective learning, Anaphylaxis and Epi-Pen, FGM and Prevent Duty, Level 3 Safeguarding.

Sam – Level 3 Practitioner Upstairs (Toddler 2/Pre-School Room)

Hello, my name is Sam and I have many years of  experience working in Early Years, both as a childminder and in childcare settings. I have worked at Over The Rainbow since 2016 and I love to play with trains and build huge tracks, adding lots of different objects to spark our imaginations.
I believe that play is an essential part of early learning and I do my best to make our days as full of fun as I can with lots of stories, songs and messy fun!

Lisa - Level 3 Practitioner Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room)

Lisa has over 10 years of experience in working within the early years sector, both as a private nanny and in early years settings - in addition to her Level 3 childcare qualification, she also has the following certificates:-
Paediatric first aid, Supporting 2-3 year olds, Supporting 3-4 year olds, food hygiene, Introduction to child protection, Managing Children’s Behaviour, Effective observation, assessment and planning, Characteristics of effective learning, Anaphylaxis and Epi-Pen, FGM and Prevent Duty.

Kautar – Level 4 Practitioner Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room)

Hola! I am Kautar, I am a very down to earth person who tries to keep active and positive all the time. I love laughing and being silly, I am honest and caring and I love working with children because they are authentic and unique and each child leaves a piece of their unique personality with me and teaches me how to be a better human being and childcare professional. Working at Over The Rainbow is a pleasure for me because there is such a good environment and atmosphere where both staff and children are supported each day.

Sophie – Level 3 Practitioner Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room)

I have been a part of the downstairs team at Over The Rainbow since 2018 and completed my Level 3 qualification while here.
It is a pleasure to watch the children grow from babies into wonderful little children, who are all so creative and unique.

Laura H – Level 3 Practitioner Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room)

Jodie – Level 2 Practitioner (Currently studying for Level 3) Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room)

I have worked with children for over 10 years including being a party host, a children’s holiday rep and a dance teacher. What inspired me was the birth of my young sibling and watching her grow and develop gave me the passion to choose this career.
I feel proud to say that I work in Early Years and I find it such a rewarding job and it is amazing to feel that you have helped the children to grow and learn.

Ame – Level 3 Practitioner Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room)

Catherine – Level 3 Practitioner Upstairs (Toddler 2/Pre-School Room) 

My name is Catherine and I love being able to help the children in their learning and development and to see their confidence grow when they achieve something.

Ebony – Apprentice (Currently studying for Level 3) Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room)

Esme – Level 3 Practitioner Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room) 

Working with children reminds me of how amazing and exciting the world can be, I love seeing things through their eyes. I believe that it is a privilege to help to give children the best start in life.
At Over The Rainbow, we welcome every child with open arms and want each child to grow and flourish under our care, while making them all feel safe, secure and that they truly belong.

Florina – Level 3 Lunch Cover Practitioner Upstairs (Toddler 2/Pre-School Room) 

My name is Florina, I am an honest, fun and caring person. Working with children is my calling which I discovered at a very young age. I adore working at Over The Rainbow because every child receives the attention, care and education that they need at this age. I am very proud to work here.

Jacqueline – Level 3 Practitioner Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room) 

I am Jacqueline, I have worked in Early Years since 2016. Originally, I took a job in a pre-school to enable me to fit work around my own children, however I quickly realised that I really enjoyed working with the children and it came naturally to me so I decided to train to become a practitioner. While training I discovered that I had a passion for understanding how the young mind develops and grows and found it fascinating to learn -Early Years is constantly evolving and provides me with challenges and rewards. I enjoy working at Over The Rainbow because it is a home away from home for the children and staff, with lots of laughs, smiles and cuddles everyday.

Jazmine (Jazz) - Level 3 Practitioner Upstairs (Toddler 2/Pre-School Room)

Hi I am Jazmine, I have been working in childcare since I was 16 and I love what I do.
I really enjoy working at Over The Rainbow as we are like one big family and we treat every child as if they were our own.

Kuljit (Kaye) - Level 3 Practitioner Upstairs (Toddler 2/Pre-School Room)

I am Kuljit and I enjoy working with children to watch them grow and develop into little characters. Also I think it is amazing to watch them and to help them to achieve their full potential and to progress through the nursery

Marie – Level 4 Lunch Cover Practitioner Upstairs (Toddler 2/Pre-School Room)

Mollie– Apprentice (Currently studying for Level 3) Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room)

I am one of the youngest staff members here at Over The Rainbow and I have been working here since I left school two years ago. I love bringing energy, effort and creativity to work everyday and watching the children achieve their goals.

Nikoleta (Nikki)– Apprentice (Currently studying for Level 3) Upstairs (Toddler 2/Pre-School Room)

Hello, I am Nikoleta, I love working with children and understanding their development. Each child has a unique and special personality, getting to know them and understand them is important to me. At Over the Rainbow Day Nursery we understand each unique child, this is why I love working with my fellow team members and learning and understanding child development.

Samantha (Sammie) – Level 3 Practitioner Upstairs (Toddler 2/Pre-School Room)

My name is Sammie, and I have always wanted to work with children because I find it the most rewarding thing to support and watch children learn and achieve their goals. It is a job filled with so much care and love and I couldn’t see myself anywhere else.

Lisa J – Level 3 Practitioner Downstairs (Baby/Toddler 1 Room) 

I have worked in Early Years for nearly 13 years now and I couldn’t wish for a more fulfilling and rewarding job. Watching and helping lovely little people grow and develop and to be a part of their journey is just so special and being one of the Over The Rainbow team is fantastic.

Lorna – Degree Level Practitioner Upstairs (Toddler 2/Pre-School Room)

My name is Lorna and I have been around children all of my life, with a big family and family members who also work with children. I am passionate about the early years of a child’s life and about giving the children the best possible start in life by providing them with lots of fun and exciting learning opportunities and I believe that children should be having fun while learning new and exciting things about the world around them! I enjoy everyday at work and love seeing the children smile and thrive!

Alexandra – Unqualified Practitioner Upstairs (Toddler 2/Pre-School Room)

Alexandra is a new member of our team and although she has no official childcare qualification she has the following certifications:- Child Protection, GDPR, Prevent Duty, Infection Prevention and control in Early Years, Fire Safety in education, Health & Safety in Education, Equality & Diversity, Positive Behaviour Support, Moving & Handling, Learning Disabilities, COSHH, Communication and Autism Awareness.

Laurie – Nursery Cook

Laurie has the following qualifications:- Level 5 Food Hygiene, Food Allergy Awareness, Level 2 HACCP, Safeguarding Children.

Oksana – Nursery Cook

Oksana has the following qualifications:- Level 3 Advance Food Safety and Hygiene, Food Allergy Awareness, Illness and Infection Control, Basic First Aid, Safeguarding Children, GDPR, Prevent Duty, FGM and understanding COSHH.

The staff at Over The Rainbow Day Nursery are overseen by both the owners of the setting, the manager, who is supported by a deputy manager and also a third in charge to ensure that there is always somebody in authority on the premises.

We feel it is very important  that we have the right team in place in order to provide the best possible care for the children, as such any new members of staff are employed on a 6 month probationary period to ensure that they share our values and are a perfect fit for our “family feel” team.

Over The Rainbow Day Nursery follow a safer recruitment procedure in respect of any prospective employees, which includes an initial interview followed by 2 trial days.
Following this and before appointment 2 references are requested, one being from the most recent employer and an enhanced DBS check is also obtained. All candidates must provide proof of identification and qualification certificates at the interview.

Currently we have a team of 18 childcare practitioners, of which 12 are qualified to Level 3 or above, 2 are qualified to Level 2 and working towards their Level 3 and 2 are currently studying for their Level 2 qualifications. Our remaining 2 members of staff are unqualified but will undertake a childcare qualification supported by us.

We also have 2 cooks, who prepare our meals freshly each day, both have relevant food hygiene qualifications, they have also completed training on allergy awareness.

All of our staff have an enhanced DBS check and our childcare staff have all been trained in paediatric first aid, child protection, prevent duty and radicalisation, FGM, behaviour management, food hygiene and the characteristics of effective learning. We also have a designated safeguarding team, who have received training from the local authority and our staff regularly update their knowledge in respect of safeguarding.

We operate a comprehensive training programme for all staff. Every member of staff that works downstairs has received specific training in the care of 0-2 year old's.

The staffing structure at Over The Rainbow Day Nursery consists of: 

  • OWNERS: Responsible for all staff and maintaining the nursery as a whole.
  • MANAGER: Responsible for the overall running of the nursery. The Manager is experienced and qualified in all aspects of childcare holding full NVQ level 3 or equivalent qualification as well as a wealth of experience.
  • DEPUTY MANAGER: The Deputy represents the Manager and is a professionally qualified specialist with many years of 'hands on' experience.
  • KEY-WORKERS: Each child is allocated a'key-worker', who takes a special interest in their welfare. The 'key­worker' develops a close relationship with your child in order to help them settle into nursery life. Through observation, record-keeping and assessment they can monitor each child's progress and keep you accurately informed. All staff are trained in First Aid and encouraged to further their experience by attending regular training days in all aspects of childcare. 

We aim to bring the loving care and guidance of home life into the nursery, thus catering for the growth and overall development of each individual child.

Our Address

Over The Rainbow Day Nursery
7, Victoria Road
Romford
Essex
RM1 2JT

Contact Details

Telephone : 01708 756695
Email : info@overtherainbowdaynursery.co.uk
Website : overtherainbowdaynursery.co.uk

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