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Meet the Team

We'd like to introduce our fantastic team who are behind the day to day running of the Patricia Pilgrim Nursery.

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Graham & Fay Pilgrim  (Nursery Owners)

Fay and I have been involved at nursery from the 1991 opening. The original license for nine children gradually increased as we became more certain of the needs of parents from the surrounding districts -subsequently extending the premises to provide 60 places. Since the early 90's there has been gradual conversion of house and grounds (as funds became available) into today's nursery. Over the years we have had an increasing realisation that a great deal more paperwork is now required and so there has been a reduction in our time spent on site. We now see our roles as "enthusiastic support and oversight as required" - rather than of day-to-day management. We have been happy to let more experienced staff take over the on site work and allow our roles to change into one of predominantly remote based administration, together with support and repairs. We do miss seeing the children on a daily basis and the relationships and rapport that you can build up - a difficult acceptance of reality which we have come to accept as inevitable -we do however still very much look forward to our regular visits to the nursery

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Stephanie Barry  (Nursery Manager)

I am married with a son and step daughter. I joined the nursery in October 2006 after working as manager in a workplace nursery run by a large childcare company for 13 years. I qualified in childcare in 1983 and has since obtained level 4 in Children's Care, Learning and Development, BA in Early Years Childcare and Education and her Early Years Professional Status. I am studying at university for my BA in the above and my Early Years Professional Status. I also have my Paediatric First Aid, Health and Safety and Food Hygiene certificates.

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Terri  (Deputy Manager)

I live with my boyfriend and our daughter who is now at school. I qualified for my NVQ level 3 in 2003 after 4 years experience in two other nurseries. I joined the nursery in September 2003 following maternity leave. After working in the toddler room for a short time, I moved to the preschool unit - where I work now. I am trained in Paediatric First Aid and regularly attend various training courses to keep me well informed about current practice.

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Tracey  (Baby Unit Deputy Manager)

I am based in the Baby unit. I started at the nursery in 2002 when I left school and have my NVQ level 3 in Child Care, Learning and Development. I have my Paediatric First Aid and attend many training courses to further my knowledge. I started my NVQ 3 in Management.

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Vicky  (Senior Nursery Nurse)

I am married with two teenage sons. I have been working at the nursery since 2000 and presently work in the Baby Unit with the toddlers but have worked with the older age group as well. I have my NVQ level 3 in Early Years Care and Education, Paediatric First Aid and various special needs certificates, including Makaton. I have been in childcare since 1981.

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Leone  (Nursery Nurse)

I am married with 2 young sons and have been at the nursery since 2004 where I was Deputy in the baby unit. After my maternity leave I moved to the 2-5 working on a part time basis. I have my Level 4 Certificate in Early Years and am now working towards my Foundation Degree in Early Years with Open University, as well as BA in Early Years with the Open University.

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Emma  (Nursery Nurse)

I am married with 3 children who have both attended the nursery. I joined the nursery in 2002 in the pre - school room until I went on maternity leave. On returning part time, I am now based in the toddler room. I have my level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development and have my Paediatric First Aid qualification.

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Donna  (Nursery Nurse)

I joined the nursery in July 2007. Before that I worked as a nursery nurse in a public nursery for about five years. Before that I was a learning support assistant in a school for a year. I currently have an NNEB Diploma in childcare and also my Paediatric First Aid certificate.

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Kerry  (Nursery Nurse)

I am married with a baby son. I started at the nursery in 2007 after completing my CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3. I have worked with the Toddlers in the Baby unit and now work with the rising 2 in a room where I can give this age group appropriate time and activities suitable for their stage of development. I also hold my Paediatric First Aid certificate.

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Eileen  (Nursery Nurse)

I'm married with two sons and a young granddaughter. I worked in the Stebbing Playgroup for 14 years until its closure in 1994 and I joined the nursery in 1995. I'm now based in the Pre School Room in the afternoons. I acquired my NVQ level 2 in Early Years Care and Education and my CACHE level 3 certificate in Work with Children in 2004. I also have a Paediatric First Aid Certificate.

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Julie  (Nursery Nurse)

I am married with two children. I started working at the nursery in 1993 but left for a few years to start a family and take care of my children while they were young. Now they are both at school, I have returned to the nursery and work part time three mornings a week. I also have my NNEB qualification in child care.

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Emma  (Nursery Nurse)

I am based in the toddler room and started at the nursery in March 2011. I previously worked in a nursery in Chelmsford before coming to the Patricia Pilgrim. I am qualified with my Health and Social Care level 3 and my Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare. I also have my Paediatric first aid qualification.

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Bianca  (Senior Nursery Nurse)

I studied childcare at college from 2008, during my 3 years there I gained the following certificates: CACHE level 2 in Childcare and Education & BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Childcare and Education.
I have been working at the nursery since June 2011 and am currently based in the baby unit. I have also gained my Paediatric First Aid qualification whilst at the nursery.

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Louise  (Nursery Nurse)

I am married with one daughter, Bianca, who also works at the nursery. I have worked here since April 2011 and work with all age groups so I get to know all children. I have completed my Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's workforce and also have my Paediatric First Aid qualification.

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Timea Bokor  (Nursery Assistant / Nursery Teacher)

I joined Patricia Pilgrim nursery in 2013. I first started working in the baby unit but from April 2015 I have also taken on the role of Nursery Teacher. During the school terms I am based in both units, in the morning I work with the 3-5 year olds in the pre-school and in the afternoon I am back in the baby unit with the younger ones. I am a qualified teacher and also hold a BA in Pedagogy and a MA in School Psychology. I also hold my Paediatric First aid.

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Catherine  (Nursery Cook)

I joined the nursery in 1995 and am one of the longest serving members of the team. Before joining, I spent 5 years as a cook at St Marys Primary in Dunmow. I have two grown up children and two young grandchildren and also hold an appropriate Food Hygiene certificate.