Little Beans Fernside is a great environment for children, especially with our big outside space. We are situated in a converted house split into an upper floor area and a ground floor area. The upper floor is our baby area - this is spacious and bright with our signature candy stripe cushioned lino flooring that gives our babies comfort and fun! We limit the baby room to 6 spaces per session. Our baby beans benefit from their very own private garden area which is tailored to their specific needs and age group.
The lower floor is our pre-school area where we have a maximum of 18 children at any one time. Our Pre-schoolers enjoy free flow access around the lower floor play room and activity room as well as out to our lovely large garden. The garden has a pirate ship, mud kitchen, sand pit and much more all set out on our recently laid artificial grass which creates an enjoyable but safe environment for our little beans to love spending time in.
Our overall maximum capacity at Little Beans Fernside is 24 children. We feel this makes our environment nurturing and personal to our little beans combined with exceptional care from our committed team!
All members of the team at Little Beans are committed to undertaking ongoing development and training. We regularly attend courses to keep improving and hold regular team meetings to share information and provide feedback on any courses that we attend.
Emma - Manager
"I am the Manager of Little Beans Garland, I have over 10 years experience working with children and families in a range of settings, from charities to academies and children centres. I have experience of being a SENCO and Safeguarding Officer and hold a Level 5 Foundation degree in Early Years.
I believe all children should have the same start in life and be able to flourish as individuals. At Little Beans we create an enabling environment with caring and skilled staff to ensure all children reach their full potential. My role as Manager is to ensure all children at Little Beans make progress through positive interactions and play based learning and activities, whilst ensuring all children are safe and building upon their personal, social and emotional development."
Qualification: Level 5 foundation degree in Early Years
Samuel - Deputy Manager & SENCO
"I am self-motivated, hardworking and enthusiastic, who is sociable and passionate. I have a passion for working with children, to share with them the joy that can be found in the world around us. I am a quick learner and enjoy working as part of a team, as well as on my own. I am eager to learn new skills and develop and enhance skills already gained through previous experiences. I take pride in my high standard of work and maintain a good work ethos. I accomplish tasks that I am set to a high standard, making sure that I am a good advocate for high and positive standards in the work place.I believe that every child has the right to a positive and fun environment to develop and grow in, that is safe and supportive. I ensure all my practices are to a high personal standard, in order to ensure the children’s safety and facilitate all aspects of their development. I understand and encourage the importance of effective communication with the teacher to aid in the child’s learning, as well as positive and professional relationship with parents and carers.
My experiences of working with children are diverse and vary greatly from a one-to-one basis, all the way to working with large groups of children with varying needs. In some situations, I have had to manage group differences and a lack of understanding that has inhibited the group functions. I have also arranged the groups, after consultation with their teachers, to benefit the children further in their education, and allow them to develop at their level within a group as well as individuals."
Qualification:NVQ Level 3 diploma in childcare
Lauren - Deputy Manager
“I am the deputy manager of Little Beans. I am a qualified primary school teacher who has worked with children from the ages of 3 months - 11 years. I believe that all children should have the opportunity to access a variety of exciting & engaging activities to help enhance their learning experiences. I also believe that children learn best through play & that the adults are there to build upon the children’s interests. My role is to support Emma with the day to day running of Little Beans & to help ensure that the children are making progress in all areas of learning in a vibrant & safe setting."
Qualification: Level 7
Maria - Family worker - Level 3 child care Practitioner
"I have 5 children and 3 grandchildren and a new granddaughter who was born only in February 2018. As if that's not enough to keep me busy and young at heart I have for the past 23 years run my child-minding business from home, alongside 17 years fostering children, many whom have had disabilities. I thrive on supporting children achieving their goals, knowing that each achievement is unique to them. I enjoy working alongside parents, carers and all professionals involved in nurturing the children to be individuals and seeing them flourish, and achieve. Being a childcare practitioner is the best job ever. I aim to not only bring all my knowledge and experiences into Little Beans but for myself to grow and flourish alongside the little beans. When I'm not working my husband and I love being in the outdoors, walking, cycling, camping, and spending time with our family."
Qualifications: Level 3 in children's education
Sonya - Baby room leader - Level 3
"I have worked with children aged 0-5years for almost 11years now, mostly in nurseries for long periods of time, but also abroad and including a little experience as an agency worker. I pride myself on fantastic relationships with parents to ensure the best care for their children, who are ultimately their whole world. I enjoy creating a fun, safe and caring environment for these little ones to grow and always like making memories with arts/craft activities, getting messy and singing/dancing. In my spare time I love living near the beach for walks and watching a lot of movies at the cinema."
Qualification: Level 3 in children's education
Jess - Baby Room Practitioner - Level 3
“Since a young age I have always wanted to work with Children, From looking after younger peers at school, to going back for work experience, to then completing my Level 3 in childcare & Education. It’s a pleasure to now be part of the Little Beans team after attending the setting numerous times on placement for two years. which I loved. Helping children to learn and grow is an amazing achievement and I'm glad to be a part of it.”
Qualification: Level 3 in children's education
Roxsanne - Baby Room Practitioner
"Having grown up in a family whom foster and childmind, I have always been surrounded by lots of children and enjoy being part of their learning and development, whilst they explore the world around them. I enjoy creating a safe, caring environment for the little ones to explore, learn and grow.
Being a mummy to a little boy I like to spend my time doing family activities such as long walks exploring the great outdoors, and getting messy with lots of arts and crafts with things we have found on our outings.”
Shellea - Pre-school Practitioner - Level 3
(currently on maternity leave)
“I have many years’ experience working with children from 0-5 years and have completed numerous courses to further my knowledge and experience. Working with children is such a rewarding job and I enjoy helping to give them my best to develop their learning and understanding.
Being a mum myself, I always treat children in a loving and caring way and how I would like my daughter to be treated.”
Qualification: NVQ level 3 in childcare
Carmen Bacon– Accounts Manager
"I have spent 5 years working in childcare, from working in a childcare setting, to being a nanny. I am also a mummy which gives me the best experience of all. Before this I worked in customer service and administration roles in banks. So, for me Little Beans are the perfect work environment, and I'm extremely excited to be joining the little beans team as office administrator. I’m a very social person, and spend my weekends and evenings having lots of adventures with my four-year-old daughter, and our family and friends, and am now looking forward to having the Little Beans team as my new work family."
Faye Murphy - Apprentice
“I am currently studying my Level 2 apprenticeship with Little Beans. I feel I am a very happy, bubbly and reliable person. My goal is to also study for my Level 3. I enjoy many different activities, especially the messy ones, such as painting and making crafts with all the children.”
Qualification: Working towards Level 2 diploma in Children and Young Persons Workforce.