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Say Hello To Our Lovely Team



Hello, I am Jenny the Nursery Manager here at First Steps Portsmouth, and act as designated safeguarding officer.

I have worked in the childcare industry for more than 25 years, in Pre-schools, Speech and language, and also at the Roko Health club as the Junior activities manager. I have extensive training including level 5 in Leadership and management.

I have served several years as a school governor and held positions as secretary  and chairperson for the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

I am also responsible for compiling and cooking the healthy meals eaten with the nursery.




Holly works within the Pre-school area having recently moved from the two year old room, but, brings with her some sound and sensible knowledge of the foundation stage along with her loving and nurturing nature. She continues to embrace new ideas and is eager to provide a varied array of experiences building on children’s choices.



Sarah is married and lives locally, she has worked in childcare since 2002. She has worked in several settings in senior positions and is now a positive addition to our two year old room, bringing with a her a wealth of experience. She has experience of makaton signing with speech and language training. Sarah prides herself in keeping all necessary training up to date to support her in her level three early years practitioner role. She loves to see children learn new skills and achieve.


Chantelle has been working with children since 2007 having started when still at school. She is level 3 qualified, a first aider , food and hygiene and basic safeguarding , She enjoys  helping the children learn and watching them laugh. Chantelle excels at encouraging and supporting communication amongst the babies in her care. And also has behaviour management training.



Hannah works within the Rainbow area. She is level 3 qualified and also has first aid and safeguarding training. Hannah has been on training courses for working with 2-3 year olds and EYFS training.She works part-time and has experience in all areas, but primarily within the pre-school room where she supports the keyworkers with observation and assessment tasks, whilst ensuring the safety of children is maintained.



Chelsea is our Deputy manager, Pre-school supervisor. SENCO and is responsible for the shared role of safeguarding and behaviour management.

Having worked within the 2-5 year age range, Chelsea is able to see areas for development required for children to meet their milestones and access different experiences and learn new skills. Chelsea adds a professional yet, fun element to the Nursery, encouraging and supporting children to learn through play.





Shanice works as a practitioner within our pre-school room who is currently on maternity leave. She joined us as an apprentice and has worked in all age ranges 8weeks -12 years. She is knowledgeable, hard working and conscientious member of the team. She displays a wonderful rapport with the children. In addition to the mandatory training Shanice has completed level two in room leading. We are looking forward to welcoming her back to the nursery soon.



Michelle joins us in our baby room having had experience working with various aged children, and held management positions too.

She has quickly fitted into our nursery team and displays confidence and professionalism when communicating with the team, children and parents, being able to offer support and advice when required.



Katie has returned to First Steps after maternity leave, and taken up a new challenge, that of baby room leader. Having now had a baby of her own, she brings with her the additional experience valued by parents and staff. In addition to her level three in childcare, she has completed training in room leading, plus numerous short courses, supporting her in her role.



Allana works within our Pre-school room and displays a wealth of knowledge across the early years age range. She is a hardworking and reliable member of the team, with a sensible head on her shoulders. She is qualified to level three in childcare and has experience working as a lead practitioner.

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My name is Jenny, I work with the under 3 year old children as a level 3 practitioner. My qualifications include childcare NVQ level 3, SENCO training, Makaton and courses involving healthy eating and speech Development.

I have 12-13 years’ experience working in the childcare industry but took some time off to look after my own little girl. I am now eager to get back into the everyday nursery life to help the children learn, development and grow.



Laura is qualified as an early years assistant and is working with our two year old children, whilst undergoing her level three training in childcare. She has several years of experience and demonstrates a relaxed, gentle and caring rapport with the children. She has attended training in Makaton and safeguarding.

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Suzan is employed to work across the nursery in all rooms as she expands her knowledge within the early years industry whilst continuing her training from level two to level three. Suzan has the drive to push herself to do the very best she can, and always displays her eagerness to learn.