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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 as a keyworker in the toddler room and is always willing to help others, with her can do attitude. She loves to take ownership of providing new experiences for children.

Holly lives locally and is married with a young son. Has attended training relevant to her role in the two year old room. She is a caring and popular member of the team who interacts well with children and adults alike.



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.



Hi, I am Mandie, Deputy Manager and SENCO at First Steps. I have worked in childcare for over twenty years , starting in pre-school part-time and going on to work full-time within nurseries, when my daughter started school.

I have worked in several settings and enjoy a challenge in everything I do. I have worked across the Early Years age range and have been a baby room leader also. I bring with me vast experience and an extensive knowledge of the EYFS

I am qualified to Foundation Degree level in Early Years, and level 5 in Leadership and Management, and keep up to date with my knowledge through continual training.


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.



Nicole works within the baby room. She is level 3 qualified and also has her first aid and food hygiene qualifications. She, along with the rest of the baby room staff are completing research on topics to develop our understanding of childcare.Nicole lives locally with her husband. Nicole always works to the best of her ability, and goes that extra mile to support her key children and their families.



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 lives locally with her partner and leads the Two year old room. She has experience running a Pre-school room, so has the advantage of knowing where children should be within their learning in order to access the next age range. She brings an element of fun to the nursery and is confident in speaking with parents about ways to support their child. She has completed extensive training relevant to her role. Behaviour management training.





Shanice works as a practitioner within our pre-school room. 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.



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 the Nursery after maternity leave. Having worked in our baby room she now joins the Pre-school team, bringing with her  knowledge of the EYFS and excellent IT skills supporting our tablet based observation system . Having recently completed her room leading training, she is able to effectively lead the room during the pre-school supervisor’s absence.