Meet The Team

Our staff are extremely important to your child and to us and we ensure that they are caring, fun and are highly experienced and qualified in early year’s childcare and education and that they LOVE little people. At Sandhurst Nursery we believe that each child is treated and valued as individuals and that we provide a caring, safe and secure environment where learning is fun. We believe that each and every child is gifted in different ways and that given the right support and encouragement that they will reach their full potential and shine at different times throughout their life. We believe that it shouldn’t matter how slowly a child learns as long as we are encouraging them never to stop.

Mrs. C. Giles

I am the dinosaur of the nursery, a mum to three grown up boys and a granny of 1.

I have been with the nursery from the start, in 1994! I have an Early Years Foundation Degree in Childcare and Education, a Paediatric First Aid Certificate, a Level 2 Child Protection Certificate, a Level 2 Makaton Certificate, the list goes on………!

I am the Nursery Manager and owner of the nursery, a role that I really enjoy even though, at times, I feel my age! but there is a positive side too, the children defiantly keep me young!!! I am very passionate about providing good quality childcare that is affordable to all. I enjoy nothing better that when a shy child joins the nursery, and over time develops into a confident little person ready for their next step on the education path.

I am also the nursery’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator and enjoy working alongside those families whose children need some additional support and helping them with the challenges they face as their child enters into the world of education.
My favourite colour is purple and I like the arty crafty activities and The Gruffalo storybook. When I’m not working ha ha! I enjoy catching up with family and friends.

Mrs. C. Vallance

I am the Deputy Head of the nursery, or as the children call me, Mrs Balance! I am married and have two children.

I qualified in 2015 after completing my Level 3 City and Guilds Diploma at Farnborough College of Technology and after achieving my level 4 in the Summer of 2021 and I am now working towards my level 5 at Farnborough College of Technology part of The University of Surrey which I will complete in June 2022. I have certificates in Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene.

Previously to completing the course, I helped at my children’s school for three years. It was then I realised that my passion was to work with children. I joined the nursery after both my children went there. They were always coming home with all sorts amazing and fun stories of what they had been up to, which made my decision to apply much easier!

I feel very lucky to work in a nursery environment where you can care for, encourage and teach a most wonderful age group. The most rewarding part of being in a nursery environment is watching the children grow from their very first day to the day they leave us for their ‘big school’.

I very much look forward to going to nursery every day, as every day is different. I especially enjoy playing with the children, whether it’s sitting quietly, playing a game or reading a story to getting messy and creative!
My favourite book is The Gruffalo, my favourite colour is Aqua and I love to dance to music with the children!

Elaine Saunders

Sandhurst Nursery will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where my 3 children, who are now 24, 22 and 18, attended and where I started my Early Years career 14 years ago, gaining my Level 3 certificate in children’s care, Learning and Development. I have also completed Elklan Level 1 Let’s Talk with Under 5’s where I found a new passion for supporting those children who have delayed Speech and Language.

After a little break I am delighted to be returning to the Nursery. I love helping the children, watching them grow and develop their learning and ideas to extend their play. I am passionate about being a positive influence in the early years of children’s lives and supporting them to become independent individuals.

In my spare time I love to bake, walk my two dogs, Beau and Chester and quite often I get roped into helping my daughter look after her horse, Tordo.

Mrs K. Harris

I am a mummy of two young children and it was as I watched my own children playing and how much fun they were having learning new things that I considered working with children. When I saw how much they learned and grew as little individuals whilst at nursery it confirmed to me that, that was where I wanted to be and so my journey in childcare began. I joined the nursery in March 2021 and am enjoying every minute of my time here, the children never fail to amaze me. Since joining the nursery I have gain my Safeguarding Children certificate and I am sure that more will follow.

I love being part of the team and seeing the progress each child makes on their individual learning journey. I especially like being outdoors and two of my favourite activities are playing in the chalk area and water play. I also like singing nursery rhymes with the children.

My favourite colour is sky blue and my favourite book is Stick Man.

Miss Smith

I am a Mummy of two young extremely busy and fun loving boys and I joined the nursery in February 2020.

I completed the Bracknell and Wokingham College Registration Ready Homebased Childcare Award on the 2nd August 2019. It was then that I decided I wanted to be part of a team, so the next logical step was to become a Nursery assistant, one of the best decisions I have made. I now have a wonderfully rewarding job working alongside likeminded people helping every child to reach their full potential. I am also first aid trained and hold a Safeguarding Certificate.

I love having fun at nursery with the children as every day is different. I especially like being outside exploring and searching for bugs. Oh how I really love bugs, spiders snails and all sorts of other creepy crawlies, unlike some of the other staff who have been known to run a mile when they come across a spider.

As a Mum my weekends are all about family and are mainly taken up with the boys and their many activities, they are constantly on the go, very much like nursery. I am very lucky as I get to help children have fun every day whilst they learn and get paid for the privilege.

My favourite colour is red and my lucky number is 5.

Mrs Pibworth

I am married and a Mum of two grown up children and have a lovely little grandson. I began working at the nursery in February 2020, as a nursery assistant but have worked with children for more than 25 years starting as a Children’s Nanny before becoming a childminder which I thoroughly enjoyed for more than 20 years but began missing being part of a team, so when I joined the nursery it fulfilled my needs.

I hold both a First Aid Certificate and a Safeguarding Certificate.

I really enjoy watching and being involved with every child as they travel along their own educational journey from when they first come into nursery to the day they leave to continue their journey.

When not working I enjoy cooking, walking, swimming and lastly and most importantly shopping and since the age of 5 I have always loved the colour orange.

Mrs. L Shaddock

I am married and a Mummy of 3 lovely children. I have lived in the area all my life, attending the local primary school and then onto the school next door!

I have worked at Wellington College, thereafter moving onto the primary school that my children go to. I was a lunchtime controller and a teaching assistant in reception for 7 years. I really enjoyed working with all age groups throughout the primary school but particularly enjoyed working with the children in reception as I felt I could really engage with them and get the best out of their development.

When I am not working I like to go out for long walks, camping and spending time with my family, visiting new places.

Within the nursery environment, I love to be outside in the garden finding bugs and constructing towers and castles! I also enjoy going for local walks with the children, to the park and exploring the surroundings outside of nursery. I enjoy reading
Paddington Bear and my favourite colour is purple.