The Orchard Day Nursery
Everington Bungalow, Everington Hill,
Everington Lane, Thatcham.
I’m Sophie, the Nursery Manager here at The Orchard Day Nursery. I have worked here for nine years and currently hold an NVQ4 in Childcare Development and NVQ3 in Leadership and Management. My role has developed over the time I’ve been here, but my love for the setting, the team and outdoor learning has remained the same.
As Manager, my role is to support the team through their qualification targets and daily responsibilities, whilst making sure the Nursery runs efficiently and effectively. I enjoy passing my knowledge and watching the team grow in confidence and ability as they develop, both as individuals and part of the larger team.
I would say that it’s not just the Children who enjoy the outside learning we deliver, at the drop of a hat I’ll be the first one to jump into the minibus (or puddles if I’m honest) to bring to life and support all we deliver. I’m very proud of the fact we’re the only people who offer this type of daily experiences to our Children and I know they really benefit from it.
My favourite part of the day is the children arriving back from their daily trip and running over to me, full of excitement to tell me all about their adventures and what they’re been up to all morning.
I believe I’m a social person that loves being with people; this really helps in my role as manager, but also adds real value to the care and learning of the children.