The staff are our greatest asset. Therefore, the success of our nursery is the dedication our staff team show at the Rainbow nursery for the children in our care.
Our ethos being- this is more than just a job, it’s a vocation!
Kim Windebank – Manager
My first contact with the Rainbow Nursery School was in 2001, when my son started at the nursery. I immediately recognised the caring and nurturing environment that the children were provided with and when my second son started at the nursery in 2004, I volunteered to help. This is when I realised my career path in life was going to change. Volunteering soon developed into a position as a lunchtime supervisor and then as a part time nursery practitioner.
I attended Godalming College and studied for my qualifications in Children’s Care and Development, Level 2 and 3. I then took on the role as nursery SENCO, which is a hugely rewarding role. In 2010 I progressed to the Deputy role which I held for two years and in September 2012 I then became manager.
As you see I have a long history, held numerous roles and gained lots of experience, within the nursery. I’ve loved being part of a wonderful team providing the community with a successful and well thought of nursery, maintaining close links with our Church family, St Stephen’s.
I am committed to further develop the nursery, whilst evaluating our practices, to provide your child with the best possible care and development opportunities, at this vitally important ‘lightbulb moment stage’, as they begin their learning journey into education.
Laura Evamy – Deputy Manager
My name is Laura Evamy and I am the deputy manager.
I gained my NVQ3 in Early Years Childcare and Education in 2003 and I have worked in both day care and school settings. I joined The Rainbow in 2008 as deputy, taking a year out in 2010 to have my son, who is now at school. Since my return I’ve stepped back into the deputy role and have taken on the role as nursery SENCO, undertaking various training to develop my skills in Speech & Language development and Makaton.
I’m very creative and enjoy putting together the wall displays around the nursery and creating the different role play themes each week.
I am looking forward to forging close links with your family to enable your child to gain the most from their experiences at the nursery.
My name is Alison Collier and I currently work with the Caterpillar Group.
I have been involved at the Rainbow nursery for over ten years. Firstly, as a parent, Social & Fundraising Group (SFG) committee member and volunteer. I gained my qualifications in early year child care and I then became a regular member of the staff team.
I have children of my own, both of whom attended The Rainbow Nursery. I will be looking forward to working with you.
My name is Michelle Harding and I currently work with the Butterfly group.
I have been involved at the Rainbows for a few years now as a parent, a committee member of the Social and Fundraising Group (SFG) and as a volunteer, so I am very familiar with the setting! I have gained my training in Early Years Childcare and recently gained a level 3 Diploma in childcare. I am delighted to be able to return to Rainbow nursery as a member of staff. I have three children of my own, one at senior school and two at work.
I am looking forward to working alongside you to encourage and support your child in their enjoyment at nursery and in all areas of their development and learning.
My name is Emma Jepson, joining the Rainbow team in September 2017. I currently work with the Butterfly Group.
I have worked in childcare for 20 years, with some breaks along the way and I have training in early years childcare & development. I have lots of experience to bring the best out of your child’s nursery day and support them with all aspects of their nursery education.
I have two children, one has just started school and one is about to start GCSE study! I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your child, as we begin our Rainbow Nursery journey together!
My name is Sue Whillier and I will be supporting your child in the Caterpillar group as their key person.
I have recently joined the team at the Rainbows. I previously worked at Liphook Junior School where I started as a parent helper in class and on trips. I then joined the office team and the lunchtime supervision of the children. I have one son of my own who is now at senior school. I am looking forward to working alongside you to encourage and support your child in their enjoyment of the nursery and in all areas of their development and learning.
My name is Faye Harman and I will be your child’ key person. I’m excited to be working with your child, as I know personally, from having my own daughter attend, what an amazing place it is. My daughter has moved to school and my youngest daughter is due to start Rainbow nursery next year, so I’m very familiar with The Rainbow.
I have a qualification in childcare & development and many years of experience working with children in a variety of settings.
I look forward to getting to know you and your child and working together to ensure that their time spent at the nursery is an enjoyable, educational and fun!
My name is Louisa Dennis and I will be supporting your child in the Caterpillar group as their key person. I have been involved at the Rainbows for the past 6 years as a parent to my 3 children who are now at Shottermill Infant and Junior Schools and as a committee member of the Social and Fundraising Group (SFG) I have also helped support the nursery as an escort on visits. I have been a Nurse by profession for 15 years, my last post being a Lung Cancer Specialist Macmillan Nurse, taking a career break when our second daughter was born.
I am excited to start working at Rainbows and am looking forward to getting to know you whilst nurturing and supporting your little one into life at Nursery.
Additional Staff Responsibilities
Kim Windebank – DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) & Deputy SENCO
Laura Evamy – SENCO (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator) & Deputy DSL
Michelle Harding – Health and Safety officer
Alison Collier – Fire Safety Officer
All of our staff members are paediatric first aid trained and have attended a twelve hour paediatric first aid training course, which is updated every three years.
All our staff have attended the ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ training, which is updated every three years. All our staff are DBS enhanced checked. Personal details and histories of staff and regular volunteers are passed to the Criminal Records Bureau for enhanced clearance checking.
Members of staff attend relevant educational training courses and workshops, in order to build upon their existing expertise and knowledge.