Our staff are kind, generous, caring and experienced people. They value and respect children’s different racial origins, religions, cultures and languages that exist in our multi-cultural society and guard against stereotyping. They are well qualified and fully committed to your child’s overall wellbeing, happiness and development. One of Rainbow Nursery’s strengths is the high staff to child ratio which allow us to fully care for your child as they journey through nursery school.
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, as this 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 I still hold today. In 2010 I progressed to the Deputy role which I held for two years and in September 2012 I became manager.
As you can see I have lots of experience and history with the nursery and have loved being part of a 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 always evaluating our practices to provide your child with the best possible care and development opportunities, at this vitally important stage of beginning 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 been on 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 work with the Butterfly group. I have been involved at the Rainbow nursery for over nine years. Firstly, as a parent, friends group committee member and volunteer. For the last three years I have worked with the Butterfly children, and also completed qualifications in early year child care. 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 Emma Thompson and I will be working with children in the Caterpillar group. I joined this vibrant nursery in 2011 and became deputy shortly after. Subsequently, I have had my third child, and am now excited to be returning and taking on the role of key practitioner for your child. I am passionate about providing the opportunity for all children to flourish and to make their first experiences of early years education a safe, positive, rewarding and engaging one, which will work towards providing a firm foundation for their future. I will look forward to working with you in achieving this and look forward to getting to know you and child further.
Debbie Rowland – Lunchtime supervisor & support staff
My name is Debbie Rowland and I became a volunteer when my daughter was attending the nursery in 2013. She left and moved onto ‘big school’ but I stayed! In 2014 I became part of the staff. I’m looking forward to getting to know your child as I support them in their new nursery environment.
My name is Linda Hooker and I work with The Caterpillar Group which I enjoy greatly. I have been working at the Rainbow since 2000 I have seen many changes and developments all of which have been for the better. I’ve recently gained a level 3 Diploma in children care. I have two boys of my own; both now well past nursery school age. I originally joined Rainbow as I have always enjoyed working with pre-school children. I look forward to encouraging them in all aspects of their learning and development.
My name is Lorna Barrett and work as a key person with the Caterpillar group. I started working at The Rainbow in 2002 when my youngest child started here, and in the period following, completed my NVQ3 in Early Years Education and Childcare. After a short break I returned to the Rainbow in 2011. I am looking forward to meeting you soon and supporting your child as they settle into nursery life.
My name is Michelle Harding and I 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 and also 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 who are at various stages in their school/college lives.
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 Chloe Mandry and I am a key person for the Butterfly Group. Before starting at Rainbow I worked as a Nanny for families with young children and also as a Teaching Assistant at a local school. I am currently completing a Degree in Early childhood studies at Chichester University.
My passion has always been seeing children happy to explore and be creative. I am excited to help your child settle into their first year of their learning journey and support them in all areas of their development. I look forward to getting to know your child.
Additional Staff Responsibilities
Kim Windebank – DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) & Deputy SENCO
Laura Evamy – SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) & Deputy DSL
Lorna Barrett – 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.