Meet our Staff / Staff Qualifications

Brambly Hedge Day Nursery in Castleford provides high quality  childcare and learning. The nursery is headed by its Director, Susan Wakelin, a fully qualified Early Years Teacher who had over fifteen years’ Primary School, Nursery Class based teaching experience, before taking over the nursery in the year 2000. Of all the nurseries in Castleford, ours has been established the longest.

The nursery manager is Gina Robertson, who has worked for Brambly Hedge since the year 2000. Gina is extremely experienced and has exceptional expertise within the early years and has a Level 5 Management in Childcare Qualification.

Brambly Hedge employs a highly qualified, experienced, friendly team of staff who work enthusiastically to provide childcare with the highest possible standards of care and learning. All our staff members are highly motivated and dedicated and share a common love of children, so you can be reassured that your child will receive all the loving care and attention they need, in a happy and warm environment.

At Brambly Hedge Day Nursery we recognise that continuity is vital for children as they develop and grow and we are proud that we have many, long-standing staff members several of whom have been with us for between 15 – 20 years! Such staff members allow us to provide stability and consistency for our children and friendly, familiar faces for our parents. We all share a love of working with children and regularly attend new training courses to ensure we are constantly bringing fresh ideas to the nursery. We believe that staff personal and professional training and development is essential for good, up-to-date nursery practice.

Staff Qualifications

All our staff members have been through a rigorous selection process, which includes background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service, (DBS), and reference follow-ups. The nursery employs staff members who have Level 4 and Level 5 Qualifications, 1st Class Degrees in Young Children’s Learning and Development and the majority of other staff members are NVQ Level 3 Qualified. We train our senior staff in First Aid, Safeguarding and basic Food and Hygiene as mandatory. (We aim for at least 90%+ of our staff team to be qualified to Level 3 and above)

What Our Parents Say

“We want to say a huge thank you for all the help and support you have given our son over the last 4 years. We have seen his confidence and skills develop especially in the Pre-School Room. Everyone is really friendly & show a genuine interest in his development. I feel he is now at an advantage going into his 1st year at full time school. All the staff are a credit to the nursery and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to family and friends in the future.” (M & M B)