Chestnut Boutique Nursery St. Giles is nestled in the heart of the vibrant and diverse city of Norwich, operating from a grade 2 listed former auction house and chapel. The Nursery is divided into 4 unique differentiated spaces in which children can learn and develop. Families are warmly and inclusively welcomed into our Chestnut Nursery family, where we pride ourselves on respectful, positive relationships. Children are carefully observed, monitored and assessed by skilled key persons throughout their time at nursery where their own uniqueness is celebrated, and interests used as the basis of weekly planning. At Chestnut Boutique Nursery St. Giles, we aim to inspire confidence and stimulate a sense of curiosity and enquiry through open ended and child-initiated play, supported through warm positive relationships and engaging quality interactions. which nurture a sense of self, and holistic well-being. We are extremely lucky to have Heidi our resident chef who freshly prepares the children’s food each day using locally sourced produce. The creative, natural and aesthetic awareness applied to all areas of the nursery results in an innovative provision where staff empower children to foster a positive disposition to learning, independence and creativity.
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38A St. Giles Street, Norwich, NR2 1LL
1, 2, 5, 11, 12, 14, 15, 15A, 25, 26, 26
Manager & Deputy Manager
Manager, Chestnut Nursery Schools St. Giles
My name is Rachael and I am qualified with a DCE level 3. I have worked in childcare for over 12 years in a range of settings and ages. I started in a nursery as a room leader down in Sussex before deciding to do something completely different and went to work abroad for 10 years with a holiday company. Here I worked in the childcare department, working in different roles leading up to becoming a childcare manager for over 5 years, and in the winter season after working as head of childcare for several years became a hotel manager. When returning to the UK I knew childcare was my main passion as I have always enjoyed encouraging the children to become individuals and their own little person with personalities to match. I feel childhood needs to be enjoyed to the full and I like helping the children to do this by being part of it. In my spare time I take salsa classes which is lots of fun and I belong to my local rock choir group which I often enjoy performing with.
Deputy Manager, Chestnut Nursery Schools St. Giles
After attaining my Level 3 Diploma, I started working for St Giles Day Nursery as a morning practitioner and have since made my way up to Room Lead and Deputy Manager of Chestnut Boutique Nursery at St Giles. I have also gone on to become one of our sites Safeguarding Lead Practitioners. I have had experience working with babies, toddlers and preschool, all of which I find thoroughly enjoyable. I have a passion for helping children to learn and develop and watching them grow. It is amazing to see how far they come when they start as small babies and progress into strong, intelligent people. There is nothing more amazing than making a bond with children, being able to comfort them when they are sad and encourage them when they are achieving. Having good relationships with parents is also very important to me, being able to reassure them and celebrate with them when their child has made an achievement is brilliant.