A Degree of Success

More than 70 employees from, Harlequin, Holly Bank, Oakwood and Portland House employed by Portland Nurseries attended their company training day and annual review this month to celebrate a year of outstanding success. They had not only reached their high target of 75% of all nursery staff qualified to level 3 by September of this year but were able to celebrate a whole clutch of higher early years and childcare qualifications.

Julie Lister the manager of Portland House was congratulated for her 2:1 (Hons) from Liverpool Hope University as was Sarah Squires the leader of Holly Bank Pre-school for her Degree from Huddersfield University in Early Years.

Lisa Goddard, Oakwood Deputy, (already holding a BA (Hons) Early Years and Education with QTS) was awarded with Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), the newest and highest award in the early year’s sector.

Louise Marshall, Deputy at Harlequin (already holding a degree and EYPS) was awarded Level 5 Leadership with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), along with Ruth Tattersall, Harlequin Manager and Debbie Platt, Holly Bank Deputy.

Samantha Richmond, manager of Oakwood and Samantha Watkins were congratulated for their Foundation Degrees and along with Claire Mc Cartney, manager of Holly Bank encouraged to continue with their studies for Early Years Degrees.

Rosemary Murphy OBE expressed her delight and appreciation by saying “It is wonderful to see so many of staff taking advantage of these new opportunities to study. Our children deserve the very best we can offer and raising the levels of our qualifications will ensure we provide high quality care and education and continue to raise standards. Not only have we reached our target of 75% qualified to Level 3 but we now have a graduate in every setting and 20% of our nursery practitioners qualified to level 4 and beyond. I am immensely proud.”

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