The Circus Family

TEAM… Together. Everyone. Achieves. More.”

We would be nothing without our extraordinary team of staff, Our Circus Family.

Here are some of the hard-working, passionate and dedicated individuals we are blessed to have in our Family:

Ashlee

Ashlee

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2014

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • No two children are the same, they’ve all got their own personalities and quirks.
  • The way you nurture and teach the children, truly helps shape them as a whole.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Jesus died on the cross-eyed, didn’t he?”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Peg and boards – keeps them and the adults engaged forever!
  • Any of the “Meg” stories – they are hilarious!
Hannahmae

Hannahmae

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2016

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Extraordinarily long patience and observation
  • Concern and love

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Hannahmae you’ve got boobies”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Waterbeads, Kitchen and Till
  • Mr Wolf
  • Tiger Came to Tea
Bekah

Bekah

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • All are unique
  • Patience

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“You ain’t big, you’re little”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Hide n Seek
  • Monkey Puzzle
  • Matilda
Kirsty

Kirsty

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child is different
  • The stronger the partnership with parents the child has, the more benefits the child has

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“My favourite food is rain and raindrops”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book? 

  • Puzzle Pairs
  • Tabby Mctat

Melanie

 

When did you join the Circus family?

1998

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every family is different – it is critical to find out their needs and expectations.
  • Nursery is so important for children to learn about sharing, socialising and being away from their parents. A good start can really make all the difference!

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

A child said to me that he had been to “God’s Castle” at the weekend. When I asked mum later that day, she confirmed they had actually been to Tewkesbury Abbey!

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • We’re going on a Bear Hunt
Gemma

Gemma

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2011

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • All children are individuals
  • Children are very clever, use their imaginations and have an amazing memory.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“He’s got a Willy Wonka”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book? 

  • The Yoga Ogre
  • Whiffy Wilson
Claire

Claire

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2012

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

Unpredictable and interesting

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Have you got a baby in your tummy? I think it’s a food baby in your tummy.”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Imaginative Play and Making Dens
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
Michelle

Michelle

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2006

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Letting them make their own choices as individuals.
  • Communication – children, staff and parents.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Sit on your bottom please”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Squash and a Squeeze
  • Shape Sorter and Painting

Hannah

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child is different and responds in different ways to situations and how they learn.
  • Communication with children, other staff and parents.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

Whilst playing in the garden, a child said “Sit down Hannah” wanting me to join in her game / song

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Dancing
  • That’s not my Rabbit Book
Kristina

Kristina

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Everything can be magical for them
  • Putting shoes on can take a long time

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Look at my guns, Kristina. I’ll go to the gym with my dad to work out”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Planting flowers, peas and tomatoes and looking after them
  • Paper Dolls
Tanya

Tanya

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Becoming more patient
  • Every child is different and has a different personality and character

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

During breakfast a child said to me “Look my daddy is in my porridge… Help! Help!”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Puzzles and Bricks
  • The Gruffalo

Michelle

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2014

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • There are different challenges every day and there is always something new to learn

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

” My nanny has a baby in her tummy”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Abacus
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Charlotte

Charlotte

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2013

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

Every child is different and at Circus we celebrate this by letting them express themselves as individuals and encourage them to make their own decisions and choices.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“I have beer in my cup”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Shaving Foam and Wake and Shake
  • Nursery Rhyme song.
Lucy

Lucy

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child is an individual
  • Every day brings something new, different and exciting

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Hama Beads
  • Monkey Puzzle
Lacey

Lacey

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2016

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Each child develops and learns in different ways
  • Every child has their own little personality which shines through

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

When asking the children to do “sticky bottoms” ready for lunch, a child said, “I got a stinky bottom, I need a bath”.

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Any messy activity
  • The Gruffalo
Emma

Emma

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2007

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • All children are different and learn at their own pace
  • Good bonds with children and parents

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

When explaining the Paralympics to a child, I said some people are different and Emma has poorly legs” to which the child said, “So are you in the Paralympics?”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Brian and Bob Guinea Pig
  • Wendy the Wide-Mouthed Frog
  • Dilly Duck
Tegan

Tegan

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2017

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • The importance of learning through play
  • Children can learn a lot through singing songs

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Hello to me, how do you do?”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Handa’s Surprise
Sarah

Sarah

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2014

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child is unique and an individual

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“I have hairs on my legs, I think I am turning into a werewolf”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Lego
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  • 10 Little Pirates
Becky

Becky

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child learns at a different pace
  • No 2 days are the same due to all the personalities and change in routines

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

My baby brother’s going to be a pickle (Mum’s expecting)

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Wooden Blocks
  • The Gruffalo

Maddie

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2013

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child is different from their speed and ways of learning to their personality.
  • Each new day brings new challenges and learning skills.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Have you got two babies in your tummy or have they come out yet?”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Interactive ICT Walker
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Jaymee

Jaymee

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

Children always have a choice.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“Don’t laugh at me”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Penguin says nothing

Vikki

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2008

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child works at their own pace, they all achieve so much in the early years it is important to embrace all goals and achievements.
  • Positive praise and showing care is crucial in understanding individual needs and progression within a child.

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

Whilst doing a Circle time activity a child turned to me and said “I think you are about 82 years old!! Near my mummy’s age!!”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Aliens love Underpants
Laura

Laura

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every child is different and individual in every way
  • Every day is different and brings new challenges!

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

A pre school child tried to guess my age and when I said how old I was, he said that was “mega old”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Dear Zoo
  • The Gruffalo
Michelle

Michelle

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2015

The most important things I’ve learned about children since working in childcare

  • Every day is different
  • Every child is different with different experiences

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

A child asked how old I was and I said “I’m 4, you have to be 4 to play on pre-school” and they said, “No you’re not, you’re old!”

Your favourite child’s toy or game or book?

  • Musical instruments
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Kerry

Kerry

 

When did you join the Circus family?

2017

What’s your Favourite Dish to make for Children?
I enjoy making Lasagne (Meat and Vegetable​.​) It​’​s packed full of goodness that is enjoyed by all of the children and I have been cooking this with big happy smiles in return for many years now!

The funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“​Why is my mashed potato yellow?​”​

What’s the greatest lesson you can share about food and children?
There is a vast array of wonderful food with such nutritious choices to choose from. Helping educate the children ​about the different foods and their values is so rewarding. Children have an open​n​ess and natural curios​i​ty to learn, it’s beautiful to o​b​serve and share.