Alongside the managers and assistant manager, there is a full staff team within the nursery.

Most staff have been fully trained in Pediatric First Aid and have also achieved a minimum of Level 3 NVQ in Childcare. All staff have Safeguarding, Safer Food for Better Business training, food hygiene and Health and Safety. They hold relevant qualifications and receive on-going training in these. Other qualifications include: NCFE Level 2 in Equality & Diversity; Learning Disabilities; Autism Awareness; Infection Control; COSHH; and Moving & Handling.

Alex (BA Hons, PGCE)

Owner/ Manager of 1st Steps Day Nursery since it opened in 2003. I have over 25 years of childcare experience ranging from nursery nursing, teaching, school governing and managing nurseries. I am fully active in the day-to-day running of the business and actively participate in local government initiatives such as the 2 year old offer and the integrated review. I am the nursery Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and work closely with colleagues and families to support all of our children. I also support Bev as Designated Safeguarding Officer within the nursery. Both myself and Bev work together in providing up to date and relevant in-house training to ensure we have a fully knowledgeable team.

Bev (BA Hons)

Owner/ Manager of 1st Steps Day Nursery since 2006. My career in childcare started out in our first family business where I qualified with an NVQ 3 back in 1993. Managerial experience came from day one working within the family business . I went onto University gaining a degree in Psychology and Health Studies then backpacked around Australia. This lead to a position in corporate travel and travelling the world. I moved back to Liverpool in 2006 as a business partner to Alex. I'm also fully active in the day to day running of the business and take the lead as Designated Safeguarding Officer and family worker within the nursery, working closely with Alex and the senior team to ensure children and families are supported within the setting.

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I am Assistant Manager at 1st Steps and have worked here since it opened in 2003. I have over 30 years of childcare experience across a number of settings. I am NNEB trained and similarly to Alex and Bev, I work across the nursery supporting colleagues and working with all of the children. I am the Student Mentor and Health and Safety Co-ordinator.


Senior Nursery Nurse and Room leader starting out with my apprenticeship back in 2003. Now qualified with an NVQ 3 in childcare, I am the staff representative and support Bev and Sandra with Health and Safety across the nursery. With a military background and managerial experience in a large retail outlet, I have great pleasure working with all parents and children and welcoming them into nursery everyday after I have opened up.


Senior Nursery Nurse and Room Leader since 2011. I have a foundation degree and NVQ 3 in Childcare. I am one of the nurseries SENCO’s and promote language development within the nursery as Language Champion. I have an array of qualifications including ELKAN which specializes in Speech and language strategies to support language development.


I started working here in 2009 after finishing my BTEC National Diploma in Children’s care, learning development and play Level 3. I particularly enjoy Messy Play in work and can often be seen with my hands covered in whatever we are playing with. I have 2 children which take up most of my spare time.


I joined the team in 2014 as a newly qualified nursery nurse. I have since achieved my NVQ Level 2 in Team leading. I was promoted to Outdoor Co-ordinator in April 2016 which involves planning different activities in our garden, organizing resources and the garden area. I enjoy playing table tennis in my spare time and play for a team in Maghull.


I started my NVQ Level 2 apprenticeship at 1st Steps in April 2016. Since then, I have worked within the large team of pre-school staff and supported quality first teaching within the room.


I started at 1 st steps in January 2018, I currently hold a BA Honours degree in Childhood and Youth and have been working in the childcare sector for six years with all ages. I have recently become room leader for room 4 in March 2018.

Also Sarah, Lizzie, Claire, Jill, Georgia, Ryan, Brenda

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Maria now manages the setting

We also have Richard, Jessie, Amy, Natasha, Lizzie, Claire, Megan, Jess, Sam O, Kui-Lin, Amy, Salia & Fudge the Tortoise