Staff

Alongside the managers and assistant manager, there is a full staff team within the nursery. With 6 room leaders, 9 nursery nurses, 1 apprentice nursery nurse and 2 support staff, the nursery is able to provide continuous support for all children in our care. Staff turnover is low, with many staff members having worked at the setting for over 5 years.

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 Walker (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 Bowden (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.

Sandra Clayton

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.

Christina Neary

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.

Sam Nolan-Booth

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.

Jade Fitsimmons

Senior Nursery Nurse and Room Leader. I have worked here since 2008 starting as an apprentice and working through NVQ level 2 and 3 in childcare and progressing to Room Leader since 2009 of the baby room where I believe in creating an environment that is nurturing and promotes independence.

Tina Holmes

I have worked here since 2008 starting as an apprentice and working through NVQ level 2 and 3 in childcare learning and development as well as undertaking an NVQ Level 2 in team leading.

Jane Oliver

I Started in March 2016 as a nursery nurse. I hold an NVQ 3 in childcare, which I attained in 2003. I have 3 children who I am very proud of and love supporting them through University into their own careers.

Toni Hook

I have worked here since 2005 and have worked my way though NVQ 2 and 3 in Children’s learning and development. I was a room leader before having my son in 2012 and then returned to work 2 days a week in 2013. I have also undertaken an NVQ Team leading level 2 qualification.

Amy Thompson

I have worked here since 2012, starting as an apprentice and working through NVQ level 2 and 3 in childcare. I have undertaken many different qualifications to extend my knowledge and understanding in childcare.

Jodie Gorman

I started working here as an apprentice nursery nurse in 2013 and have worked through my level 2 and 3 NVQ in childcare.

Anna Donato

I have worked here since 2015 and hold a BTEC National Diploma in Childcare. I have over 15 years experience in the childcare sector ranging from being a nanny, working in nurseries to working in Mothercare supporting mums-to –be and new parents throughout the store, selecting products such as car seats and ensuring they can be fitted correctly into their cars. I have 2 children which take up all of my spare time.

Jessica Hazlett

I started working here in Feb 2014 as a fully qualified nursery nurse. I undertook my NVQ 2 in Team leading and have progressed to a room leader position within the nursery. I have a passion for football, in particular, Everton, and work part-time at matches as a steward.

Lynsey Walpole

I began working here in September 2013. I have many years of experience working with young children and have a foundation degree in Early Years Practice and a qualification in ‘Tot’s Talk’. I became a room leader at 1st Steps in 2014.

Laura Ryall

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.

Alex Hayes

I have worked here for 12 years and trained and achieved my NVQ 2 & 3 in childcare. I have worked in all of the rooms throughout the nursery. I have 2 children and they have both attended 1st Steps. They keep me very busy, however, I do find a little time to pursue my hobby of photography.

Chelsea Moon

I began working in 1st Steps in 2009 and have a BTEC Level 3 in Childcare which I gained whilst working here. I have worked throughout the nursery and am well-known for my singing!

Rachel Maloney

I started working here in 2012 at the end of my NVQ Level 2 in Childcare and have progressed on to Level 3 in childcare and Team Leading Level 2. I am a room leader. I have worked in the toddler rooms and pre-school rooms where I really enjoyed working with our ‘little characters’.

Maureen Higgins

I trained at 1st Steps many years ago as a nursery nurse and then rejoined the team in 2013. My role in recent years has been to offer support to children with additional needs and I find that the intensive interaction and support that I offer really does make a difference to them. I love spending time in the gym and time with my Grandchildren.

Michael Stewart

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.

Sophie Formby

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.