We value our staff and consider them to be the crucial element in ensuring the children in our care receive the best care possible. This is demonstrated by having over 40% of our staff having worked with us for over 10 years and 60% working over 5 years of service.
All our staff are qualified with BA in Early Years foundation degree, Montessori Teaching Certificate and NVQ level 4, 3 & 2 in Childcare and Education and NNEB.
We are asked by the local colleges to be a training provider for their courses, and we do give young people the opportunity to train under the young apprentice scheme. We also undertake ongoing professional development opportunities, and staff are given every encouragement to upgrade their current qualifications.
Jane Gleasure - Director
Jane has grown up in the nursery sector, working evenings and holidays in her mother’s nursery in Lancashire from an early age. After graduating from Northumberland University, she worked a few years for United Biscuits, before coming home and working in the expanding family business. From 1988 she has continually worked in this field, opening the first nursery in Shepherds Bush in April 1993 followed closely by Fulham in January 1997. Jane is passionate about high quality childcare and values training and continuous professional development for her and her staff. Jane has been the Private & Voluntary Sector representative on the Hammersmith & Fulham Early Years board, and a Trustee of the National Day Nursery Association. She is fortunate to have a strong and established management team that work alongside her and a wonderful staff team who have been working with her for many years. Jane is married with 2 children.
“‘Whatever I and my team do for a child in our care, it has to be good enough for my own child, and that philosophy has stayed with me throughout my career.”
David Gleasure - Director
David helped expand the family nursery business, acquiring and refurbishing the Fulham site. Since then, David has been based at Little People Fulham dealing with the general running of the business including the administration, finance and building maintenance and development for the group. David is married with two children.
“One of the joys each day is taking my own son to the Fulham nursery and working with so many long serving dedicated staff. I still feel a great deal of pride in the education and care we provide at Little People.”
Alison Truss - Manager, Little People of Fulham
Having always wanted to work with children from a young age, Alison’s dream was to nanny and live in America which she did when she was 21. She has a NNEB diploma in nursery nursing and has worked in different nurseries throughout the years, finally coming to work at Little People in 1997. Alison started as a nursery nurse and made her way up to be the manager at Little People Fulham in 2002. Alison is well travelled and passionate about different cultures and recognises children as unique individuals. She lives in Hampton and has a teenage son.
“I connect with children and feel a great sense of accomplishment in helping them achieve and enjoy their time at nursery. Working with children gives me so much joy and happiness and I love nothing more than getting messy with malleable activities.”
Dawn Cove - Manager, Willow Vale
Dawn was a secretary before she worked with children, but in the early 1970’s she worked for 7 years at Hammersmith and Fulham as a Nursery Nurse, where she achieved her NNEB qualification. Dawn then had 3 of her own children and during this time she ran a local playgroup. She also trained as a gymnastic coach in artistic and rhythmic gymnastics before teaching in a local school, and by 2000 Dawn joined Little People of Willow Vale as Deputy Manager, finally taking over as Manager the following year.
Dawn then completed her BA Hons degree in Early Years Education and then became Education Coordinator for both the Willow Vale and Fulham nurseries in 2014. This allowed her to manage government requirements, staff training in safeguarding, the Early Years Foundation stage which involves development milestones, observations and encouragement in staff having to have a range of activities in their planning. She is now full time manager of Willow Vale where she leads teachings in Forest School and also leads a Guide’s and Brownie’s group in her spare time.
Jackie Faulkner - Accounts
Jackie initially worked as a training accountant with the Currys Group Services and then progressed to an accountancy career within the Seiko & Pulsar Watch Company. She became self employed in 1990 after the birth of her daughter and has run her own bookkeeping business ever since.Jackie has worked for Little People for eighteen years and works closely with the directors and management team in the company. Jackie is involved in her own family run riding stables business in Buckinghamshire.Jackie lives with her partner and has 2 daughters.
Babies need time spent on their tummies it helps them to develop their back and neck muscles needed for future movement. Babies who are laid on their backs all day do not get a chance to develop these crucial muscles in the same way. Regular tummy time works to increase babies' movement skills and confidence needed for crawling and also helps to develop their coordination and balance and babies that engage in regular time on their front each day are generally able to roll, crawl, sit, stand and walk earlier than babies that do not.
I feel that the nursery has been extremely supportive of my son's development and his areas of weakness, working together to achieve the same goal.
The staff are very friendly, helpful and I'm sure all the children past and present will never forget them. My daughter has a particularly good relationship with many of the staff members from across the board and always comes home with stories about all the fun stuff she got up to in the day. The girls are very good role models for her and I absolutely love them and all too pieces. They not only care for the children but I can see their genuine interest in the children's well being is at their core. This makes me feel at ease dropping her off as I know she will be treated equally and fairly at all times. My daughter has a very specific diet and when requested, the staff were happy to facilitate her dietary needs which I found to be amazing as not every establishment would be so accommodating
Both my Daughters aged 18 months and 3 1/2 have settled really well in the nursery thanks to the loving and caring staff. I always found everyone to be very friendly and welcoming. I know my daughters are well looked after and kept busy with lots of activities. My 3 year old particularly enjoys ballet, forest school and soft play. She has really thrived here and learnt to count to 20 and recognises a few letters. Very happy with the nursery overall and would highly recommend it.
Extremely happy with our time at Little People. They have looked after both our daughter and son from 12 months - 3.5 years old.
Caring, professional staff.
Well structured and a good array of activities. Happy children developing well.