Congratulations to Chantelle! 

Our Nursery Manager at Clystheath, Chantelle Connor, very recently has completed her Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner qualification! 

Chantelle not only was the first in the company, but she was one of the first who completed this qualification with NCFE, the awarding body! 

This is a huge achievement Chantelle, well done! 

Puffins Award Night

On the 25th of November 2023 we held our annual award ceremony and joint company wide Christmas Party!

We hold the awards ceremony to say a big “Thank you” to each and every member of our Puffins family. At the awards, all staff from our 5 nurseries and head office all get together for a night of celebrations!

This year’s awards included:

Team of the Year

Manager of the Year

Deputy Manager of the Year

Apprentice of the Year

Support Staff Member of the Year

Baby Room Practitioner of the Year

Bumblebee Practitioner of the Year

Preschool Practitioner of the Year

Alongside this we also gave certificates out to all of our staff who have completed a qualification with us for the Level 2 Early Years Practitioner and Level 3 Early Years Educator as well as our management course and long service awards.

We love celebrating the company’s achievements all together and appreciate every member of staff’s contributions.

Nick’s 30 Years!

Last week we celebrated a huge milestone for one of the members of the Puffins team. Nick, our chef at Manston Terrace, celebrated his 30 year anniversary for working at Puffins. Daily he creates wonderful meals for two of our settings and has done for the past 30 years.

“Nick is our favorite chef; everyone loves his foods with no exception. Children love talking about him and his amazing lunches, especially when he makes us cake for pudding! We really miss him when he goes on holiday and look forward to him coming back. He has a great sense of humour and always makes both children and adults laugh. ” These are some lovely comments from the Team at Manston Terrace.

Thank you Nick for your many years of service! 

Chelsea’s 10 Year Puffinsversary!!!

Today we are celebrating Chelsea’s 10 year Puffinsversary!

Chelsea started with us as an apprentice back in 2013 and has worked her way up to manager of our Sowton setting. Chelsea works extremely hard every day and puts so much effort in that Ofsted rates the nursery Outstanding!

We are incredibly lucky to have Chelsea as part of Puffins and cannot wait to see what the future holds!

Sandra’s 10 year Puffinsversary!!!

Congratulations to Sandra on celebrating her 10 year puffinsversary! Sue presented some flowers, A Darts Farm voucher and a card! Well done Sandra!!

Kara’s 10 Year Puffinsversary!!!

Kara is the manager over at Manston Terrace, she has been working for Puffins for 10 years! Kara started Puffins as an apprentice and worked her way up to the Manager role through lots of training and gaining qualifications and is huge delight to our team.

Employee Of The Month

As a company we strive to recognise the expertise of our staff, especially those that have acted over and above the requirements of their job. We therefore run an Employee of the month scheme, where any employee can be nominated. A panel will then decide a winner who will get a letter of commendation and a reward as recognition of their hard work.

Employee of the month for June 2022 was Bonnie Scott from Manston Terrace. Bonnie was nominated for demonstrating an amazing attitude towards her work. She has stepped up and supported senior staff with the open and close of the nursery, as well as delegate responsibilities to her peers to ensure that the room runs smoothly, and the children needs are well catered for. Bonnie has also made a big improvement on her absence levels. Well done, Bonnie!

Employee of the month for May 2022 was Adam Rush from Mont Le Grand. Adam was nominated for the impact he has made at the nursery and in particular the caterpillar’s room since his arrival at Mont Le Grand. Adam has both rearranged and organised the room to ensure it is running the best it can, as well as organise the key groups and support staff. Well done, Adam!

We also had another Employee of the month for May 2022 and this was Sasha Scott from Southernhay. Sasha was nominated as she has been an amazing support to the nursery in the absence of the manager. She ensures that the days run smoothly, emails are answered and paperwork complete. Sasha has also been supporting rooms and staff practice, through effective mentoring. Although Sasha is being pulled in lots of directions, she is handling it all very professionally.  Well done, Sasha!

Puffins Annual Awards Evening!

On the 21st of May we held our first annual award ceremony since the pandemic two years ago!

We hold the awards ceremony to say a big “Thank you” to each and every member of our Puffins family. At the awards all staff from our 5 nurseries and head office all get together for a night of celebrations and of course the odd picture or two.

This year’s awards included:

Manager of the Year

Deputy Manager of the Year

Apprentice of the Year

Support Staff Member of the Year

Baby Room Practitioner of the Year

Bumblebee Practitioner of the Year

Preschool Practitioner of the Year

We also added the “Changing Room Award” “Adaptability Award” and “Valued Contribution Award”

Alongside this we also gave certificates out to all of our staff who have completed a qualification with us for the Level 2 Early Years Practitioner and Level 3 Early Years Educator as well as our management course and long service awards.

This year the Nursery Managers also surprised the Directors with a video to say “Thank you” back to them with the children and staff in, this was definitely appreciated and brought a tear to their eyes!

We love celebrating the companies achievements all together, and appreciate every member of staff’s contributions.

Angela’s 20 Year Puffinsversary!!

Many parents may not know Angela, however she has been working for Puffins for 20 years today and is our fantastic meal time assistant based in our pre-school room at Puffins at Southernhay. The children always look forward to lunch times as they know she’s coming in to spend time with them. Angela brings a great sense of joy to the room and everyone adores her. Angela always has so much time and passion to always go above and beyond for the children. A big thank you from everyone at Southernhay and the whole of the Puffins family!!

April’s Puffins Employee of the Month!

This month the Employee of the month was Abigail Kemp from Manston Terrace. Abigail has been nominated for always going above and beyond to help people out nothing is ever to much of an ask for Abigail she will just get on and deal with whatever situation Is thrown at her. She has covered at a few different nurseries, and she never complains about covering she just gets on with it.

Her confidence has come on leaps and bounds and this has been noticed by a lot of staff members, her interactions with the children are beautiful and she is always setting out fun and interesting activities for the children to explore.. Well done, Abigail!

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