Little Beans Fernside is a great environment for children, especially with our big outside space. We are situated in a converted house split into an upper floor area and a ground floor area. The upper floor is our baby area - this is spacious and bright with our signature candy stripe cushioned lino flooring that gives our babies comfort and fun! We limit the baby room to 6 spaces per session. Our baby beans benefit from their very own private garden area which is tailored to their specific needs and age group.
The lower floor is our pre-school area where we have a maximum of 18 children at any one time. Our Pre-schoolers enjoy free flow access around the lower floor play room and activity room as well as out to our lovely large garden. The garden has a pirate ship, mud kitchen, sand pit and much more all set out on our recently laid artificial grass which creates an enjoyable but safe environment for our little beans to love spending time in.
Our overall maximum capacity at Little Beans Fernside is 24 children. We feel this makes our environment nurturing and personal to our little beans combined with exceptional care from our committed team!
Breakfast and after school clubs for St.Mary's Catholic Primary School everyday!
All members of the team at Little Beans are committed to undertaking ongoing development and training. We regularly attend courses to keep improving and hold regular team meetings to share information and provide feedback on any courses that we attend.
Anne-Marie - Manager & DSL
"I gained my BA (Hons) Early Years in 2014 and have worked in Early Years sector for over 15 years, being in management for the last 10 years. I am dedicated to providing a stimulating environment for children to grow and develop. I am passionate that children grow from experiences that promote independence, thus enriching their self-esteem and confidence. I continually ensure that a high level of care and education is given to all children and their families. With two teenagers at home, I come with a wealth of experience!"
Qualification: BA Hons Degree in Early Years Education
Lauren - Cover Manager & DSL
"I originally trained as a Montessori Directress in 1999 and from this I went on to work in Montessori nurseries in Dorset until I came back to Poole based nurseries about 14 years ago. I then worked in a range of settings that weren’t Montessori but I learnt how to incorporate the skills of my training in the settings I managed.
I have trained to L3 Safeguarding, Paediatric first aid training and a BA Hons in Early Years, from this I then went on to gain my Early Years Professional Status in 2012. I regularly keep up to date with training and I am always eager to improve my knowledge and skills.
I have a very hands on approach, I like to give children real opportunities to learn from and to problem solve with. I believe this is the best and most fun way for children to learn. Children flourish better when they are driven by excitement and wonder”
Qualification: BA Hons Degree in Early Years and Early Years Professional Status
Georgia – Deputy, DSL, SEND CO-ordinator and Level 3 childcare practitioner
"I am now Level 3 qualified and have been working for Little Beans for some years now. I am very happy at Little Beans and I love coming to work and interacting with all the children and all staff members. I hope that I continue to develop lots of new skills whilst at Little Beans and continue to provide an exciting learning place for all Little Beans."
Qualification: Level 3 - Diploma in Children and Young Persons Workforce.
Maria - Practitioner, Family Worker (Level 3 Early Years & Level 3 Therapeutic Skills) and cover Deputy & DSL
"Working from home as a childminder and foster carer, I have gained 25 years in childcare. I have 5 children and 4 grandchildren to add to my experience and inspiration. I am very passionate about children learning through play and their experiences through those very important early years. My motto in life is ‘to inspire to be inspired’. I love being part of Little Beans as where else can I play all day. I am looking forward to working with the Little Beans and their families knowing that every day I learn something new and go on imaginary adventures supporting the children to reach their full potential in an inspirational environment"
Qualification: Level 3 Early Years & Level 3 Therapeutic Skills
Ellen – Level 3 Childcare Practitioner
“I am delighted to be working at Little Beans and to be part of a fabulous team. I qualifed in 2019 and I am really excited to learn new skills. Little Beans is a small, cosy, nurturing nursery and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and being part of the Little Beans experience."
Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Persons Workforce.
Channelle - Level 2 in Children and Young Persons Workforce
"I have gained a Level 2 in childcare. I am excited to be part of the little beans team and gaining more knowledge about child development. I am now studying for my Level 3 qualification in childcare whilst working here."
Qualification: Level 2 in Children and Young Persons Workforce, working towards Level 3 in childcare and Early Years
Shannon - Apprentice
“I have recently joined the Little Beans team and I am really excited to bring my drama teaching skills to the setting. I will also be studying towards my Level 2 Qualification whilst working with the children”.
Qualification: Working towards Level 2 diploma in Children and Young Persons Workforce
Jade - Apprentice
"I'm really excited to be working with the Little Beans team and completing my level 2 quliafication. I love reading stories to the children and look forward to learning more about working in a nursery setting."
Qualification: Working towards Level 2 in Childcare and Early Years
Paige - Apprentice
"I have recently joined Little Beans and I'm looking forward to being part of the team. I have a passion for childcare and helping the nursery and children to have the best experience possible."
Qualification: Working towards Level 2 in Childcare and Early Years
Carmen - Accounts Manager
"I have spent many years working in childcare, from working in a childcare setting, to being a nanny. I am also a mummy which gives me the best experience of all. Before this I worked in customer service and administration roles in banks. For me, Little Beans is the perfect work environment and I enjoy being part of the Little Beans team as accounts manager. I'm a very social person and spend my weekends and evenings having lots of adventures with my daughter and our family and friends. I am now very much enjoying having the Little Beans team as my work family"
Irene - office administrator
"I have worked in Administration Roles for the last 23 years, I am joining Little Beans as Office Administrator. I am looking forward to working in this new environment with the children. I enjoy spending time with my ever growing family with 2 Children and 5 Grandchildren. In my spare time I play netball weekly, I also enjoy eating out & visiting new countries on our holidays"