Welcome to Little Beans Garland!
Little Beans Garland was designed with a specific vision by the two owners with learning and the environment at the very heart of their project - Little Beans Garland. Every inch designed and set out to maximise free flow and play opportunities for all our Little Beans.
Little Beans Garland is situated in a purpose built building that offers a large, spacious room with high ceilings that has been transformed in true Little Beans style to promote high quality learning opportunities in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. Little Beans Garland is an inspiring environment with a clever combination of spaces interconnected and offering the very best resources, role play areas, a library, arts and crafts, messy play, sensory play, relaxation, dance/yoga area, maths corner and plenty of floor space for day to day activities allowing our little beans to explore learn and grow. This great space is all covered with our vibrant, signature candy-striped flooring that is fun for little beans hygienic and gentle on their feet and hands during play and crawling.
A large section of our open space is given exclusively to our baby beans who can share the fun and action of the larger beans whilst enjoying their own age specific activities and focus within their area. Our baby beans have their own sleep room which contains 9 cots with designated blankets and cot sheets and is a calm tranquil area for baby sleep times. We can accommodate up to 9 babies only in this area and in this way our babies enjoy individual care and attention. We then have space for up to 49 little beans aged 2 -5 years old. We also offer wrap around care for Longfleet School providing a breakfast club and drop to school and then a pick up and tea/play time after school.
We are extremely fortunate to have a large commercial kitchen where we have our very own Little Beans cook, Laura, who cooks hot meals and snacks for both our Little Beans’ sites. The nursery is filled with the aroma of home cooked cuisine and our Little Beans can watch their food being prepared and cooked all day long as well as take part in weekly cooking lessons.
At Garland Road, our babies and older beans spend mealtimes sat all together; enjoying, sharing, socialising and learning with one another during this vital part of the daily routine. Mealtimes are an extremely important part of our Little Beans routine and being a great opportunity to extend communication and language skills with our team. Just as much as family mealtimes at home are important, we can easily see the benefits of regular mealtimes spent with their friends both on a social and emotional development levels as well as improving fine motor skills. Our Little Beans team are on hand to help and support the Little Beans to develop these skills and to help our Little Beans to grow more independent.
Our outdoor area has a separate space for babies which is laid with artificial grass to allow babies to crawl and explore age specific play equipment all year round. They have their own access gate too for drop off and pick-ups to make this time easier for our parents. The older Little Beans also have a great outdoor space that is laid with artificial grass and which is well equipped within a secure fenced area surrounding the nursery. We have the very best resources inside and out that enables us to have an extensive range of continuous provision covering all areas of the curriculum in a fun bright environment. We use free flow daily all year round.
We would love to be part of your child's early years journey. Please do get in touch with our Little Beans Garland team for registration enquiries or to book a visit!
The Little Beans Garland Team
We do breakfast and after school clubs for St Mary's and Longfleet Primary School every day!
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.
Amy - Manager & Little Beans Teacher
I am the manager of Little Beans and have been working in childcare for over 10 years in different roles and settings. I have lots of experience caring for children and helping them to achieve their own goals and aspirations. I am a firm believer that children learn best through their play, their experiences, their interactions and by having a go! I have achieved my first class honours degree during my career, and am the designated safeguarding lead for Little Beans. My passion is to ensure children have every opportunity to reach their full potential, and enjoy each and every minute they spend in the care of Little Beans. I have led teams throughout my career, and work hard with the staff at Little Beans to promote the best possible outcomes for all our Little Beans.
Qualification: Level 6 in Early Years - BA Honours degree in Early Childhood Education
Samuel - Deputy Manager & Little Beans Teacher
I have a passion for working with children, to share with them the joy that can be found in the world around us. I take pride in my high standard of work, encouraging and ensuring all children can grow and to give them a safe environment in which to do so. My experiences of working with children are diverse and vary greatly; from a one-to-one role, to working with larger groups of children with varying needs. Currently training on Senco. Level 3 safeguarding.
Qualification: NVQ Level 3 diploma in childcare
Kristina- Deputy Manager & Little Beans Teacher
I currently have 10 years of childcare experience and have worked as a nursery practitioner, room leader and also as a nanny. I have achieved my honours degree in primary education whilst working in a nursery. I love working with children and watching them grow to reach their full potential, and to watch them blossom into their own lovely personalities..
Qualification: Level 3 Early Years
Lisa - Little Beans Leadership Support Teacher
“I have worked in childcare now for 12 years and have always had a passion for childcare and providing children with the best start in life. Being a mother of 2 myself I feel I can bring my knowledge and experience from raising my own two children into the setting to help support my team. I love being creative with the children and providing them with fun, messy and interactive arts, and crafts activities. Your child’s welfare, health and happiness are paramount, and I always hold this in the forefront of my mind when caring for your children, ensuring they are always safe and happy!”
Qualification: Level 4 Early Years
Emily - Little Beans Teacher - Preschool Room Leader
I started my childcare adventure with Little Beans and while doing my apprenticeship I’ve learned lots about how I can the best practitioner I can be. I’ve now qualified as a level 3 practitioner and have loved working along side my apprenticeship to further my knowledge. At Little Beans, no days are like each other! I believe children learn the best by play and getting messy. I love helping the children learn and grow in many different ways. The best thing to see is a child having a smile on their face and I love making sure each child leaves with that smile.
Qualification: Level 3 Early Years Childcare
Shawna - Little Beans Teacher - Preschool Room
After looking after my nieces and nephews I realised that working with children was the career path I wanted to take. Watching the children grow, seeing their personalities come to life and the children being unique in their own little ways really brings me joy. I really enjoy working at Little Beans and am excited for my career ahead.
Qualifications: Level 3 Early Years
Nicole - Little Beans Teacher - Preschool Room
Ever since I was little I’ve always wanted to work with children and give them the helping hand that they need before school. it’s always been my dream to give the children in my care the attention and support they need.
Qualifications: Level 2 Early Years
Charlotte - Little Beans Apprentice Teacher - Preschool Room
“I have been working at Little Beans for just over a year and have enjoyed every minute of it! Working towards my level 3 qualification in early years has helped to provide me with so much knowledge that I put into practice every day. I am so excited to continue my journey here at Little Beans working in the preschool room watching the children grow into their own individuals!”
Qualification: Level 2 Early Years Childcare (working towards Level 3)
Layla - Little Beans Apprentice Teacher - Preschool Room
Having grown up with younger siblings and cousins I have always known that I wanted a career with young children. I love being able to see them reach their own milestones and develop individually as well as them being themselves. Being able to watch them bring their own imagination to life with games and art work is why I am so passionate about working in early years. I love working at Little Beans and am super excited for the career I have ahead of me.
Qualification: Level 2 Early Years (Working towards level 3)
Tash - Little Beans Teacher - 2 year old's Room Leader
From a young age I've always wanted to be able to work with children and be a part of their early years experience. I love helping children learn and grow in many different ways and being able to support them and have a positive, happy and healthy impact on them through their first few years of development. I enjoy leading a strong team who spend their day working hard with each individual child to achieve their next steps, all whilst making it fun and exciting.
Qualifications: Level 3 Early years
Natasha - Little Beans Teacher - Deputy Room Leader 2 Year old's Room
I have always loved being around children, and working at Little Beans over the last few years has more than fuelled my passion for working in early years! Since working here at Little Beans I have gained my level 2 qualification in early years as well as my level 3 qualification. I am always continuing to develop my knowledge and experience each and every day. I absolutely love working with all the Little Beans, supporting them as they learn and grow, and blossom into their own people!
Qualifications: Level 3 Early Years
Kiera - Little Beans Teacher - 2 year old's Room
I have a passion for wanting to support children in learning new and important skills they need in the future and watching them grow to their full potential. I aim to help them show their creative side so they learn to use their imagination and become more independent when doing daily tasks, playing or creating their own games.
Qualifications: Level 2 Early years
Tamzin - Little Beans Apprentice Teacher - 2 year old's Room
After looking after my younger cousins I realised that working with children was the future ahead of me. Watching the children grow, seeing their personalities come to life and the children being unique in their own little ways brings me so much joy and happiness. I really enjoy working at Little Beans and am excited for my career to progress.
Qualification: Level 2 Early Years (working towards level 3)
Ebony - Little Beans Apprentice Teacher - 2 year old's Room
I have always had a strong desire to work with children and it gives me great satisfaction to be part of their development by guiding them through their first steps into the world. I have been working at Little Beans for 1 year and have already learnt so much, I have grown massively in confidence and each day my passion for working with children grows more and more. I feel that working with children is an honour and gives me great satisfaction that I can be a part of their development and guiding them into one of their first steps into the big wide world.
Qualification: Working towards NVQ Level 3 diploma in Early Years childcare
Chanelle - 2nd Deputy Manager, Little Beans Teacher & Baby Room Leader
I have been working at Little Beans for over 5 years now and I love everything about it. I started my apprenticeship here and I have worked my way up to baby room leader and 2nd deputy manager. I enjoy every element of my job, leading the baby room enables me to guide and nurture them in their first early years and it is such an honour to play a big part in that. I love watching them grow and flourish from the very start to when they go to school!
Qualification: Level 3 Early Years
Maria - Little Beans Teacher - Deputy Room Leader Baby Room & Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
Working from home as a childminder and foster carer, I have gained over 25 years in childcare. I have 5 children and 7 grandchildren to add to my experience and inspiration. I am passionate about children learning through play and their experiences through those especially important early years. My motto in life is "to inspire to be inspired"." I love being a 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.
Qualifications: Level 3 Early Years & Level 3 Therapeutic Skills
Rosie - Little Beans Apprentice Teacher - Baby Room
For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to work along side children in some way. Whether this is caring for them, teaching them or even just listening to the amusing yet intriguing stories they tell! Seeing them flourish and develop into the little individuals they are becoming is something I thrive off and would love to see my future involving. I feel as though a child’s imagination is like no other and I am so privileged to be giving this opportunity to start my childcare career with Little Beans.
Qualification: Level 2 Early Years (working towards Level 3)
Irene - Office Administrator
I have worked in Administration roles for the last 23 years and I have joined Little Beans as Office Adminstrator. I love working in this environment with the children. I enjoy spending time with my ever-growing familty - two children and six grandchildren! In my spare time I play netball weekly. I also enjoy eating out and visiting new countries on holidays.