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, Claire, 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 do breakfast and after school clubs for 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.
Emma - Manager
"I am the Manager of Little Beans Garland, I have over 10 years experience working with children and families in a range of settings, from charities to academies and children centres. I have experience of being a SENCO and Safeguarding Officer and hold a Level 5 Foundation degree in Early Years.
I believe all children should have the same start in life and be able to flourish as individuals. At Little Beans we create an enabling environment with caring and skilled staff to ensure all children reach their full potential. My role as Manager is to ensure all children at Little Beans make progress through positive interactions and play based learning and activities, whilst ensuring all children are safe and building upon their personal, social and emotional development."
Qualification: Level 5 foundation degree in Early Years
Lauren - Deputy Manager
“I am the deputy manager of Little Beans. I am a qualified primary school teacher who has worked with children from the ages of 3 months - 11 years. I believe that all children should have the opportunity to access a variety of exciting & engaging activities to help enhance their learning experiences. I also believe that children learn best through play & that the adults are there to build upon the children’s interests. My role is to support Emma with the day to day running of Little Beans & to help ensure that the children are making progress in all areas of learning in a vibrant & safe setting."
Qualification: Level 7 BA Early Years & QTS
Samuel - Deputy Manager & SENCO
"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
Sonya - Baby room leader - Level 3
"I have worked with children aged 0-5years for almost 11years now, mostly in nurseries for long periods of time, but also abroad and including a little experience as an agency worker. I pride myself on fantastic relationships with parents to ensure the best care for their children, who are ultimately their whole world. I enjoy creating a fun, safe and caring environment for these little ones to grow and always like making memories with arts/craft activities, getting messy and singing/dancing. In my spare time I love living near the beach for walks and watching a lot of movies at the cinema."
Qualification: Level 3 in children's education
Kasia - Preschool Practitioner (Level 2 Early Years)
“I am passionate about childcare, each day is unique for me, just like a child. I believe that we are all capable of doing and learning new things in our own time, place and style. I am very creative, fun and a dependable person with experiences from the children’s centres, nurseries, clubs, schools and Au Pair in America Programme. I am a happy mother of a bilingual girl; an example of a family where a child grows happily and learns two languages (Polish and English) at the same time. I am one of the organizers of the First Polish Library for Polish Children and Families in Poole and area (Central Library) and I was successfully co-leading a Polish Speaking Group ‘’Szkrab Poole’’ at the Old Town Children Centre."
Qualifications: Level 2 in children's education working towards NVQ level 3 in childcare
Maria - Family worker - Level 3 child care Practitioner
"I have 5 children and 3 grandchildren and a new granddaughter who was born only in February 2018. As if that's not enough to keep me busy and young at heart I have for the past 23 years run my child-minding business from home, alongside 17 years fostering children, many whom have had disabilities. I thrive on supporting children achieving their goals, knowing that each achievement is unique to them. I enjoy working alongside parents, carers and all professionals involved in nurturing the children to be individuals and seeing them flourish, and achieve. Being a childcare practitioner is the best job ever. I aim to not only bring all my knowledge and experiences into Little Beans but for myself to grow and flourish alongside the little beans. When I'm not working my husband and I love being in the outdoors, walking, cycling, camping, and spending time with our family."
Qualifications: Level 3 in children's education & Level 3 Therapeutic Skills
Jess - Baby Room Practitioner - Level 3
“Since a young age I have always wanted to work with Children, From looking after younger peers at school, to going back for work experience, to then completing my Level 3 in childcare & Education. It’s a pleasure to now be part of the Little Beans team after attending the setting numerous times on placement for two years. which I loved. Helping children to learn and grow is an amazing achievement and I'm glad to be a part of it.”
Qualification: Level 3 in children's education
Sophie - Preschool Practitioner (Level 3 Early Years)
"I have been in the childcare profession for the last 12 years, I have completed a range of courses to improve my knowledge and development within the childcare setting. I am a fun, friendly, motivated and creative person, I love messy play, imaginative play and cooking with the children. I believe children are our future and it is our responsibility as practitioners to help our Little Beans grow into caring, honest, sociable and adventurous people.”
Qualification: Level 3 Early Years
Kerrie - Pre-school room leader (Level 3 Early Years)
“I have always loved working with children and watching them develop. I come from a big family with lots of small children who I spend a lot of time with. I feel I work best when being creative, and children love getting creative! I am looking forward to putting b my experience into practice here at Little Beans to help the children grow and develop.””
Qualification: NVQ level 3 in childcare
Katie - Preschool Practitioner (Level 2 Early Years)
“I have always had an interest in working with children and have always loved looking after and babysitting my young cousins. I finished school a few years ago and I recently completed my Level 2 in childcare. I am really excited to put what I learnt from my apprenticeship into practice here at Little Beans.”
Qualification: NVQ Level 2 in childcare
Laura - Baby Room Practitioner (Level 2 Early Years)
“I love children and I am so excited to be around them. I have worked previously with a little boy, and that made me realise that this is my path. I believe that childhood is the most beautiful part of life, and for me, childhood offers many big opportunities in terms of my career. To spend quality time with the children and seeing them grow up is amazing, and that makes me feel good about myself and my role.”
Qualification: Level 2 in Early Years childcare working towards NVQ level 3 in childcare
Louise - Preschool Apprentice (Working Towards Level 3 Early Years)
“From an early age I have always wanted to work with children. I have lots of young children in my family that I love spending time with and they are the reason I want to succeed in childcare.
I am currently an apprentice working towards my level 3 in childcare and I am very excited to be a part of the Little Beans team”
Qualification: Working towards NVQ level 3 in childcare
Natalie - Preschool Apprentice (Working Towards Level 3 Early Years)
“I come from a big family and have always loved being around children. I am a very creative individual and enjoy doing arts and crafts activities. I also very much enjoy exercising. I am currently focusing on my childcare apprenticeship at Little Beans and am looking forward to working towards my NVQ Level 3 qualification.”
Qualification: Working towards NVQ level 3 in childcare
Carmen – Accounts Manager
"I have spent 5 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. So, for me Little Beans are the perfect work environment, and I'm extremely excited to be joining the little beans team as office administrator. I’m a very social person, and spend my weekends and evenings having lots of adventures with my four-year-old daughter, and our family and friends, and am now looking forward to having the Little Beans team as my new work family."
Chloe - Office Administrator
“I have worked in administration roles for the last 5 years including a childcare environment. I have previously completed an apprenticeship in business administration, and gained an NVQ level 2 and 3 in business administration. I am a very bubbly and friendly person and I am super happy to be part of the Little Beans team as office administrator/support.”