Meet the team
Our classrooms are named after ancient coppices in nearby Bentley Woods
The manager at Farley is Nicola Blake, who has been working in the childcare sector since 2002. Nic began her career at Farley in 2010 as a Nursery Practitioner in Bee Garden and worked her way through the ranks, becoming Nursery Manager permanently in October 2015. Nic has also gained her level 3 and 4 Childcare qualifications during her time here. She says “Farley is like nothing else! I love being outdoors, watching the children grow in confidence and being lucky enough to share an experience they wouldn’t have anywhere else.
Jo Defty joined us in January 2013 and runs our office at Farley school. Jo has over 15 years’ experience in administration and management and has also, since having her own children, run an after-school arts club and become a sought after face painter! Watch this space for the next Farley festival with lots of little happy painted faces, courtesy of Jo.
Chloe Down is our Under Twos Supervisor and Deputy Manager. Chloe has been working at Farley since the summer of 2010 and achieved her NVQ level 3 in Childcare and Education just two years after joining the team here. Chloe really enjoys being a supporting role in the children’s precious first moments, helping them to walk and speak. Chloe also loves the ‘family feel’ that Farley promotes, a home from home approach with lovely relationships between not only between the staff and children but with the parents too.
Sophie Manston joined the Farley team in 2012 as an apprentice gained her Level 3 Childcare qualification with us in 2013. Sophie is looking forward to her role as Acting Room Supervisor in Bee Garden. Sophie believes that children learn best from being outdoors and that promoting a healthy lifestyle in formative years is essential. Sophy is also studying toward her BA Hons in Childhood Studies.
And finally you move into Top Conker. Hannah Gray has joined us from our Steeple Langford nursery to be promoted into the Room Supervisor position in Top Conker. Hannah has a CASHE Diploma in Childcare and Education and has been working in childcare since 2010. Hannah thinks Farley is the place to be! “The children have the freedom to explore the outdoor environment and I love joining them in their adventures and helping them to grow and learn.”