Helen Jones - Administration Manager

NVQ Level 3

I began my career in child care in May 1993 at a private day nursery working with children of all ages. I worked with babies for 1 year, the 2-3’s for 2 years and the 3-5’s for 4 years. Whilst working I completed my N.V.Q Level 3 qualifying as a nursery nurse in 1999. I was promoted to Senior Nursery Nurse in the nursery and then given promotion to be Deputy Manager within the company to a sister nursery.

I left the Nursery in November 2000 to open Stepping Stones day nursery along side my sister Claire whose husband Gary Holmes is the Managing Director. My position at Stepping Stones was Deputy Manager for 14 years and I am now the Administration Manager due to the nursery expanding with children and staff over the years.

I have been on a number of different courses including First Aid and Child Protection. I gained an Intermediate certificate in Food Hygiene and Safety in 2004. In 2005 I went on a Management course and received a certificate in Effective Team Leading and I took part in two courses in 2006, a Behaviour Management course and Birth to Three. I have also been involved with the Quality Assurance work for which we successfully received the “Quality as Standard” award in 2006. Also whilst on maternity leave I enjoyed doing a course on Baby Massage.

I have gained so much knowledge and experience over my years of caring for children and find it very rewarding especially seeing the children develop and progress. I thoroughly enjoy my work and being part of a team. I love going to the theatre,going out for meals and enjoying relaxing on spa days! I also like music, art, drawing and craft. I enjoy being with my family and friends especially spending time with my little boy and little girl who are extremely precious to me. I am so very proud to be their Mum and they always keep me busy!!!!