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Alison

Alison

Hi I'm Alison. I have always worked in various childcare settings gaining experience and knowledge and in 2004 I had the opportunity to open a pre-school. We had various names in the beginning for my pre-school before we decided on my husband’s choice of Top Banana Pre-school. In June 2005 we held our very first open day and on 5th September 2005 we opened our doors for the first time with nine children (one of them being mine). I held a diploma qualification in childcare called NAMCW which I had taken at college but was told that I needed a more updated qualification to be the manager so I employed someone to be my manager while I studied and gained a Diploma in Pre-school Practice level 3. I was then able to become the manager with this qualification when my manager decided to retire. After that I went to study a Foundation Degree, then a BA Hons degree and also gained the Early Years Professional Status degree at Greenwich University. During this time I was bringing up two children and running Top Banana Pre-school. It was an incredible moment graduating in front of my husband, children and parents in the Greenwich Chapel in 2010. As an owner and manager it is a fantastic feeling watching how children develop, learn and become more confident during the time they are with us.

Qualifications

NAMCW Diploma
Diploma in Pre-school Practice level 3
BA Hons Degree
Early Years Professional Status Degree


Becky

Becky

Hi my name is Becky and I started working at Top Banana Pre-school in May 2018. I have only ever worked in childcare. My qualification is NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing and I am also Paediatric First Aid trained. I have two sons. In my free time I enjoy walking our dog Izzy, reading, taking my sons to watch their football matches and going out for meals with my family and friends.

Qualifications

NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing
Paediatric First Aid
Worked at Top Banana for 2 1/2 years


Donna

Donna

My name is Donna and I have worked in nursery settings for over six and a half years, with the last three years being at Top Banana.

I achieved my Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and I am Paediatric First Aid trained. I have two daughters and they both attend local schools.

In my free time I like to be fit and active, I enjoy running regularly and attend local Bootcamp classes and having quality time with my family and friends.

Qualifications

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare
Paediatric First Aid

Worked at Top Banana for 3 years


Karen

Karen

Hi I am Karen. In June 2005 I went to Top Banana’s first open day and enrolled my son to start in the September of 2005 when Top Banana first opened. I offered to be a volunteer helping to take the children to Seal library for story time and with craft activities in the nursery. I then became a permanent Top Banana member of staff in September 2006. I have a daughter as well who also went to Top Banana Pre-school. I am Paediatric First Aid trained. I very much enjoy craft activities with the children in pre-school and creating things with them.

Qualifications

Paediatric First Aid

Worked at Top Banana for 14 years


Katie

Katie

Hi my name is Katie and I joined the Top Banana Team in September 2012. When I joined I was unqualified but started a course to become qualified and in 2014 I gained a CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce. I am also Paediatric First Aid trained. In September 2019 Alison asked me to be her Deputy and it was a great honour. Outside of work I enjoy doing my garden and house up with my husband. We do not have any children but have two nephew’s and a niece that are a big part of our lives.

Qualifications

CACHE Level 3 Diploma
Paediatric First Aid

Worked at Top Banana for 8 years


Lauren

Lauren

Hi I am Lauren and have worked at Top Banana Pre-school since 2015. I have a CACHE Level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I am Top Banana’s SENCO and I am also Paediatric First Aid trained. I have a son and in our spare time enjoy kayaking together.

Qualifications

SENCO
Paediatric First Aid

Worked at Top Banana for 5 years