Our Team

Nivan Lodge consists of a team of dedicated, professional and experienced nursery practitioners who are committed to providing a fun, warm and friendly environment where everyone can learn and develop to their best potential

 

Allow us to introduce them to you on this page.

Brenda Palmer    

 

Principal

 

NNEB

Key Person

Paediatric First Aid (2021)

Makaton

Safeguarding DSL

 

Brenda has been the owner and principal at Nivan Lodge for 29 years. She is committed to providing a safe, happy and stimulating environment for both children and staff where everyone can learn from each other and develop their own skills and strengths at their own pace. 

Her aim has always been to provide high quality care with the focus on learning through play and most importantly providing the right environment so that when you are only two, three or four, you can have great fun. When children are happy, content and feel safe in their environment they will learn and they will want to come back for more.

 

Susie Pepper

Deputy Principal Nursery Manager

 

QTS 

Montessori Dip

Key Person

Designated Safeguarding Lead (I)

SENCo

Level 5 SpLD teacher

Paediatric First Aid  (2022)

Makaton 

 

Susie has been a key part of the Nivan Lodge team for 8 years and our deputy for nearly three years. As a level 5 she is our most experienced qualified teacher and our guiding light especially with the older group of children ensuring that our curriculum is broad and balanced.

She has recently completed a Makaton signing course.

 

 

 

 

Claire Brown

Deputy

 

SENCo 

Nursery Practitioner Level 3

Key Person

Paediatric First Aid (2021)

Designated Behaviour Officer (II)

 

Claire came to join the team at Nivan Lodge to gain a level 3 qualification when her youngest daughter left Nivan Lodge to go to school and I am happy to say that she has remained with us for 13 years. Throughout her time at nursery and with her positive approach Claire has always been one of the children's favourite teachers!

 

Debbie Cohen

 

Nursery Practitioner Level 3

Key Person

Paediatric First Aid (2021)

 

Debbie is also a long serving team member and has worked at Nivan Lodge for nearly 19 years. She especially enjoys working with the little ones, helping them settle into the nursery and its routines with gentle encouragement, while helping them grow and gain in confidence ready for a smooth transition into the next stage of their nursery journey. Little Nivan has been running as the dedicated space for the younger group since 2011 and Debbie was a part of the original Little Nivan team.

 

 

Cleo Callaghan

 

Nursery Practitioner Level 6 EYTS

Key Person

 

Cleo is the most recent member of the Nivan Lodge team and has worked with us for just over a year. Both her chldren attended Nivan Lodge and are now at school. Cleo has spent the last year studying for the Early Years teaching qualification Early Years Teaching Status and achieving outstanding while continuing to work at the nursery as a full and committed  team member and keyperson. She brings with her new and fresh ideas. The children adore being in her company and listening to her read stories and learning about our world in the book corner.

 

 

 

 

Staff at Nivan Lodge comply with all statutory regulations ensuring that training in all Safeguarding Areas and the procedure is current. Staff understand how and where to access the appropriate outside agencies should a child be in any kind of need, including child abuse in all its forms, including the Prevent Duty, FGM and CSE. 

 

We endeavour to ensure that all staff maintain their Paediatric First Aid training. All staff are currently trained until 2021/2022 

 

We also attend training courses to enable us to work with children whatever their needs and to keep us current in our approach.