The Experienced Crèche Team at Tinies

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Our creative committee ensures that we remain safe, legal and up to date with our programme delivery. We are fortunate to have experts in both the head office team and the Tinies childcare agencies.

We have a team of 5 Operations Managers who report into the Head of Operations, who subsequently reports into the Managing Director.  The Operations Role is to ensure that we are able to provide all of our settings with the support they need and that we deliver best practice at all times and keep settings progressing.  Due to the diverse skillset of our Operations Team it means that they can draw upon one another's skills when a new service is being implemented.

Lindsey Doe - Director

Post-qualifying as an NNEB, Lindsey opened and developed the first children's gym and activity concept in the UK in 1996 and went onto open an additional 33 Ofsted, Care Inspectorate and HSC settings within the Health and Fitness industry. Following a career break to travel, she worked as a freelance consultant in the children's sector for 4 years, developing children's activity programmes worldwide and qualifying as a CIEH professional Trainer and NVQ Assessor. Lindsey then went onto become Operations Manager for 'Kids for Life' which was the UK's largest play scheme operator with over 45 sites, before joining Tinies in 2007 and becoming a Director in 2011. Her knowledge and expertise of the industry includes developing programmes, policies, procedures and managing teams. In her current role, she seeks new business opportunities. In the last 3 years Lindsey has won new contracts with IKEA (September 2013), Gloucester College (October 2014) and improved the financial performance of the business overall.

Louise Williams - Head of Operations

Post-qualifying with BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies and Nursery Nursing, Louise started her childcare career in the Health & Fitness industry at the Royal Berkshire Racquets & Health Club in Berkshire as a Crèche Assistant and was promoted to Crèche Manager of this flagship club within 2 years.  Louise has written a number of children's holiday and party programmes and trained on these nationally. Prior to coming back to Tinies Louise was a Regional Manager for one of the largest health club groups in the UK overseeing a number of crèches, holiday clubs and assisting with the design and launch of new children's activity areas in a number of their flagship region.

Louise joined Tinies for the first time in 2006 as a Crèche Manager and then went on to oversee 5 of our holiday clubs before leaving to live in America for 2 years. Louise returned in 2013 and oversaw a number of our settings, and supported with the mobilising of the IKEA contract in September 2013. Earlier this year Louise was promoted to Head of Operations and now supports the 5 operations managers in all areas of the day to day operation.

Liz Chevis - Operations Manager

Post-qualifying in 1997 with a degree in Early Childhood Studies, Liz ran her own pre-school for 5 years, before working in a number of large crèche chains as a Manager, and then as an Operations Manager for a large nursery chain TLC, managing over 20 nurseries. Liz joined Tinies in 2006 and has over 20 years' operational experience. Her knowledge of the industry includes HR management of multi-sited teams and working with Ofsted and external agencies. Liz divides her time between overseeing the nursery and crèche operation for Tinies UK Ltd and also supporting our franchisees, who also operate settings. Liz has been the lead in our Wandsworth Borough Council contract, which has seen the development of a successful outreach programme and 2 permanent crèches offering 2 year old funding within the local community. Liz holds the responsibility for the Tinies' nominated person with Ofsted. In the last 3 years Liz has remained at Tinies managing her settings and also helped mobilise the IKEA contract (September 2013) and also led on mobilising the Gloucester College Nursery Contract (October 2014) and the Scottish Parliament Creche Contract (2015).

Caroline Clarke - Operations Manager

Caroline has over 28years' experience working in the childcare sector. She has a Level 3 NNEB qualification, and a Level 4 in Early Years Childcare through the Open University. She spent 11 years working for a previous childcare provider, a Crèche Manager,  Regional Manager then Head of Creche Management  before joining Tinies in 2009 as an Operations Manager. Caroline  is Operations Manager for 10 of our IKEA crèches and also supports our franchisees within their childcare settings. She works in a consultancy role for one of our large clients and is the creator of their childcare policies and delivers training for their kids teams. Caroline holds a PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong sector) qualification in adult training, and supports in the development and delivery of all of our training programmes.

Maxine Henderson - Operations Manager

Maxine joined in November 2014, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience working as a Head of Operations for Happy Child Nurseries overseeing 15 Nurseries and 4 Prep-Schools for 7 years. Maxine completed an NNEB in 1997. In July 2000 Maxine completed a BA honours in Sociology. When the private day nursery was taken over by a large chain, Leapfrog Day Nurseries, Maxine played a pivotal part in supporting the transition of 39 nurseries. Maxine has held a variety of Managerial roles including Training Manager, Operations Manager, Senior Operations Manager and Head of Operations. In the last 3 years Maxine has been involved in buying new sites and integrating them into the existing Nursery group, this involved Tupe transfers, a full managers and staff integration plan and a full refurbishment programme including costing. Maxine has full involvement in writing the policies and procedures, developing the EYFS, driving occupancy and budgeting.

Kristen Harding - Marketing and Operations Manager

Kristen has worked with Tinies since 2012 in the capacity of Marketing Manager, and more recently as an Operations Manager. Kristen holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and Social Justice, and a Masters in Publishing and Editing, Kristen came to Tinies from the environmental sector where she was instrumental in converting environmental topics into digestible curriculum for children. Kristen works across all of our marketing platforms including social media, Google, print, and PR to develop a communications plan for our Nurseries, reaching out to the local communities as well as the families of children in our care.  

 

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