At Best friends childcare we employ only the best staff. Our staff team is dedicated, hard working, enthusiastic and each share a love to care for and inspire children. Our staff team are all up to date with the necessary training to ensure they have an outstanding understanding of how each child learns and develops when they are with us. We have many staff who have specialist qualifications and a range of skills to enhance the learning here at Best Friends.
Below you can see our fabulous team and learn just a snippet about who they are.
Director – Gemma Gittins – Director of Childcare and General Manager
Hello and welcome to Best Friends Childcare Ltd website. I am the proprietor at Best Friends Childcare and we have a sister nursery in London Colney. I have 20 years experience at all levels with the last 10 years being in a management role.
I am self-motivated and a positive individual, who can either work on my own or within a team.
I have a great rapour with, children, staff and parents and enjoy a challenge. To achieve my full potential I set myself personal goals and encourage this amongst my staff. Trust and motivation of staff is paramount in creating a great team. I am ambitious, reliable and capable of bring comfort, support, guidance and help to the profession I am dedicated too.
I am passionate about my job, making sure that I go above and beyond in making sure that all parents are happy, content and secure in leaving their child within our care.
Stacey Roskilly – General Manager Designate
I have been a part of the Best Friends Team since January 2013, previously working as a Head of Room and a Nanny since leaving school. I have a NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and a NVQ Level 3 in Management. I am always looking to further develop my knowledge and skill set so will be undertaking my Level 5 qualification as from April 2017.
I am very passionate about my job and I provide a welcoming environment where the children in our care can come to learn and socialise. Supporting the staff in the setting, is also very important to me. I am constantly thinking of ways to improve our practice, not just developing myself but the team around me.
I love watching the children grow and mature daily and enjoy building bonds with their parents to ensure a close working partnership and relationship.
Sian Smith – Assistant Manager
I re-joined the Best Friends Team in January 2017, my previous roles include Paediatric Nursery Nurse and Children’s Centre Worker as well as running Crèches abroad.
I have a broad range of knowledge and skills which help to give me a strong understanding of the al round holistic development of the child. I love watching the children grow and develop daily. Whilst helping to support the team to plan fun activities for the children, I find this one of my most enjoyable and rewarding parts of the job.
Jessica Williams – Head of Room – Caterpillar Room
I have worked at Best Friends Since May 2014, gaining my Level 2 Team Leadership, as well as certificates in Childcare, First Aid, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and Fire Marshal.
I love seeing how the children grow and develop and I get a sense of satisfaction that I have been a part of them meeting their milestones.
I really enjoy planning new and exciting activities for the children and watching them interact with each other and having lots of fun throughout the day.
Charlotte Blackwell – Assistant Nursery Practitioner – Butterfly Room
I have been a part of the Best Friends Team since June 2015, completing my NVQ Level 2 in Childcare. I am now currently doing my Level 3 qualification in Childcare. I look forward to learning more and bringing this into the nursery to develop the children to their full potential.
I love being a part and watching the children grow and develop and being part of their development watching them grow into bright individuals.
Charlotte Morris – Senior Nursery Practitioner – Caterpillar Room
I have worked at Best Friends since July 2015. I have worked both in the After-School Club and the Nursery giving me experience with a variety of age groups from 4 months to 8 years. I gained my Level 3 qualification in Childcare in January 2017 which gave me a better understanding into a child’s development and how they learn and develop.
I enjoy getting to know each child individually and being able to fulfil their needs and development to their full potential.
Courtney Francis -Butterfly Room Assistant Nursery Practitioner
I have worked at Best Friends since October 2016, previously working at another day nursery and gaining my NVQ Level 2. I also hold certificates in First Aid, Safeguarding and Basic Food Hygiene. I am looking forward to completing my Level 3 NVQ and learning new skills.
I love working with the children, developing bonds with them and helping them to meet their individual milestones.
Karit Jalast -Assistant Nursery Practitioner – Caterpillar Room
I have been working at Best Friends Childcare since April 2016. Over this time, I have worked in the Butterfly, Caterpillar Room and After-school Club.
I have had my own key group since September 2016, aging from 9 -21 months.
I am Level 2 qualified in Childcare and will be starting my Level 3 next term, which I am looking forward to developing my skills further, so I can support the children and develop them individually and as a group.
Ruth Palmer – Cooper – Caterpillar Room
I qualified as a Level 3 practitioner in May 2012 and have had a range of jobs throughout my career but my true, genuine passion lies with babies and young people. Currently I am privileged to be working in the Caterpillar room with the under 2’s. It really is an amazing job and everyday is different and new. I relish in supporting our young people and find it extremely satisfying to watch how rapidly they develop in the 3 prime area. I genuinely love working with babies and as I have 4 grown up children and 2 grandchildren of my own I feel I get plenty of practice. The children and babies help to keep me young at heart.
Sue Tomkins – Assistant Club Practitioner
I have previously worked for the NHS blood transition service for 33 years, I took early retirement.
I previously also worked as a dinner lady and have 3 children of my own as well as my first grandchild. I have always enjoyed looking after my children and my grandchild so decided to look at working in a childcare setting.
I love working at Best Friends as every day is different, it is so different from my previous job, but I have found it be interesting and rewarding.
Rekha Amin – Assistant Club Practitioner
I have worked at Best Friends Childcare for 2 years and have previous experience, working as a Lunch Time Assistant. I also have two children of my own.
I am a qualified First Aider as well as having certificates in Safeguarding and Food Hygiene.
I enjoy working with children, I find my job very rewarding as each day is different and to know I am part of the children’s development and day fulfils me with so much joy and reward.
Claire Owen – Butterfly Room – Nursery Practitioner
I have over 5 years experience in various childcare settings, previously working in financial service for 14 years. After having a child of my own I felt motivated to return to childcare again. I enjoy working with children as everyday is different with new challenges.