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Little Chums is owned and run by a family who live in Pontypool - a real family business run by people who are passionate about childcare and education who have a combined experience of over 50 years, including managing Flying Start in Newport and a fully qualified, experienced Primary school teacher.

All of our staff hold relevant qualifications, which consists of NVQ Level 5 in Childcare and Management, NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, NVQ Level 2 in Childcare, NNEB, Childcare & Education Level 3 or an equivalent qualification.

We enjoy low staff turnover, which means your child will consistently receive care from the same people day after day.  Occasionally, Little Chums and Cyfeillion Bach share staff.

Read more about our staff below!

Sarah Jordan (nee Vaisey)
Owner/Manager
Sarah has over 20 years of childcare experience, working as a childcare assistant and deputy and manager of other day nurseries before opening Little Chums in 2007 and Cyfeillion Bach in 2013.  Sarah has a Level 4 childcare qualification and an NNEB.

Nicola Doubler (nee Vaisey)
Owner/Manager
Nicola has over 20 years of childcare experience, working as a childcare assistant and deputy of other day nurseries before opening Little Chums in 2007. and Cyfeillion Bach in 2013. Nicola has a Level 4 childcare qualification and an NNEB.

Chantelle Vaisey
Childcare Manager
Chantelle has over 20 years of experience in education and childcare.  Starting as a teaching assistant, she has worked her way up to manage both school and independent nurseries, as well as being a former manager of a Children’s Centre in Newport and Operational Manager for Flying Start in Newport.  Chantelle has a Level 4/5 in childcare and a Level 5 management qualification.

Andrew Vaisey
Teacher & Manager
Andrew has almost 25 years of experience in education and childcare, working as a primary school teacher for 15 years.  He is inspection trained and holds a B.A. teaching degree with fully qualified status.  Andrew also has a Level 5 management qualification.

Rachael Webb
Deputy Manager / Senior Practitioner
Rachael has worked at Little Chums since 2007, working her way up from a childcare assistant to Deputy Manager with a Level 5 qualification.  Rachael has been previously nominated for a NDNA practitioner of the year award.

Elisha Cousins
Senior Practitioner
Elisha has worked at Little Chums since 2013, working her way up from a childcare assistant to a senior role and holds a Level 5 qualification in childcare.

Hollie Felton
Senior Practitioner
Hollie joined Little Chums in 2016, after being with us on a college placement for 6 months as a student and volunteer.  She is Level 3 qualified and will be working towards her Level 4.

Lauren MacDonald
Senior Practitioner
Lauren holds a Level 5 qualification in childcare and previously worked in Flying Start childcare settings.  She is the daughter of managers Chantelle and Andrew.

Shuana Jeremiah
Senior Practitioner
Shuana joined Little Chums in 2019, after being with us on a college placement for 6 months as a student.  She is Level 3 qualified and is now working towards her Level 4.

Sarah Denning
Senior Practitioner
Sarah has worked at Little Chums since 2013 and holds a Level 3 qualification in both childcare and play work.

Nicole Jones
Childcare Practitioner
Nicole is a new member of the team.  She joins having had experience of working in other private day care settings and is qualified to Level 3.

Chloe James
Childcare Practitioner
Chloe joined Little Chums in 2018 to undertake a childcare apprenticeship, after being with us on a college placement as a student.  She is Level 2 qualified and is now working towards her Level 3.

Holly Bailey
Childcare Practitioner
Holly joined Little Chums in 2019 as an apprentice.  She has completed her Level 2 core qualification and is now working towards her Level 3.

Katie Parker
Childcare Practitioner
Katie has worked at both Little Chums and Cyfeillion Bach since 2017 and holds a Level 3 in childcare.  She is currently working towards a play work qualification.

Sophie Greenman
Childcare Practitioner
Sophie is another new member of the team.  She has previously worked as a volunteer in a school, in an After-School Club and for Torfaen Play.  She is qualified to Level 3.

Chloe Mahoney
Apprentice Childcare Practitioner
Chloe joined Little Chums in 2021 and is working towards a Level 3 qualification. She is already Level 2 qualified.

Holly Williams
Apprentice Childcare Practitioner
Holly joined Little Chums in 2021 and is working towards a Level 2 qualification.
 

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