Staff Information

Melissa Mc Laughlin
Baby Room
Melissa McLaughlin

Hello I'm Melissa Mc Laughlin; I have my NVQ level 2 and 3 in Early Years Care and Education. I have worked in childcare since 2003, and since 2006 these wonderful years have been in the baby room of Sandcastles which I am currently supervisor.

The baby room has a great homely feel. The staff and I have a great bond which I feel is very important as working part of a team. From my years of experience I feel I have a lot to contribute Sandcastles and also feel my job is really rewarding as I get to watch the babies grow and sharing in their first precious stages.

The baby room is a very happy place and we like to be known as one family and I always look forward to bringing new babies into our family circle.

I also have a little boy who attends Sandcastles and who loves it and has learnt so much from coming here. As a mother I understand how it can be leaving a child with others, so I feel it is important that the parent has a good relationship with myself and the staff in the baby room. I have a good understanding of babies wants and needs from my experience of being a mother also and I feel it is my duty to fulfil the needs of both parents and babies.

I have completed a few courses throughout my time at Sandcastles, these include; First Aid, Child Protection, Epilepsy Awareness, Administration of Medication and Manual Handling with Children.

I feel the ongoing training policy is brilliant at Sandcastles and important especially when working with children. I feel that it is important to keep learning and to bring new ideas into the nursery.

In my spare time I spend a lot of time with my wee boy. We enjoy exploring outside and visiting new places and being creative. I also enjoy reading when I get a moment and I try to be active and spend time with family and friends.

Mandy Mc Collum
Baby Room
Mandy MCCollum

Hey I'm Mandy Mc Collum

I have been in childcare since 2003 and from 2004 these great years I have been working in Sandcastles Day Nursery. I've been working in the baby room during my time at Sandcastles and I love working with this age group, I feel I connect and interact well with the babies and this creates a special bond.

In the baby room we all work really well as a team and I think this shows within the room as we have created a happy, relaxed and welcoming environment to babies and parents. As a member of staff I feel my qualities are being friendly, caring, comforting and fun. I am a qualified nursery assistant and have obtained my levels 2 & 3 in Early Years and Education. I have also participated in a number of courses which have been beneficial to my position working with the babies, these are;

First Aid
Fire Safety
Manual handling for children

My hobbies are walking, reading and spending time with my family and friends. In the past I have walked to raise money for charities such as children with cancer. I also work with the youth outside of work and have enjoyed weekends away e.g. to Castlewellan Castle with them. I enjoy this also and look forward to doing more of the same in the future.

There are many areas of my job that I love, one of these is watching the babies grow and develop onto each stage eg sitting up, crawling, walking and talking. It is fun and exciting seeing their own individual personalities come out as they grow older.

I enjoy doing fun activities on a regular basis such as water play, getting out walks for fresh air and sunshine and messy play such as painting. I love seeing the joy and fun these activities brings to each baby whilst they are learning new smells, new textures and feelings through touch.

I feel I bond well with the babies it great when I know that the babies feel safe and secure with me and that I can comfort them if they are unsettled or fearful.

Emma Alison Gamble
Baby Room
Emma Gamble

Hi I'm Emma Alison Gamble, I have worked in childcare since 2005, and since 2006 these have been at Sandcastles. I hold a level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Early Years. I started off as a temp at Sandcastles and am presently working in the baby room. The baby room is a pleasant, friendly environment, a home from home where the children can enjoy their first steps into nursery life. All of the staff are good friends which makes it so easy to work well together.

I have carried out a fire safety and a moving and handling course at Sandcastles and I hope to carry out many more of these useful courses in the future. Outside work I babysit now and again and have been involved in a number of charity events such as a sponsored walk for NSPCC and collections for Children In Need

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