Senior Personnel

Mrs. Jane Laycock 

Before staring Merry Poppets Nursery 13 years ago, I worked for many years in a small local lower school with ages ranging from 3 to 9 years, this is where my passion for working with children started. Before having children of my own I had experience of working in nursery settings, playgroups and crèches. During this time I gained a valuable insight into the early stages of child development and the benefits of encouraging children to become independent learners. I continue to work closely with local lower schools and the Central Bedfordshire Children Services team to ensure every child who passes through Merry Poppets is fully prepared for full-time education.    

I have a huge amount of understanding in Lower School education and as you will notice from my experience, I have undertaken further education courses to better my knowledge.

I have raised two daughters that I am immensely proud of. My eldest daughter is a Junior Doctor and the youngest is a Paediatric Nurse. I have always taken an active part in their education by sitting on committees for both playgroup and school. I have been on the board of Governors for their lower school as well as PTA Chairperson and PTA member for their local Middle school. I have also assisted with their sports and outdoor activities, such as athletics, netball, and rounder’s clubs.

I have also taken classes of children on three-day residential trips having co-ordinated the excursion. This involved parent liaison, venue planning/coordination, scheduling and risk assessment duties. I have a great deal of experience with outside agencies for those children with special needs liaising with Central Bedfordshire Children Services team, Child Protection, Emotional Behavioural Disorder and speech therapy advisors.

In my previous employment within the Lower School involved planning and organising the daily running of classes, assisting individual child’s and whole class learning, always ensuring intentions are understood and shared with the children. I have worked with class Teachers to develop and revise planning and evaluation pro formas.

Working in any lower school requires adaptability and teamwork. I have undertaken various tasks when staff have been ill this included: – teaching whole classes and cooking for the school, covering lunchtime supervising and maintaining good hygiene standards.

As Senior Higher Level Teaching Assistant I worked with other members of staff throughout all age phases, working with individual groups, whole classes/groups and training new members of staff. I championed a new Special Needs programme that ensures continuity of information (as highlighted in an OFSTED inspection for this school) helping new members of staff reliably assess a child’s needs.

I regularly liaise with Central Bedfordshire Children’s Services at Priory House Chicksands, therefore if you would like any independent advice or information about Merry Poppets you can obtain it from this department. On 0300 3008000.

Our Experience

  • Qualified Nursery Nurses (trained at Dunstable and Barnfield College)
  • Teaching Assistant Experience
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant Qualification (Qualified by the Teacher Training Agency)
  • First Aid Trained
  • CPR Trained
  • Behaviour Management Trained
  • Challenging Behaviour Understanding, Assessing and Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Child Protection Trained
  • Health and Hygiene Certificate
  • Health and Safety Certificate
  • Management of Medical Conditions and Administration of Medicines Qualified
  • Numerous Curriculum Based Courses Which Include Numeracy, Literacy ICT PE and Special Needs
  • Working With Looked After Children
  • Speech and Language Trained
  • A course taken on working with children with Autism
  • Working with Special Needs Children
  • Both CRB Cleared
  • COSHH Training