The aim of our staff at Sunrise is to be a group of caring and dedicated practitioners who work as a team, accepting and practicing an agreed educational philosophy, and collectively expressing one clear concern; the total welfare of all the children in their care.  We aim to create an environment where continuity for children and parents is priority and, therefore, we operate a ‘key person’ system. The key person works with parents/carers to plan and deliver a personalised plan for your child’s well-being, care and learning. Our team is fully committed to the Sunrise ethos and includes some staff that began as apprentices and have subsequently stayed with us. 

Julie Starns

Julie Starns

Julie Starns manages the Langley setting on a daily basis and is the setting Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Maia Cox

Maia Cox

Maia Cox is our toddler room leader and supports our Manager as a Designated Safeguarding Officer. Maia has worked with our preschool children and babies since joining us in 2017.

Emma Austin

Emma Austin

Julie is supported part time by Emma Austin as Quality and Improvement Officer who is also one of our deputy managers and setting SENCo’s. Emma has worked at Sunrise since 2004; leading the preschool room until 2018.

Hayleigh Maxim

Hayleigh Maxim

Hayleigh Maxim is another member of our management team and works part-time as deputy manager and leads the nursery room for the remainder of her time. Hayleigh has worked at Sunrise since 2017 and spent 3 ½ years leading the toddler room.

All of our staff are vetted by Capita Recruitment Vetting Services, an independent company instructed by Ofsted. All our room leaders hold a minimum level 3 early years qualification and have a minimum of three years post qualification experience.  Supporting staff hold a minimum early years level 2 qualification and professional development plans ensure that additional training is identified and all training is kept up to date.  Staff who are training towards a qualification are given support by a mentor and ‘in house’ time to complete their studies.  We ensure that all staff have regular access to online and face-to-face training events and in particular areas such as Child Protection and Behaviour Management.  Each room has a minimum of one Registered First Aider and we have a designated Safeguarding Lead and Safeguarding officer available at all times.

Support staff

We also have a group of part time, qualified and unqualified staff who assist us to allow our staff to have non-contact time and ensure extra staffing at busy times such as lunchtime. These staff are also available to cover in the event of staff absence or holiday and are fully vetted. 

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Administration

General nursery-related email correspondence is dealt directly with the relevant nursery setting. 

Billing and payments

Billing and payments are dealt with at our Langley setting. Our dedicated Administration and Operations Officer is Amy McNeill. Amy works from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm.

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