Clever Clogs – Kayleigh

Kayleigh Hann is our longest serving member of staff at Clever Clogs and says she wanted to work in childcare for as long as she can remember.

Kayleigh joined the nursery straight from college 14 years ago, and now aged 32, she is a Senior Practitioner in charge of Little Owls & Foxes, our pre-school room.

It’s at this age that the children are preparing to leave the nursery for school, so Kayleigh has an important part of play in this transition.

She explains: “We have great relationships with the different schools the children go to when they leave Clever Clogs and the teachers come to the nursery so they can meet the children and so we can share information on their development.

“By this stage, they have developed their own little personalities and life skills, which makes them ready for school.

“You never get used to seeing them go. It is still sad but rewarding knowing the part you have played getting them to this stage.”

When she’s not at work Kayleigh enjoys spending time with her partner and their son.

She adds: “My son loves animals so that generally means a trip to a farm or zoo!”

Clever Clogs – Kayley

Having younger siblings gave Kayley Smith an insight into childcare and she has been doing it professionally at Clever Clogs ever since.

Now 32, Kayley has been with the nursery for 15 years and is Senior Practitioner in Tiny Miracles, our baby room.

Here she is responsible for overseeing the smooth running of the room, including supporting the staff who work in the room and planning the development of our youngest children.

Kayley says: “My brother and sister are younger than me, so I used to help my mum out when they were growing up and I enjoyed it.

“So, when I decided to make childcare a career, I wanted to work at a nursery and there’s no where better than Clever Clogs.

“Every day is different and working with the children and parents, you make memories which last forever.

“There’s one member of staff who has just joined us at Clever Clogs who came here when she was a baby and I still remember her; that’s a great example.”

When she’s not at work, Kayley enjoys spending time with her family and her Chugapoo (chihuahua and pug) dog.

A special goodbye

We recently said a special goodbye to pupils who are about to take the next step in their educational journey.

A total of 54 children at the Clever Clogs Day Nurseries in Bowburn and Belmont recently took part in a special graduation ceremony, ahead of leaving to start ‘big school’ in September.

The easing of Covid-19 restrictions meant proud parents were able to come into the nursery on an appointment basis to have photographs taken with their children in their red gowns and holding their graduation scrolls.

The afternoon ended with a party tea.

Sharon Lewis, Manager of the two Clever Clogs nurseries, said: “It’s always sad to say goodbye to the children, many of whom have been with us since they were babies.

“However, it was lovely to be able to hold a graduation event this year and to welcome parents safely back into the nursery for the first time since Covid-19 restrictions came into force in March 2020.

“Hopefully the children, and parents, will have left Clever Clogs with many happy memories and we wish them the very best of luck as they continue their learning journey.”

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