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Nicola Mears

Room Leader / Early Years Educator


College placements at St. Felix, Westfield, Little Wonders and worked in a family home with twin newborns


Level 6 BA Hons Degree in Children’s Care Learning and Development

Level 3 BTEC National Diploma Children’s care Learning and Development

Level 2 Food Safety in Catering

Level 2 Health and Safety in the Workplace

Basic Food Hygiene Award


Safeguarding Children – Haverhill August 2013

Letters and Sounds – January 2011

Makaton 1 & 2- January 2011

Paediatric 1st Aid – January 2015

2’s are special-June 2012

Working in partnership with parents- March 2013

Manual Handling- March 2013

Autism Awareness- 2014

Real Training-2015

Staff Profile

Hello, my name is Nicola; I am 24 years old. I started sandcastles in June 2010 after the completion of my level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Children’s care Learning and Development at West Suffolk College. Throughout my education I always shared a keen interest for and wished to pursue a career in childcare. Since working at sandcastles I have undertaken my BA Hons Degree, also in Children’s care Learning and Development. My experiences both academically and at sandcastles have provided me with deeper awareness, knowledge and a further passion for the Early Years.

Before Sandcastles playgroup I had experience at other childcare settings in Haverhill. Through college placements, I gained experience at St. Felix, Westfield, Little Wonders pre-school and additionally within a home environment with twin new-borns.

Undertaking my degree has helped me to choose a career which is close to my heart. Providing whole hearted care to support children to flourish and reach their fullest potential at Sandcastles playgroup.