Our Nursery Team | Clifton College

Our Nursery Team

Our Nursery Team

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Lucy Bird - EYFS Coordinator

Lucy has been leading the Nursery team since September 2014. She has worked as a teacher and EYP with children from birth to the end of Key Stage 2, giving her an excellent understanding of the progress that children make as they mature. In a multi-language setting such as ours, it is of benefit that Lucy speaks fluent French, as well as a smattering of Spanish and Italian.

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Marie Tucker - Senior Practitioner

Marie is the senior practitioner and has been working at Clifton College for 13 years.  She has a passion for the early years and believes we at Clifton provide a great stimulating environment and activities that support all children's developmental stages.  She is also the Bristol standard co-ordinator.

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Tara Clancy - Early Years Practitioner

Tara has been working at Clifton College for 2½ years. She studied for a degree in Early Childhood Studies in Birmingham. She has worked in a wide range of settings with children aged from birth to five. She thoroughly enjoys working at Clifton College Nursery and supporting children in their early stages of learning.

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Annie Smith - Early Years Practitioner 

Annie is the newest member of the Early Years team. She comes to us with a wide range of experience from working in other settings. Annie’s hobby outside of school is raising chicks and ducklings from eggs - something which she is hoping to do at Clifton this Spring.

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Maryanne McCreath - Early Years Practitioner 

Maryanne joined us in September 2014 having worked with a variety of ages in previous settings. She has 9 years experience and a Level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development.

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Billy Ross - Early Years Practitioner 

Having worked at Clifton College as a playworker and manager of the After School Care facility for five years, Billy decided to retrain as an Early Years Practitioner. Billy finds the job hugely rewarding and loves being part of the Early Years team. Billy brings constant enthusiasm and a wealth of creative ideas to the Nursery.

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Jenny Jones - Head Prep School Librarian

Jenny is Head Prep School Librarian so she specialises in finding just the right books for children aged 2-13. She enjoys sharing stories with children in EYFS and visiting the Nursery for a weekly storytime session as well as helping them to choose books about things that interest them and that they can share with their families. She also arranges author, illustrator and storyteller visits and an annual Book Week.

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Pip Gillam - Music Teacher

Pip is our Music specialist for the Early Years. She visits the Nursery and Reception areas to introduce music during continuous provision, drawing children into her activities with her obvious love and pleasure in engaging children in music. Pip also leads our Early Years ‘Big Sing’ when as many as 70 Early Years children may get together to develop singing skills. We are incredibly fortunate to have use of a dedicated music room too where Pip teaches specific music skills to smaller groups of children. Pip’s boundless enthusiasm and passion is contagious.