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90% of our staff are fully qualified which is way above the minimum requirements of 50% as specified by Ofsted.

Our staff are also fully trained to a minimum of Basic Food Hygiene, Paediatric First Aid training, and Child Protection.

The management team all have First Aid at Work and Child Protection 1 and 2 (basic and intermediate). Our staff are based in one area for the continuity of care for the children.
Best Friends Childcare Staff

Director - Gemma Gittins - Director of Childcare and General Manager

Hello and welcome to Best Friends Childcare Ltd website. I am the proprietor at Best Friends Childcare and we have a sister nursery in London Colney. I have 20 years experience at all levels with the last 10 years being in a management role.
I am self-motivated and a positive individual, who can either work on my own or within a team.
I have a great rapour with, children, staff and parents and enjoy a challenge. To achieve my full potential I set myself personal goals and encourage this amongst my staff. Trust and motivation of staff is paramount in creating a great team. I am ambitious, reliable and capable of bring comfort, support, guidance and help to the profession I am dedicated too.
I am passionate about my job, making sure that I go above and beyond in making sure that all parents are happy, content and secure in leaving their child within our care.

Gemma Jones

Assistant Manager - Stacey Lewis

I have worked at Best Friends Childcare since January 2013 and am now the Assistant Manager here at our St Albans Nursery. I have a NVQ level 3 in Childcare Development and Learning along with many more childcare qualifications.
I am very passionate about my job and am dedicated to providing a welcoming environment where the children in our care can come to learn and socialise as well as supporting the other staff in the setting. I’m a very driven person who works well as an individual and as part of team. I’m constantly thinking of ways to improve our practice, not just developing myself but those around me.


Stacey Lewis

Nursery Practitioners


Katie Gittins - Head of Room - Caterpillar Room

I have been qualified for just over 2 years and am Level 3 qualification in Childcare. I love every minute of my job, watching the children develop their skills. This gives me a sense of achievement knowing I have been part of their achievement and helping them develop to their full potential.
I have recently been promoted to Head of Room and am now working in the caterpillar room. I have just started my Level 3 course in Management.

Katie Gittins

Jessica Williams - Nursery Practitioner - Caterpillar Room

I have a Level 3 qualification in Children and Young People Workforce. I also have a Pediatric first aid certificate. I previously carried out an apprenticeship before working at another setting for a year as a qualified member of staff. During my time at Best Friends so far I have learnt a lot and really enjoyed becoming part of the team. I like working in childcare because every child is different and I get a real sense of achievement when I help a child to master a new skill. I also enjoy developing bonds with the children.

Jessica Williams

Charlotte Morris - Nursery Practitioner - Caterpillar Room

I have worked at Best Friends for 2 years, starting off as a part time member of staff in the afterschool club and now have become a full time member of staff working with the babies in the caterpillar room. I will be starting my qualification in Level 3 as of January 2016.
I am looking forward to getting to know each child individually, meeting their needs whilst also gaining new skills and gaining my qualification in Childcare.

Charlotte Morris

Hana Ward – Nursery Practitioner – Butterfly Room

I knew I wanted to have a career working with children during secondary school. After I finished school I found an apprenticeship in a day nursery and completes my N.V.Q Level 2. I joined Best Friends earlier this year and I am now working towards my Level 3. I plan to complete my Level 3 whilst at Best Friends and gain more experience.

Hana Ward

Abby Martin – Nursery Practitioner – Butterfly Room

I have a Level 3 qualification in Childcare. I have worked in Childcare for 7 years and have really enjoyed it. Recently joining Best Friends as a Nursery Practitioner I am looking forward to learning new skills and developing the children individually and meeting their needs.


Lucy Sharpe - Nursery Practitioner - Butterfly Room

I have a Level 3 qualification in Childcare. I have worked in a school setting for 5 years, recently joining Best Friends to further my career with younger children.
I am looking forward to learning knew skills and developing the children individually and meeting their needs.

Lucy Sharpe

Charlotte Blackwell - Assistant Nursery Practitioner - Butterfly Room

I knew I wanted to do an apprenticeship in childcare. I have always like baby-sitting for my family members and on a Tuesday I always helped out in the morning at the local church where there was a little playgroup.
I have now joined Best Friends this year and I am looking forward to starting my Level 2 in Childcare and look forward to being part of the team in developing the children, whilst also learning and developing myself so I can offer the children of the setting more.

Breakfast Club staff - Breakfast, Afterschool and Holiday club  Breakfast Club staff

Darren Pegg - Head of Room

I am a Level 3 qualified Childcare Practitioner. I work in after school club. My aim is to make each and every child attending after school club fell welcome and as comfortable as possible in a supportive home from home setting. As well as my formal training I am a dad to two children which offers me the invaluable advantage of begin able to empathies with parents and understand their needs, therefore develop a working relationships with parents which benefit their children.

Darren Pegg

Alison Dubberly – Nursery Practitioner 

I am a qualified Nursery Nurse and have over 20 years of experience working with children of different ages in different childcare environments.
I joined Best friends in May 2015 as Nursery Nurse Practitioner after returning to work after maternity leave.
I am a very honest reliable & positive person and have a natural flair when it comes to working with children.
I enjoy working with children they bring so much joy and keep me young at heart. I enjoy working at breakfast and after school club, the children brighten my day it is a very rewarding job, no day is the same.

Alison Dubberly
Asma Mair – Assistant Practitioner 

I have been working as a midday supervisor for 14 years, whilst also working in a afterschool club for 4 years. I recently started at Best Friends breakfast club just under a year ago. I enjoy working with children and watching them develop whilst supporting their needs.

Asma Mair

Viviana Coscotin – Assistant Practitioner

I have worked at Best Friends for Nearly 2 years, joining as an Assistant Club Practitioner. I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge in childcare. I love working with children and have found the job extremely rewarding and grateful for all the love, affection I receive from the children on a daily basis.

Viviana Coscotin

Smaranda – Nursery Practitoner

I am a qualified teachers (QTS) and I have a Level 3 qualification in childcare. I have worked in childcare for 3 years and have recently joined Best Friends team, as a Nursery Club Practitioner. I love working with children and making sure that all children are happy and secure around me.


Rekha Amin – Assistant Practitioner

I have been working in a school for 8 years as a midday supervisor. I worked have worked in a nursery previously and recently joined Best Friends working as an Assistant Club Practitioner. I am always looking to learn new skills and knowledge, I love working in childcare and find each day is different and exciting.

Rekha Amin
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