Our staff

At the nursery, we have 12 permanent members of staff, with qualifications from level 3 to level 6 and 1 Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). The Manager, Sandra Warne, has over 20 years’ experience of working with children and holds her EYTS. The Deputy Manager, Melanie Warne, has over 15 years’ experience. All staff are qualified with a relevant childcare qualification and are subject to security vetting before appointment.

Staffing ratios

Under 2 years – 1 carer for every 3 children
2-3 years – 1 carer for every 4 children
3-5 years – 1 carer for every 8 children

At the Sam Morris Nursery, we support local colleges and universities and have students on a regular basis. Any unqualified assistants or students will always be working in addition to our qualified core staff and under close supervision.


A specific member of staff will be given key responsibility for your child offering stability and continuity for both of you. The key worker will settle you and your child into nursery life and will monitor your child's development to ensure that all areas of social, emotional, physical and intellectual development are being addressed and that your child has achieved a series of personal goals. You will have a review with your child's keyworker every six months to discuss progress. However, you are able to discuss any aspect of your child's development as frequently as you wish. The Manager will also be happy to talk to you and a separate office is available for private discussions.