“You can design and create and build the most wonderful place in the world but it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney
Never was a truer word spoken in our opinion!
Yes, we have great facilities, stimulating toys, a healthy varied menu and accreditations in abundance … but when you entrust your child to us each day, we want you to feel confident that they are happy, loved and respected. That’s why we strive to attract and retain the highest calibre staff – born carers, who show respect, encourage individuality, readily give praise, love to laugh, and who share our passion for nurturing and shaping the next generation.
Meet the Schoolhouse Head Office team here
In June 2009, former Area Co ordinator Amanda Bennett completed a management buyout at Schoolhouse Daycare Limited which has led the proud Director to establish an inclusive and enabling culture of 130 team members.
Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience in the childcare industry and has been involved in Schoolhouse since 1999; things have changed massively in the time she has progressed to Company Director, but her passion has remained the same – commitment to providing an outstanding quality service for every child and parent.
Amanda understands that a huge part of making this achievable is down to having happy staff, working in quality environments, this therefore is her main focus in her daily work, she often recite’s the tag line from the Mary Poppins film, ‘In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and SNAP – the job’s a game!’
Amanda is married with a son, family life is central to her and she enjoys spending quality time with her family as well as walking with her much loved beagles.
Margaret joined our team in 2014 as an Accounts Clerk. She also works part time as a finance officer for care company. Margaret studied at the University of Economics in Wroclaw, where she graduated in 1999 obtaining Masters in International Economics Relations. Whilst in Wales, in 2014 she gained AAT qualification and now she is studying towards her ACCA qualifications.
She has experience of working for various company in finances, payroll or as an office administrator. Before moving to UK she worked as International Relations Specialist for theatre company and the same time as a bookkeeper in a family business.
During her work in Poland and UK she gained valuable financial experience in accounts preparations for small businesses and payroll. She enjoys the variety of her job and the challenges that arise from working in a busy finance department.
She likes watching Speedway, reading, cooking and hiking with her husband.
Health & Safety
Kevin has over 15 years experience within the field of Health & Safety. More recently, in 2014, Kevin set up his own consultancy to provide Health & safety services to businesses across South Wales, including our 7 sites at Schoolhouse Daycare.
Since working with Schoolhouse, Kevin has implemented a number of health and safety systems, policies and training to ensure the safety of both staff and children.
In Kevin’s spare time, he likes to keep fit and take part in a number of events including triathlons, Ironman competitions and cycling events.
Play and Development
Schoolhouse is a great place to be a child- it’s a great place to work too! Due to our continued success, Rachel is very excited to re join our team as a Children’s Play and Development Advisor.
Guided by Schoolhouse’s tagline ‘Together we enjoy learning, encourage confidence and love life’, Rachel hopes her passion and enthusiasm for quality childcare will contribute to encouraging staff to provide inspiring activities and discover the unpredictable beauty of their profession.
Using her ubundance of knowledge gained throughout her career, she is now able to put this endless supply of playfulness into practice with her own children. Her little Man Charlie and busy Toddler Tilly continue to inspire her work in researching best early years practice and creating effective nursery environments that she would happily leave her own children in.
It is Rachel’s pleasure to support our nurseries and with her experience of being a mother as well as a professional it allows her to step into each nursery and ‘feel’ ‘observe’ and ‘wonder’ what it would be like to be a parent or child. It goes without saying that Rachel is genuinely committed to put our little people and families first.