Happy Daughter and Parents
“As our daughter was so young (6 months) , we were nervous about how she would cope with nursery, initially. We couldn't be more delighted with how the last 4 months have gone. She is alert, energetic and full of enthusiasm for anything and everything.
Our daughter absolutely loves the team at Chestnuts and every week we witness a new skill of some kind in her development. It has been a very rewarding experience for both her and us.
This could not have happened without the professionalism and care from staff. The nursery is like home from home, a balance between a stimulating and comforting environment for children to thrive.”
Director, Alison Archibald, started Chestnuts in 1998 when her daughter was two. Following a career in television advertising, Alison retrained in early years education and opened the nursery.
- Certificate in Education (Adult)
- BA Child Centred Inter-Professional Practice.
- Verifier & Assessor
Alison teaches and manages the early years and childcare courses at Richmond Adult College, assessing students in their work places and quality assuring the courses.
Alison is also trained in Paediatric First Aid & Safeguarding.
Alison works with a team of skilled, experienced professionals who are passionate about achieving the best outcomes for children. The Senior Practitioners who manage the Nursery and Pre-school hold qualifications at level 3 or above and are qualified in Safeguarding, Special Needs, Food Safety and Paediatric First Aid.
They are supported by Nursery and Pre-school Practitioners who are qualified at level 2. In addition, Chestnuts has a culture of continuing professional development with senior, very experienced staff supporting junior staff and students who are undertaking childcare qualifications at Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College, where Alison teaches and manages the childcare curriculum area.