The Team

Little Learners - Elaine
Name: Elaine Burnett  - Managing Director/Owner (Founder of Little Learners Day Care)
Qualifications: GNVQ 2 Health and Social Care, NVQ 3 and 4 Childcare and Education, Level 5 in business admin, Level 3 SENCO Accreditation (special needs) High scope, First Aid, Advanced safeguarding and is currently studying towards her Level 5 in childcare (foundation degree)

Elaine has always had a passion for childcare since she left school and always dreamed of owning her own setting, Elaine has many years’ experiences in working in the early years sector, before she opened Little Learners Day Care in 2004, she worked in many early years settings which gave her the inspiration and experience to follow her dream and to open Little Learners Day Care.
From working in one setting Elaine loved the High scope approach to children's learning, which she has now embedded into her setting. Elaine has raised both her children at Little Learners so for her family it is a home-from-home environment in which she is confident you will all feel the same too.
Mike is the Co-owner and Secretary at Little Learners Day Care and is Elaine’s husband.
 
 
Little Learners - Vicky
Name: Vicky George - Setting Manager, Safeguarding Lead. 
Start Date: April 2004
Qualifications: Level 2,3,4 in childcare and education, Level 5 in management and business, High scope, Advanced safeguarding, Level 3 Accredited Special Needs, First Aid, Food Hygiene, behavior management and is currently studying towards her Level 5 in childcare (foundation degree.)
Vicky has had a passion to work with children since she left school, Vicky gained her qualifications level 2 and 3 in childcare and education as an apprenticeship within a local setting in Portsmouth where she worked her way up to room leader, Vicky worked at this setting for 5 years before joining Little Learners, Elaine and Vicky worked together for many years at this setting.
When Elaine opened Little Learners, she offered Vicky the position of Deputy Manager. After gaining knowledge and skills from Elaine, Vicky became the setting manager at Little Learners.
Vicky quoted "I have gained more knowledge and training throughout my time with Little Learners: I have completed my NVQ 4 in childcare and education, Level 5 in management and business, and I am now an accredited Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-coordinator, I am high/scope trained."
Vicky Said "I love working for Little Learners because it feels like a family, the team I work with are very nurturing towards the children and I like how much effort gets put back in the nursery such as the upkeep and resources. The children are very happy, which gives the nursery, pre-school and fun club a lovely, homely atmosphere".
Vicky is supernumerary and is based in the office.
 
 
Little Learners - Gemma L
Name: Gemma Lihou - Setting Deputy Manager.
Start Date: September 2009
Qualifications: Level 3 in childcare and education, Behavior Management, First Aid, Safeguarding
Gemma started working at Little Learners in September 2009 as an assistant and has worked her way up the ladder and is now our senior early years educator in the Bunnies Room.
Gemma said "I enjoy looking after children watching them grow and learn, working at Little Learners is like one big family we're not just colleagues we are all friends, we have all worked together for many years" Gemma loves all things sparkly and colorful.  

Gemma is supernumerary and is based in the office.

 
Little Learners - Sara
Name: Sara Jones - Senior Early Years Educator and 3rd in Charge. 
Start Date: August 2006
Qualifications: Level 2 and 3 in childcare and education, high scope, first aid, safeguarding, management
Sara joined our team as an apprentice in August 2006, Sara has gained so much experience whilst working at Little Learners and worked her way up the ladder to become our deputy manager, after having her children Sara changed her hours of work and become our third in charge alongside Charlie. Sara works in all the rooms as well as helping in the office. Sara now has two beautiful children of her own, whom are both attend Little Learners

Sara said, “she enjoys working at Little Learners as we are one big family making her work life enjoyable and exciting, she loves seeing the children achieve, develop but also very emotional when they leave to go to school.”

Little Learners - Charlie
Name: Charlie Westrope - Senior Early Years Educator and 3rd in Charge
Start Date: March 2016
Qualifications: Level 2 and 3 childcare and education, First aid, Safeguarding.
Charlie joined Little Learners in March 2016 as an apprentice and has worked her way up the ladder to become Bunnies room leader and the settings third in charge alongside Sara. Charlie has gained lots of experience and knowledge whilst working at Little Learners which has helped along the way to become part of the management team.
Charlie said, “I love watching the children grow and thrive during their time at Little Learners”.
Charlie quoted "I enjoy working at Little Learners because every day is a fun day, no day is the same, watching the children grow is the most rewarding feeling".
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Bunnies Room (3 months to 2 years) 
Little Learners - Grace
Name: Grace - Early Years Educator, Deputy Room Leader. Start Date: January 2019  
Start Date: January 2019
Qualifications:  NVQ 3 in Childcare and Education, First Aid, Safeguarding
Grace joined Little Learners in January 2019 as an apprentice, since Grace joined the team, we have seen her confidence grow and watched her develop into a wonderful early year’s educator, which gained her promotion in 2023 from an early year’s assistant to Charlie’s deputy room leader.
Grace said, “since working at Little Learners she has gained a lot of confidence, skills and knowledge.”
Grace quoted “I enjoy working at Little Learners for many reasons but one of the main reasons is there is always a happy atmosphere, all the children are treated with love, care and as individuals.”
Grace works in the Bunnies room as an Early Years Educator and deputy room leader.
Little Learners - Millie
Name: Millie Giles - Early Years Educator
Start Date: October 2019
Qualifications: Level 2 Health and Social Care, NVQ 3 Childcare and Education, First Aid
Millie joined the team in October 2019 whilst studying towards her level 2 in health and social care once completing her studies at Portsmouth College, Millie joined little learners full time as an apprentice studying her level 3 in childcare. Millie has completed her Level 3 and works alongside Grace, Charlie and Roxy in the bunnies room. 
Little Learners - Roxy
Name: Roxy - Early Years Educator Apprentice.
Start Date: January 2023
Qualifications: Level 2 Health and Social care, Studying towards her Level 3 in childcare and education
Roxy joined the team in July 2023 after completing her studies at South downs college, Roxy wanted to further her experience and knowledge of childcare by working in a setting. Roxy is studying towards her level 3 in childcare.
Roxy works alongside the team in the bunnies room as an Early Years Apprentice.


Hedgehogs Room (2 years to 3 years)
Little Learners - Sharmin
Name: Sharmin - Senior Early Years Educator
Start Date: March 2019
Qualifications: Level 2 and 3 childcare and education, A level Health and Social care, First Aid, Safeguarding currently studying towards her Level 4 in childcare.
Sharmin joined the team in March 2019 as an apprentice studying her level 3 in childcare, since joining our team Sharmin has grown in confidence and experience, Sharmin is a qualified member of our team and is furthering her education and studying towards her level 4 in childcare, in 2022 Sharmin gain promotion and become our room leader for the hedgehogs.
Sharmin said “that she finds working in childcare very rewarding and lots of fun.”
Sharmin quoted “I enjoy meeting children and families from all backgrounds and help them through their early stages of childhood and education.”
Sharmin works in the Hedgehog room as The Senior Early Years Educator (Room Leader)
 
Little Learners - Ashlea
Name: Ashlea - Senior Early Years Educator
Start Date: June 2020
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Workforce, Ashlea is currently working towards level 4 in childcare.
Ashlea joined the team in June 2020 as an apprentice studying towards her level 3 in childcare, whilst at school Ashlea did work experience in the setting, this is when she grew a passion for childcare. Since qualifying as an Early Years Educator Ashlea has grown with experience and confidence, in 2023 Ashlea was promoted to senior early years educator and became joint room leader along side Sharmin. As well as working at Little Learners, Ashlea’s other passion is Gymnastics From the age of four Ashlea attended Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre with her team she has travelled the world and won many medals, whilst at the gym she also coached the preschool children.
Ashlea said, "I love working around children and seeing them grow."
Ashlea works alongside Sharmin as the senior early year’s educator (Room Leader.)
Little Learners - Che
Name: Che - Early Years Educator
Start Date: January 2022
Qualifications: Level 2 in childcare and education, first aid, currently studying towards level 3 in childcare and education.
Che joined the team in January 2022 as an apprentice studying towards his level 2 in childcare and education, Che has now qualified as a level 2 and working towards his level 3, since joining the team Che has grown in his confidence and gain lots of experience.
Che works alongside the team in the hedgehog room as an Early Years Educator.
Little Learners - Loren
Name: Loren - Senior Early Years Educator - Maternity leave
Start Date: January 2012
Qualifications: NVQ 3 in childcare and education, first aid, safeguarding
Loren joined the team in January 2012 as an Early Years Educator Assistant as she gained experience, she worked way up the ladder to become the senior early years educator (room leader) for the hedgehog room, in 2022 Loren had a baby and decided to lower her working hours to be with her son, Loren still works in the hedgehog’s but as a as an early year’s educator assistant. But with her wealth of knowledge and experience Loren is a big part of our team.
Loren enjoys building relationships with the children and parents/carers, this enables the children to settle into Little Learners and feel safe and secure.
Loren said, "I love my job as it is very rewarding, I like to see the children having fun."
Loren Quoted “Her favorite things about being an early year’s educator is watching the children learn, play and becoming independent little people.”
Loren works as a team in all the rooms as an Early Years Educator.
Little Learners - Tracey
Name: Tracey - Senior Play Worker and Early Years Educator
Start Date: March 2011
Qualifications: Cache level 2 and 3 in Play work, take 5 for play, Makaton, Food hygiene, Equality opportunities, Health and Safety in the workplace, first aid and emergency training using an auto injector (Epi pen,) Tracey is currently working towards level 3 in childcare
Tracey joined our team in March 2011 as our senior play worker for our fun club term time, as the setting expanded, we required an Early Years Educator within the hedgehog room this is when Tracey became a full-time member of our team and now runs the fun club in the morning and afternoon and the rest of the day you will find Tracey in the hedgehog room.
Tracey has many years of experience working in the early years sector, Tracey enjoys planning activities for our fun club children, liaising with parents and professional organisations.
Tracey works in our fun club as our Senior Play worker and Early Years Educator for the Hedgehog’s.

Squirrels Room (3+ years)
Little Learners - Stacey
Name: Stacey - Senior Early Years Educator
Start Date: September 2014
Qualifications:NVQ 3 in Childcare and Education, First Aid, Safeguarding and studying towards her Level 4 in childcare.
Stacey joined Little Learners in September 2014, Stacey has many years’ experience within the early years sector, Stacey is fun, enthusiastic and full of energy, Stacey is the queen of funny accents which the children love at story time.
Stacey said, “the children are her little best friends.”
Stacey works in the squirrels as senior early years educator (Room Leader)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Learners - Ellie
Name: Ellie - Senior Early Years Educator (Deputy Room Leader)
Start Date: March 2020
Qualifications:Level 2 and 3 in childcare and education and is studying towards her Level 4 in childcare.
Ellie joined the team at Little Learners in March 2020, Ellie started as an apprentice and has worked her way up the ladder and become the deputy room leader within the squirrel’s room.
Ellie other passion is musical theatre and teaches musical theatre classes within a local performing arts school.
Ellie said, “she has always been very passionate about working with children, Ellie enjoys helping the children develop and showing them, nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it.”
Ellie Quoted “she loves working at Little Learners, and all the staff and children are amazing.”
Ellie works in the Squirrels room as Senior Early Years Educator (deputy Room Leader.)
 
 
Little Learners - Sophie
Name: Sophie - Early years Educator
Start Date: September 2020
Qualifications: Level 2 and 3 in childcare and education, working towards level 3 in senco accreditation, first aid.
Sophie joined the team in September 2020 as a level 3 apprentice. Since joining the team Sophie’s confidence and experience as grown, this year Sophie is continuing her qualifications and studying towards her level 3 in senco accreditation.
Sophie works in the Squirrel room as an early year’s educator
 
Little Learners - Freya
Name: Freya - Early Years Educator Apprentice.
Start Date: July 2022
Qualifications: Working towards her Level 2 in childcare and education
Freya joined the little learner’s team in July 2022 when she left school, Freya’s passion is childcare and decided to study towards her childcare qualifications at the setting.
Freya works in the squirrel’s room as an early year’s educator apprentice and Job shares with Amber.

 

Little Learners - Amber
Name: Amber - Early Years Educator Apprentice. 
Start Date: September 2022
Qualifications: Working towards her Level 2 in childcare and education.
Amber joined the little learner’s team in September 2022 when she left school, Amber’s passion is childcare and decided to study towards her childcare qualifications at the setting.
Amber works in the squirrel’s room as an early year’s educator apprentice and Job shares with Freya.
Little Learners - Kirsty
Name: Kirsty - Early Years Educator.
Start Date: June 2022
Qualifications: NNEB (DIPLOMA IN CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION)
Kirsty has worked within the company for many years firstly as our manager at our sister setting which closed in 2006, Kirsty then left and did child minding until June 2022 when she decided she wanted to work with a team and came back to Little Learners as an Early Years Educator. Kirsty has many years’ experience within the childcare sector and is very passionate about the sector.
Kirsty works as an early year’s educator in all the rooms.
Little Learners -  Danielle-Millie
Name: Danielle-Millie - Early Years Educator.
Qualifications: Level 3 childcare and education, Level 2 performing arts, Level 3 Musical theatre. First Aid, safeguarding.
Danni is the daughter of Elaine and Mike the managing directors of little learners, Danni joined the team in June 2017 whilst studying at college where she gained her qualifications in musical theatre, unfortunately due to Covid, Danni was unable to continue her career in the performing arts industry and joined little learner’s team as an apprentice and continued her studies and gain her level 3 in care and education. This is when Danni gained a passion for childcare, In July 2022 was offered a job on P and O cruise liners and became a youth worker, Danni is enjoying traveling the world whilst working, although Danni’s full-time job is no longer at Little Learners, she still pops her head in and covers when she is not busy traveling.
Little Learners - Jazzmine
Name: Jazzmine (Jazz) - Senior Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and Early Year Educator.
Start Date: September 2018
Qualifications:: Level 3 in childcare and education, Level 3 Senco Accreditation, first aid and safeguarding
Jazzmine joined the Little Learners team in September 2018 as our apprentice. Once she qualified with her level 3, we employed her as a qualified member of our team. Since Jazz joined our team in 2018, she has grown with confidence and experience in 2022 Jazz studied for her level 3 in special Needs and became our Senior Special Needs coordinator.
Jazzmine said, “she loves supporting and empowering children to grow, creating experiences and memories that the children will hold forever.”
Jazzmine quoted “I enjoy the fact I learn more on an everyday basis and each day is different and being part of an amazing team. Jazzmine works in the Squirrels room as an early year’s educator.”
 
Little Learners - Adrian
Name: Adrian - Caretaker
Start Date: July 2020
Qualifications:: First Aid
Adrian joined the Little Learners team in July 2020 as our caretaker, Adrian takes care of all the maintenance within the setting
 
 
 
 
 

Little Learners Day Care

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28, Clarkes Road
Fratton
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 5PR

Telephone : 023 9275 6104 
Email : info@littlelearnersdaycare.co.uk
Company Number : 06182492

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