Our Staff Team
All of our staff has a passion for enabling children to sparkle within a nurturing and caring environment.
Staff are chosen for their rapport with children and their desire to meet their needs and encourage them to grow in confidence and ability.
The Little Gems team are highly motivated and are always adapting their practice to make sure their key children experience exciting opportunities which relates to their current interests.
All staff have undergone background checks including DBS checks and referencing.
Our staff are the key to our success and we are very proud of our dedicated team who work exceptionally hard.
We are a small, well established setting specialising in caring for children from 2 to 5 years.
We are open term time 9am – 3pm and offer flexible sessions or full day care.
Little Gems is privately owned and led by Gemma Akins since 1994. Our highly qualified managers run the day to day activities and take the lead delivering the EYFS at each setting; Miss Kelly Jarvis at Chandlers Ford, Mrs Sian Gale at Wickham and Mrs Samantha Gilbert at West End.
We strongly value a close working relationship with our parents.
Each setting has a parents in partnership co-ordinator who strives to ensure we involve and welcome our parents into the setting in many different ways.
All parents are warmly welcome to join in any session with reading to children and getting involved in a variety of activities with them. We hold an annual father and child day. This day’s activities are designed and organised by staff usually around fathers day. Children can invite any family member they wish – be it dad, granddad, uncle or otherwise!
Informal appointments are made regularly for parents to come and speak to their child’s key person to look at their learning journals with us and discuss progress, next steps and anything else that is relevant and important to your child and you.