The Team

Laura Jarvis

Before Country Buttercups:

I have worked in childcare for the past 7 years. I have knowledge on all ages, particularly on running and providing care for 2-3 years.  I have worked in a variety of areas in childcare: Private nurseries, Primary schools, Nannying, mother's help, on a children's farm and babysitting (of which I still do in my spare time for parents of the nursery).

Before childcare, I have worked in the local bakery, in a nursing home and in a Bed and Breakfast.

My roles at Country Buttercups:

I am the Co-Owner/Manager.  I hold an NVQ level 3 in Children's learning, care and development with an advanced apprenticeship. This covers the Early Years Foundation Stage and so have great knowledge on all children aged up to 5. I am Paediatric First Aid trained, DBS checked, Makaton trained and have relevant food hygiene training.  I have attended Advanced Child Protection and been on several play workshops and lots of other courses.  I am the Health and Safety Officer and Fire Protection Officer.


Helen Mallion

Before Country Buttercups:

Before the nursery environment, I enjoyed gaining a wide range of information on babies and for parents whilst working within a maternity unit for 2 years at Pembury Hospital.  Then I moved on to a primary school placement for work experience, mainly Reception class.  I have worked in child care for the past 10 years, I have been supervisor of a 0-2 baby room for over 4 years and have gained an abundance of knowledge within this environment. I have acted as nursery manager previously in another setting, which covered ages 3 months to 5 years. Here I gained more knowledge of the importance of a positive learning environment and found I could combine the knowledge I had to care for children with a learning environment. 

My roles at Country Buttercups:

I am the Co-Owner/Manager.  I hold an NVQ level 3 in Children's Learning, Care and Development with an advanced apprenticeship, this covers a great depth into the Early years foundation stage and so have great knowledge on not only babies but pre-school children also, I am Makaton trained, DBS checked, a qualified SENCo, the settings Child Protection Officer, I have food safety training and paediatric first aid and attend many regular courses.