Our Team

At First Day Nursery we invest in our staff team and foster professional development. Our qualified, skilled and experienced staff team support our children at each stage of their journey.

We know how vital it is to leave your child with someone you can trust. Our staff team build nurturing relationships with each child and work in partnership with their family. We provide a home-from-home experience to all families in our care.

All of our staff are fully qualified in Paediatric First Aid and nearly all of our staff hold a minimum of a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare. This not only meets, but far exceeds, Ofsted expectations for how a nursery is managed. Two of our staff are nursery nurses who are currently studying for their level 3 childcare educator diploma.

We work in Partnership with Hackney Council to deliver this award-winning apprenticeship programme: Hackney Apprenticeships. We are proud to be part of the Hackney Business Network and Apprenticeship employer network and are honoured to have been nominated runner up as best apprenticeship employer in 2020. Hackney Apprenticeship Network

Alongside our capable room leaders we have one full-time teacher (QTS) to oversee the educational curriculum. In this way, we ensure that our older children leave our nursery fully ‘school ready’, as well as fulfilling our innovative staff and child wellbeing programmes and intergenerational project.

Our staff are competent, focussed and dedicated professionals who take their career seriously and are proud to work here. In turn, we really look after them, nurture them, train them, pay them properly and ensure that their rights to full lunch hours and holiday pay are respected. We pride ourselves on providing all staff with equal opportunities, leading to a successful team and a well organised nursery. Staff have a healthy relationship with each other, providing quality childcare to children and maintaining a positive environment for all.

Our holistic approach extends to our team and, Staff at First Day Nursery are valued for their commitment to their job through the CPD offered, we ensure all staff are paid correctly, provide staff with the entitled full lunch break and holiday pay.

In short, happy staff equals happy children and a well-functioning nursery. We have a ‘people over profit’ approach and it works well for us all. We have very low staff turnover, long term key person relationships, great peer support, a healthy and positive atmosphere and total dedication – all factors that are very important for children and families to experience.

Qualification & Training Information
Staff qualifications are cross checked against the DFE approved qualifications and the QAA subject benchmark statement for Early Childhood Studies. Additional CPD training is either quality checked through the Early Years Alliance, CPD Certified or provided by our Local Borough (Hackney Learning trust)

Safer Recruitment.
First Day Nursery is committed to Safer Recruitment practices. The safety and wellbeing of our children and staff is our priority and we operate a robust code of conduct. All successful candidates will be subject to comprehensive references and an enhanced DBS among other pre-employment checks before commencing employment.

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Shiraz, Director

FDN Hackney - Shiraz
  • MBA
  • L3 Childcare Diploma
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Paediatric First Aider

'My name is Shiraz, I am the director of First Day Nursery Ilford and Hackney

I enjoy playing football and cricket and am currently the assistant coach at Frenford FC for their Under 12 team.

A passion of mine has always been making a difference to children. I feel strongly that nursery is the first place after home, where children can quickly develop, with the right environment, team, resources and ethos.

I am inspired by the holistic approach; it draws on a wide range of methodologies including Early Years educational frameworks, evidence-based research, neuroscience, forest school philosophy and the writings of Maria Montessori.'

Marian, Lead Manager, Designated Safeguarding Lead & Nursery SENCO

FDN Hackney - Maria
  • BA Hons Education (Early Childhood Studies)
  • Level 3 Childcare and Education (NVQ)
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCO)
  • National Vocation Qualification in Childcare and Education
  • City and Guild Level 4 Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector
  • Paediatric & Adult First Aid
  • Adult First Aid
  • Child Protection Level 3
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Makaton
  • SEN
  • FGM Awareness
  • The Prevent Duty in an Early Years Environment

'My role is to oversee the running of the nursery and preschool embedding all the elements of the EYFS. I also coordinate support for children with Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to bring the necessary services together to participate in putting a support package to enable children to have the best outcomes possible as they deserve; in lines with the SEND Code of Practice 2017.

I have been working within the Early Years field for the past 33 years. I love dancing, singing, walking and talking all which I like to use to motivate children in exploring the possibility of something different.'

Fahima, Operations Manager

FDN Hackney - Fahima
  • BA Hons Childcare Studies (2016)
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Child Protection Advanced Level 3
  • Food Hygiene Level 2
  • Effective Safeguarding Practice (Revised 2019) Level 2
  • Fire Warden / Marshall Level 2
  • Allergen Awareness Learner
  • FGM Awareness
  • The Prevent Duty in an Early Years Environment

'Previous Elder room leader. I am now Operations Manager and love working here as everyone at First Day Nursery Hackney is very friendly, welcoming and extremely supportive.

I have worked in both primary schools and in early years settings since 2010. I have experience working with ages ranging from just a few months up to 11 years of age. I always put an emphasis on care and effective team development.

I have a very positive relationship with children and take great pleasure in providing support to the staff. I also have a passion for supporting children’s learning and watching them grow and flourish.'

Karlene, Deputy Manager

FDN Hackney - Karlene
  • BA Hons Learning and Teaching (2017)
  • Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree
  • NVQ Level 3 in Childcare/Early Years
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • FGM Awareness

'My name is Karlene and I hold a Level 6 in childcare and an Early Years foundation degree, BA Hons in Learning and Teaching alongside further CPD training such as Designed safeguarding, First Aid, Behaviour Management amongst other qualifications.

I have been working in childcare for 18 years with 10 years of working in leadership roles. Child development is a real passion of mine and I find the theories behind how children learn and the early intervention for each individual fascinating.'

Viveene, Pre-School Leader

FDN Hackney - Viveene
  • CACHE Level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning & Development
  • Foundation Degree in working with Young People and Young Peoples Services
  • ASET Diploma in Child Psychology
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • FGM Awareness

Kay, Olive Room Leader

FDN Hackney - Kay
  • BA Hons Early Years Teaching
  • CACHE Level 3 NVQ in Children's Care Learning and Development
  • NCFE CACHE Level 2 Understanding Safeguarding
  • FAA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work - RQF

Selin, Elder Room Leader

FDN Hackney - Selin
  • PEARSON EDEXCEL Level 3 Diploma in Children's Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Implementing GDPR
  • GDPR Trained
  • Prevent Duty
  • Food Hygiene Level 2
  • Food Hygiene and Safety
  • FGM Awareness

Sherona, Willow Room Leader

FDN Hackney - Sherona
  • EDI Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce
  • Paediatric First Aider
  • EDI Level 2 Key Skills in Information Communication Technology

Olivia, Aspen Room Senior Educator & Level 5 Apprentice

FDN Hackney - Olivia
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)
  • Diploma in Higher Education in Education Studies
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Child Protection Level 3 Advanced
  • Food Hygiene and Safety
  • FGM Awareness

Timara, Willow Room Senior Educator

FDN Hackney - Timara
  • PEARSON EDEXCEL Level 3 Diploma in Children's Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Child Protection Advanced Level 3 Learner
  • Food Hygiene & Safety Level 2
  • Effective Safeguarding Practice (Revised 2019) Level 2
  • Fire Warden / Marshall Level 2
  • Allergen Awareness
  • Implementing GDPR

'I’m currently a Nursery Senior Educator at the great First Day Nursery Hackney. This is an important role to me because I enjoy helping children to develop physical and social skills, and also love to see them grow and learn at different stages.

I enjoy interacting with the children through messy and physical play. Over the past two years I’ve achieved my Level 3 qualifications and also a Designated Safeguarding Lead qualification.'

Zehra, Elder Room Senior Educator

FDN Hackney - Zehra
  • PEARSON EDEXCEL Level 3 Diploma in Children's Learning and Development (Early Years Education)
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene Level 2 Learner
  • Child Protection Level 3 Learner
  • Allergy Awareness
  • FGM Awareness

'I am an early years Senior Educator. I hold a level 3 diploma in childcare. I have been working in childcare for 5 years and have enjoyed every single second of my career.

I chose to work with children as I feel it is an extremely rewarding job. I feel as though working with children brings happiness and laughter throughout the day and I like to make every single day feel special for all the children.

I wish to grow In my career and continue to study and learn new things and feel as though First Day Nursery Hackney is the perfect place to do so.'

Fahima, Willow Room Educator

FDN Hackney - Fahima 2
  • BA Hons Childcare Studies
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Child Protection Level 2
  • Child Protection Advanced Level 3 Learner
  • Food Hygiene and Safety Level 2
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Level 2 Introduction to Child Protection Learner
  • Fire Warden / Marshall Level 2
  • Allergen Awareness
  • FGM Awareness

'Hello, my name is Fahima and I am a nursery educator. I’ve been working in early years for 10 years.

As well as a Level 2 and 3 in childcare, I have also completed my degree in early childhood studies.

I want to profess further into my career as I have a passion for all areas in early years, in the future i would love to work in social care within the early years sector.'

Sarah, Elder Room Practitioner & Level 7 Masters Student

FDN Hackney - Sarah
  • BA Hons Childhood and Youth Studies
  • Paediatric first Aid
  • Child protection Advanced Level 3
  • Food Hygiene and Safety Level 2
  • Effective Safeguarding Practice (Revised 2019) Level 2
  • Fire Warden / Marshall Level 2
  • Allergen Awareness
  • Food Hygiene Level 2

'I am the Elder Room Practitioner and Teacher in Training. I have the responsibility of maintaining the high-quality of day to day running of the room and to provide care and a stimulating learning environment for children.

I recently graduated in Childhood and Youth Studies and started my career in childcare at here in 2020. I would describe myself as a kind-hearted person, who always cares for others. My goal is to help children shape their unique personalities and achieve a valuable start in life while flourishing under my care.'

Tricia, Olive Room Practitioner & Early Years Level 5 Apprentice

FDN Hackney - Tricia
  • PEARSON EDEXCEL Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young Peoples Workforce (Social Care) (QCF)
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Child Protection Advanced Level 3 Learner
  • Food Hygiene and Safety Level 2
  • Effective Safeguarding Practice (Revised 2019) Level 2
  • Fire Warden / Marshall Level 2
  • Allergen Awareness
  • FGM Awareness
  • Prevent Duty in an Early Years Environment

'I am a level 5 Apprentice in Olive Room. The children are all very unique and wonderful and have amazing, bubbly personalities which I’m proud to be around.

I spend time with the children helping them learn and grow through play in a safe, secure and happy environment as well as help plan activities which promote supporting the children’s individual needs and interests which are promoting growth in their developments using the famous EYFS. I love growing my knowledge and understanding in the childcare setting to become a positive team leader one day.'

Sharmina, Elder Room Practitioner

FDN Hackney - Sharmina
  • BA Hons Education Studies
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Child Protection Advanced Level 3
  • Food Hygiene and Safety
  • Effective Safeguarding Practice (Revised 2019) Level 2
  • Fire Warden / Marshall Level 2
  • Allergen Awareness
  • The Prevent Duty in an Early Years Environment

'I am based Elder Room at First Day Nursery Hackney. My role is to encourage and stimulate a child's learning capacities and empowering learning through experience, as well as support children inside a secure learning environment.

I have been working in childcare since 2012 with a variety of ages. I enjoy having an impact on children’s lives to help them reach new goals and enjoy learning. Just to see the smiles on children’s faces when they learn something new gives me a sense of self-fulfilment.'

Shajeda, Early Years Apprentice

FDN Hackney - Shajeda
  • Early Years Educator Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship Learner
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Child Protection Advanced Level 3
  • Food Hygiene and Safety Level 2 Learner
  • Effective Safeguarding Practice (Revised 2019) Level 2
  • Fire Warden / Marshall Level 2
  • Allergen Awareness Learner

'I have been working with children since 2017 and joined this Nursery (then Maisie Poppins) in June 2019. So far, my journey has been amazing, I look forward to everyday with the staff and children around me.

I enjoy bringing a smile to children’s faces and allowing them to find comfort and joy within our nursery. I am always making sure the children are in a positive environment and I especially enjoy hosting circle times & movement sessions with children. The First Day Nursery Hackney is the most supportive team I could imagine.'

Rezina, Kitchen Leader

FDN Hackney - Rezina

'I am part of the Kitchen Team at First Day Nursery Hackney where I serve the children their lunch ensuring every child’s dietary needs are met.

I also do the laundry, making sure the children have clean fresh beddings for sleep and keep the kitchen and everything within it squeaky clean!

I have been working in childcare since I left school in 1999 and I have worked with all age groups. I enjoy watching children learn and grow through play. I really enjoy working at First Day Nursery Hackney because everyone is so friendly and welcoming; I couldn’t have asked for a better workplace especially as the mother of five!'

  • Childcare Level 3 Diploma
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering

Shamsun, Kitchen Member & Educator

FDN Hackney - Shamsun
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • Food Hygiene and Safety Level 2

Aza, Administration & Finance Officer

FDN Hackney - Aza
  • BA Honours Business Management
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Data Protection Officer
  • GDPR Level 2
  • Child Protection Level 3
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Allergen Awareness
  • Food Hygiene Level 2

'I have been studying the art of business since the age of 13 and am the Admin and Finance officer at First Day Nursery Hackney.

On my learning journey I have studied at several levels ranging from Level 2 Business Studies to finally completing my business degree in 2019. In November of 2019 I was given the opportunity put all my learning into practice here at the time it was Maisie Poppins Nursery. It has given me a different perspective of business and has opened my eyes giving me a further insight to how businesses operate. Numbers are a passion of mine and it helps me thrive in my role.'

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