Meet the Management Team

Kerry Lowe – Proprietor

Kerry has gained an Early Years Foundation Degree and NVQ level 3 In Early Years childcare and education.
As the manager of the setting I feel that it is important for me to undertake as much training as possible, as children’s needs and government legislation is always being updated and amended.  I am therefore able to cascade my own knowledge through to my staff members.

I have completed many courses within my profession. These include Safeguarding children, Paediatric First Aid, The Role of the Equality Co-ordinator, Communicating effectively outdoors, Food Safety, Health and Safety, Makaton, British Sign Langauge Level 1, Safer recruitment, Fit for Purpose, Allergy and Anaphylaxis shock admission, Autism spectrum and  Speech , Language and Communication to name but a few...
Kerry is one of the settings Designated Safeguarding Officers and also the settings Equality Officer.

After Kerry realised her passion for working with children, she approached Emma in 2006 to begin at new venture. This developed into the opening of Scallywags Chelmsford in March 2007.
Scallywags Chelmsford has grown from strength to strength and we are privileged to be able to say, we are busy due to recommendations from our parents.

Emma Reynolds – Proprietor.

Emma has gained Early Years Foundation Degree, NVQ level 3 in Early Years, Pre-school Learning Alliance Diploma.

As a manager Emma feels it is important to keep herself and staff members professionally updated through attending training. Some of the courses she has attended include: Behaviour Management; Safeguarding Children; Health & Safety; NVQ Level 3 in Language and Communication; Leading and Managing; Planning and Learning; Fit for Purpose; Risk Assessment; Safer Recruitment; First Aid; Equal Opportunities and Food Hygiene.

Emma qualified in childcare in 1999 and was trying to juggle her career and motherhood whilst her son was a baby, she was disappointed in the quality and options available to her when looking for childcare. Emma decided that the only way to address her concerns as a parent was to open her own nursery. An idea was born and in 2002 when her son was 2 years of age, Emma founded Scallywags Nursery. As the years have passed Scallywags has gained a wonderful reputation and the great demand for spaces is now a reflection on the quality of our service. In 2007 Emma went into partnership with Kerry Lowe, a former employee at Hornchurch, to open a 2nd Scallywags Nursery in Chelmsford, Essex.
Nicola McPherson-Mason - Manager
Nicola holds a Cache Level 3 in Childcare gaining a distinction.
Nicola has worked for Scallywags for the past 12 years, starting her career at Hornchurch in 2004. Whilst at Hornchurch, Nicola and Kerry were based together looking after the 2 year olds. It was a natural transition that when Scallywags Chelmsford opened in March 2007 that Nicola became Deputy Manager, working alongside Kerry.   
Nicola has completed a variety of training courses including Level 3 in Management, Level 3 Health and Safety, First Aid, Safeguarding, Food hygiene. Nicola is one of the settings Health and Safety Officers and Designated Safeguarding Officers. She is also the setttings SENCO's and has completed her Level 3 SENCO Accreditation. Nicola is also the Student Liason Officer for the setting. Nicola is currently working towards achieving her Level 5 in management. 
Nicola has a good relationships with both staff and parents. She is always looking for new and exciting ways to support the children's development and learning.



























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