Natasha Kirby, Founder
Hi, I’m Natasha, founder of Boys & Girls Nursery.
My career in childcare started at the ripe old age of sixteen whilst studying for my Level 3 qualification at Stanmore College. I worked my way up within a large national chain to nursery manager, along the way I gained experience with all age groups from babies to pre-schoolers. I now have a foundation degree in ‘Working with Children and Young People’ as well as a BA Hons in ‘Working in Integrated Services for Children and Young People’. Fortunate enough to open our first Boys & Girls Nursery in 2007, surrounding myself with the right people is by far the key to our success!
Kelly Ridge, Area Manager
Kelly is my ‘right hand lady’, working in childcare since eighteen and starting with Boys & Girls Nursery from its 2007 origination. Kelly is Level 5 qualified and after a two year managers position at our Watford branch I promoted Kelly to area manager where she heads up our one hundred plus team, her time is split between our nurseries supporting the managers, working with staff of all levels, continually improving our practices and of course available to our customers at any time!
Kelly says:“I love my role at Boys & Girls Nursery and the fact that Natasha is involved at every level of the day to day running of the nurseries. Working very closely together we ensure our passion for providing the best possible care and education to the under-fives is shared throughout the whole team. Having worked for large chains in the past it is refreshing to see encouragement of staff experiences and ideas promoted within which enables us to continually develop, it is easy to see why we are so successful!”
Emily Greenaway, Operations Manager
Emily is my ‘left hand lady’, working with Boys & Girls Nursery since 2012 and brings a wealth of nursery experience to our administrative team. Starting at Croxley Green, Emily is now our Operations Manager and manages all of our nursery based administrators and is in charge of all administrative functions within our head office, where she is based.
Emily says: “Boys & Girls Nursery is a great company; Natasha is completely involved in the everyday running of all the nurseries, a small family run business where the staff are made to feel very much a part of the successes achieved”
Nicky Gourlay, Nursery Support Manager
Nicky is Kelly’s right-hand lady providing support to all four nurseries. Nicky started at Watford in 2011 as an Apprentice, working her way up to Nursery Manager at Croxley Green and has seen her career develop and progress at Boys & Girls to now hold the position of Nursery Support Manager. Nicky holds a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Level 5 in Management and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role.
Nicky says: “I love working for Boys & Girls Nursery supporting the management team and the teams within the nurseries. I am delighted to be working for a company that has allowed me to develop a career, starting out as an Apprentice and working my way up to Support Manager. I enjoy watching the children grow and develop, learning through play whilst having the full support of our talented team. It’s great to be able to use my expertise to support the nurseries and I take great pride working with a team of like-minded people to ensure each child reaches their full potential.”