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 4 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!”
Lindsey Batsir, Operations Manager
Lindsey is my ‘left hand lady’, again working with Boys & Girls Nursery since its origination Lindsey brings a wealth of nursery experience to our administrative team and plays a pivotal role in the backbone of our company. Starting at Watford in 2007 Lindsey is now our Operations Manager, Lindsey manages all of our nursery based administrators and is in charge of all administrative functions within our head office, where she is based.
Lindsey 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”
Karina Le-Mare, Nursery Support Manager
Karina is Kelly’s right-hand lady providing support to all four nurseries. Karina started at Watford in 2009 as a Room Leader and has seen her career develop and progress at Boys & Girls to now hold the position of nursery support manager. Karina holds a Level 6 qualification in Special Educational Needs and brings a wealth of knowledge to her role.
Karina 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 I am passionate about. 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 Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator’s and I take great pride working with a team of like-minded people to ensure each child reaches their full potential.”