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Heron Park Primary Academy & Nursery

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Meet our team

All of our staff are fully qualified and undergo an extensive induction programme, and participate in a continuous professional development programme throughout the year.


At any one time there is a member of staff of whom is First Aid trained on site. All staff  are checked by the Disclosure & Barring Service as part of our recruitment process.


Our Nursery is regulated by the requirements of the National Standards for Daycare, which state there must be a minimum ratio of adults carers to each group of children.


  • 2-3 years, 1 adult to 4 children
  • 3-5 years, 1 adult to 8 children


In practise, we often have higher numbers of adults to children than this statutory minimum.


Claire Dann – Nursery Manager


Claire Dann has a BA (Hons)  in Professional Learning and Development degree.  She has been nursery lead (manager) at Heron Park Nursery for 5 years and previously opened up another Aurora nursery in Bexhill which she managed for a year. Before that she worked for an East Sussex nursery for 12 years as a senior lead before progressing to deputy manager. Claire is the DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) for the nursery, First Aider and Planning Coordinator.


Jackie Hance – Nursery Deputy Manager/SENCo


Jackie has a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Early Years and over 16 years experience working with children in a range of settings. This includes a number of years’ experience working in nurseries with children aged 0-5 including taking on the role of manager to cover maternity leave. She gained a Montessori early years qualification whilst working in a Montessori pre-school.

Jackie spent three summers working in Spain and Greece caring for children whilst they were on holiday.

She also worked as a nanny in a family home before having a short break to care for her own son.


Jess Williams - Nursery Practitioner/2 year lead


Hettie Ainge - Nursery Practitioner