First Steps Are Stars!

First Steps Are Stars!

10th November 2017 Staff recognised for outstanding contributions

We are really excited to announce that not one, not two but THREE of our First Steps staff were nominated for the Customer Service Award at Stars of 2017 – the annual Chichester College Awards held last night. The Customer Service Award recognises staff who are very, very good at internal and/or external customer service and who excel at providing a great service and supporting staff and/or students. Huge congratulations to:

Emma Merriott, Deputy Manager at our Chichester Nursery

Emma has been studying ever since joining Chichester College when she was just 18, culminating, after many years of hard work, in a distinction in her Early Years Teaching Status this July. Emma has shown extraordinary commitment and passion for the nursery whilst studying, often on placements, never failing to be part of nursery life. She has been especially recognised over the past year for being integral to the nursery’s stability and development whilst Michelle has been on secondment in Bersted.

Megan Harber, Childcare Officer at our Brinsbury Nursery

Megan has contributed to the growth of numbers at our Brinsbury nursery and almost doubled the occupancy of her room. She is always cool and calm and leads her team with a positive ‘can do’ attitude ensuring the baby room is always a bright and friendly place to be. Megan’s enthusiasm for the role has helped Sarah as grow and develop the nursery into the happy, fun and thriving setting it is today.

Michelle Cogger, Nursery Manager at Bersted

Our longest standing employee, Michelle has been Nursery Manager at Chichester for 11 years, with 2 Outstanding Ofsted inspections amongst her fantastic achievements. When the opportunity arose last year to cover maternity at our Bersted nursery, Michelle accepted the challenge and left the nursery that had become her second home. Adapting to a new environment, Michelle has willingly shared her experience, working tirelessly to provide stability for staff and families during a challenging time.

Well done Emma, Megan and Michelle – all three nominations were extremely well deserved.

In what is an incredibly hotly contested category with many nominations, it is with great delight that we can announce that Michelle won the Award! Congratulations from us all at First Steps Michelle. We are very proud of you.

And Michelle is not the only First Steps winner this month …

We were surprised and delighted to be awarded the Team Award for Summer Term 2017 for First Steps Village, recognising our collaborative work with Marketing and Maintenance. Hurray! Thank you to everyone for their support in making this exciting initiative such a success – you haven’t heard the last of First Steps Village yet!

For further information:

Lucy Oldham, Marketing & Business Development, First Steps Childcare
Email:, Tel: 07971 436329