Everything you need to know

Established in 1998, Good Manors comprises three private children’s day nurseries offering quality care and education, 51 weeks a year, for children aged from 3 months to 5 years. Two of our nurseries are in Fareham and our third is in North End, Portsmouth.

Good Manors Day Nurseries provide an Early Years Curriculum for all the children. This curriculum is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and aims to provide and support a child’s learning, development and welfare from 0 – 5 years.

Our Mission Statement


Our vision is to provide an excellent service to the children and their families that makes a positive difference to their lives. We are dedicated and focussed on making this happen.

Parents and Carers

Our excellent liaison with parents and carers is crucial. We obtain regular information about your children and family, so we understand your child’s needs and interests in the context of your family background.

We work hard to make parents and carers feel welcome and to involve you as partners in your child’s learning and development. We recognise that parents and carers have the best knowledge of your child and we treat you as part of the ‘Good Manors’ family. We encourage you to observe your child at play in the home and to use this to help develop their learning.

We use different ways to keep parents and carers up to date. These include: daily feedback from staff, daily diaries for children in our baby room which is an more in-depth overview of each child’s day, ‘Tapestry’ on-line learning journeys for all parents, emails for correspondence, regular newsletters, and invites to nursery events.

We are open and receptive to parent’s and carer’s suggestions for improvement.


Reflective practice is crucial to our success. We are not complacent but aspire continually to do better. We regularly review what we do and how this helps children. We look at where we can improve and reflect on our practice, because we are highly motivated to move forward. We think creatively and are adventurous to find and try new ways to make a positive difference.

Meet our Management team

Emma Kimber – Nursery Manager (Manor Lodge)

I started this role in October 2016 and I am currently taking a degree in Childcare and Early Years. I am passionate about providing the very best care and development for our young people at the nursery.

Samantha Cobb – Nursery Manager (Miller Drive)

I have been employed at Good Manors since July 2015. My childcare career spans over 25 years in which I have had various roles in a variety of childcare settings. These include working in a school, working for two nursery chains and working for Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council. I have various childcare qualifications and in July 2013 I achieved my Foundation degree in Childhood Studies.

Hannah Blake – Nursery Manager (Stubbington Lodge)

I started my role as manager at Good Manors Stubbington Lodge in May 2018, previous to this I was a manager at another setting for almost 10 years. I have 14 years experience working with children starting as a nursery nurse and progressing into management. I am qualified to NVQ level 4 and am also working towards a Level 3 Assessor Award (AVA).

Sophie Pawley – Deputy Manager (Manor Lodge)

I started working at Good Manors in 2012 as a Nursery Nurse, I was then promoted to Team Coordinator in 2013. After completing my Team Leading Level 2 qualification in December 2015 I then progressed to Deputy Manager at the start of 2016. I love coming to work and watching the children learn and grow with the care they receive at Good Manors.

Abbey Rosam – Deputy Manager (Miller Drive)

I started with Good Manors in November 2017 as Deputy Manager at Miller Drive. Previous to this, I was working as a Deputy Manager in another nursery chain where I progressed to take on this role. I currently hold a BA(Hons) degree in Early Years Care in Education and am looking forward to undertaking my EYIIT training from September 2019.

I have always had a passion to work with children and supporting them in their learning and development and thrive on providing them with a rich and stimulating learning environment.

Ashleigh Spencer – Deputy Manager (Stubbington Lodge)

I started with Good Manors in October 2008 as a nursery apprentice. I worked towards my NVQ2 which I achieved in 2010 and then started my level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce and qualified in Feb 2012.

I worked at one of our Fareham nurseries, Manor Lodge, for six years before leaving to have my son in December 2014.

When I returned to work I started at our Portsmouth nursery and was then promoted to team coordinator of the baby unit. In February 2017 I was promoted to Deputy Manager. I really enjoying working with all ages of children and providing quality childcare throughout the setting.

Lisa-Marie Thomas – Deputy Manager

I joined Good Manors in April 2018 as maternity cover for Manor Lodge as a Deputy Manager from another local nursery chain. I have worked with children in various roles spanning 20 years.

I found my passion for the early years while assisting my aunt as a childminder. Whilst undertaking my level 3 qualification I decided to work in a nursery to gain a wider knowledge of the various age groups. In my roles I have gained a vast knowledge in SENCO and how to adapt to individual children’s needs. I am currently near the end of completing my Foundation Degree in Early Years.

I believe we are privileged to be working with children at this young age and take great pride that we get to help set the foundations and support parents for the children’s futures.

Danielle Miah – Finance Manager

I started working at Good Manors in July 2009 in the Tweenie room as a Nursery Nurse, progressed to Team coordinator in July 2012 after returning from maternity leave, and then promoted to Deputy Manager in April 2014 before moving to my current post as Finance Manager.

I have a Level 3 BTEC in Childcare and Early Years and a Level 3 Management qualification.

Rob Allman – Business and Operations Manager

I joined Good Manors in September 2017, moving from another local nursery chain. I have 14 year’s experience working with children and young people, having managed nursery settings, after school clubs and holiday playschemes.

During my career I have been fortunate enough to be able to complete several qualifications – Level 3 Diploma in Playwork, Honours Degree in Economics, Early Years Professional Status, A1 NVQ Assessor’s Award, and Masters Degree in Play and Playwork. I am excited to put these qualifications to significant use in my role complemented with my experience and passion for working with young children.

I believe that every child deserves the best start in their early years and that at Good Manors all children are given the best opportunities to achieve, and I am delighted to be a part of the senior management team.

Katharine Galliford – Director

As a working Parent myself (mother of three), looking for quality childcare in the Fareham area, my sister, Jane Bennett, and I started up Good Manors Day Nurseries Ltd. We successfully opened Manor Lodge in 1998.

We are both actively involved in the running of Good Manors to the present date, and work across the three Nurseries; Manor lodge, Miller Drive and Stubbington Lodge. I have Business and Marketing qualifications and whilst working at Good Manors have achieved childcare qualifications.

How our nurseries are set up

Good Manors Day Nurseries have three rooms that children are based in. Each room is run on a daily basis by a senior member of staff known as a Team Coordinator, and each team coordinator works closely with their team to support the children in our care.

Baby Room (Up to 2 years)

Within the baby room the staff work closely with parents to ensure that each child’s individual needs and routine is met throughout the day. A daily report book is completed each day explaining how much your child has eaten, change of nappies and what they have been doing. Strong bonds and attachments are built up between the children and their key worker in order for the babies to feel secure in their nursery environment. A variety of activities are planned to support and enhance each child’s development.

More about babies

Tweenie Room (2 to 3 years)

In the tweenie room the children start to gain new skills, develop their already existing skills and start to form personal preferences within their play. At this age the children are encouraged to start making choices within the activities that they take part in throughout the day, this is in preparation for their transition to pre-school. Parents are given personal handovers from staff about their child’s day. The staff offer guidance and support on toilet training, which is a question that we often get asked.

More about tweenies

Pre-school Room (3 to 5 years)

This is when the children start to build up and develop their knowledge on what they have already learned. We provide a variety of activities and experiences for the children, to develop their enquiring, active minds and to enable them to become independent and confident learners. Parents are given personal handovers from staff about their child’s day. The staff not only support the children within the nursery environment but also in the wider environment outside of the nursery with visits and outings. We also work hard to ensure that children are ready and equipped for their transition to school.

More about pre-school

Get in touch

Manor Lodge
T: 01329 230123

Miller Drive
T: 01329 823222

Stubbington Lodge
T: 023 9217 7560

Ofsted Reports

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