Meet Our Team
Jane Priest
Owner/Manager
Jane has been caring for children professionally for many years now. Her devotion to her work has earned her a remarkable reputation with all our regular clients locally for her warmth and loving nature. She has a naturally nurturing disposition, loves children, and always has their best interests at heart. She comes highly qualified, having the prestigious Foundation Degree in Early Years.
Marika Stanley
Deputy Manager
Marika is room leader in the Frogs Room. She is currently studying her Level 5 after recently passing her NVQ Level 3 with flying colours. Her calm and caring attitude has won over the children in the toddler room, making her a hit with toddlers from the moment they start with us.
Lorraine
Office Manager
Has a background of banking, insurance and civil service so is well versed to work in the office for a few hours a week helping with the accounts and office side of running a nursery. A good friend of Jane’s since childhood, Lorraine is the epitome of professionalism with her conscientiousness and attention to detail with all things financial.
Shauna Killeen
Room Leader -Lilypads
Shauna first came to nursery on placement from college, but we loved her and her enthusiasm so much that we kept her. She is now the room leader of the Lilypads room, after completing her Level 3 and is starting a Uni course in September to further her qualifications. She is very chatty and bubbly, and is full of great ideas.

Charlotte Moulding
Team Member - Lilypads
Charlotte has been volunteering with us since we opened 4 years ago, her passion for the job and love of children made us not want to let her go. She has just completed her level 3 with flying colours, and now is a fantastic asset in the baby room. Charlotte’s is very organized and has a bubbly personality which means she is a perfect match for the babies.

Nichola Richardson
Room Leader - Tadpoles
Nichola had a complete career change when she joined us as an apprentice but has already established herself as a firm favourite with children and parents alike.  She will be undertaking the new EYE qualification – Early Years Educator – in February and is keen to move up the ladder in Nursery and take on the role of Room Leader.
Abbey Walker
Team Member - Tadpoles
Abbey has recently completed her level 3 qualification with flying colours after being our apprentice for 2 years, her outgoing and bubbly personality means that she has a great rapport with parents and staff as well as being an instant hit with the children; always ensuring they learn to their full potential through play and care.
Danielle Musa
Team Member - Tadpoles
Danielle qualified in July 2014 after joining us as our third apprentice and works with the 2 – 3 year old children in the Frogs room.  She is an excellent carer and works hard to put all the children at their ease and have them feel secure.
Emma Holden
Team Member - Tadpoles
With 3 children of her own at home Emma is full of experience and enthusiasm, with a level 3 qualification she has been a childminder in the past and has worked with children for over 10 years!! Emma is extremely hard working ensuring that the toddlers are well cared for and nurtured.
Helen
Team Member - Tadpoles
Helen is extremely kind natured and comes with a wealth of experience having worked with children for many years and having 3 boys of her own. She works 2 days a week in Tadpoles and we are always excited to see what fun activities and ideas she brings with her.
Emily
Room Leader - Frogs
Emily is our room leader in the 2-3 years room. Hailing fresh from her travels to Tenerife where she worked for the resident Holiday Club. Emily is an enthusiastic and energetic member of our team. With her Levels 3 and 5 in Early Years and 5 years previous experience in the childcare profession, Emily brigs with her a wealth of knowledge to our setting.

Emma Moulding
Team Member - Frogs
Emma came to us as a student and we wouldn’t let her leave, Emma did her Apprenticeship with us and is now level 3 qualified J Emma has worked in the 2-3 room for 2 years and is a great asset to the team she brings enthusiasm, new ideas and always willing to learn more. Emma is Paediatric First Aid trained and has attended courses on speech and language. Emma is organised, caring and a great member of staff to have in Frogs Room.
Katie
Team Member - Frogs
Katie was one of the first members of staff employed by us in 2012. She left for maternity and has two beautiful children and is now coming back part-time.
She is Level 3 qualified and brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm with her. Her kind, calm, caring nature will make her an instant it and we are so pleased to have her back.
Jemma Burt
Team Member - Frogs
Jemma is the third of our current apprentices.  She is calm and patient and the ideal member of staff for our toddler room.  Jemma is currently studying at Preston College and will soon be a fully qualified member of staff.
Jo
Team Member - Frogs
Jo came last year as a placement for her EYT (Early Tears Teacher) status having never worked with babies before. She was full of praise for us and is so excited to be working here with us again. She has many years’ experience having been a teacher at Stonyhurst College, completed her Montessori training and a huge interest in Forest schools too. She is a professional in Early Years Phonics and delivered training to the whole staff on the subject for her EYT. We can’t wait for her input and feel she will achieve great things alongside the team in Frogs and Pre-School.
Jen Bamber
Room Leader - Pre-School
Jen is room leader in Pre-School with a vivacious personality; we took her on over 4 years ago after returning from being a nanny in Australia, she has gained a level 5 qualification and has worked with all ages furthering her experience. Jen is a brilliant room leader who has built strong relationships with children, parents and staff.
Hannah McElroy
Team Member - Pre-School
Hannah came as a student and we refused to let her go. Fresh from Blackburn College with distinctions in level 3 and having recently gained her BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies, she is full of new exciting ideas. Her knowledge of the EYFS and capability make her wise beyond her years, combined with her natural caring attitude make her the ideal member of our Pre School team.
Danielle Tyson
Team Member - Pre-School
Danielle is the newest member in our pre-school and is level 3 qualified, her calm and sensitive approach makes her ideal for our more sensitive children who naturally gravitate towards her. Having returned to work after 7 years of bringing up her young family she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her teaching assistant days in a rural school.
Jenna
Team Member - Pre-School
Comes fresh from a nursery in Blackburn where she had many roles. A mother of one, Jenna has her Level 3 and years of experience behind her. She has a special interest in Forest School and is looking into developing aspects
of this into our outdoor provision with the Pre-School. Her friendly, bubbly nature has already made her a big hit with our older children and parents alike.
Danielle Monks
Room Leader - Holiday Club
Danielle has qualified teacher status specialised in Early Years. Her go get attitude and nurturing nature having had her own little one makes her the ideal person in our pre-school to work with the children on all aspects of phonics. Her knowledge is second to none and she can always be found with her head in a book with children sat on her knee listening intently to her.
William
Team Member - Holiday club
William is currently at Cardinal Newman college going into his 2nd year studying Philosophy, Religious Education and English Language A Levels. He is an excellent male role model to our children in Holiday Club, having a sensitive and caring nature and full of fun ideas. William has lots of enthusiasm and his mature attitude gives him the ability to bond with children of all ages, staff and parents, making him the perfect holiday club member.
KIERA
Team Member - Frogs
As a family orientated nursery we could not miss the chance of employing Marika’s sister Kiera as our level 3 apprentice in the frogs room. She is eager to learn with great enthusiasm and has a wonderful loving and caring pesonality.
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