phone: 01484 426002
email: enquiries@almondhouse.co.uk

phone: 01484 426002
email: enquiries@almondhouse.co.uk

The team

Our practitioners are the very best resource that we can offer to your child and we value their great work through investing in their qualifications and careers.


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Karen Hazelden

Nursery Owner:
R.G.N R.M


Who do you go to for advice?
My mum every time! I hate to say it but she’s always right.

Simple thing to do with a 2 year old on a wet day
Get cosy in the book corner!

What do you think of TV shopping channels?
You nearly always regret your purchase!


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Lara Ingham

Quality and Business Manager:

Childcare practitioner

NNEB Level 3 in Childcare and Education

What new law would you invent if you could?
More tax relief for working parents.

What is the longest you’ve gone without sleep?
The first few months of having a new baby felt like I didn’t get any sleep at all!

What is your favourite equipment supplier?
It’s got to be Community Playthings – expensive but quality!


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Emma Hollas

Manager:

Childcare practitioner

NNEB Level 3 in Childcare and Education


What is your favourite charity?
Water Aid changes lives, last year’s nursery summer fayre was for this cause.

What did you do for your birthday?
Can’t beat a bit of pizza and wine!

Can a child ever be too spoilt?
Certainly not with love and attention!


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Sarah Jones

Childcare practitioner

Graduate:


What would you do with large cardboard boxes?
Make a village this activity is always a winner with the children.

What is your worst fashion disaster?
Cream footless tights! (they just looked like bandages on my legs!)

Best value for money book for a small child ?
Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. It’s full of humour and history and all young children love it!


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Megan Bell:

Childcare practitioner

Level 2 NVQ in Childcare and Education


What’s your hidden talent?
I Love dance and drama – I did it for A level!

How do you cope with a disaster holiday?
Put my headphones on and listen to catchy music!

Who do admire the most?
Jean Piaget for his theories on children learning more through play than more formal learning styles.


Brit Hubbard

Brit Hubbard

Childcare practitioner

Foundation Degree in Early Years


What cheers you up?
A bit of sunshine!

Do you believe in ghosts?
If they exist, they can’t do me any harm!

What are you always losing?
Car Keys – I usually find them in the washing up bowl or fridge!


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Rachel Shaw

Nursery Chef:
NVQ Level 3 in Catering, Distinction in Childhood Nutrition


What celebrity chef do you admire?
Jamie Oliver for all he's done to improve school dinners.

What is your favourite food?
Pasta Carbonara even though it's bad for me!

What was the best holiday you have taken?
I had some wonderful experiences travelling across Australia.