phone: 01484 426002

phone: 01484 426002

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.

Karen Hazelden photograph nursery owner

Karen Hazelden

Nursery Owner:

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!

Lara Ingham photograph child care manager

Lara Ingham


Business Support 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


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!

Sarah Jones photograph child care graduate

Sarah Jones

Early Years Pre-School Teacher:

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 3 NVQ in Childcare and Education

What is your hidden talent?
Ilove 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.

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Hannah Crawshaw

Childcare practitioner:

Level 3 in Childcare and Education

What is your strangest talent?
I’m amazing at applying false eyelashes!

What’s the favourite part of your job?
Giving the children cuddles!

What is your favourite season?
It’s got to be summer, I love the outdoor play opportunities it gives me with the children.

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!

Chloe Hickingbotham

Childcare practitioner:

Level 2 in Childcare and Education

If you could go any where in the world where would you go and why?
I would travel to New York to take in the sights and do lots of shopping whilst I’m there!

First thing you will save in a fire?
My mobile phone – it’s my lifeline!

What is your favourite book to read with the children at nursery?
I love ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ It’s a classic and the children enjoy re-enacting the story too!

Emma nursery nurse

Emma Pheasey

Childcare practitioner:

Level 3 Childcare and Education

What is the best way to challenge boisterous boys?
I find that physical activities outdoors are the best.

What was the best holiday you have taken?
I enjoy going on cruise holidays. I am looking forward to a trip to Florida next year!

What superpower do you wish you had?
To travel through time, there are never enough hours in a day!

Bethany Mc Donagh

Childcare practitioner:

Level 3 NVQ in Childcare and Education

Why do you love outdoor play?
t’s great for children to burn off energy and explore nature.

Describe the perfect afternoon
A picnic in a scenic spot, on a sunny day with my favourite people around sounds like bliss

Ambitions for next year:
I'd like to pass my driving test

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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.