Tel: St Mary's
01455 554034
Tel: Alma Park
01455 221918
Tel: HedgeHog Hill
01327 323 012
info@beststartnurseries.com

Hedgehog Hill Staff

Sue

Proprietor

Sue has is the Proprietor of Best Start Nurseries Ltd and has over 22 years of experience in Early Years.  She holds a Montessori Diploma.

When not at nursery Sue enjoys sewing and helping at the family farm. 

INTERESTING FACT: Sue is a loyal member of the WI. 

Donna

Acting Nursery Manager

Donna is our Joint Acting Nursery Manager, she holds an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and is our SENCO (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator) and has over 14 years experience in early years.  
When not at nursery, Donna enjoys spending time with her grown up children and her dog Ollie.

Lorna

Toddler Room Leader

Lorna is our Toddler Room Leader and holds an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years. She has over 5 years experience in childcare and brings a wonderful vibrant energy to the nursery.

When not at nursery, Lorna enjoys spending time with family and friends and is a pro on the XBOX!

Rebecca Turner

Nursery Assistant

Becky is a Nursery Assistant and is based in our toddler room.  After deciding to change her career, she joined the nursery earlier this year and is currently working towards an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years.

When not at nursery Becky enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dogs.

INTERESTING FACT: Becky holds a degree in Criminology!

Nikki

Nursery Practitioner

Nikki is a Nursery Practitioner and is based in our baby room.  She has over 7 years experience in Early Years and holds an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years.

When not at nursery Nikki enjoys spending time with her family and reading good books.

Teresa

Nursery Practitioner

Teresa is a Nursery Practitioner and is based in our Pre-School room.  She has over 5 years experience working with children and holds and NVQ Level 2 in Childcare.

When not at nursery Teresa enjoys

INTERESTING FACT:  Teresa is a qualified hairdresser!

Claire

Claire

Operations Manager

Claire is the Operations Manager for Best Start Nurseries Ltd and has over 15 years of experience in Early Years.  She has a BA Honours degree in Early Years and holds EYP status.

 
When not at nursery Claire enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters and jumping in muddy puddles!

Olivia

Deputy Manager and Pre-School Teacher

Olivia is our Deputy Manager and Pre-School Teacher and has over 6 years of experience in Early Years. She has a BA Honours Degree in Primary Education and holds Early Years Teacher Status.

When not at nursery Olivia is an avid Saints supporter and she also belongs to a local dance group called Jazz hands. Her favourite food is watermelon!

Aine

Nursery Practitioner

Áine is based in our toddler room and has over 4 years experience in Early Years. She holds a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education and is training towards her Level 4 SENCO qualification (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator).

When not at nursery Áine enjoys spending time with her family and friends and dying her hair a myriad of colours!

Sharron Arrowsmith

Baby Room Leader

Sharron is our Baby Room Leader and is also originally from Zimbabwe.  She has over 10 years experience in Early Years and holds a Level 3 qualification in Childcare.

When not at nursery Sharron enjoys gardening and loves horses.

INTERESTING FACT:  Sharron is a qualified Reflexologist!

 

Julie

Nursery Practitioner

Julie is based in our Pre-school room and holds an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years. She has over 20 years of experience in childcare and even taught some of our parents!

When not at nursery Julie enjoys reading, shopping, seeing family and friends and cross–stitching.

Sarah

Nursery Cook

Sarah is our chef extraordinaire and cooks wonderful fresh meals from scratch everyday for the children. She has almost 7 years experience in the Early years and holds an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare.

When not at nursery Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

INTERESTING FACT: Sarah is Justin Bieber’s No.1 fan!

Sandra

Acting Nursery Manager

Sandra is our Joint Acting Nursery Manager and is originally from Zimbabwe. She has over 10 years of experience in the Early Years and holds an Advanced Childcare Development Diploma from the University of South Africa.

When not at nursery Sandra enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.

 

Natasha

Office Manager

Natasha is currently our Office Manager but she started life at the nursery as bank staff working in all the rooms, including the kitchen! She has 2 years experience in Early Years and 16 years experience in administration. Natasha is currently working towards a BSc Psychology and Child Development degree.

When not at nursery Natasha enjoys spending time with her children and baking cakes.

INTERESTING FACT:  Natasha was a Pre-Championship Ballroom and Latin American Dancer.

Michelle

Nursery Practitioner

Michelle is an Early Years Practitioner and is based in our toddler room.  She has over 3 years experience in Early Years and has recently gained an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development.

When not at nursery Michelle enjoys going to the cinema and making jewellery. 

INTERESTING FACT: Michelle worked for 18 years as a motorsport photographer!

Kelsey Bass

Nursery Assistant

Kelsey is a Nursery Assistant based in our baby room.  She joined the nursery earlier this year after a career change and is currently working towards an NVQ Level 2 in Early Years. 

When not at nursery Kelsey enjoys spending time with her daughter and seeing her friends.

INTERESTING FACT: Kelsey went travelling to Australia and worked there for 5 months!

Rob

Nursery Assistant

Rob is a Nursery Assistant based in our Pre-School room.  He has over 3 years experience working with young children and is currently working towards an NVQ Level 2 in Early Years.

When not at nursery Rob enjoys spending time with his family and friends and taking part in sports.

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