Staff at St Nicholas Avenue

Terri Noone

Deputy Nursery Manager

Terri has completed her BA Honors Degree in Early Years Childhood studies and is our Deputy Nursery Manager and has worked at Little Learners for over 3 years.

Terri has no key children but strives to support the practitioners and uphold positive parent partnership within the nursery setting.

Terri has a child of her own attending the setting and her favorite activity is singing with musical instruments and bubbles, ensuring the children are enthusiastic and happy.

Jodie Richards

Trainee Deputy Nursery Manager
Room Leader

Jodie is trained to NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and Childcare

Jodie has developed her knowledge, experience and skills in order to become a Trainee Deputy Nursery Manager / Room Leader based in our baby room, also known as the Little Smilers.

Jodie runs her room entirely around the needs of her babies to help create a home from home for the children in her care and loves messy play – she very often gets messier than the younger ones while helping them to explore and experiment with new textures and materials!

Jodie offers professional advice and feedback to parents on a daily basis. Jodie has a fantastic attitude toward to the children. Jodie ensures every day is educational as well as exciting including every individual child’s interests into routine.

Jodie is passionate about working with children, both in large groups and on a one to one basis where she brings out the personalities of each of the children and is happiest when she is snuggled down with the children telling stories!

Hayley Lloyd

Nursery Practioner

Hayley is trained to NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and Childcare.

Hayley has her own little one who attends the nursery setting on the days that she works. Hayley and her baby have great fun coming to nursery and joining in the day together.

Hayley works in our baby room, also known as the Little Smilers and particularly enjoys observing the children’s communication and language skills develop as they grown confidence and are able to request what they want and need from adults.

Hayley understands the importance in learning though play and especially enjoys going out for local walks. Hayley has exciting trips with her key children to the park, playground, library and local shops!


Hope Penton-Looker

Room Leader

Hope has recently completed her apprenticeship at Little Learners and is now a Level 3 qualification.

Hope is a Nursery Room Leader and works with our 18- 30 month old children, otherwise known as the Little Snowflakes room.

Hope is very patient and understanding when children are attempting to communicate their needs or simply struggling with a particular activity. Hope enjoys to help others so as to meet individual children’s needs and develop their key skills.

Hope is brilliant at reading stories to the children, she particularly enjoys putting special voices on to make the characters appear real- stories are an excellent tool to improve children communication, language and attention span!

Hope has recently been awarded an ‘Apprentice of the Department’ award by Havering College. Well done Hope on your great achievement!

Abigail Mitchell

Full-time Nursery Apprentice

Abby is currently completing her Level 3 Apprenticeship in childcare with us.

Abby works with our 18- 30 month old children, otherwise known as the Little Snowflakes room and has taken to her new role very quickly. Abby holds great bonds with the children and has a natural aptitude to interact and engage with the children on a variety of activities

Abby holds a Paediatric First Aid qualification and  food and hygiene qualification.


Francesca Auger

Nursery Room Leader

Francesca is CACHE level 3 trained and has also completed her BA Honours Degree in Education and Social Science.

Francesca is a Nursey Room Leader and works within our 2-3 age children, otherwise known as the Little Sunshine’s room.

Francesca loves to get messy with the children making sure she is covered in as much paint as they are. Francesca is always seen laughing and having great fun with all the children, giving them many opportunities to learn through play.

Francesca is good with her imagination and exploring different types of activities with the children. The Garden seems to be Francesca’s favourite place to be, as she encourages the children to look for any insects and mini beasts that they may find, especially snails so the children can watch them race.

Shelby-Rose Clark

Apprentice Nursery Practitioner

Shelby is currently completing her Level 3 Apprenticeship in childcare with us.

Shelby works with our 2-3 age children, otherwise known as the Little Sunshine’s room and has taken to her new role very well. Shelby holds great bonds with the children; she has shown excellent skills in helping the children to progress with their learning alongside the EYFS framework.

Shelby enjoys physical play with the children such as dancing, playing sports, ect. When building obstacle courses for the children, Shelby challenges the children in being able to move around the course in different ways, which the children thoroughly enjoy.

Terri Stanley

Trainee Deputy Nursery Manager
Room Leader & SENDco

Terri is trained to NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and Childcare.

Terri is a Trainee Deputy Nursery Manager / Room Leader of our Pre-School room and has great control over large groups of children which comes in handy when she is engaging and educating the pre-school children. Terri has the ability to hold their attention and educates pre-school in groups so they learn collectively and from each other and their role models.

Terri is always finding and completing online courses in order to push her personal development and skills which in turn benefits the children attending our setting! Terri especially enjoys educating herself centred on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and her training leads Terri to be Little Learner SEND Coordinator. Within the setting Terri pushes visual timetables, Makaton and aiding special needs children to understand and learn, exceeding their expectations.

Terri is always happy to try new things and confident within her skin. Terri teaches the children they can be whatever they want to be including dressing as a fire fighter when we had a special visit into the setting from the fire brigade!

Ellie Thompson

Nursery Practitioner

Ellie is CACHE Level 3 trained and works with our 3-5 aged children, otherwise known as the Little Stars Room.

Ellie shows a lot of care and compassion towards the children and is always on hand if they need any assistance.

Ellie is often seen within the role-play area, letting the children dress her up in what they wish and even taking her to the hair and make-up salon.

Ellie has created great bonds with the children and is able to provide stimulating activities through the children’s interests, targeting their next steps in helping them to achieve to the next level.

Jade Knight

Nursery Practitioner

Jade is trained to NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and Childcare.

Jade works part time at Little Learners nursery between the hours of 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm and has the joy of caring for all ages of children within the nursery.

Jade’s main duties are to help cover staff lunch hours and relieve Practitioners for the afternoon so that they can complete the tracking and assessments for children within their care.

Jade has a young child of her own and is extremely caring towards all ages of children in the nursery.

Winning employee of the month in October 2017, Jade certainly has settled into the nursery team and routine well in a short period of time!


Carla Duina

Nursery Cook

Carla is our Nursery Cook.

All food is delivered fresh on a weekly basis to the nursery and Carla makes every meal from scratch. As our Nursery Practitioners eat meals with the children to ensure that a good example is set and that good table etiquette is maintained they know first-hand how delicious the food is at Little Learners!

The children benefit from healthy eating with a varied four-week menu which includes differing diverse food and our menu has recently been updated taking into account the seasonal changes.



Danielle Punt

Sessional Nursery Parctitioner

Danielle is trained to NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and Childcare and is currently attending university weekly where she is working towards a BA honours degree within Early Childhood Studies.

Danielle works as a Sessional Nursery Practitioner at Little Learners and covers staff who may be on external training and cover holidays and sickness. Danielle had previously worked in our Baby Room before deciding to take up her University studies in Psychology.

Danielle has excellent skills when engaging and interacting with the children and adapts well to meet every individual child’s needs.