We ensure that all our staff have all relevant childcare qualifications. New practitioners are expected to complete a suite of mandatory training within their first six months:
All our staff receive paediatric first aid training—provided by Tigerlily—equipping them with the skills to deal with both minor incidents and more serious injuries.
We strongly believe in having a plan for continuous professional development for all of our practitioners. All staff have access to Noodle Now, an online platform providing additional training and courses to develop their knowledge further.
This allows us to offer an environment that is not only incredibly safe for our Little Learners, but also one that cultivates an atmosphere that allows them to thrive and develop.
Our team at Ambleside Avenue
More about Terri N
Hi, My name is Terri, and I am the Senior Nursery Manager for Little Learners and am currently based at our new branch in Ambleside Avenue!
I have always had a passion for childcare and started my studies when I left school. I completed my BA Honours Degree in Early Years Childhood studies in 2015 and soon after joined the Little Learners team as Deputy Nursery Manager. In September 2021, I took on the position of Nursery Manager at our St Nicholas Avenue branch. In May 2023, I transitioned to our new setting in Ambleside Avenue whilst taking on my new and current role of Senior Nursery Manager!
My role is to support both nursery settings upholding positive parent partnership and the daily running of the nurseries. Both my children have attended Little Learners which has most definitely helped them flourish and progress onto school. I enjoy meeting and greeting each child and family when arriving at the setting ensuring a smooth handover transition.
More about Terri S
Hi, my name is Terri and I have worked at Little Learners since July 2015, progressing in my career from a nursery apprentice to now being the nursery deputy manager and baby room leader!
I am always finding new ways to further develop my knowledge and skills which in turn benefits the children attending our setting! I have completed various training centred on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and my training has led me to be Little Learner SEND Coordinator.
Within the setting, I push visual timetables, Makaton, and aiding special needs children to understand and learn, exceeding their expectations. I have always had a passion for childcare; I enjoy helping settling in our new arrivals into nursery and coming up with fun and exciting new activities for all the children!
More about Shelby
Hi, my name is Shelby and I’m the nursery room leader for the 2-3 year olds room.
I started at Little Learners as a nursery apprentice studying for my Level 3 qualification in childcare, based at St Nicholas Avenue in December 2019. I transitioned over to the new Ambleside Avenue branch when it opened in December 2022.
I enjoy helping the children enhance their physical skills through dancing, playing sports, building obstacle courses where they are challenged to be able to move around the course in different ways, whilst also promoting and supporting to build upon their independence skills, such as toilet training, learning to dress themselves, putting on their shoes, and beginning to be able to express their own choices of interest.
More about Casilda
Hello! My name is Casilda and I’m the preschool Room Leader at Ambleside Avenue.
My love for children, combined with interest in early childhood development, prompted me to pursue my level 3 diploma in early years. In my classroom, I promote “learning through play“ and I love to encourage children to explore , to find creative solutions and to think outside the box.
There is no better joy than the look on the child’s face when they have mastered a skill that they have been working so hard to achieve! I feel so lucky to be part of the Little Learners team, being a part of a place that I love and doing something that I love to do.
More about Shauna
Hello, my name is Shauna and I’m the nursery room leader for the toddler room at Ambleside Avenue.
I joined the Little Learners team in February 2021 and started my studies working towards my Level 3 childcare qualification, which I achieved in March 2022. Since then, I have gained so much experience working with the children enhancing and promoting their development. In December 2022, I transitioned to the Ambleside Avenue branch. I thoroughly enjoy messy activities and most definitely end up becoming just as messy as the children at times.
In April 2023, I welcomed my own little baby into the world, so I am currently on maternity leave, enjoying my new experiences of becoming a mummy. I will be back in the setting from February 2024, where I am excited for my own little girl to start attending and experience all the wonderful things we do here at Little Learners.
More about Milly
Hi, my name is Camilia, but people call me Milly. I’m a Level 2 qualified practitioner and am currently working towards my Level 3 qualification. I’ve been working for Little Learners since January 2023.
I’m currently based in the 2-3 year old room. I enjoy outdoor and physical play with the children as I believe it’s good to be outdoors regardless of the weather as it’s good for the children’s wellbeing and experiences.
I also love a good messy and creative activity as the children really do get excited to show us their creations they have made, from robots to space rockets. I feel supporting the children to be creative will help them to achieve confidence as an individual and also enable them to explore and understand the world around them. You will most likely often hear me singing songs and reading different stories to the children in helping them to feel settled and comfortable whilst at the nursery.
More about Jessica
Hi, I’m Jessica and I’m an Nursery Apprentice currently working towards my Level 3 qualification.
At Little Learners, I have made so many friends, big and small, and I enjoy spending time with all the children teaching and learning through a variety of different activities. I have a passion for arts and crafts so this is the area you may see me most in, letting the children be creative and explore through different textures and materials to enable them to learn. I also enjoy taking the children out to the garden daily or even a trip to the local park and community teaching the children about the outside environment.
More about Fayola
Hello, my name is Fayola and I’m currently working towards my Level 3 Qualification. I joined the Little Learners team in January 2023 but it feels like I have been here a lot longer. I work within the baby room, where I thoroughly enjoy researching different activities to help enhance the babies development as they begin their early learning journey with us.
I would say, and I feel my team would agree too, I am very bubbly, loud, and energetic and extremely enjoy singing and dancing as I am often seen amongst the musical instruments, teaching the babies about sounds, rhythms, and movement.
More about Tiffany
Hello, my name is Tiffany, and I’m currently working towards my Level 3 Qualification. I joined the Little Learners team in February 2023 and thoroughly enjoy being a part of the team. I am currently based within the preschool room and have made great bonds with all the children and our families.
My most favourite place to be is the garden, where I am able to explore with the children, play lots of different interactive physical games and perhaps even a water fight when the weather is nice and hot! Little Learners has taught me that, any activity you plan can be done outdoors as well as indoors, which certainly helps to progress and enhance the children’s learning development.
More about Niall
Hi, my name is Nial, and I’m the nursery chef at the Ambleside Avenue branch. I joined the Little Learners team in February 2023 and I hold a Level 2 Food and Hygiene certificate.
All food is delivered fresh on a weekly basis to the nursery where I can prepare, cook and implement a varied multicultural healthy menu. This enables to the children to explore and try new foods whilst they are here with us at nursery. The menu we provided is organised into 4 weeks which offers the children a huge variety of different meals each week, whilst also updating the menu to fit in with Winter season and Spring/Summer Season. All allergies and dietary requirements are taken into account with a different option always being available to incorporate those children’s needs.
Our team at St. Nicholas avenue
More about Charlie
Hi, my name is Charlie, and I’m the Nursery Manager for St. Nicholas Avenue branch.
I have always had a passion for childcare and started my journey in childcare during my GCSEs. I completed my Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education in July 2010 and have worked my way through the various positions within a nursery. In 2019, I started my career in a management team and went on to receive my level 3 SENCO Qualification. Since then, I have worked as a 1-1 SENCO Support within a nursery before taking on my current position in May 2023.
My role is to support the staff, children, and families within the setting to ensure the children thrive and develop to their full potential while in our care as well as overseeing the daily running of the setting. I enjoy spending time in the rooms and getting to know the individual children and watching how they develop over time as well as working alongside the staffing team.
More about Jodie
Jodie is trained to NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and Childcare
Jodie has developed her knowledge, experience and skills in order to previously become a Co-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!
More about Chloe
Chloe is a NVQ Level 3 Qualified Practitioner in Early years and childcare with very high aspirations and personal goals to further her career and vastly impact the preschool aged children attending little learners. Chloe has undertaken a large amount of training which has impacted her knowledge, understanding and capabilities within childcare. Chloe role models self-service to promote independence in children form a young age, enjoys arts and crafts creative activities, really loves educational singing of number and letter songs to help children to widen their vocabulary and broaden their knowledge. Chloe also really enjoys going for a healthy run around the garden playing interactive games and keeping fit… you name it and Chloe is doing it with all of the preschool children at nursery!
More about Ellie
Ellie is CACHE Level 3 trained and works within our Preschool room 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.
More about Caithlin
Caithlin is a one of our nursery practitioners who joined our team in January 2021 as an apprentice working towards achieving her level 3 qualification in childcare and qualified in March 2022. Caithlin works within our little smiler’s room, children aged between 0-16months and has built great bonds with all the children.
Caithlin always shows she is eager to learn and thoroughly enjoys implementing her learning into the setting.
Caithlin shows great care and compassion to all of the children and thoroughly garden play and taking the children on local outings to the park, local shops and the library enhancing their learning about the environment around them.
More about Erin
Erin is one of our Apprentice Practitioners and joined our team in May 2022.
Erin is working towards achieving her Level 3 qualification in childcare and is building knowledge and understanding working within the little snowflakes room with children aged between 16-30 months, it is clear to see that all the children have grown fond of Erin and enjoy involving her within their activities and games.
Erin enjoys exploring all of the activities we have here to hand, but is most often seen within the construction or small world area, playing alongside the children encouraging the use of their imagination.
More about Katie
Katie is one of our Apprentice Practitioners and joined our team in February 2022.
Katie is working towards achieving her Level 3 qualification in childcare and is building knowledge and understanding working across all of the various ages in the setting, it is clear to see that all the children have grown fond of Katie and enjoy involving her within their activities and games.
Katie is often seen at the mark making table with the glitter, paint and glue helping the children to create their wonderful master pieces.
More about Jorge
Jorge is our Nursery Cook.
All food is delivered fresh on a weekly basis to the nursery and Jorge 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.