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Angela McKeown - Nursery Manager (SENCO) Age 31

Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services.


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1 and Designated Lead Practitioner, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training, FGM training, Food Hygiene Certificate, and Lancashire CAF and CON training.

All about me: " I love spending time with my family and going for walks or days out together. I enjoy doing activities with my little girl such as crafts or baking. I enjoy my job and love supporting the staff and children throughout nursery".

Likes: Shopping, spending time with family, going for walks and watching shows at the theatre.

Dislikes: Winter weather and rude, impatient people.

Deanne Bole - Nursery Manager Age 34

Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services.


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1 and Designated Lead Practitioner training, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training , FGM training, Food Hygiene Certificate, Smile 4 Life training and Lancashire CAF and CON training.

All about me: " I am very family orientated and love spending time with my partner, our daughter, step-son and puppy Bella. I love socialising with friends and having fun at the weekends. I absolutely love my role as Nursery Manager and love watching the children grow and develop through play and seeing their individual Learning Journeys".

Likes: Food (especially pizza), spending time with my family and puppy, TV shows, socialising with friends.

Dislikes: Bad manners and rudeness, spiders and cold weather.

Kristen Baxendale - Jelly Fish room Nursery Practitioner and SENCO Age 25

CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People's Workforce


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1 and Designated Lead Practitioner training, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training, and Lancashire CAF and CON training.

All about me: "I love spending time with my very little boy going to sensory rooms, play groups and days out at the weekend with his daddy, sister and brother. I love to spend time with my friends.
I love my job because I love having fun with the children and I love getting them prepared for their next big step to school.

Likes: eating cake, going on holiday, meals out and shopping

Dislikes: Soggy food in the sink, spiders, snails and bad manners.

Lisa Milner - Assistant Manager /Jelly Fish Supervisor Age 26

Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services.


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1 and Designated Lead Practitioner training, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training , FGM training and Lancashire CAF and CON training.

All about me: "I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. i especially enjoy taking long walks up Hurstwood reservoir with my dog Molly.
Some weekends i spend my time on the farm helping my partner Matthew look after the animals such as cows, pigs and sheep.
I enjoy going on beach holidays especially Mexico."

Likes: Eating cake, walking in all weathers with my dog, spending time with family and friends, music quiz at my local pub and takeaways.

Dislikes: People with no manners, lazy people and spiders.

Brogan Smale - Jelly Baby Room Supervisor - Age 24

BTEC Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training, FGM training, Lancashire CAF and CON training and Supporting 0-2 years in the EYFS.

All about me: "I love spending time with my little girl whether it is cuddled up watching movies or visiting the park or swimming. I enjoy my job and love to help guide the children in their development throughout the early years".

Likes: Spending time my little girl, food, watching T.V series, seeing family and friends.

Dislikes: Bad manners, ignorance, rain and cold, creepy crawlies.

Lisa Andrews - Messy Jellies Room Nursery Practitioner - Age 28

BTEC National Certificate in Early Years


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training and Lancashire CAF and CON training.

All about me: "I love spending time with my partner and my dog, Jakey. I am very close to my mum, i love to see her and spend time with her as I don't see her often as she lives in Tamworth. I am also very close to my Dad, Grandma and Grandad. I enjoy socialising with friends and spending time with family.
I love my job, being part of each child's learning and development and seeing each child grow and develop is so rewarding."

Likes: Jakey (my dog), shopping, food, theatre shows, soaps, films, animals, seeing family and friends and nights out.

Dislikes: Rude people, cold weather, rain, snow, annoying drivers, mushrooms, ignorance, selfish people, scary films, the dark and pineapple.

Claire Gibson - Jelly Tots Room Nursery Practitioner Age 27

EDEXCEL Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training , FGM training, Lancashire CAF and CON training and Supporting 0-2 years in the EYFS.

All about me:
"I love spending time with my partner, my daughter Ella and my dog Max.
I enjoy shopping, watching TV series, eating out, playing with my little girl and spending time with family and friends".

Like: Food (Chicken Tikka Masala & chocolate), walking my dog, clothes shopping, spending time with family, watching TV and going to the Cinema.

Dislikes: Rain, snow, cold, being poorly, moths, rude people, bad manners, eating fish, eggs.

Ruby Cuprys - Messy Jellies Room Nursery Practitioner - Age 27

Level 2 Practitioner in Early Years Education.


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training , FGM training, Lancashire CAF and CON training.

All about me:
"I love spending time with my partner Pete and my family. I have a crested gecko called Pyro. I am very close to my Mum she is my best friend, we always take really long shopping trips and she is the best cook in the world! On my days off I like to go shopping and as I am quite creative I enjoy make my own cards and homemade gifts.
I love working in my room as all the children are so funny and you learn something new about them everyday and they enjoy the silly voices we do during stories etc...This is the most rewarding job in the world because you are helping in the development of children and shaping them to take their next step".

Likes: chocolate, shopping, American shows, bowling, meals out with friends, music, hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows.

Dislikes: narrow minded people, dishonest people, snow, Rhianna, liquorice.

Natalie Gibbons - Nursery Practitioner

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce


Miss Natalie works part time at Briercliffe Day Nursery and is currently covering for maternity leave. Miss Natalie helps in all rooms and sees this as an advantage as she gets to work with all the staff, in the kitchen and interact with all the children in the setting.

Miss Natalie has a Level 2 in Food Safety and Catering, Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Level 1 and has just recently achieved her Level 3 in Childcare and Education.

Miss Natalie says:
"As part of the bank staff team I get to cover in all rooms as and when i'm needed. I enjoy the variety this role brings, and I get to work with children of all ages, and I am able to watch them develop and progress as they move up through the different rooms within the nursery".

Leanne Wareing - Jelly Baby Room Nursery Practitioner Age 27

NVQ Level 3 Certificate in Learning and Development


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training, FGM training, Lancashire CAF and CON training and Supporting 0-2 years in the EYFS.

All about me: I enjoy spending time with family, mainly my sisters nieces and nephew. I enjoy eating out and spending time with friends. I enjoy working with children alongside Miss Brogan and watching them grow. I also enjoy creating memorable items with different crafts and up-cycling items. I work in a pub also which means I enjoy socialising with the customers".

Likes: Crafts, Burnley Football Club, holidays and days out, decorating, being with close friends, spending money and watching T.V series.

Dislikes: Bad manners, ignorance, selfish people and rain.

Joanne Ashworth - Jelly Tot Room Supervisor Age 37

Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People's Workforce


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training, FGM training, Supporting 0-2 years in EYFS and Lancashire CAF and CON training.

All about me:" I have two dogs called Tess and Lilly who I love to go on walks with. I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. I also enjoy going to nice restaurants, baking and being creative such as making my own jewellery".

Likes: Walking my dogs, baking, eating out making jewellery.

Dislikes: Being cold, bugs and dishonest people.

Lisa McKavett - Jelly Fish room Nursery Practitioner Age 48

NNEB Certificate in Nursery Nursing


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training, and Lancashire CAF and CON training.

All about me: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and especially my little miracle Grandson - Lenny. I love love going or walks with my dog Benny and socialising with close friends at the weekend.
I enjoy watching children in my care grow and develop"

Likes: Curry, mushrooms, eating out, long walks, family time and shopping.

Dislikes: Selfish people, drivers who don't know how to use an indicator, beans and peas and oranges with pips.

Beverley Yarwood - Pre School/Jelly Fish Supervisor Age 26

Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training, Food Hygiene Certificate and Lancashire CAF and CON training.

All about me: "I enjoy spending time with family, going on walks and days out. I love going on holiday and for weekends away. Sometimes I like to watch shows at the theatre. I enjoy visiting and spending time with my friends.

Likes: Comedy, shopping, visiting my friends and family, kind and thoughtful people.

Dislikes: Winter, arrogant/selfish people and being cold.

Jodie Rukin - Jelly Fish Room Nursery Practitioner Age 25

BTEC Level 3 in Children's Care and Learning


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training and Lancashire CAF and CON training .

All abut me: "I love to spend time with my family, boyfriend Liam and my friends. I enjoy going out at the weekend with my friends and going to parties. I love days out with Liam, visiting new places. I also enjoy family days out - I go to my grandma's and grandad's every Sunday. This is a time when my family all gets together. I am very close to my mum and we do alot of things together, she is like my best friend. "

Likes: Partying, days out, holidays, sun, seeing friends, going out for tea, films, pizza/Chinese, sweets, spending time with my niece - Rosie.

Dislikes: Rain, tomatoes, bad manners, bullies, Blackburn Football Club.

Courtney Barlow - Nursery Practitioner

Level 2 Children and Young People's Workforce.


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training, Lancashire CAF and CON training and Supporting 0-2 years in the EYFS.

All about me: "In my spare time i love spending the days with my family, friends and boyfriend. i love going to music festivals and away on holiday. I also really enjoy doing make up. My favourite food is Chinese.".

Like: Food, polite people, Peter Kay, my car, make up, the sunshine and bread.

Dislikes: Ignorance, spiders, rude people and rain.gs.
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Jade Chamberlain- Jelly Fish Room Modern Apprentice Age 19

Modern Apprenticeship - Nelson & Colne College


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training and Lancashire CAF and CON training.

All about me: "I love spending time with my family, especially my dog Fliss. I enjoy taking her on long walks and for drives in my car. I love spending time with my best friend and her baby.
I also love learning new things every day working at nursery. I enjoy spending time with the children as every child and every day is different.

Likes: Spending time with my friends and their children, eating Chinese food, animals, watching TV shows and snow.

Dislikes; Bad manners, silly drivers, tomatoes, spicy food and shopping.

Iram Kausar - Nursery Practitioner (covers in all rooms) Age 33

BTEC National Diploma in Early Years.


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training and Lancashire CAF and CON training.

All about me: "I love spending time with my girl and family. I love going shopping especially if its for my girl. I love watching comedy films. I love baking with my gitl on the weekends. I have just qualified as a nail technician and also trained in party makeup. I love working with children.

Likes: Shopping, make up, TV, spending time with my girl, Cinema and day trips with my friends, doing Henna an playing in Gloop.

Dislikes: Spiders, dark, thunder & lightening, being ill, grumpy & snappy people, sour food and waiting in for takeaway deliveries.

Joyce Graham - Nursery Cook Age - Not as old as I look

Level 2 in food safety and catering, food preparation and cooking


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training and Food Hygiene Certificate.

All about me: " I love working at nursery. I love spending time watching the children grow and develop from babies to school age. I also love rainbows and I enjoy drawing rainbows and stick people for the children.
Family time is so special and I love spending time with my grandchildren."

Likes: Giraffes, Disney, cooking, playing games with the children, Thor, John Bishop and American Wrestling.

Dislikes: Bad manners, vegetables and scary films.

Jessica Rushton - Nursery Practitioner Jelly Fish room Age 21

BTEC National Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development


Relevant training: Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1, Prevent and Fundamental British Values training, Lancashire CAF and CON training and British Sign Language Level 1

All about me: "I enjoy spending time with my family and going clothes shopping with my mum at the weekend. I enjoy socialising with my friends and going out for meals with them when they come home from university.
I enjoy working in the pre-school room helping the childrren to develop and preparing them for school.

Likes: Pugs, going to concerts, music, make up, clothes shopping, curry, Italian food, Christmas, watching films and TV shows on Netflix.

Dislikes: Spiders and bad manners.

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