(Operational Director)

Experiences: Nicola has worked in children services for over 30 years as a teacher, head teacher, Ofsted Inspector, Advisor and Early Years Trainer.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Early Years Education.

Responsibilities: Nicola is passionate about children having the best start in life particularly in developing communication, social skills and self-confidence. Nicola ensures all practice at Shine Nursery is outstanding and delivers training and advice to staff.

Likes: kindness, my campervan, bargains

Dislikes: horror movies

Favourite children’s book: Rainbow Fish


Experiences: Cassie has worked in childcare for 13 years, working her way up to a manager position through 2 outstanding day nurseries.

Qualifications: BA Hons in integrated working with children and families and a Foundation Degree in Early childhood studies.

Responsibilities: These include day to day running of the nursery, working alongside staff to ensure the very best outcomes for all our children, to embed the quality of teaching and learning through interactions and our curriculum.

Likes: Shopping, time with my family, walking my dog

Favourite children’s book: We’re going on a bear hunt!


Experiences: Worked in childcare for 16 years with all ages. Enjoy working most with 0 – 2 year olds.

Responsibilities: To support the babies with their personal, social and emotional development, their physical development and their language and communication by giving them lots of wonderful play experiences.

Likes: Toadstools, fell walking and music

Dislikes: Scary cats

Favourite Book: This is not my hat/ Faraway Tree


Experiences: Ann has experience of working with children for over 30 years as a Playgroup Leader, Child Minder, Family Centre Worker, Childcare Practitioner and as a Childcare Manager.

Qualifications: NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing. Forest School Leader

Responsibilities: To care for and nurture the babies so they can grow and develop in a calm, homely and safe environment.

Likes: Honesty. Sewing, reading and holidays.

Dislikes: Harmful human activities that pollute, destroy or have a negative impact on our natural environment.

Favourite children’s book: Dear Zoo


Experiences: My experience is just beginning as I am just starting out as an apprentice. I am aiming to reach my Level 3.

Qualifications: Working towards Level 2.

Responsibilities: I work alongside Nicole in Pre-School with children ages 3-4 years old. I am responsible for supporting  the children’s learning and development through play and learning experiences.

Likes: I enjoy spending time with my family. I love babysitting my cousins and being with them makes me happy. I like being by the seaside and going shopping and I love going to my dance classes at the weekend.

Dislikes: Pet snakes

Favourite children’s book: The Last Noo Noo


Experiences: Nicole has experience working in a range of early years childcare settings for over 10 years. Nicole’s main experience is working as a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner teaching children ages 3-4 years old.

Qualifications: BTEC Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development Level 3 & Foundation Degree in Early Years.

Responsibilities: Nicole is the Room Leader for Pre-school. She is responsible for planning and teaching children ages 3-4 years by offering them breadth of experiences, learning opportunities and a variety of language and vocabulary. Nicole is passionate about building children’s confidence and self-esteem.

Likes: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My hobby outside of the nursery is being a consultant for The Body Shop At Home. I love being a good role model to the children in my care and building up strong relationships to ensure the children feel safe and secure at Shine Nursery.

Dislikes: Spiders!

Favourite Children’s Book: Room on the broom.


Experiences: Donna has worked in childcare for 19 years and in a senior role for the last 15 years.


NVQ level 2 and 3 in Early Years, NVQ level 3 in management.

Responsibilities at nursery: To work alongside management to ensure the smooth running of the nursery and to provide the best outcomes for children. To provide quality teaching and learning along with the care for all two year olds within the nursery.

Likes: Spending time with my family, shopping, my three gorgeous boys.

Dislikes: Horror movies


Experiences: I have worked for 3 years in a local primary school, supporting children from early years to Key Stage 1.

Qualifications: Level 2 Children and young people workforce, level 3 supporting teaching and learning

Working towards Level 3 Early Years Educator

Responsibilities: At Shine Nursery, I work with all age groups and I am currently working in baby room, which I love.

Likes: Going to the gym, spending time with family and friends exploring new countries

Dislikes: Tomatoes, gherkins, extreme sports,

Favourite Book: Giraffes can’t dance


Experiences: 20 years’ experience as a bookkeeper and administrator

Qualifications: NVQ Level 3 – Customer Service

Responsibilities: Finance, record keeping, admin, payroll for nursery and busy mom duties

Likes: Reading, sunny spring mornings and chocolate

Dislikes: Rain, Olives and rude people

Favourite Book: Jolly Postman, Horton Hears a Who and Harry Potter