Michelle, Nursery Manager
Michelle is responsible for the daily running of Nursery, ensuring the children are encouraged to develop to their full potential in a stimulating and fun environment. With over 20 years experience in private day care, Michelle is incredibly passionate about her work and the children she cares for. Qualifications include a BA Hons Degree in Early Years Childcare, coupled with a Foundation Degree in Young Children’s Care, Learning and Development. This is the highest ‘stand alone’ qualification to be attained in the Early Years field and Michelle brings with her a wealth of knowledge which greatly benefits the children and staff within Nursery. Outside of Nursery life, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, walking her two German Shepherds and swimming.
Kelly, Nursery Practitioner
Kelly has always enjoyed looking after children from a young age and made the decision to go into childcare to realise her ambition of working on a professional level within the childcare sector. After qualifying in 2013 as a Level 3 practitioner from St Mary's College, Kelly came to The Old Vicarage to assist with holiday and sickness cover on a part time basis before she quickly progressed to a full time member of the team. Kelly has worked with all of our age ranges and thoroughly enjoys watching the children grow and develop their skills as well as their individual personalities. Outside of nursery life, Kelly leads a busy life spending time with friends and family and her perfect day would be sat on a beach in the sun but you won’t find her in the water as she is scared of big fish! Kelly also enjoys watching Game of Thrones and Vampire Diaries and is partial to a bit of chocolate.
Nina is dedicated to providing a high level of quality to our food offering and is able to cater for any child’s dietary requirements. Qualified to Level 3 in Food Safety Hygiene and Infection Control, Nina prepares homemade meals fresh each day and ensures our kitchen facilities maintain the 5 star rated standards we have continually been awarded.
Tina, Nursery Practitioner
Tina’s very impressive professional qualifications include a PGCE in Primary Teaching and BA Hons in Early Years. Having joined The Old Vicarage in 2012, Tina works as a full time member of the team with experience in all of our age ranges. Tina enjoys seeing the children achieve a goal, no matter how big or small, and finds it rewarding to be a part of their early years development. When not in Nursery, Tina enjoys walking, socialising and spending time with her two beautiful nieces. A perfect day could be described as sitting around the pool somewhere hot and sunny with her partner and friends. Tina has few dislikes but bananas are one of them and she is also scared of birds! 2016 was an exciting year as Tina got married and is enjoying being called Mrs.
Kellie, Baby Room Team Leader / Nursery Practitioner
Kellie went into childcare in 2005 and proudly holds a Level 3 qualification. For Kellie, the most enjoyable thing about working with the children at The Old Vicarage is watching them achieve their ‘firsts’ by way of steps, words and writing, as well as joining in the creative activities. Kellie also enjoys seeing the children become so enthusiastic about all the events held at nursery, especially the annual visit from Father Christmas. During her free time, Kellie can be found spending time with her partner, going to the gym and socialising with friends and family. Interesting facts surrounding Kellie include using the word ‘fabulous’ in almost every conversation she holds as well as her being a whiz in the kitchen both at nursery and at home. Kellie is very interested in animal welfare and sponsors a panda.
Rachel, Nursery Practitioner
Rachel qualified as a Level 3 practitioner in June 2011 before continuing her qualifications through a Foundation Degree in Professional Practice (Early Years), graduating in July 2013. During her time with us, Rachel has commented that, “For me, there are so many enjoyable things about working with the children at The Old Vicarage I can’t pick just one”. Rachel possesses a real passion for teaching children and finds every experience rewarding through seeing the children grow and develop. During her free time, Rachel enjoys nothing more than a long walk and meeting up with friends. Rachel also sponsors two Labradors, Ava and Zeb who are training to become guide dogs and her perfect day would be spent with her own four legged fur babies, Lucky and Wizzer spoiling them with toys and treats.
Helen, Domestic Assistant
Helen is in charge of keeping the main areas of Nursery looking bright and fresh for parents and visitors and quite frankly, we couldn’t do without her! As well as looking after us, Helen is undertaking further educational studies at Blackburn College and has a large family that keeps her busy. As a devoted Grandmother, she enjoys nothing more than getting to spend time with her grandchildren and spoiling them rotten. Also a keen animal lover, Helen's family members include the four legged variety and Cufts is a must on Helen's annual events calendar!
Catherine, Deputy Manager / Pre-School Team Leader
Cat is one of our most creative staff members and enjoys taking part in activities which allow the children to bring out their own creative side. Having joined The Old Vicarage in 2011, Cat has continued to develop her professional career and is now Deputy Manager and Pre-School Team Leader. To enrich this development, Cat is undergoing additional management training as well as enhanced safeguarding awareness through training and practice. Cat is somewhat obsessed with her car and enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, being pampered and taking time to make special memories with family and friends. Cat's hidden talent is that she can play the violin.
Emma, Nursery Practitioner
Emma joined the team as a part time member of staff whilst still undertaking her Level 3 studies at Blackburn College and quickly became a firm favourite with the children and parents. Having fully qualified in 2014, Emma continues to develop her professional skills and enjoys watching the children grow and develop through their early years. Emma is a massive dog lover and likes nothing more than going out for a long walk with her two dogs, shopping, eating out and visiting family.
Tara, Nursery Practitioner
Having worked in childcare for the past 11 years, Tara is extremely experienced and dedicated to her profession. Tara enjoys having an influence on a child's development through building bonds and attachments which provide positive steps in their learning and development. Tara has three growing boys and is also challenging herself professionally continuing on with her academic studies through Positive Practice with Children and Young People.
Charley, Nursery Practitioner
As our newest member of the team, Charley recently completed her BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care at Blackburn College. Originally stepping in to assist with holiday cover, Charley quickly showed her passion for working with children and is now based within our busy Baby Room whilst she undertakes further academic studies to enhance her professional qualifications. As a keen sports fan, Charley enjoys American football, ice hockey and rugby but on the flip side also enjoys winding down by reading or watching her favourite tv shows. You may not know that Charley's sister, Miss Kelly, also works with us and Charley is an avid YouTuber!
Ishrat, Nursery Practitioner
Details on Miss Ishrat to follow.
Chloe, Nursery Practitioner (Holiday Cover)
Chloe originally came to The Old Vicarage through Work Experience whilst undertaking her Level 3 qualifications at Blackburn College. Thereafter, the opportunity arose to offer Chloe further hands on experience through the provision of holiday and sickness cover to support Nursery and we were delighted she took up the challenge. Chloe is extremely flexible and assists in all rooms depending where our requirements lie and she has enjoyed working with a wide variety of age ranges and the different skills this brings. Chloe's least favourite things are fizzy pop and vegetables but this is offset by enjoying socialising with friends and a perfect day would be spent in the sunshine on a lovely beach.