Meet the team 2017-10-23T07:59:20+00:00

Our Valuable Team Members

Sarah Kelly – Nursery Proprietor and Manager

Sarah spent 8 years working as a primary school teacher. As an experienced teacher and mother to her own two boys, Sarah has strong values and practices around quality childcare and development. Her desire to realise these strong values and practices in her own setting led to her opening Puddleducks in June 2012. Sarah sets the standards in the nursery with her own children in mind, asking herself at every turn ‘would this be good enough for my children?’ In turn she sets high standards and expectations throughout the nursery.Sarah owns and manages Puddleducks, but mostly enjoys the time she frequently spends working with the children.

  • BA Hons Primary Education with qualified teacher status (QTS)
  • 8 years teaching experience across the primary age range
  • Paediatric first aid trained
  • Safeguarding trained level 2
  • CRB checked and cleared
  • Food hygiene certificate

Rose Robertson – Deputy Manager & Baby Room Leader

Rose works with our babies and with a baby girl of her own, is experienced in providing excellent care routines and nurturing for our babies. Rose has an exceptionally calm, serene nature, which has our babies always looking to her for cuddles! Usually found snuggled up with a group of babies in our sensory exploration area, Rose loves the nurturing aspect of her job, recognising that cuddles and comfort are key to babies development. With previous nursery supervisory experience, Rose is an experienced practitioner with a wealth of knowledge and understanding around babies developmental and welfare needs.

  • CACHE Level 3 in childcare and education
  • Safeguarding trained
  • Food hygiene certificate
  • DBS checked and cleared
    Joined Puddleducks: September 2013

Ashleigh Gray – Deputy Manager & Preschool Leader

Ashleigh is a very experienced early years practitioner. She has worked in early years classrooms attached to schools; most recently her role was nursery teacher in a local private school. She brings a wealth of knowledge of how to prepare children for their transition to primary school, in particular she ensures all children have a solid foundation of literacy and numeracy skills. Ashleigh runs our preschool, ensuring each day is rich with play based learning opportunities.

  • Level 3 children’s learning and development
  • Paediatric first aid trained
  • DBS checked and cleared
  • Level 2 Safeguarding trained
    Joined Puddleducks : September 2016

Lucy Blackburn – Toddler Room Leader

Lucy is an experienced early year’s practitioner who has worked at another local nursery for several years. She has joined our babyroom team and is adored by our babies, giving endless cuddles and supporting each one in their development. Lucy can often be heard singing or using the instruments with the children as she is very musical. Lucy plans some wonderful sentry, messy activities for the babies.

  • Level 5 – Foundation Degree in Children’s Learning & Development
  • DBS Checked and cleared
  • Safeguarding children
    Joined Puddleducks : March 2016

Stacey Sharples – Nursery Practitioner (Baby Room)

Stacey works with our babies. With a little girl of her own, she totally understands the trust being placed in her by the parents of the babies we care for. Stacey talks to children on a level whereby they are equal and involved in making their own decisions. Stacey supports babies in their play, and ensures that really strong attachments are formed between her and her key children. Stacey can often be heard singing with the children or found in our home corner role playing alongside them. Stacey is an experienced, competent early year’s practitioner and a valued member of our team.

  • CACHE level 3 in childcare and education
  • Safeguarding trained
  • Level 2 food safety
  • DBS checked and cleared
  • Level 2 apprenticeship in team leading
    Joined Puddleducks : June 2013

Sarah McIntosh – Nursery Practitioner (Baby Room)

Sarah is an experienced practitioner, who brings maturity and knowledge to our baby room team. Sarah’s own children are now grow up, but having had babies of her own, she understands her position of responsibility. Sarah started off her time with us as our nursery cook but it wasn’t long before she was itching to put her qualification to use and get back to what she loves best. She is a real asset to our team.

  • Level 3 Children’s Learning and Development
  • Paediatric first aid trained
  • DBS checked
  • Joined Puddleducks: March 2015

Heather Cass – Nursery Practitioner (Toddler Room)

We have known Heather since 2012, when she did her very first work placement with us as a student. She then returned to do her final placement with us in 2015 and has now become a full time member of the team. Fresh from college, Heather has good knowedge of the current good practices in early years education. With a very calm persona, Heather is popular with our toddlers.

  • Level 3 in Children’s Learning and Development
  • DBS Enhanced check
  • Safeguarding children
  • Paediatric first aid trained
    Joined Puddleducks: June 2015

Rosie Bell – Nursery Practitioner (Toddler Room)

Rosie is our very first apprentice. She has recently completed her level 2 qualification with us and is now working towards her level 3. The children adore Rosie. She is already demonstrating her ability to care for children and support them in their learning and development. Rosie works mostly with our toddler children, but spends time in preschool as well. She works as part of a larger, very experienced and fully qualified team, who offer her all the support she needs. We look forward to watching Rosie grow and develop as an early years practitioner in her time with us.

  • Working towards L2 children’s learning & Development
  • DBS Checked
  • Safeguarding children
    Joined Puddleducks : July 2015

Abbie Dent – Apprentice (Baby Room)

Abbie is completing her apprenticeship in children’s learning and development. Having spent two years at college studying leisure and tourism, Abbie has chosen the rewarding career of working with children instead. Abbie works in our beautiful baby unit, offering additional support to the qualified staff in the room.

  • Working towards L2 in children’s Learning & Development
  • DBS Checked and cleared
  • Safeguarding children
    Joined Puddleducks : July 2016

Louise Ashton – Nursery Practitioner (Toddler Room)

Louise brings creativity and lots of musical talent to our diverse team! She has a BA in music and this is reflected every day in the nursery, where the children benefit from her love of all things musical! She is also trained in special educational needs. Louise has a very gentle and calming aura and is a favourite with our children. Louise is an experienced practitioner, having worked for several years at a York nursery before joining our team.

  • Level 3 in Children’s Learning & Development
  • Enhanced DBS checked
  • Safeguarding children
  • Paediatric first aid trained
    Joined Puddleducks : July 2015

Jenny Tweddle – Nursery Practitioner (Baby Room)

Jenny has recently relocated to the York area, having spent many years in Carlisle. She is an experienced practitioner and was previously in a supervisory role in a large nursery. Jenny has a little girl of her own, who also come to our nursery. Jenny is so well suited to our baby room, with her very calm, caring and patient nature.

  • Level 3 in Children’s Learning & Development
  • Enhanced DBS checked
  • Safeguarding children
  • Paediatric first aid trained
    Joined Puddleducks : August 2015

Poppy Dixon – Nursery Practitioner (Baby Room)

Poppy has a wealth of experience, having previously worked at an ‘outstanding’ nursery in North Yorkshire. She is also a Mummy herself and understands the joys and challenges of parenting! Poppy attended ‘Working with Babies’ training in October to ensure she has the most current and up to date understanding of practice and procedures involved in working with babies. Poppy has an unusual amount of energy and is often seen dancing energetically around the baby room, much to their delight!

  • Level 3 in Children’s Learning & Development
  • Enhanced DBS checked
  • Safeguarding children
  • Paediatric first aid trained
    Joined Puddleducks : September 2015

Kim Marshall – Nursery Practitioner (Preschool)

Kim brings fun, frolics and lots of ‘sparkle’ to our preschool room. Kim knows EVERY nursery rhyme and children’s song, and loves to sing with the children. She gets more excited than the children when we have ‘dressing up’ days, and has an array of flamboyant, sparkly outfits, which the children adore! Kim is a real animal lover, and supports the children in caring for our resident guinea pigs; land snails and fish!
Kim often returns to nursery on Monday mornings, with interesting items she has come across on her weekend adventures. Her home town being Bridlington; the children love to sit and listen to tales of her walks along the beach.

  • Level 3 in Children’s Learning & Development
  • Paediatric first aid trained
  • DBS checked
  • Safeguarding trained
    Joined Puddleducks : September 2016

Jay Freer – Nursery Practitioner (Toddler Room)

Jay is  Mummy of two little boys of her own, so knows all about the trials and tribulations of parenting! Jay has a lovely, calm and caring manner and in turn, our toddlers adore her. Jay is an experienced child care practitioner and brings a wealth of knowledge to our nursery.

  • Level 3 in Children’s Learning & Development
  • DBS checked
  • Safeguarding trained
    Joined Puddleducks : November 2016

Louise Woods – Nursery Practitioner (Baby Room)

Louise is a full-time member of the baby room. She has previous experience working in a baby room and was also the room leader in a busy nursery. Louise brings great ideas to the room and is always looking at different activities for the children. She is also a very gentle, caring, and creative person.

  • Level 4 in Childcare
  • DBS checked
  • Safeguarding children
    Joined Puddleducks: September 2016

Natasha Morris – Nursery Practitioner (Baby Room)

Natasha is a full-time member of the baby room. She has worked in childcare since leaving school, she completed her apprenticeship and gained her Level 2 qualification whilst working in a nursery. Natasha is currently working towards her Level 3 in Childcare. She is a fun person, who is very chatty and is always found chatting away to the babies. Equally she loves cuddles too!

  • Level 2 in Childcare
  • DBS checked
  • Safeguarding children
    Joined Puddleducks: September 2016

Cheryl Arundale – Nursery Practitioner (Baby Room)

Cheryl is a full-time member of the baby room team. Cheryl has a wealth of experience and was a child minder in her previous setting for 12 years.  She has a very calming influence on our babies and they all adore her; she has an excellent bond with her key babies.

  • Level 3 in Children’s Learning and Development
  • DBS checked
  • Safeguarding children
    Joined Puddleducks: March 2017

Kim Potter – Nursery Practitioner (Baby Room)

Kim works as part of our large baby room team. A very experienced baby practitioner, Kim ensures our babies are very well supported in their learning and development. Mummy to her own baby girl, Kim knows the importance of cuddles and comfort.

  • Level 5 in Children and Young People Workforce
  • DBS checked
  • Safeguarding children
    Joined Puddleducks: July 2017

Laura Echarri – Office Manager

Laura is employed as our Office Manager.  She provides invaluable support to the management team in the many administrative tasks undertaken. Laura ensures new families receive a comprehensive welcome pack when they join us, and ensures effective communication with our families. Laura’s own little boy attends nursery with her.

  • DBS checked
  • Paediatric first aid trained
    Joined Puddleducks: April 2017

Louise Dawson – Nursery Practitioner (Baby Room)

Louise has newly joined our team in the autumn of 2017. With 3 grown up children of her own, Louise has a wealth of experience in child development. In her most recent role, Louise was an assistant in an early year’s department of a primary school for 9 years. Prior to that she worked in a private day nursery similar to ours.

  • Level 4 in Childcare and Education
  • DBS checked
  • Safeguarding Children
    Joined Puddleducks: April 2017

Puddleducks prioritises the continuous professional development of staff to ensure the team shares a wealth of experience and varied expertise. To this end, all staff are in attendance at regular training courses. We couldn’t possibly list them all, but an exhaustive list is available at the nursery for each member of the team, should you wish to see all of the training undergone.