Meet The Team

We pride ourselves on the high-quality experience and expertise of our staff team at Smarties. We invest in our team by offering them a range of training opportunities, individually tailored to their needs. 

All staff working at Smarties are fully qualified, holding a level 3 qualification in childcare. The management team have completed their BA hons in Early Years, which has given them a wealth of knowledge about working and supporting children and their families.

Within our senior team, we have a qualified teacher working within our preschool room and a senior practitioner who holds their Early Years Professional status. We recognise the importance of upskilling our practitioners to ensure we can continue to provide outstanding childcare. 

All of our team members are Paediatric First Aid trained and we are extremely proud to have gained the endorsement of Millie’s Mark. Millie’s Mark is awarded as a special endorsement to childcare providers in England and Scotland that go way above and beyond minimum requirements by having 100% of staff trained in paediatric first aid.

Clare - Nursery Manager

Childcare is my passion and I have worked in nurseries for the past 22 years, building a wealth of experience in the sector. I have a BA Hons Degree in Early Years and I believe that every child deserves the best start in life. At Smarties, we build the foundations for children to learn and grow. I pride myself on my hands-on approach to management and ensure I am fully involved in the full life of the nursery. Here at Smarties, we believe children learn best through a balance of well-planned, purposeful play taking every child’s individual needs into consideration. We aim to provide an enabling environment where children are able to form positive relationships and develop lifelong skills.

Sophie – Deputy Nursery Manager

Hi, I’m Sophie and I’m based in the Baby Room. I have a BA Hons Degree in Early Years and believed this was an essential achievement to further my knowledge and understanding of childcare and development. I have always known I wanted to work in childcare and being a mum has emphasised this. I wake up and look forward to coming to work to see all the rays of sunshine looking up to me.

Sam – Room Leader

My name is Sam and I’m based in the Baby Room. I’ve been working in childcare since 2015 and I have an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Childcare. I believe every child deserves the best start in life and I enjoy helping the children grow each day to become strong and independent.

Beth – Room Leader

My name is Beth and I am based in the Baby Room. I have an NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma and have Graduated from Leeds Trinity University with a degree in Psychology and Child Development. Child care has always been my passion and I love supporting children to learn, grow and develop. I particularly enjoy encouraging young children to be creative and engage in sensory play.

Emma – Room Leader

Hi, I’m Emma and I’m based in the Preschool Room and I’m a qualified teacher. I have always had a passion for working with children as I love that when working in childcare every day is different.  I have worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings and I look forward to watching the children grow and supporting them with the transition into school. 

Alice – Senior Practitioner

My name is Alice and I’m based in the Toddler Room. I have a BA Hons degree in Childhood Studies and I have worked in childcare for over 10 years. I’m passionate about helping children learn and I thoroughly enjoy coming to work every day knowing that I will be contributing to a child’s developmental journey. 

Ellie – Early Years Practitioner

Hi, my name is Ellie and I’m based in the pre-school room. I have an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and have worked with children for over 8 years. I love contributing to building a child’s confidence and self-esteem and I thrive to help all children realise their potential as they learn and develop.

Chantelle – Early Years Practitioner

My name is Chantelle and I’m based in the Baby Room. I have an NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator diploma and I have 3 years’ experience of working with children. I love contributing to a child’s development and enjoy seeing them grow. I’m looking forward to gaining more knowledge and experience in childcare. 

Alex – Early Years Practitioner

My name is Alex and I’m based in the Pre School Room. I have an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and I have worked with children for over 5 years. Over the years I have had the opportunity to contribute to many children’s development and be a part of their lives, helping them to grow and learn new things. 

Leanne – Early Years Practitioner

My name is Leanne and I’m based in the Toddler Room. I have an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and I have a passion of working with children. I love the responsibility of ensuring that all children’s needs are met, whilst giving them lots of opportunities to grow and learn.

Lauren – Early Years Practitioner

Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m based in the baby room. I’m currently working towards my BA Hons. Degree in Early Years and have been working with children for over 8 years. I love seeing children progress and the impact I have had on a child’s learning, allowing me to positively impact a child’s development to prepare them for the next stage in their life. 

Joanne – Early Years Practitioner

Hi, my name is Joanne. I am a qualified teacher and I work in the Toddler Room and Preschool Room.  I have worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings and I thoroughly enjoy working with children of this age and being part of their next stages of learning.