Our Team

Most of our team have level 3 childcare qualifications, and all staff undergo complete Disclosure and Barring Service checks before joining our nursery. With more experienced staff mentoring new team members, and regular internal training on topics such as planning, observation and the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, we can help to ensure that the highest standards of childcare are always maintained.

Hayley Steel has been the manager of Whickham Cottage Nursery since 1998, and she has been a part of our team since 1990. Qualified to Level 5 in Early Years Practice, and with a wealth of experience guiding children through their early years, Hayley believes that building good relationships is key to the success and smooth-running of our nursery. She is always on hand to address any concerns that parents might have, and with a recent qualification in Special Educational Needs, she continues to develop her skills and champion inclusive childcare practice.

Deputy Manager Sharon Greener joined us as part of a YTS training scheme in 1991, and has been part of our management team since 2004. She holds a level 4 qualification in Childcare and Education.

Elizabeth Leng joined us in 2001 as a member of our supply staff and has progressed to become our settings Early Years Professional. In September 2010, she gained a PGC in Early Years Practice. Working alongside the management team, she has helped to implement many changes in the nursery, and has undertaken significant professional development whilst with Whickham Cottage Nursery.