Our Staff

We have highly trained mature staff, who have a vast experience of working with all ages of children. Most of our staff are paediatric first aiders and attend training courses to develop their skills and thus improve quality of care.

Each child joins a small group of friends with a member of staff designated with special responsibility for their wellbeing. This provides the children with a sense of security and helps them to settle into the nursery.

It also helps the parent to have a familiar face to identify and relate to. The key worker is responsible for filling in child development forms and feedback to parents.

Sandra Leamey

Sandra Leamey

Gateacre Manager

My name is Sandra. I am a partner and manager of the Elm House Day Nurseries. I have 25 years’ experience in childcare and I am dedicated to the children in our care.
Over the years I have gained a range of qualifications enabling myself to provide the best possible care for our children and staff.

These include:

  • NVQ Level 2 childcare.
  • NVQ Level 3 childcare.
  • Level 4 Management.
  • Level 5 Foundation Degree Early Years.
  • Chartered Leader Programme.

In addition, to ensure that our staff and myself can continue to provide the best inclusive practice, I have achieved a qualification in Special Educational Needs and I am a qualified SEND officer. Here at Elm House Day Nurseries we thrive on helping and supporting each and every one of our children and their families. I have completed this qualification to gain more knowledge of how to improve the lives of all our children.

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Lynsey Thomas

Hello, my name is Lynsey and I am the Manager at Elm House Day Nursery. I hold a level 5 certificate in management. I have worked within the childcare industry for over 18 years.

Angela Smith

I hold a Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Early Years Management. I have experience of being a Manager but enjoy being with the children and supporting their learning and development.

Helen Gorry

My name is Helen. I am a qualified level 3 Nursery Educator. I have worked in the childcare industry for over 12 years. I have a son and I live at home with my husband and my two dogs. I enjoy socialising with my friends and going swimming.

Rachael Rudd

My name is Rachael. I am married and I have two children. I am a qualified level 3 Nursery Educator. I have worked with children for over 15 years.

Jacqui Gray

Hi my name is Jacqui. I qualified in 1993 as a NNEB. I worked for the public sector of childcare and development for 21 years before returning to my studies in 2015. I recently qualified at level 5 in Early Years Practice.

Jennifer Moore

My name is Jennifer Moore. I am Level 6 qualified after completing Early Childhood Studies in university. I am also the S.E.N.D Officer at Elm House Childwall. I enjoy running in my free time and taking part in races.

Amanda Downey

My name is Amanda, I have been working in childcare for over 8 years. I have an Early Years Foundation degree. I work part time as I have a Son at home.

Kirsty Atkinson

My name is Kirsty. I have a 2.2 in Early Childhood and Education. I volunteer with a local Rainbows and Guides unit, I have worked in Early Years since 2017.

Lyndsey Ward

My name is Lyndsey. I have been awarded Level 2 in Children and People’s workforce and Level 3 in Childcare. I have also completed an Autism Awareness course. I live with my husband and two children and our dog.

Kirstie Lang

I work as lunch cover and undertake the domestic tasks at Elm House. I enjoy, spending time with my family.

Sarah Loughran

Hi my name is Sarah, i am dinner cover at Elm House and really enjoy my role, I am a mum and in my spare time I love taking our dog for a walk.

Kay Cameron

My name is Kay, I am level 6 qualified after completing a BA with Honours in Education (Early Childhood) at Liverpool Hope University, I have over 7 years’ experience in childcare in various ages.

Lydia Benfield

My name is Lydia, I am qualified level 2, I enjoy working with children as I love to watch them learn.

Emma Eborn

I am level 3 qualified; I enjoy working with children because I love the way a child’s mind works and love watching them work out how to achieve goals.

Michelle Vandenbos

I work alongside staff in the pre-school rooms, I am married and have 2 grown up children.

Jayne Hodson

I am the cook at Elm House, I have many years experience as a chef, I love to cook and spend time with my familiy.

Neave Frear

My name is Neave, I am level 2 qualified and have worked with children for numerous years within the early years sector. I love being creative with the children and helping them to reach their full potential.

Janet Igglesden

My name is Janet. I am a qualified level 3 in early years care and education. I have over 30 years experience of childcare as a child minder, nanny and various positions within nursery settings.

Jodie Patterson

Hi, I’m Jodie, I am level 3 qualified, I chose to work in childcare because I like to see children meet their stage of development.

Stephanie Driscoll

My name is Steph and I am qualified level 2 Early Years Practitioner, I am enjoying getting back into childcare. In my spare time I like spending time with family and friends.

Natalie Dealing

Hi my name is Natalie, I have a dregree in Early Years Practice, I enjoy working with children because it allows me to provide them with opportunities to learn and develop.

Sharon Caveney-Wells

My name is Sharon, I have worked in childcare for over 10 years. I live with my husband and two children. In my spare time I like to go running and practice yoga.

Bethany Dixon

Hi, my name is Beth, I am level 2 qualified in childcare, I enjoy working with children because I like watching them learn and grow.

Lexi Connor

Hi my name is Lexi, and I am joint deputy manager, I am currently completing my level 5 in Leadership and Management, I have worked in childcare for over 5 years. I love to see how children explore the world and develop skills, confidence and personality.

Kimberley West

I am lunch cover at Elm House and enjoy my role, I am a mum of 2 and enjoy spending time with my family.

Elm House West Derby

Patricia Cullen

Hi, my name is Tricia and I am the manager at Elm House West Derby Nursery, I have a passion for working with children and giving all children the best opportunities in life. I am qualified level 5 in Management, I have worked in childcare for over 12 years.

Allison Lyon

My name is Allison. I am Deputy Manager at Elm House Day Nursery West Derby and have over 27 years experience working in day nurseries. I have recently completed my BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies.

Maria Founds

My name is Maria. I am third in charge in Elm House Day Nursery West Derby. I have worked here for over 7 years. I am a qualified level 3 child practitioner and a level 5 in leadership. I am also the S.E.N.D officer. I find my job very rewarding.

Sarah Mottram

My name is Sarah. I have worked in childcare since leaving school and I am Level 3 qualified. I live at home with my mum and dad. I have two sisters and love to watch football with my dad.

Nicola Nuttall

My name is Nicola. I am the cook at Elm House Day Nursery West Derby. I enjoy making nutritious meals for the children. I also enjoy cooking with the children once a month making fresh bread, pizzas and cakes.

Collette Drew

My name is Collette I hold an NNEB qualification. I have worked with children for over 30 years, I am deeply passionate in seeing children progress and extend their learning through play with support from myself in whatever way that child needs.

Alison Tipler

My name is Ally. I am a level 4 advanced practitioner in early years education, holding various of other qualifications relating to childcare and education. I have worked with early year’s children for 18years, with 3 children of my own. I am very passionate about helping children grow and develop, helping provide opportunities for them to thrive in all areas of learning.

Whitney Jonson

I love being active and having fun with the children, I have workedin childcare for over 6 years and I enjoy supporting children to flourish in their development.

Christopher Rimmer

Hi my name is Chris, I am a level 4 early years educator, I have worked in childcare for over 11 years and my favourite part is having fun with the children.

Georgia Douglas

Hi my name is Georgia, I am a level 3 nursery practitioner. I have worked in childcare for over 6 years. In my free time I enjoy taking my daughter to play centres and museums for her to interact with other children and learn new things.

Max Hedges

Hi, my name is Max, I have a degree in forensic psycology and have had previous experience working with children. My goal is to become a teacher and help create the best learning environment.

Charlie Gallagher

Hi my name is Charlie Gallagher I am a Level 3 Nursery Practitioner I have over 5 years’ experience working in private day nurseries and have a passion for supporting children in their development I live at home with my Nan and Grandad and love family time.

Veronica Reid

Hi, my name is Veronica I currently have my level 2 and I am working towards achieving my level 3 in the future. I have over 3 years’ experience of working in various childcare settings such as private nursery settings and I also have experience working within a childminding setting. I really enjoy working with children and supporting them to develop and grow.

Leanne Treble

I am qualified level 3 dinner cover and enjoy helping the children serve their food and teaching the children self independence silks and watching them learn every day new skills.

Stacey Ryder

Hi I am Stacey I an Level 3 qualified and Level 6. I have completed a BA with honours in Early Years studies and child youth and society studies (2.1) I am currently studying developmental Psychology and Early Years Pedagogy at masters level. I have worked in early years for over ten years and have three young children of my own. I am passionate about early years and providing excellent learning opportunities for children. I particularly enjoy messy play activities for children to explore and have fun with, whilst developing their natural curiosity.

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Faye Clarke

My name is Faye, I have over two years experience working with children and I am currently working towards my NVQ Level 3. I am first aid and safeguarding trained and I love to see the children grow and develop in Nursery.

Charlotte Woodhouse

My name is Charlotte. I have worked within a childcare setting for a few years. I am NVQ level 3 qualified.

Rebekah Weekes

I am a qualified level 3 practitioner; I have worked in childcare for over 6 years. I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends.

Rachel Woodhouse

My name is Rachel. I have worked within a childcare setting for a few years. I am a level 3 NVQ qualified nursery educator.

Jade Ince

Hi, my name is Jade, I absolutely love working with children. My favourite part of working with children is watching them grow and develop their own individual personalities, i love being part of helping them achieve their milestones. In my free time I enjoy doing spontaneous activities, I enjoy going to the zoo and spending time with my friends and family.

Louise O'Hanlon

Hi my name is Louise O’Hanlon, I am third in charge at Elm House Gateacre, I have numerous years experience within the early years sector. I love being part of all children’s learning and development, teaching and watching them grow is my favourite. I have a daughter and enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends.

Samantha Allan

Hi, My name is Sam and I am joint deputy alongside Olivia. I have 12 years experience in Early years and qualified level 3 in childcare with Level 2 leadership and management. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my daughter on days out.

Rebecca Muir

I am Level 3 qualified nursery practitioner I have over 17 years’ experience working with children and over 13 years’ experience working in private day nurseries and have a passion for supporting children in their development and watching them learn and develop. I live at home with my partner and my 2 children, and I love spending time with my family

Chloe Leamey

Hi my name is Chloe Leamey. I am currently doing my Level 3 I am enjoying my time in Elm House and enjoy working with children and seeing them develop in all areas of learning, I also went to John Moores University and completed my degree in Psychology and Sociology where I achieved a 2:1 I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my friends and family.

Daisy

Hello my Daisy, I am currently training towards my level 3 qualification after completing my level 2. I love creating activities for the children, I cannot wait to watch them grow.

Sophie Magan

Hi my name is Sophie, I am qualified Level 3 Early Years Educator and have worked in nursery settings for over 12 years, I enjoy interacting and playing with children, watching them grow and develop over time.

Lynsey Seddon

My name is Lynsey, I have a foundation degree in Early Years and have worked with babies and young children for over 20 years. I love to see the progression of children’s development and their excitement to try new challenges. I am a mum of two and love spending quality time with them, I also enjoy reading and spending time with friends.

Ellie Parry

Hi, my name is Ellie and I have recently joined Elm House to begin my apprenticeship in Early years. I am a friendly, happy person who loves to be part of a team. I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends, exploring new places. I have always wanted to work with children as I love to watch them grow and develop into their own personalities. I think working with children is very rewarding and enjoy ensuring the children have a happy time in nursery.

Leanne Gould

Hi, My name is Leanne. I am Level 2 Qualified in childcare. I have been working with children for the last 3 years. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my son and my family. In the near future I would love to develop my practice further by completing my level 3 childcare and SEN training.

Kelly Cuttress

My name is Kelly. I am the cook at Elm House Gateacre. I enjoy making nutritious meals for the children as well as being in the room with the children supporting them in making their own snacks for afternoon tea.

Olivia Rochford

Hi, my name is Olivia and I have joined Elm House Gateacre as joint deputy. I have many years experience in childcare ranging from private nurseries to primary schools. I am level 2 qualified in childcare as well as a degree in Early childhood and education. I love my job and love watching the children develop and grow. In my spare I love being with my horses down the farm. I love spending time with my friends and family.

Lydia

My name is Lydia, I have worked with children for a couple of years and I am currently completing my level 2, I have dogs and in my spare time I enjoy taking them for long walks.

We are a family owned Children's Day Nursery with facilities for children aged 3 months to 5 years of age.  We have 3 nurseries located in Liverpool; Childwall, West Derby & Gateacre.

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