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Meet the team…

We are a friendly bunch here at the Bell House, take a look below to find out a little more about us…

Clare Hayes
Name…
Clare Hayes
Title/ Role…
Manager and Owner
Experience…
I have spent over 20 years dedicated to looking after children. This has involved working alongside families in their own home as well as within the nursery environment. These opportunities have afforded me a great deal of insight into the importance in treating each and every child as a unique and wonderful individual.
Professional Qualifications…
BA Hons Early Childhood Studies
Passions/ Hobbies…
By far my biggest passion is spending time with my children, I adore watching them grow and their personalities shine. I value the importance of imaginary play and love being creative. In my quiet time I have a passion for reading and theatre.
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
Watching the children develop with confidence. I also love sharing my knowledge and expertise with staff and families, knowing that in truly working together we can support children to be the very best that they can be.

Andy Hayes
Name…
Andy Hayes
Title/ Role…
Director and Owner
Experience…
I have a wealth of knowledge relating to the day to day running of the nursery setting. To date, my current and previous management roles have cemented the importance of keeping staff morale high, treating all employees with the highest regard and allowing them the structure, space and support to grow and develop within their specific roles.
Professional Qualifications…
BSC Hons in Building Surveying
Passions/ Hobbies…
My biggest passion is my children, spending time with them beats everything else. However, I do also enjoy a round or two of golf!
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
Building relationships with families and watching the children grow as they develop in confidence, independence and become ready for school.

Annie Tolchard
Name…
Annie Tolchard
Title/ Role…
Nursery Manager
Experience…
I have worked in the Early Years sector for 19 years, starting as a nursery assistant and working my way up to becoming a manager for a village nursery school, where I spent 7 happy years. I came to Bell House to be shown around as a parent and (very happily!) ended up working here!
Professional Qualifications…
Early Years Professional (EYP)
Passions/ Hobbies…
I love my daughter more than anything in the world! My other interests include music, walking and a good Jurassic Park film (Jurassic World is one of my favourites!)
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
Every child is a little adult of the future that needs nurturing and guiding to become the very best people that they can be.

 

Sophie Lemon
Name…
Sophie Lemon
Title/ Role…
Deputy Manager
Experience…
I have worked in childcare for 5 years within a nursery setting. I have had childcare experience with all age groups from 3 months – 10 years old and this has provided me a wide range of knowledge about child development. This experience has also equipped me with the skills to help each child reach their own personal development milestones.
Professional Qualifications…
Level 3 in Childcare, currently studying for my Level 5.
Passions/ Hobbies…
I come from a large family and I’d say my biggest passion is spending time with all my brothers and sisters. I also love reading books and spending time in the garden.
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
My favourite thing about working with children is watching them grow into their own characters, reaching new milestones and watching their faces light up when they meet a new challenge. I also love getting to know our families and forming real bonds, developing genuine relationships knowing that parent feel happy and confident leaving their children in our care. Best of all, I just love having fun with the children, laughing and playing games!

Vicky Robinson
Name…
Vicky Robinson
Title/ Role…
Room Lead for Dragonflies also Lead Behavioural Management at the nursery
Experience…
I have worked in the childcare and education sector for over 6 years. I trained in a boys school building experience in both the nursery and reception year classes.
Professional Qualifications…
Level 3 Childcare
Passions/ Hobbies…
Being mother to my two sons and looking after my family is my biggest passion. I also love walking, birds and shopping
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
To know that I am giving each of the children in my care a secure, happy, fun and healthy environment in which they have the freedom for their characters to shine and firm foundation for meeting their developmental needs. I adore being part of their growth and progression.

Natalie Bush
Name…
Natalie Bush
Title/ Role…
Room Leader of Butterflies Room
Experience…
I have worked in childcare for 8 years, starting off working in a boarding school autistic children. This I really enjoyed but found my passion was to work with younger children, so I started off as a nursery practitioner before working towards room leader, alongside going to university to do a Level 5 Foundation Degree.
Professional Qualifications…
Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years and Education.
Passions/ Hobbies…
I am originally from Shaftesbury in Dorset, so love going back there to see my friends and family as much as I can! I also enjoy a good Pub Quiz and have a passion for films.
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
I love working with the babies, seeing them start to walk and talk and helping them to grow into their individual personalities.

 

Jody Stewart
Name…
Jody Stewart
Title/ Role…
Room Leader of Ladybirds
Experience…
I have been working in childcare for six years and ove r that time have worked my way from Nursery Practitioner to Room Leader and have held this position for 5 years. I currently lead the Ladybird Room (3 months – confident walkers) and have previously been Room Leader of the Bumblebees Room (2-3years old) I also have experience working with children with additional educational needs, in particular speech and language.
Professional Qualifications…
Level 3 Childcare Diploma
Passions/ Hobbies…
I am very family orientated and love spending time with family at the weekends. Spending time with friends is also a huge part of my life and love to go shopping, travel to London and enjoy eating out. I also adore time spent at the seaside with my favourite people!
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
I love getting to know each child’s character, watching them develop and grow in every way. I also love building relationships with our families so that together we can make sure their particular child is getting the very best care possible.

Lauren Palmer
Name…
Lauren Palmer
Title/ Role…
Room Leader of Bumblebees
Experience…
I have worked in childcare for over 10 years and during that time have had lots of experience with all ages. I started in Bumblebees in January and am really enjoying my time with the wonderful, interesting and adorable 2-3 year old age group.
Professional Qualifications…
Level 3 in childcare, Level 2 in leadership
Passions/ Hobbies…
I am very family orientated and I love going on days out as a family and spending as much time as possible with my son Jack! I also really enjoy playing rounders, netball and going swimming.
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
I love thinking of new, interesting and fun activities to help the child learn and grow in an exciting and engaging environment. It is also a great passion of mine to help children learn and develop new skills and become confident at their abilities. It’s a pleasure to get to know the children within our care and watch them grow and learn ready for the pre-school room when they turn 3.