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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 over 20 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 over 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.

Sophie Low
Name…
Sophie Low
Title/ Role…
Room Leader of Butterflies, Deputy Behavioural Management
Experience…
I have worked in childcare for over 4 years starting here at Bell house nursery as a trainee and working my way up to be a Room Leader (for ages 1-2). I have had this position for 2 years.
Professional Qualifications…
Level 3 Childcare Diploma
Passions/ Hobbies…
I love spending time with friends and family, having spontaneous days out or even just chilled days at home. I also love shopping trips, beach days and going on holiday!
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
Working with the age I am witch is the most rewarding part of job. Watching their development progress every day and begin to show their own personalities. I think a big part of the job is also the relationship/bonds you get with both the children and parents and also parents feeling reassured they are in the best care.

Jody Stewart
Name…
Jody Stewart
Title/ Role…
Room Leader of Ladybirds & third in charge
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.