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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 25 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…
Amelia Carey
Title/ Role…
Nursery Manager
Experience…
I have been working in childcare for 13 years and have been a Manager since 2014. I am extremely passionate about working in childcare and ensuring that children have a safe, enabling and stimulating environment to develop and grow in. As a practitioner I have worked with all age groups, and enjoy seeing the children flourish and learn new skills.
Professional Qualifications…
NVQ Level 3 in Childcare
BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care

Passions/ Hobbies…
Spending time with my Partner and our two children, they are growing fast and I cherish the little time we have of them still being small! I adore them both, they both have big personalities and always put a smile on my face. In the small amount of time I get on my own I enjoy to read books, listen to music and go to the gym.

Favourite thing about working in childcare…
Watching them grow and seeing their personalities develop, It is a real privilege of the job when you see children achieving goals and learning new things every day, we have the honour of helping to raise the next generation!

Vicky Robinson
Name…
Debbie Bean
Title/ Role…
Room Lead for Dragonflies
Experience…
Over 13 years of experience working in the early years sector. I started work in a charity run preschool, eventually managing the setting for four years before coming to Bell House Nursery.
Professional Qualifications…
BA Honours in Childhood and Youth Studies
Passions/ Hobbies…
My two, nearly grown up, daughters who I am very proud of and my menagerie of animals including dogs, cats and rabbits. I also love reading a good novel and going for long walks with my dogs.
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
The passion that children have for learning, playing and laughing and watching the close bonds/friendships that develop between the children and with the staff.

Clare Hayes
Name…
Kim Ryan
Title/ Role…
Maternity cover for Amelia
Experience…

I have been working in childcare for 26 years and have been managing nurseries for the past 13 years. I am very passionate about children having the best start in life and their environment is a happy, safe and loving place to grow and flourish. As a practitioner I have worked with all age groups and enjoy seeing children have new experiences and make friends.
Professional Qualifications…
NNEB Diploma
BA Degree in Early Years and Education

Passions/ Hobbies…
Spending time with my husband and two teenage sons. As my children have grown, I am finding more time on my hands, which is filled with dancing, socialising with friends and going on holiday.

Favourite thing about working in childcare…
Watching the babies and children grow in confidence and seeing their personalities develop.  Seeing children excited with awe and wonder with activities is a huge privilege that makes me smile everyday.

Charlotte Downes
Name…
Charlotte Downes
Title/ Role…
Leader of Butterflies
Experience…
I have been working in childcare for 3 years and have worked across a range of age groups. I have my NVQ Level 3 in childcare and I am SENCO trained and have experience in this field.
Professional Qualifications…
Level 3 Childcare Diploma
SENCO training
Passions/ Hobbies…
Outside of work I enjoy spending my time with my friends and family enjoying busy days out, but I do also enjoy quiet days in too watching movies. I love make-up and glitter and really enjoy going shopping.
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
I love watching the children grow, develop and getting to know the children and families. It is a fantastic feeling when you see the children achieve miles stones such as beginning to walk and talk.

Jody Stewart
Name…
Mollie Wheatley
Title/ Role…
Bumblebees Room Leader
Experience…
I have been at Bell house for nearly four years starting as a trainee then becoming a second in charge and now worked my way up to a Room Leader. I’ve worked in Ladybirds, Butterflies and the Bumblebees room, which means that I have a good understanding of the different ages and stages of children’s development.
Professional Qualifications…
Level 2 Childcare
Currently studying Level 3 Childcare
Passions/ Hobbies…
I enjoy spending a lot of time with my family and friends, I also enjoy travelling, eating out and going to the theatre. The Lion King was one of my favourites!
Favourite thing about working in childcare…
My favourite part about working in childcare is watching every child grow in their own individual way and the lovely bonds and friendships I make with the children and parents!


Bethany
Name…
Bethany
Title/ Role…
Room Leader of Bumblebees while Molly is on Maternity Leave
Experience…
I’m Bethany I have been at bell house for over 4 years now and have enjoyed every moment, from when I started as a trainee and having worked my way up to maternity cover room lead, I have spends some time in each room group gaining lots of experience. My favourite thing about working in childcare is how I love seeing the children’s brains work, learning and developing whist watching their little faces light up when you see them each day! Messy play and crafts is my favourite thing so where’s there’s paint and glitter there’s me behind the scenes.
I have a great passion for the job and now even have my own bundle of joy who makes me appreciate how the parents feel when they leave their loved ones in our care for the day and my very own trust is in all the amazing staff here just like yours are too.
Passions/ Hobbies…
I enjoy my weekends where I can catch up with friends and family and create new memories

Sarah Pearce
Name…
Sarah
Title/ Role…
Deputy Manager
Experience
I have been working in childcare for the past 20 years and have been lucky enough to experience a variety of settings and environments. I have worked with a range of ages from birth to 12 years of age. This has enabled me to gain an in depth knowledge of how children grown and develop as individuals.

Personal qualifications
NNEB CACHE diploma.

Passions and hobbies.
I am a mummy to a wonderful little boy who was born in 2016 and step mum to an amazing young man. I love nothing more then spending time with my family especially out in our garden. We grow fruit and vegetables and my son loves nothing more then hunting for bugs or eating our growing produce. I also love spending time with my friends catching up for dinner or going dancing.
My favourite thing about working in childcare is watching the children in my care experience new things and seeing their development grow over time from learning to sit, walk and talk to being able to hold conversations with them and to challenge their understanding and thinking.