At Little Explorers of Cookridge we are proud to say we have a fantastic team of committed, experienced staff who are intuitive to the needs of our children. Kind, caring and compassionate are just some of the qualities you will see the wonderful people who make up our team, most of whom have worked with children for many years.



Joanne has a level 3 qualification and has worked with children for 23 years in various roles including nursery nurse & nursery manager. She is passionate about providing the best childcare for all the children in our care, making strong relationships with families and all other childcare professionals, and ensuring every child reaches his or her full potential before moving onto school. She has two children and a Cocker Spaniel, which she loves to walk in her spare time. She also enjoy bootcamps and generally just doing fun things with family & friends.

Level 3 Diploma



Lyssa is level 6 qualified with a BA Hons in Childcare and has provided an abundance of opportunities for many children for more than 15 years in various nursery settings. Lyssa is the SENCO for Little Explorers and currently works 1-1 with a little girl with additional needs 3 mornings per week. When not at work Lyssa enjoys making cards, watching rugby & reading a good book.

BA Hons in SENCO


Full Time

Claire has worked at Little Explorers for 1 year and in that time has gained her level 3 qualification in childcare alongside planning and carrying out activities covering all areas of the EYFS. Claire provides an enabling environment and ensures children leaving for school are fully prepared for their next adventure. Claire has 3 young children and in her spare time enjoys taking them out on trips and going on holidays.

Level 3 in Childcare


Full Time

Laura is level 3 qualified, she has worked with children aged from 3 months to 10 years both in nurseries & in the home environment. Laura loves to plan fun activities and watch the children engrossed in play enabling them to develop into individuals. In her spare time she likes to travel.

Level 3 in Childcare


Part Time

Angela is level 3 qualified and has cared for children for over 15 years. Angela enjoys to nurture young children ensuring they feel safe, secure & able to learn in a stimulating environment. She has 2 grown up children and enjoys doing ballet & reading in her spare time.

BA Hons in SENCO


Part Time

Susan is level 2 qualified and has worked at preschool for over 20 years and in that time has helped many children develop by offering lots of fun creative activities alongside providing a stimulating environment ready for children to learn. Susan has 3 grown up children and in her spare time enjoys to travel & collect handbags!

Level 2 in Childcare


Bank Staff

Tina covers for any staff holidays & Sickness and loves spending time with the children. She has worked at preschool for over 10 years. Tina has grown up children and loves to spend time with her grandchildren & travel the world.

10 Years Experience


Full Time

Sophie is a new member of our team and will soon be beginning her level 3 childcare qualification. She is really forward to getting to know all the children and providing them with lots of new and exciting experiences every day. In Sophie’s spare time she loves to travel, go to the gym and walking the family dog.

Studying for Level 3 Childcare


Part Time

Gemma is level 3 qualified and
has really enjoyed offering quality childcare to lots of children over the past 10 years both indoors & outdoors. She enjoys spending time with her family & friends and going for walks with her dog Bonzo.

Level 3 in Childcare