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.
Hi, I am Joanne and I have a level 3 qualification in child care and have worked with children for 25 years in various roles including nursery nurse & nursery manager. I am 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 their full potential before moving onto school. I have two children and a Cocker Spaniel, which I love to walk in my spare time. I also enjoy bootcamps and generally just doing fun things with family & friends.
Deputy Manager & Room Leader 2-3 years
Hello my name is Laura and I am the Deputy manager and room leader for the 2-3 year olds. I have worked at Little Explorers for 4 years but I have worked alongside Joanne for the last 15 years in various settings including childminding and in this time I have gained my level 3 qualification in childcare.
At preschool I enjoy messy play, sensory play and finding new ways for the children to play and learn. Over the last year I have enjoyed introducing Tiny signers to preschool and have loved helping to teach and watching the children learn British sign language.
Level 3 Qualified Nursery Nurse & Room Leader
My name is Claire and I have worked at Little Explorers Of Cookridge for 4 years and this is my first job in childcare. I am level 3 qualified and room leader. I am currently studying for my Level 4 in Childhood Studies. My favourite area in the setting is outdoors, helping children learn through nature.
I am happy to spend all day outside no matter what the weather is like! I am married and have 3 children at primary school. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my family and friends.
Level 3 Qualified Nursery Nurse 2-3 Years
My name is Angela and I work in the little room with the 2&3 year olds. I have worked in childcare for 17 years and have a level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare.
I love working with children, helping them to settle happily into preschool and supporting them in their activities and games as they gain confidence and make friends before transitioning into the big room. I really love all of our activities but I would have to say my favourites are the book area, looking at books and reading stories together, music and dancing and definitely messy play, I can guarantee I will end up even messier than the children!
SENCO & Level 3 Nursery Nurse
My name is Keeley and I am the SENCO at Little Explorers Of Cookridge. I hold a level 3 qualification and I have worked with children for 17 years. Throughout this time I have held various roles in different settings including playworker, room leader and transitions co-ordinator for children aged 3 months to 11 years.
I am now SENCO so you will usually see me working 1-1 supporting a little girl who has autism. I am passionate about providing a variety of activities and experiences based on the children’s interests and individual needs so they can learn and develop through creative play . When I am not working I love spending time with my husband and 3 children who are aged 4,10 & 15 and friends.
In my spare time I enjoy walking with my dog Jacks, we like to find new places to walk and explore the countryside. I love going on holiday and exploring new places and cultures. I also enjoy exercising and swimming.
Level 4 Qualified Nursery Nurse
I have worked in Childcare for 2 years and began working at Little Explorers in September 2019. I studied at Leeds Trinity University where I gained my Level 4 qualification in Childhood studies.
My favourite area at Preschool is the messy room where I enjoy creating tuff trays then watching the children explore whilst using their imagination and creative skills.
I have a 3 year old daughter Millie who also attends Little Explorers and in our spare time we like to go on playdates with friends and we love exploring the outdoors, looking for new adventures.
Level 2 Qualified Nursery Nurse
Hello my name is Emma and I am new to childcare after working in pharmaceuticals for many years. I have been working at Little Explorers since December 2019 and I am working towards my level 3 qualification in Early Years and I love everything about my new role.
I love to sing and listen to music so I am either singing or whistling a tune. I like to draw and colour and really enjoy spending time at the mark making area with the children being creative. My favourite area of preschool is the reading area. I love books and believe children can learn so much from reading and listening to stories using their imaginations to immerse themselves in the story.
I am married and I am a Mummy to 2 beautiful children, an 11 year old daughter and 5 year old son. I think a smile is infectious and everyone should try spread a little happiness wherever they go.
Level 3 Qualified Nursery Nurse
My name is Emma. I started working at Little Explorers Of Cookridge in September 2019 but I have worked in childcare for 13 years. I have a level 3 qualification in childcare.
I really enjoy playing with the children and making them laugh! My favourite game to play with them is hide & seek outside where we can run, scream and make lots of noise!
I am married and I have 2 children. I really love spending time with family and friends in my spare time.
Level 3 Qualified Nursery Nurse
Hello my name is Dawn and I have worked at Little Explorers since December 2019. I have a level 3 cache diploma and I have worked with babies and young children for 14 years in various private nurseries and schools.
I enjoy all areas of preschool but I especially like outdoors and mark making as I like to watch the children learning how to be creative.
I have 2 children who like to keep me on my toes and in my spare time I enjoy camping and spending time with family and friends.
Hi my name is Gemma, I am a qualified level 3 NVQ preschool assistant. I have been working with children for 11 years and absolutely love it.
I have three little boys at home and I’m currently on maternity with my gorgeous little baby boy Ezra. I love to spending time with my family and friends and entertaining my 3 energetic boys. I’m very passionate about my work, I love helping and seeing children progress and grow.