Meet the team

 

Meet the team

Michelle Shattock – Operational Director

Michelle has been at the setting for almost 4 years and brings with her over 15 years experience working within nurseries, children centres and schools. She currently holds her Level 5 qualification in Leadership for Health and Social care and Children and Young People Service. Michelle has 3 children of her own and enjoys camping trips and spending quality time with her family.

 

Sally Peers – Senior Practioner

Sally has over 20 years experience of working with young children and has worked at Little Explorers for just over 3 years in the Pre-School. Sally has a degree in early years and takes part in continuous professional development. She enjoys planning and implementing a fun environment to enable the children to explore and learn. In her spare time Sally sings in a contemporary choir and performs in concerts and events at local theatres and the Royal Northern College of Music.

 

Abigail Goodbourn – Nursery Practioner (Tots 2)

Abigail (Abi) is currently completing her Level 3 qualification. She has been at Little Explorers for 2 years and has over 4 years childcare experience. Abi is based in the Tots 2 room. In her spare time Abi enjoys Disney and loves anything Batman!

 

Terri Jackson – Lead Practitioner (Tots 1)

Terri holds her Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and has been at the setting for over 3 years where she began her journey with us as a student. She is about to begin her Level 4 qualification and is very much looking forward to this. Terri is the Lead Practitioner in the Tots 1 room, she is very supportive of all the staff within the baby units. Terri enjoys photography outside of work.

 

Chloe Derbyshire – Nursery Practitioner

Chloe holds a Level 3 qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. She has worked at Little Explorers for over 3 years and has always enjoyed working within the Baby Unit. Chloe loves anything Disney and enjoys sharing that with the children.

 

Gabby Dainton – Nursery Practitioner

Gabby holds a level 2 qualification in Children and Young People’s Workforce and is currently working towards her Level 3 qualification. She has worked in early years for just over 2 years. Gabby has an artistic flair and has been a volunteer at Scouts since she was young. Gabby is based in the Tinies room and enjoys working with the younger children.

  

Kelly Atkinson – Nursery Practitioner

Kelly has worked in childcare for over 8 years and holds her Level 3 in Childcare. She has worked with a range of ages and enjoys sharing her experiences. Kelly enjoys going to football matches and dog walking in her free time.

 

Samantha Cook – Nursery Practitioner

Samantha ‘Sam’ has worked in nurseries for over 4 years and holds her Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Sam has a very calm attitude and this works well within the age group she cares for. Sam enjoys working within the Baby Unit and out of work she enjoys walking her dog and catching up with friends.

 

Dana Derbyshire – Nursery Practitioner

Dana has recently completed her Level 3 in Children and Young People’s Workforce, she is new to Early Years and is currently developing her skills within the Baby Unit. In her spare time Dana enjoys dancing and has been competing since the age of 3 years old.

 

Demi Read – Nursery Practitioner 

Demi has worked in Early Years for 2 and a half years and currently holds her Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. She has been at the setting for just over 8 months and enjoys working in the Tots 2 room. In her spare time Demi enjoys visiting Ireland with her family and spending time with friends.

  

Sandra Kruczek – Nursery Practitioner

Sandra has recently returned to Little Explorers after working elsewhere building on her experience. She currently holds her Level 2 in Children and Young People’s Workforce and is working towards her Level 3 qualification alongside her English GCSE. Sandra enjoys shopping and spending time with her family.

 

Jessica Sillitoe – Nursery Practitioner

Jessica currently holds her Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and has worked in childcare for over a year. Jessica is currently completing her degree at university alongside working at the nursery. Jessica is an avid football fan, she enjoys playing football and is a season ticket holder for Blackburn Rovers FC.

 

Amy Elliott – Nursery Practitioner

Amy has worked in childcare for over 13 years and has been at Little Explorers for almost 3 years. She has recently completed her Level 3 qualification and enjoys working within the 2 -3 year room. She enjoys providing outdoor experiences for the children. Outside of work Amy enjoys being a Mum and spending time with her family.

 

Alison Dobson – Nursery Practitioner

Alison has worked at Little Explorers for over 2 years and has over 15 years working within the Early Years sector. She holds a Level 4 qualification. Alison currently works within the Pre-School unit and enjoys encouraging children to become independent. In her spare time Alison enjoys walking, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Rachel Pennington – Nursery Practitioner

Rachel has been at Little Explorers for almost a year. She holds her Level 3 qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and is working towards her degree at university alongside working at the setting.  Rachel currently works with the Tweenie unit and enjoys providing new experiences for the children. She enjoys socialising with friends and watching films.

 

Laura Morris – Nursery Assistant

Laura has been at the setting for just over a year. Laura holds her Level 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and is currently completing her Maths GCSE in preparation for her Level 3. Laura has worked within the Tweenies room and is currently developing her skills in the Tots 2 room. Laura enjoys spending time with her two little girls at the weekend.

 

Megan Derbyshire – Nursery Apprentice

Megan has been at Little Explorers for a 5 months and is currently working towards her Level 2 qualification. She is currently working within the Baby Unit to develop her skills with the young children. In her spare time Megan takes part in Morris Dancing and enjoys watching football.

 

Rhiannon Swinhoe – Nursery Apprentice

Rhiannon joined Little Explorers in March 2016. She has began her Level 3 apprenticeship in childcare and is excited to gain knowledge and build up her experiences. Rhiannon currently works in the Pre-school unit but will be given opportunities to work with all age groups as she continues with her qualification. Rhiannon enjoys going to concerts and socialising with friends.