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    Our staff working with your child are carefully chosen to ensure that they are able to develop positive, lasting relationships that children will remember. Your child will have a Key Person who will work closely with your family to ensure they know your child well and understand their needs, giving them a sense of belonging. They will build a familiar, affectionate and trusting relationship you can rely upon – but at the same time, be good role models for fun, friendship, caring, education and  positive behaviour!

    Rigorous interviewing and safeguarding checks are in place to ensure enthusiastic, committed and dedicated staff provide the highest standards of care and learning.

    All staff are either qualified or working towards childcare qualifications on site through FW Solutions training provider. We encourage and support staff development and on-going training, but as a minimum all staff will undertake:

    • Child protection training
    • Paediatric first aid training
    • Basic food hygiene

    Nidderdale Children’s Day Nursery

    Julie Shaw
    Julie Shaw
    General Manager
    BA Hons Childhood Studies
    Early Years Professional Status
    Also on Advisory/Steering Committee for Knaresborough Children’s Centre.
    Enjoys cooking and travel, family and friends

    Hannah Richardson
    Manager Nidderdale Nursery
    BA Hons Childhood Studies
    Achieved National Day Nurseries Association top 3 Nursery Practioner of the Year nationwide.
    She likes spending time with family and friends.

    Sara Pritchard
    Room Head – Stage 1 Baby Unit
    Degree in Primary Teaching with with disability studies and has completed a course in ‘Brilliant Babies’
    In her spare time she enjoys baking and likes visiting different countries when on holiday.

    Louise Atkinson
    Room Head – Stage 2
    Level 3 in Childcare & Development
    She enjoys having long walks with her dog.

    Laura Deaton
    Laura Ivanova-Deaton
    Room Head – Stage 3
    Level 3 in Childcare & Development
    Level 3 Team Leading & Management
    Loves visiting new places, meeting new people and is learning to speak Bulgarian after travelling there annually.

    Marie Smith
    Deputy Manager, SENCo and Room Head – Stage 4
    Level 3 Childcare & Education, Degree in Educational Studies
    Likes to spend time with her family.

    Emma Matthews
    Joint Room Head – Pre-school
    Level 3 Childcare & Development
    In her spare time she enyoys yoga, caligraphy, photography and sewing.

    Philippa McCluskey
    Joint Room Head – Pre-school
    Level 3 Playwork and Early Years Educator
    Enjoys going to the theatre and musicals.

    Paula Eastbury
    Paula Eastbury
    Level 2 Food Hygiene
    Loves to feed everyone delicious, nutritious meals


    The School House Nursery

    Jackie Slinger
    Manager The School House Nursery
    Level 3 Childcare & Development
    Has been with Kids at Heart for over 20 years!


    Woodlands Kids’ Club

    Claire Washbrook
    Manager Woodlands Kids’ Club
    Level 3 Childcare & Development
    Level 3 Team Leading & Management
    Very busy football mum in spare time!


    Western Kids’ Club

    Kayleigh Bayes
    Manager Western Kids’ Club
    Level 3 Childcare & Development
    I like to make crafts including girls hair accessories and jewellery.


    Hookstone Kids’ Club

    Courtney Lewis
    Level 3 Playwork and Early Years Educator
    I like spending time with family and my lovely Chihuahua Bobby.