Meet Our Team

All of our team are Paediatric First Aid trained and we are proud to have gained the endorsement of Millie's Mark

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Manager - Clare Gibson

Childcare is my passion and I have worked in nurseries for the past 22 years building a wealth of experience in the sector.

I believe that every child deserves the best start in life and here at Smarties we build the foundations for children to learn and grow. I pride myself on my hands on approach to management and ensure I am fully involved in the full life of the nursery.

Qualifying in 2001, I began my journey within childcare. Continuing with my training, I first completed my Foundation Degree in Early Years then continued on to gain my BA in Early Years Education.

Here at Smarties, we believe children learn best through a balance of well-planned, purposeful play taking every child’s individual needs into consideration. We aim to provide an enabling environment where children are able to form positive relationships and develop lifelong skills.  

 Sophie Small

Deputy Manager - Sophie 

I am based in the under two's room. I am currently completing my Early Years Degree to enhance my NVQ Level 3 qualification to further my knowledge and understanding of childcare and development. I have always known I wanted to work in childcare and being a mum has emphasised this. I wake up and look forward to coming to work to see all the rays of sunshine. 



Early Years Practitioners

Amy W Small


Amy: I am a mum of two and I have been working in childcare since 2012 and I have an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Early Years. I love being around the children and shaping young minds. I am based in the babyroom, looking after the little ones and helping them learn about the world around them.



Emma Small



Emma: I have always had a passion for working with children as I love that when working in childcare every day is different.  I qualified as a teacher in 2010, since then I have worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings. I am currently working in the pre-school room at Smarties, I look forward to expanding and developing the room watching the children grow and supporting them with the transition into school. 


Lauren Small


Lauren: I always knew I would have a career working with children. After working with children for 8 years coaching sports in 2013 I finally made the decision to move into working within early years and childcare. I worked in a private day nursery for 3 years and gained my level 3 qualification in childcare. I love my career and look forward to gaining more and more experience and knowledge through working at Smarties. I work in the pre-school room with children aged 3 to 5 years old. 



 Fran Small

Francesca: I qualified in 2007 with a BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Early Years. I have experienced working in both private day nurseries and school nurseries. At Smarties I am based in the Toddler room. Each day I look forward to helping the children grow and learn,  I really enjoy singing and creative activities. 



Leanne Small





Leanne: I am an apprentice training towards my National diploma level 3 in childcare. I love working at Smarties and have a great passion for working with babies and young children.  I have previously gained experience through working in nurseries and schools, being an apprentice at Smarties allows me to the gain practical skills and knowledge I need to become an Early Years Practitioner.



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