Our Staff

Janet Ewan

Nursery Manager
I have been with Flying Start since April 2008 and have worked in all areas of the nursery before taking on the Manager's role at the beginning of 2015. I have a Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education and working towards Level 3 in Team Leading and Management. I have recently returned to Flying Start from maternity leave and now work part time sharing my role with my Deputy Manager, Vicky. I have always been very family orientated and very much believe this is reflected in how I manage Flying Start Nursery. I am very proud of the what we provide at the nursery and look forward to coming to work, seeing the children and working with the team!

Vicky Smith

Deputy Manager and Baby Room Leader
I joined Flying Start in summer 2015 and really enjoy working in the baby room where we have great fun planning new activities for the children to reach their full potential. I have a Level 3 diploma for Children and Young Peoples Workforce and see myself as having a caring but fun-loving nature. I have a family of my own but they are all a bit past the baby room stage now!

Gemma Sandell

Pre-School Room Leader
I am one of the two pre-school Room Leaders at Flying Start and have been here since August 2013. I am a qualified teacher and I use my qualifications and experience to encourage and develop the children in the pre-school room to get ready and (as importantly) look forward to going to school. There is a fine line between being three years old and needing cuddles and care and being encouraged to find your independence to help you on the next step of the journey. I really enjoy watching the children as they move through pre-school with us. I work part time due to having a family of my own.

Emma Jackson

Pre-school Room Leader
I am one of our Pre-school Room Leaders, sharing the role with Gemma S. I have children of my own and have worked in childcare for over 7 years, joining Flying Start in August 2016. I enjoy creating fun new ways to encourage the children to learn all the skills needed for school, my latest creation is a number car park which has so far been a huge hit!

Michelle Axel-Berg

Toddler Room Leader
I have been at Flying Start since January 2008 and I am Toddler Room Leader, though I enjoy working in other rooms when I can – it is lovely to watch the toddlers we have looked after move into pre-school and continue to develop their individual personalities. I have a Level 3 NVQ in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

Jade Hicks

Pre-school Room
Having worked through my apprenticeship at Flying Start since 2015, I have Level 3 certificate in An Introduction to Early Years Education and Childcare. I am based mainly in the Pre-school Room but have a good knowledge of all ages. I really enjoy the many opportunities we have to get out and about in the local community and the children really love it too!

Gemma Wixey

Baby Room
Hi, I am one of two apprentices working at Flying Start. I have been here since March 2015 and have a Level 2 in An Introduction to Early Years Education and Care and I have just started on my Level 3 qualification. I spend most of my time in the baby room but move around to gain all the experience I need whilst working towards my Level 3. I have built up a brilliant relationship with the babies in my care and I look forward to spending time with them every day – we mostly enjoy cuddling and messy play, encouraging the babies to develop sensory skills among many others.

Nazrin

Apprentice
I joined Flying Start in August 2017 after finishing my A-levels. I have always had a passion for working with children and while at school I did work experience with Flying Start. Like Gemma I am now an apprentice working towards my Level 3. I am currently working in all of the rooms to widen my knowledge. I really enjoy being out an about and like to share that passion while at nursery.

Pamela Iddon

Pre-School Room Cover
A reserved sort so we had to write this for her! Pam is a mum and a granny with years of experience with children. Pam covers staff lunches in the pre-school room and shares her passion of books and puzzles with the children during “quiet time”. She is very popular with children that leave us to go to school each year as she ventures into the school playground to pick up her own grandchildren!

Felicity Ollson

Supply Nursery Nurse
I joined Flying Start in August 2016 as supply. I really enjoy working in all of the rooms and getting to know all of the children. I studied Maths, Further maths and Chemistry for my A-levels and like to use my skills to teach the children about the wider world. I also volunteer at local childrens' groups where I am given the opportunity to expand my knowledge.

Emma Stallard

Supply Nursery Nurse
I joined Flying Start in the summer of 2017 as supply for school holidays. I am qualified level 3 and in school time I work in another local setting. I really enjoy keeping busy and getting the most out of the day! I am happy and bubbly and I believe this has a positive effect on the children in my care.

Laura

Housekeeping
Although you may not see much of me, I am the magic fairy that comes in when everybody goes home and puts the nursery the right way up again! I have very high standards and very little now surprises me when I walk into each room. As I see it, it all adds up to a lot of fun being had during the day! (even the glitter – although we do need to service the hoover regularly!)

Laith Clark

Temporary Cook
Laith is our temp cook while we recruit for the best candidate to fill the role on a permanent basis.