'Learning to be in the World’
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Email: info@happy-stars.co.uk
Meet The Team
All our staff have been carefully chosen for their caring nature and dedication to improving outcomes for all children, in addition to their qualifications.

We have a high staff to child ratio which allows us to really get to know the children in our care and to help them realise their full potential.

We are always available to discuss any suggestions or concerns you may have.

Clare Foster
Nursery Manager

I opened Happy stars in 2002 a year after my first daughter was born. Over the years the nursery has expanded and we have continued to grow and develop as the early Years sector continues to evolve. Since opening I have had 2 more children and completed my Foundation Degree. I am grateful to all of the families that put their trust in myself and my team to care for their children. I love my job and it is a privilege to be part of the lives of so many young children, helping them, learning to be in the world.
Becks Short
Deputy Manager

I have worked at Happy Stars since 2012, I work full time across both Happy Stars Babies and Happy Stars Pre-School. I have my foundation degree in early childhood studies. I enjoy working with the children and families and supporting them through their journey at Happy Stars.

Natalie Spencer
Deputy Manager

I am level three qualified and have worked in early years for over 12 years, I love my job as it is so satisfying to see the progress babies make from start to finish of their early years education. I have two young sons so in my spare time we play football, go to the park and enjoy lots of family time.
Shereen Wattam
Deputy Manager

I am the deputy manager based at Happy Stars Pre-School. I hold a level 3 cache diploma in child care, alongside a level 3 certificate in leadership and management. I have been in early years settings since qualifying in 2007.

Tracy Scott
Office Manager

I have been a part of the Happy Stars family since 2007. I have my level 3 in childcare and level 4 in food and hygiene. I now work in the office. I have been in the childcare work area for 21 years and I still enjoy making brilliant memories with all the children as they enjoy their time in our care. Outside of nursery I enjoy making novelty cakes, reading and spending time with my own children.
Abbie Foster
Early Years Assistant

I am currently studying my A levels at John Leggott College. I work every evening at Happy Stars, I really enjoy reading and singing songs with the children after tea.

Amanda Holloway
Early Years Practitioner/Out of school club co-ordinator

I have worked at Happy Stars since 2005, I have enjoyed every minute of it. I really enjoy watching them grow on their learning journey through Happy Stars and supporting them ready for school. I am level 3 qualified, I mainly work in Blue Stars in a morning and Junior Stars in the afternoon.
Clare Anderson

I am SENCO and work full time in the Red Stars room. I have a level 6 qualification in Early Childhood Studies. I have worked at Happy Stars for 6 years and really enjoy being with the 2-3 year olds.

Chloe Carter
Early Years Practitioner
I joined Happy Stars in 2015 when I fancied a career change, I am currently studying for my degree in early childhood studies. I really enjoy being a key person and having that special bond with the children and working with the families.
Daisy Roberts
Early Years Practitioner

I qualified as level 3 practitioner in June 2017 after leaving school and going straight into college for 2 years where I learned all the joys of working with the children. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit by attending exercise classes and spending quality time with my friends and family.

Ellie Staniland
Early Years Practitioner/ Out of school club co-ordinator

I have worked at Happy Stars since 2014 and mainly work in the Red Stars room in a morning and the Junior Stars in an afternoon. I enjoy working with the different ages and seeing them grow.
Frances Bruce
Nursery Cook

I have worked at Happy Stars as a cook since 2014, since taking early retirement as a teaching assistant. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, and relaxing in my apartment in Turkey.

Kelly Tune
Early Years Apprenticeship

I am an apprentice at Happy Stars nursery, having started early 2017. I am working towards finishing my level 3 qualification. While working at Happy Stars, I enjoy seeing the children learn and grow during their time here.
Kylie Huxford
Baby room supervisor

I started working at Happy Stars straight from school over five years ago doing an apprenticeship. After going to college and university alongside working at Happy Stars I now have a foundation degree in Early Years. I have a son so in my spare time we go out for days, I also enjoy socialising with friends and family on my days off. I enjoy working here and seeing the children progress throughout their years at Happy Stars.

Leza Barnard
Baby Room Supervisor/ SENCO

I qualified with my BA Hons Early Years in 2014, and I have been working at Happy Stars for 3 years. I am usually based in the baby room but I also have the role of SENCO. I enjoy watching children learn new things and progress.
Lindsey Bayley
Early Years Practitioner

I am level 3 qualified and have worked in Early Years for 17 years. I have worked at Happy Stars for almost 7 years. I have two children of my own and love spending time with them as a family. In my spare time I enjoy running and keeping fit. I love working with young children as I like to watch them develop their little personalities.

Lisa Coulson
Early Years Practitioner

I have worked at Happy Stars since just after we opened in 2002. I have a level 3 qualification. I have made many memories with lots of children here over the years, I work in the Blue Stars room with the 3-4 year olds.
Natalie Woods
Early Years Practitioner

I have gained a BA hons degree in Childhood and Youth. I have experience of working in an early years setting and enjoy aiding children’s development and character building. I have two children, who also attends Happy Stars.

Nicole Webster
Early Years Practitioner

I have my level 2, due to get my level 3 very soon. I have had experience in 2 other settings before starting at Happy Stars in June 2017. I work between both buildings but mainly in Red Stars where I have my key children. I enjoy watching the children develop.
Megan Smith
Early Years Practitioner

I started my journey at Happy Stars as an apprentice two years ago and I am now a fully qualified level 3 practitioner. I enjoy working with children and seeing them grown and develop.

Suzanne Ward
Learning and Development Co-ordinator

I have a foundation degree which I gained in 2011, I have 20 years experience working with children in nurseries, schools and nannying. My role at Happy Stars blue stars supporting children with their phonics and numbers.
Tina Marshall
Early Years Practitioner

I am level 3 qualified, and I have worked with children for over 11 years. Within the 11 years this was a mixture of out of school children and early years. I have two children, one which is a girl and one a boy and in our spare time we do baking and go swimming. I love working with children because I love seeing them grow and develop.

Laura Catterick
Early Years Practitioner

I have worked at Happy Stars since 2017 while I gained my BA honours in Early Childhood Studies.
I work in the Red Stars room and I enjoy supporting the children to learn and play which enhance their development.
Gill Hanly
Nursery Cook

I have worked at Happy Stars since 2018, I am the nursery cook I really enjoy making different puddings for the children. In my free time I enjoy swimming and spending time with my grandchildren.

Kayleigh Hollingsworth
Early Years Teacher

I started working at Happy Stars in November 2018, returning to work after maternity leave. I have worked in early years since leaving school, going on to complete my degree and Early Years Teacher qualification I love supporting children to learn and develop and have an interest in emotional development. I also have a love for wooden toys and in my free time I like to bake.
Sarah Goldsworthy
Early Years Teacher

I have worked in childcare for over 11 years, I have my level 3 NVQ in childcare. I like to stay healthy and spend quality time with my family. I work in the Yellow Stars room, my favourite part of my job working at Happy Stars is making the children laugh and supporting them to learn and develop.

Hollie Mitchell
Early Years Practitioner

I am currently studying my foundation degree in children’s learning and development and will go on to study my BA Honours Degree. Upon completing this, I am hoping to complete my teacher training.