'Learning to be in the World’
Happy Stars Babies: (01724) 876 200
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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.
Ellie Staniland
Deputy Manager - Happy Stars Babies

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.

Shereen Wattam
Deputy Manager - Happy Stars Pre-School

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.

Amanda Holloway
Tiny Stars - Room leader / Early years practitioner

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.
Dee Buckley
Nursery Cook

Clare Anderson
SENCO / Early Years Practitioner

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
Speech and Language Lead / 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.

Elizabeth Braddeley
Early Years Apprentice

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.

Julia Wilson
Early Years Apprentice

Katie Hanly
Early Years Teacher


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.
Katy Parson
Early years Practitioner


Kelly Tune
Early Years Practitioner / Out of school club co-ordinator

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 Ferrier
Early Years Apprentice


Kylie Huxford
Early years practitioner

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.
Laura Catterick
Red Stars - room leader / 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.

Laura Needham
Early Years Practitioner

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.

Leza Barnard
Yellow Stars - Room leader / SENCO

I started working at Happy Stars Babies in 2015, I have the role of Baby Room Supervisior & SENCO. I also qualified from my BA Hons Early Childhood studies in 2015. It’s lovely to watch how the children settle in, progress with their learning and make friends.
Megan Smith
Early Years Practitioner

I started my journey at Happy Stars as an apprentice in 2016 and I am now a fully qualified level 3 practitioner. I enjoy working with children and seeing them grown and develop.

Nicole Webster
Early Years Practitioner / Out of school club co-ordinator

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.
Shannon Murray
Early Years Practitioner

I started at Happy Stars in 2020, I have my Level 3 Child Care Qualification. I enjoy seeing the children learn and progress in each area of learning.

Suzanne Ward
Blue Stars – Room Leader / 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.