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Staffing - Bluebell House Nursery


Management Team


Lisa Taylor - Area Manager B.A Honours Degree EYT

Lisa began working with the Learning Curve Nursery Group as a student at Shepherd Lodge Nursery. She worked her way up, and became Manager of Shepherd Lodge in May 2000. In January 2005 Lisa helped to set up Clifton Lodge Nursery, and took up the role of Manager there. In 2008 Lisa took up a new role of Area Manager.

As Area Manager of all three Learning Curve nurseries, Lisa ensures that high standards of care are maintained in a loving and friendly environment.


Anne Smithen - Nursery Manager B.Ed Honours Degree EYT

Anne has been working for the company for 13 years. Anne began working at Shepherd Lodge as deputy manager and pre-school co-ordinator. In 2009 Anne transferred to Bluebell Lodge and took on the role of nursery manager.

Anne graduated with a B.Ed Honours Degree with Early Years in 1996. The degree program covered all the subjects within the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2 with an optional Early Years Specialism element. Since working for the company Anne has attained her Early Years Professional status


Pre-school


Susan Draycott: Modern Apprentice. Working towards NVQ Level 2

Susan has worked with the company since February 2015 and is currently studying towards her Level 2. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with her family and friends.


Hannah Farman - Deputy Manager / Pre-school Coordinator Level 3 BTEC NC CCLD Curriculum Leader

Hannah has worked for the company since May 2013. Hannah has gained her level 3 National Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development. Hannah has also worked at Clifton lodge within 2-3's before moving to Bluebell Lodge to co-ordinate in the lower pre-school.


Susan Draycott: Modern Apprentice. Working towards NVQ Level 2

Susan has worked with the company since February 2015 and is currently studying towards her Level 2. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with her family and friends.


Lower Pre-school.


Louise Whiteside - Modern Apprentice Working towards NVQ Level 3

Louise has worked with the company since March 2014 and is currently studying towards her Level 2. She is supporting a child with additional needs which she finds really rewarding.

Louise was born in Shrewsbury has 3 daughters.


Nicole Trafford - Lower Pre-school Co-ordinator NVQ Level 3 Health, Social and Childcare

Nicole has worked for the company since May 2014 at Shepherd Lodge then moved to Bluebell Lodge in September. Nicole has gained her NVQ Level 3 in Health, social and Childcare. She has also completed a NVQ Level 3 in Team Leading.


Chantelle Fraser - Early Years Educator NVQ Level 3 COSHH

Chantelle has worked for the company since January 2012. Chantelle has gained her NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 in Childcare. Chantelle currently works in the Lower Pre-School room and loves every minute of it.

Chantelle loves to play, laugh and get messy with the children. Chantelle enjoys helping the children learn through play to make sure they enjoy the fun experience of nursery.


Natasha Smailes - Modern Apprentice NVQ Level 2

Natasha was taken on by the company after finishing her Level 2 and is currently studying towards her Level 3.

Natasha completed did her work experience at a children's nursery which led to take up a career in childcare. In her spare time she volunteers at youth groups.


Toddler Room.


Kirsten Fellows - Early Years Educator B.A Honours Degree SENCo

Kirsten has worked at Bluebell Lodge Nursery since September 2008. During this time Kirsten studied for her B.A Honours Degree in early childhood studies. Kirsten is currently working in the Toddler Room and has experience working with all ages of children within the company.


Heather Jackson - Early Years Educator NNEB PEAL

Heather has worked for the company since December 2006. Heather started working at Shepherd Lodge Nursery where she worked as the 2-3's co-ordinator until she went on maternity leave and had her little girl in January 2008.

Heather began working at Bluebell Lodge Nursery where she currently works in the Lower Pre-School room 4 days a week. Heather has gained her NNEB in childcare and education.


Lily Piper - Modern Apprentice NVQ Level 2

Lily has worked for the company since January 2013 and is working towards her NVQ Level 3. Lily lives with her parents Yvonne and Tom and her dogs, Radlie and Bentley. Lily has interests in music, her dogs, and enjoys socialising with her family and friends.


Baby Room


Abbey Hitchen - Early Years Educator CACHE Level 3

Abbey worked with us as part of her placement whilst she was studying for her Diploma in Childcare, she has worked in a variety of placements within different age groups.

Abbey has worked at the nursery since September 2011 and thoroughly enjoys caring for the babies.


Rebecca Gregory (Townsend) - Early Years Educator, Level 3 and Safeguarding officer

Rebecca has worked for the company since October 2012 and has a Level 3 diploma in children and young people and is currently studying for her Early Years Foundation Degree.

Rebecca has a son and step daughter who she enjoys spending lots of quality time with. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and socialising with her friends

NVQ Level 3 Safeguarding Officer


Nursery Cook


Amanda Hammett - CACHE Level 3 Health & Safety Officer

Amanda has worked for Learning Curve Nursery for 8 years and has completed her NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Early Years Education and has also obtained qualifications in first aid, moving and handling and food hygiene.

Amanda has a daughter called Alicia and a step daughter called Ellie. Amanda's next big ambition is planning her wedding for June 2015.


Holiday cover.


Hayley Allinson - Early Years Educator NNEB Behaviour Coordinator

Hayley has worked for Learning Curve Nursery for over ten years. Hayley currently worked at Shepherd Lodge Nursery as Deputy Manager and 2-3's room coordinator and is now currently working within our nursery setting in the toddler room 2 days per week.

Hayley achieved her NNEB qualification at Kendal College Cumbria and is a mum to two girls Lucy and Chloe.



Learning Curve Head Office: 502 Lytham Road, FY4 1JH. Tel: 01253 346741 or email us