Staff profiles - Clifton Lodge Nursery
Lisa Taylor - Area Manager
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.
Natalie Bell - Nursery Manager
Natalie has worked at Clifton Lodge since 2011. Natalie worked within our 2-3's room, coordinating the unit for four years. Natalie holds a level 3 diploma in Childcare, and has completed her foundation degree. On returning from her maternity leave after having her son Kason on 08/06/2014, Natalie was promoted to deputy manager, and began working in our Pre School Unit. Since Natalie has been promoted again within the company to Nursery Manager at Clifton Lodge. In her spare time Natalie enjoys, spending time with her son and family, and socialising with friends.
Ailsa Mackay- Deputy Manager
Ailsa Mackay started at Shepherd Lodge in June 2016. Ailsa has just graduated with a HND in Early Education and Childcare.
Laura Platt BA Honours Degree, EYPP Co-ordinator
Laura began working at Shepherd Lodge in February 2005 as an early years practitioner after completing her cache diploma in childcare and education. Whilst leading the Pre School room, she then went on to complete a BA honours degree in early childcare and Education and gained her Early Years Professional status. Laura's current role at the nursery is leading and supporting the education and teaching throughout the nursery.
Helen Booth - Office Manager/Early Years Professional
Helen has worked at Clifton Lodge since August 2006. Helen worked as the Baby Unit Coordinator for 3 1/2 years, before becoming our Early Years professional in January 2012. Helen works within all rooms of the nursery, observing and enhancing practice, and will be overseeing the assessment, observation, and planning within nursery. Helen has a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education, gained at North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, and her Early Years Professional Status gained at Lancaster University. Helen is originally from Congleton in Cheshire, but now lives in St Annes with her Mum. In her spare time Helen enjoys dancing and, taking tap, ballet, Irish tap, and jazz lessons at The Dance and Fitness Warehouse.
Jenny Ashworth - Baby Unit Coordinator, B.Sc Honours Degree
Jenny has worked for the company since July 2008. Jenny started by working at Shepherd Lodge Nursery. Jenny particularly enjoyed working within the baby unit and took on the role as Baby Room co-ordinator in May 2009 at Bluebell Lodge Nursery. Prior to working for the company Jenny studied Psychology at Lancaster University.
Rachel McKinley - Early Years Practitioner
Rachel began working at Clifton Lodge Nursery in October 2015, joining our Baby Unit team. Rachel has working in childcare for 6 years, working with babies for the past 3 years. Rachel holds Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Childcare, Learning, and Education. In her spare time Rachel enjoys going to the gym and socialising with her friends.
Sasha Wolstenholme - Early Years Practitioner
Sasha says: "I have been working at Clifton Lodge Nursery since April 2017, being based in the baby room. Prior to starting here at Clifton Lodge I completed over 1,000 hours work placement within the company. I gained my 'Level 3' qualification at Lytham Sixth Form College and I am now studying at Blackpool and the Fylde University to complete my 'Foundation Degree' in 'Early Childhood Studies'. In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends."
Nicola Hacker - Early Years Practitioner
Profile coming soon.
Stefania Fothergill - Nursery Practitioner
Stefania began working at Clifton Lodge this year, she has completed her level 3 qualification in childcare and education.
Abi Downing - Nursery practitioner
Abi began working in our Toddler Room last year, she is currently at university completeing her BA honours. Abi is also our nursery SENCO.
Ben Thornton - Nursery practitioner
Ben says: "I have worked for the Learning Curve Group since November 2016. I currently hold a EDYPD qualification - Extended Diploma in Young People's Development. I enjoy spending time with family and friends outside of the work setting."
Danni McKinnon-Gillies - Nursery practitioner
Danni says: "I have worked at Clifton Lodge since November 2016. I love working in the Toddler Room. At college I completed a BTEC in Childcare and then gained my BA Hons in Working With Children & Families at The University Of Cumbria. During my free time I enjoy spending it with family and friends."
Rebecca White - 2-3's Room Coordinator
Rebecca began working at Clifton Lodge Nursery in May 2014. Previously to this Rebecca was working for 2 years in another nursery setting. Rebecca is currently studying for her Level 3 qualification in Childcare. Rebecca also holds a Level 3 in Health and Social Care. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys baking cakes, and spending time with her son
Melissa Wright - Early Years Practitioner
Melissa has worked at Clifton Lodge Nursery since January 2012, firstly working as holiday cover, throughout Clifton Lodge and our sister nurseries Bluebell Lodge and Shepherd Lodge. Melissa has a Level 3 NVQ in Childcare. Melissa lives in St Annes.
Isabelle Crook - Nursery Practitioner
Profile coming soon.
Lindsay Lawrence - Nursery Practitioner
Lindsay says: "I have worked at Clifton Lodge since July 2017. I am based in the Lower Pre-School Room but I have had previous experience working in a pre-school as an administrator. I enjoy lots of arts and crafts including costume making and painting. I spend my free time with my 3 boys, playing out and camping."
Sarah Daley - Modern Apprentice
Sarah says: "I have been working at Clifton Lodge since February 2017. I love my job and working with children. The job has given me a lot of new opportunities and a career path to follow. Clifton Lodge is the first ever nursery I have worked for and I wouldn't change it for the world. The children and my job is the reason I wake up positive. In my spare time I like to read books and learn new things. I also like going out with my friends to socialise."
Sarah Kay - Pre-School Room Coordinator
Sarah is the Pre-School Room Coordinatior and Teacher. She has a Primary QTS and Early Childhood Education Degree from the University Of Cumbria. In her spare time, Sarah likes to read and socialise with friends.
Sandra Watts - Early Years Practitioner
Sandra is an Early Years Professional working in Pre-School. She has a degree in Science and an M.A. in Childhood and Youth Studies. Sandra likes to read, bake and visit the theatre in her spare time.
Curtis Cross - Early Years Practitioner
Curtis has an NVQ Level 2 & 3 and is soon to be doing his Foundation Degree in Early Years. In his spare time he likes to socialise with friends and travel with family.
Kieren Heron - Sports Development Coordinator
Kieren is the Sports Development Coordinator for both Clifton and Shepherd Lodge Nurseries. Kieren has and Honours Degree in Sport Studies and a HND in Sport Coaching with Development. Kieren enjoys watching Glasgow Celtic play, going to the gym and playing golf. He is currently studing his Level 3 in Child Care. He is also currently working on publishing his first book.