Our skilled and experienced team are integral to the success of Ashbridge Nursery at Maxy Farm.
All our Nursery Management Team, Early Years Teachers and Nursery Practitioners are dedicated to providing children with the opportunity to reach their full potential and all members of the team form excellent relationships with the children in their care. Together with the support of the Senior Leadership Team they ensure that your child receives the best start in life by attending Ashbridge Nursery at Maxy Farm.
Head of Nursery
Qualifications: L3 Childcare
Career overview: I have been part of the Ashbridge family for 18 years, starting working at Lindle Lane in a variety of positions before becoming manager of The Fledglings. I was the first manager at Ashbridge on Ribble and managed the nursery for 3 years before moving on to Maxy Farm in August 2017.
Professional interests: I am passionate about children’s happiness and development in the Early Years with my biggest influence to date being a trip to visit nurseries in Sweden and Finland. This trip, funded by Ashbridge, helped me to recognise the ethos of Scandinavian learning and has led to us implementing it at Maxy Farm.
Personal interests: I am very fortunate that my children were able to be part of the Ashbridge family through nursery and school. In my spare time I enjoy watching my three children play sport and walking our dog with my husband Martin.
Head of Nursery
Qualifications: BTEC Level 3 in Early Years, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
Career overview: I started working at Ashbridge as a Nursery Practitioner in 2011. I have progressed through the company since then, experiencing roles such as Room Leader, Deputy Manager, 2-3s Manager and my current role as Nursery Manager at Maxy Farm.
Professional interests: Having experienced a life changing educational trip to Sweden and Finland in 2017, I’m incredibly passionate about outdoor play, outdoor sleeping, heuristic play and the way in which children develop their PSE skills.
Personal interests: I have always been a keen traveller, from living in Australia and Abu Dhabi and doing volunteer work in Cambodia, to visiting incredible countries such as Thailand, Singapore and The Maldives. I also love to cook and go to the gym.
Front of House Manager
Qualifications: In final year of BA Children and Young People’s Services
Career overview: I have been with Ashbridge since 2014 years and have worked at all sites. After starting my career at Lindle Lane I transferred to Fledglings as a Room Leader and then Team Leader. Whilst preparing for the opening of Maxy Farm I worked at all three nursery sites in a variety of roles.
Professional interests: My passion lies in the care and development of 0-2 year olds. I believe strongly that children need to be nurtured and focus on the importance of their attachment with their key person.
Personal interests: I am country girl at heart and love the great outdoors. I spend much of my spare time walking and horse riding.
Qualifications: L3 NVQ
Career overview: I have worked for Ashbridge since June 2016, starting at The Fledglings as a practitioner and trainee SENCO. Throughout my time with Ashbridge I have progressed to Room Leader and then to my current role as Team Leader.
Professional interests: I have an interest in all areas of children’s development, however my current focus is encouraging outdoor learning. I try and encourage creativity throughout all learning aspects.
Personal interests: I recently married my husband in the beautiful Lake Garda. I have a true passion for travelling and discovering new things. My hobbies include skiing, mountain biking, hiking and fine art; painting, line drawing and abstract.
Hannah is currently enjoying maternity leave. Her profile will be added to the website on her return to work.
Early Years Teacher
Qualifications: PGCE (General Primary)
Having chosen to embark on a new career path, that of becoming a Primary School Teacher, I joined the Ashbridge team in 2003 with a dual role of Nursery Practitioner and Trainee Teaching Assistant.
After my first year of employment with Ashbridge my experiences solidified my decision to become a Teacher. With my degree already under my belt, and my 18 month old daughter in toe, I chose to study for my PGCE in General Primary Education. Once qualified I returned to Ashbridge as a Primary School Teacher, content in my chosen career path.
Following the birth of my son in 2011 I took a career break and in 2017 I joined the Ashbridge team once again. Within the education sector my main interest has been within the Early Years, so to return to Ashbridge as an Early Years Teacher has been the perfect role for me. I thoroughly enjoy my role and I am a firm believer that learning through play, particularly in the Early Years, is key to maintaining each and every child’s individuality. Learning through play builds confidence and therefore provides each young thriving individual with a solid base from which to flourish. For me, being a part of the Ashbridge Pre-School children’s lives is a privilege. In September each year the children enter Pre-School excited and ready to face new challenges, and they leave as confident, independent, school ready individuals.
Being naturally creative I enjoy many different aspects of the Arts. During my spare time I like to draw and paint and I also enjoy photography. Occasionally I like to attend the theatre and concerts, from musicals to ballet to music concerts. Having learnt how to play the piano at aged 9, I am currently attempting to learn how to play once again.
Health and fitness are also very important to me. I enjoy good, healthy food and a variety of sports and fitness activities, including swimming, HIIT workouts, cycling and yoga. I love to spend time with my family and socialise with friends. Any spare time I have left I like to read or listen music.
Early Year Teacher