Our Little Stars Team

Our newest nursery is an innovative and unique purpose-built sensory based baby and toddler nursery, dedicated as always, to offering the very highest quality in loving childcare.

Gemma Turner

Gemma TurnerNVQ Level 3 and First Class Honours Degree in Adult Nursing (RGN)

Hi my name is Gemma and I am the manager of the Little Stars Nursery. I am also a fully qualified nurse.
I have 12 years experience of working with children including taking time out to achieve my degree and being a mum to my young daughter.
I have achieved my NVQ level 2 and 3 in child care as well as achieving a first class honours degree in adult nursing (RGN), I have paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1, EYFS observation and assessment, EYFS training course and moving and handling.

I am currently sharing my time being a manager at our existing baby building and being a nurse working within the hospital. Once our new nursery opens I will be managing this full time.

I have always loved and enjoyed caring for children. I joined Smartys when I was 17 to pursue a career in childcare and to help support the family business. I enjoy playing and interacting with the children in particular babies along with building up trusting relationships with parents giving them the reassurance that their babies are nurtured and loved within the setting. I enjoy implementing new ideas into the setting in particular arts, crafts and messy play.

I feel that since becoming a new mum I am able to offer and support all of our new parents as they make the transition of going back to work. I absolutely love being a mum and enjoy interacting and sharing the precious moments as I watch the children grow and develop.

Rachael Haycock

Rachael HaycockNNEB Qualification
Hi my name is Rachael and I athe deputy manager of our Little Stars Nursery
I have over 18 years experience of working with children being with Smartys for 5 years, including being a mum to my two young daughters and an aunty to my nieces and nephews.
I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1, Lets go creative with babies, autism awareness and moving and handling.
I am responsible for sharing the day to day running of the baby nursery, assisting with all daily paperwork including planning and monitoring development records for all of the children in my care. I like to form relationships with new parents and ensure they are reassured about how their child has been during the day.

I have always loved and enjoyed caring for children. I love giving the children new experiences through play, watching them learn and have fun. I find it very rewarding watching them grow and develop as they move through the nurseries.

I feel that being a new mum I am able to offer and support all of our new parents as they make the transition of going back to work. I am a very kind and caring person working professionally at all times.

Laura Reece

Laura ReeceNVQ Level 3
Hi my name is Laura and I am the room supervisor of the baby room in our Little stars nursery.

I have been at Smartys for 4 years and during my time have developed many years experience of working with children.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1, Health and Social care A level, Psychology A level, Level 2 NVQ in child development.

I am responsible for supporting the manager with the day to day running of the baby room, I aim to ensure that all children are happy, safe and cared for in a loving environment. I ensure that the daily paperwork is done along with ensuring the children’s needs are met at all times including their individual planning and updating their personal records. I also plan suitable activities to meet the children’s development needs.

Working with children has always been an ambition of mine. I feel it is important for children to get the best possible start in life, by providing them with a happy, caring and stimulating environment where they are free to express themselves whilst learning and developing. I teach the children useful skills to prepare them for the future along with becoming independent.

I always try to be a strong team player, having a good knowledge of the EYFS and child development. I like to be organised and enjoy being creative with the children in my care.

Charlotte Hill

Charlotte HillWorking towards completing NVQ Level 3 & hold a music degree.
Hi my name is Charlotte and I work in the shooting stars room at our Little stars nursery.
I have been at Smartys for over 1 year and during my time have developed lots of experience of working with children.
I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1.
I enjoy working with children because every day is different, I enjoy bringing music into a child’s life, children enjoy music and this is very important from a young age.

Emily Wood

Emily WoodWorking towards completing her NVQ Level 3 and Qualified Hair dresser

Hi my name is Emily and I work in the twinkling stars room at our Little Stars nursery.
I have been at Smartys for 1 year and during my time have developed lots of experience of working with children.
I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1.
Working with children has always been an ambition of mine. I enjoy giving the children in my care the love, care and attention they need. I am a very smiley and happy member of the team. I enjoy all aspects of my job.

Zoe Hallows

Zoe HallowsNVQ Level 3 in Playwork

Hi my name is Zoe and I am the kitchen and domestic worker at our Little Stars Nursery.

I have 4 years experience of working within childcare.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, Safeguarding level 1, food hygiene, health and safety in childcare setting and promoting the health and hygiene of children.

I am responsible and enjoy aiding the manager and senior staff with the day to day running of the nursery kitchen and working environment.. I help to ensure that the areas within the nursery are kept clean and tidy and safe for the children. I enjoy helping to prepare the snacks and tea for the children.
I always try to be a kind, caring, loyal and approachable member of the team. I am an aunty to my nephew and have lots of family members who have young children. I really enjoy travelling to work every day.