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.

Sarah Turner

Sarah TurnerNVQ level 2
Hi my name is Sarah and I am nursery nurse in our Baby and Toddler nursery.
I joined Smartys in 2013 and really enjoy woking with young children.

I have complted my Level 2 in childcare and am currently completing my NVQ level 3 qualification at college.

I am responsible and enjoy helping the staff to look after and care for the children. I help to make sure that they are happy and safe in our care.
I enjoy working with children because I enjoy being with the children, looking after them and helping them to develop. This feels like an achievement to me knowing that I am giving them the help and support they need. I am an organised person and enjoy keeping things neat and tidy.

Vici Edwards

Vici EdwardslNVQ Level 3
Hi my name is Vici (known as Vici T to the children) and I am the deputy manager of the pre-school along with being the room supervisor for the upstairs rooms in our pre-school nursery. I am also a relief deputy manager.
I have 6 years experience with Smartys along with being a mum to 4 young children.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1, EYFS training observation and assessment, health and safety level 1 and 2, speech and language, play tonics, effective team meetings and autism awareness.

I am responsible for supporting the room supervisor in the day to day running of the upstairs rooms, along with supporting the manager when required, I ensure everyone receives a happy, warm and welcoming environment, ensuring all children’s needs are met along with completing planning and development records for children, building good relationships with parents, children and staff.

I love my job because every day is different, I go work and see a room full of children waiting to see me and share something with me. I enjoy sharing the uniqueness of every child, laughing and learning. I enjoy helping the children as much as they need help, promoting a fun and much loved environment.

I am a very outgoing person with a fabulous personality, I have a passion for reading stories and enjoy the drama aspect of being in childcare. I like to keep my rooms tidy and I enjoy doing arts and crafts with the children.

I always try to present myself in a professional way. I really enjoy my job.

Alison Watson

Alison WatsonNVQ Level 3
Hi my name is Alison and I am also the manager of our Pre-School at Pirehill nursery along with being the manager for our before and after school club. I am also a fully qualified chef.

I have 6 years experience of working with children along with being a mum to 3 older children.
I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1 and level 2, effective out of schools club, health and safety unit 1 and 2, EYFS observation and assessment, Leadership and managers, business admin level 1, CAF and ISA training and promoting positive behaviour level 1 and 2.

I am responsible for the day to day running of the school / holiday club and share the responsibility for the day to day running of the pre-school along with Claire, I ensure a smooth running of the school club / holiday club and pre-school at all times ensuring that all policies, procedures and welfare requirements are met at all times. I ensure that planning is delivered in the correct manner for the children in my care to learn and develop, ensuring that all of the children follow the 7 areas of learning. I act as a key worker within the setting completing the children’s individual profiles. I ensure that I build and maintain relationships with past, present and future parents. I work closely with the teachers at Pirehill First School and follow all requests that are given from senior management, I am responsible for the organising of the school runs, taking all enquiries for the school club, showing parents around the pre-school or the school club and ensuring everyone (parents, staff and most important the children) in my care are looked after well.

I came to Smartys as the nursery chef and following many fond times of working with the children I decided to complete my level 3. From here I have enjoyed every minute of working with the children, helping and guiding them through their young lives. I really enjoy caring for the children, building the strong bonds with them and thoroughly enjoy every aspect of my job.

I am a hard working and devoted member of the team, I enjoy caring for all of the children in my care. I offer a warm and welcoming environment to everyone, I enjoy being creative and am able to work in all areas of the company.

As a mum to 3 and nannie to 1, I have lots of experience and am always willing to help everyone, I like coming to work.

Charlotte Shirley

Charlotte ShirleyWorking 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.

Tara Barrett

Tara Barrett
Level 3 Qualified





Charlotte Brown

Charlotte Brown
Apprentice completing level 2 at college





Tom Ramsey

Tom Ramsey
Apprentice completing level 2 at college





Joanne Ferriday

Joanne Ferriday
Level 3 and Forest School Leader





Kirsty Hardman

Kirsty Hardman
Level 3





Lucinda Wallis

Lucinda Wallis
Completing Level 2 at College





Zoe Bennett

Zoe Bennett
Unqualified