Our Toddler Playhouse Team

All staff in the toddler’s playhouse have been carefully selected for important personal qualities in addition to their qualifications and experience. They are all warm, caring people who are genuinely friendly and show patience and understanding towards children.

We work in partnership with parents and staff are always available to discuss your child´s day and deal with any queries you may have.
The children´s personalities really start to show through at this age and the staff work hard to allow them the independence they strive for but within a safe environment.

It´s an eventful time with potty training going on and squabbles over toys as they learn to take turns. Our staff in this building are on hand with lots of patience, understanding and lots of energy too!

Katie Davies

Smartys After School Toddler Team Leader

Toddler Nursery Manager
NVQ Level 3

Hi my name is Katie and I am the manager of the Toddler Nursery.

I have 7 years experience of working for Smartys, joining the company when I left school at 16. I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, safeguarding level 1, behaviour level 1, EYFS training and autism awareness.

I am responsible for ensuring the Nursery runs smoothly along with ensuring the children, staff and parents welfare and health are met at all times. I ensure that all of my children in my care are planned for along with checking development records and being a key worker. I provide all of the children with lots of fun and creative activities. I supervise and guide students and enjoy completing the daily paperwork for the room.

I enjoy working with children and helping them to learn new skills, It has always been an ambition of mine to work with children. I enjoy being very creative and artistic working hard to ensure that all of the children enjoy their days at nursery.

I am a mummy to my little boy along with being an aunty to 3 children, I also enjoy spending lots of time with my friends who have children. I love my job and come to work with a caring and loving way.

Kathryn Bradburn

Smartys After School Toddler Team Deputy Leader

Toddler Nursery Deputy Manager
NVQ Level 3

Hi my name is Kathryn and I am the deputy manager at our Toddler Nursery.

I have over 2 years experience of working with children along with being an aunty to a young niece and nephew.
I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1, EYFS framework and health and social care level 1.

I am responsible for the day to day running of the downstairs rooms in the toddlers playhouse. I love to give all of the children a happy and stimulating environment whilst they are in our care. I am a key person therefore I ensure that the children’s needs are met at all times by planning activities and completing the development files.

Working with children is fun and its great to have that feeling that you are helping the children and making a change to their lives for their future. It’s not like any other job I can be myself whilst having such a positive impact on each individual child’s life, providing them with the best possible start in life.

I always present myself in a very professional manner with a happy smile on my face ready to have lots of fun, I am very reliable and enjoy coming to work.

Hayley Turner

Smartys After School Toddler Team Member

Senior Nursery Nurse
NVQ Level 3

Hi my name is Hayley and I am a room supervisor within our Toddler Nursery.

I have 6 years experience of working with children along with being an auntie to my nephew, I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1.

I am responsible and enjoy helping and supporting with the day to day running of the rooms, I engage with all of the children in my care interacting and playing with them throughout the day.

As a key person I ensure that the children’s needs are met at all times including their individual planning and updating their personal records. I ensure that all of the children in my care have fun whilst learning new things everyday in a safe and secure environment.

I work with children because I love the feeling that I have been an influence in their early life. I like knowing that I have taught a child the basic skills to help them develop and progress. When I see the children at school this gives me huge satisfaction knowing that I have helped play a small part in that transition.

I love having fun with the children, I love to dance with them along with mark making and singing with them, I also enjoy reading the children stories and teaching the children the phonics. I enjoy spending time with my young nephew and young cousins during my spare time.

Becky Mees

Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member

Nursery Nurse
Level 2

Hi my name is Becky and I hold an NVQ Level 2 qualification, and hold a clear understanding of the EYFS.

I have been working for Smartys for 2 years, and during that time I have achieved Paedriatric First Aid, Safeguarding level 1 and Food and Hygiene.

I love looking after children, this is because I am a highly caring individual and I find it extremely rewarding helping children to learn and develop new skills everyday. I always present myself in a professional manner and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and working on our family farm.

Vicky Hooker

Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member

Senior Nursery Nurse
NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and NVQ Level 3 in Managemen

Hi my name is Vicky and I am a senior nursery nurse in the Baby Nursery.

I have 8 years service with Smartys and experience of working with children including being a mum to my 1 year old little girl.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, safeguarding level 1, behaviour level 1, EYFS training observation and assessment, ENCO level 1 and 2, behaviour level 1 and 2, planning courses, music and movement, speech and language and autism awareness.

I am currently working towards my level 2 in supporting special needs (SENCO).

I am responsible for supporting the manager within the day to day running of the Baby nursery, ensuring my room runs smoothly along with ensuring the children, staff and parents welfare and health are met at all times. I ensure that all of my children in my care are planned for along with checking development records and being a key worker. I provide all of the children with a safe environment making sure they are happy and well looked after. I enjoy communicating with the parents on a daily basis.

I enjoy working with children because I like to bond with them and I enjoy watching them learn and develop into children ready for big school. I find working with children very rewarding.

I like to be very artistic and creative with the children in my care and I have a very caring and kind nature. I enjoy my job and enjoy coming into work.

Emma Hawkins

Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member

Senior Nursery Nurse
Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

Hello, my names Emma and I currently work as room leader within the Teeny Room at the Baby Bungalow.

I chose to pursue a career within childcare as I believe it is one of the most rewarding jobs to do as we support and encourage the children to grow and develop into confident little human beings.

Since being at Smartys I have felt that they also hold the same passion of delivering the best service to give each child the best start and ensure that each child feels safe and loved within their settings. I look forward to a long career with them and having qualified Level 5 in Early Years I am excited to start my Level 6 BA Honors with full support from the Smartys Team.

Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member




Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member




Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member