Our team

Nicole Ricketts – Manager

Nicole has been working in the Primary Education Sector for over four years now, but has always had a passion for Early Years. She qualified as an Early Years Teacher this year and is working towards a Masters in Early Childhood Development. She is an enthusiastic, motivated and ambitious Early Years Leader. Nicole has two daughters who currently attend the Nursery, and feels that the Nursery really is a home from home.  

Adele Jones – Deputy Manager

Adele has been at Hedgehogs for over a year now and has worked with all ages across the Nursery. Adele has recently married and is expecting her first child in May 2017. Adele is kind and caring with the children, and has a fantastic creative flair. She is currently completing her Level 5 NVQ in childcare.  

Charlotte Panes - Deputy Manager

Charlotte recently joined Hedgehogs Nursery as Deputy Manager, with experience from another independent Nursery. Charlotte has a Foundation Degree in Early Years. She has experience across all ages and comes with some fantastic new ideas for the Nursery. 

Belinda Moore – Head of Pre-School

Belinda is currently the Head of Pre-school. She believes childcare to be one of the most challenging, yet gratifying careers, which explains why she still loves it after 35 years! She is NNEB qualified but also working towards a Level 5 NVQ.  Belinda's career began teaching at an American School in Milan, before moving into Early Years here in the UK.

Kayla Hayes - Nursery Practitioner

Kayla is an enthusiastic and active practitioner who works in the Preschool Room. She is Level 3 qualified with experience working in schools, in particular organising and running sports clubs. She is also a qualified swim instructor and leads the Preschool Swimming Sessions each week. Kayla is currently completing her Level 5 NVQ. 

Samantha Someren Van Cunningham – Nursery Practitioner

Sam came to Hedgehogs from a Kindergarten setting in Kenya, where she grew up. She qualified with a Montessori diploma and has experience of working with children in an international nursery environment. She is focused and diligent in delivering the best to nurture all of the children’s developmental needs. She enjoys working in the Preschool Room. 

Emma Childs – Room Supervisor

Emma currently works in the Toddler Room.  She has been working at the nursery for 3 years and achieved her Level 3 NVQ in Childcare here. Emma is currently completing her Level 5. Emma's background involves looking after horses, but she is also passionate about working with children.  

Toni Jones – Nursery Practitioner

Toni works in the Toddler Room and is currently working towards her Level 3 in Childcare Toni particularly enjoys doing lots of arts and craft with the children. Her enthusiastic approach to activities ensure that Toddlers get the most out of their day.

Cathleen Johnston – Nursery Practitioner

Cathleen is currently training towards becoming an Early Years Teacher. She currently holds a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education and a Level 3 NVQ. She works in our Preschool Room. Cath is a warm and bubbly practitioner who is keen to further her knowledge and understanding of child development. 

Gemma Hughes- Nursery Practitoner

Gemma joined Hedgehogs last year and is currently training towards becoming an Early Years Teacher. Gemma works in our Toddler Room and is enjoying her research into the importance of play for Toddlers. Gemma's calm nature makes her a great practitioner in our Toddler Room. 

Sammie Stratford – Room Supervisor

Sammie has been working at Hedgehogs for a year and a half. She is Level 3 qualified and currently works in the Toddler Room, supervising our Under 2's group. Sammie has experience across all age groups and has a gentle and affectionate personality for our younger Toddlers. 

Charlotte Williams- Nursery Practitioner

Charlotte started at Hedgehogs earlier this year. Having had 6 younger brothers and sisters, Charlotte was keen to pursue a career in childcare. She is starting her Level 3 NVQ this year and is a pleasure to have working in our Toddler Room. Charlotte has a natural flair for working with children and currently works with our Under 2's group. 

Gabrielle Cartwright – Head of Babies

Gabby has been working at Hedgehogs for 3 years. She is currently working towards her Level 5 NVQ and as Head of Babies, enjoys settling new babies into Hedgehogs. Gabby came to Hedgehogs with experience from other settings so has lots of experience working with Babies under 2. 

Gemma Corner- Nursery Practitioner

Gemma also works in our Babies Room. Having had 4 children of her own, Gemma also has a Level 3 NVQ in childcare. Gemma has a motherly instinct and understanding, which helps new families settle in at Hedgehogs.  

Sophie Martin- Head of Toddlers

Sophie has a wealth of experience in both nurseries and schools. Sophie joins our team from a Preschool in Cheltenham and with her, brings a fantastic understanding of child initiated learning and planning. 

Lorena Meyrick- Practitioner

Lorena supports the children across the nursery from Toddlers to Preschool. She has worked in Early Years for 3 years and has a 7 year old daughter. Lorena enjoys being outside with the children, going for walks and having picnics. 

Diane Martin- Practitioner

Diane joins us with a wealth of experience. Diane is an experienced Manager, having worked with children for many years and we are delighted to have her experience and expertise on our team. Diane works in our Preschool room and has a particular interest in Art. She enjoys working with children in our art room. 






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