The Team

The team are our biggest and best resource, they have been carefully selected through a process of safer recruitment. We provide a thorough induction, ongoing supervision and encourage our team to grow and develop personally and professionally. All staff are committed to our ethos and supporting children and families. They work hard to create a safe, happy nurturing environment for children and each other!

Our ratio’s are over and above what is required in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory requirements. This means that babies and children connect with our staff and create meaningful relationships.

Meet The Team


Managing Director

Hi! I'm Louise. I have 20 years childcare experience, including managing other nurseries, and am qualified to Level 7. I...


Director and Chef

Hi I'm Gillian. I am a Director of the company and have done the cooking for Young Friends since the...


Head of Education

Hi. I'm Jes. 18 years in childcare but a newby at Young Friends. I'm the Head of Education and SENDCo...


Office Manager

Hi there. I'm Sue and have worked here in the office since Dec 17. I have worked between offices and...


Early Years Teacher (EYT) Masters in Early Years Education


Badger Supervisor

I'm Nishat and have been here for 7 years. As well as working with the Badgers, I'm the 'Persona Doll'...


Hedgehog Supervisor

Hi , my name is Muge(Mimi). I'm a strong believer that children are our future. I enjoy teaching them skills...


Fox Supervisor

I'm Jodie. I've been here for nearly 8 years and it's flown by.  I came as an apprentice and am...


Fox Practitioner

I'm Libby. once an apprentice and now a Level 3 practitioner. I'm happy to be using my dancing background as...


Badger Practitioner

Hi. I'm Lottie. I've worked here for 6 yrs and now my baby (Teddie) comes here too. I just love...


Badger Practitioner

Hi there I'm Sinead. I just finished my Level 3 at Young Friends. I love learning new languages from our...


Hedgehog Practitioner

Hi there I'm Liv and love working at Young Friends. Its so fascinating watching the children develop and fun to...


Degree in Applied Phycology to do masters in child behaviour 1-1 care for children with additional requirements


Senior Badger Practitioner. Level 6.

Senior Badger Practitioner. Level 6.


Fox Practitioner NVQ Level 3


Badger Practitioner

My name is Chelsie. I have worked at Young Friends for nearly 3 years now. I like listening to music...


Fox Apprentice (Level 3)


Hedgehog Apprentice (Level 3)


Badger Apprentice


Hedghog Apprentice studying for her level 2

Hi, my name is Tanya and I am an enthusiastic and creative learner. I love expanding children’s interests and watching...


Lunchtime Practitioner

Hey, I’m Claire, I am a fun and energetic practitioner. I'm only in over lunch but I know my daily...

I am really proud of what we provide, I invest in our staff team, providing them with continuous professional development to deepen their knowledge and skills. The ‘key person’ approach that we provide ensure babies and children thrive in the emotional environment that we provide.

Louise, Director and owner of Young Friends Nature Nursery April 2020


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