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Our Team

Our Early Years qualified staffing levels enable us to maintain our staff to child ratios at the level of:

•    1:3 – for children aged three months to two years

•    1:4 – for children aged two years to three years

•    1:8 – for children aged three years to five years

When recruiting our staff, we have very thorough checks in place to ensure that your children are safe. All staff are DBS checked, have references followed up and completing online Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and First Aid training is compulsory. Other training courses are offered to staff throughout the year to ensure that their knowledge and practice is up to the highest standard. We may use bank staff to cover absences if needed and sometimes we have students on placements who work on a voluntary basis to gain work experience, they are all DBS checked and complete induction training. Students are never left unsupervised, and like all staff follow our policies and procedures. We also have a low staff turnover. 

Mrs. Karen Taft-Sheeran

I have more than 20 years child care experience and have been an OFSTED registered child minder in Hagley since 1999. Over the years I have cared for scores of children, while looking after my own three children. I have an NVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and Cordon Bleu Cookery Diploma. I have been on several courses always keen to update my knowledge such as Quality Still Matters, Embedding the EYFS, Safeguarding, first aid and a level 2 in food safety.



Deputy Manager
Tara Dingley-Moore

Tara has been successfully working in childcare for over 30 years and holds a degree in Early Years and has many years’ experience as a Nursery Manager and Deputy Manager.

Deputy Manager
Lisa Strain

Lisa has over 20 years of experience in Child Care and is our deputy manager. Lisa holds an NVQ Level 3 qualification. Lisa also represents us at meetings with other settings in the area to gain information on any changes or ideas that might benefit the nursery. This allows us to share relevant information with parents, such as what school expects to see from their children when they join them. 

Baby Room Leader/Third-in-Charge
Paige Hyrons

Paige has a Level 3 qualification in Child Care and Education. Paige has been with us for over 2 years and is now the baby room leader.  

Nursry Practitioner 
Julia Stockley

Julia has many years’ experience and has successfully completed a BTEC Natiional Diploma in Children’s Care Learning and Development Level 3 with a triple distinction-the highest grade possible. Julia is looking at starting an Early Years Foundation Degree in September.

Nursery Practitioner 

Nursery Practioner


Cody has completed her Level 2 at college and is in the final stages of completing her Level 3.She works alongside Paige in the baby room.

Nursery Practioner
Daisy Glazebrook

Daisy has completed her Level 3 and is based in the Pre-School room alongside Lisa and Julia. Daisy runs the After School Club and Holiday Club ensuring the children are safe,stimulated and happy.

Room Leader Toddlers /Third-in-Charge 

Carla Bettington

Carla has a level 3 in childcare and has almost 12 years’ experience working in childcare. Carla is also our SENCO alongside Lisa She was also a deputy manager at her last nursery

Nursery Nurse Apprentice
Bethany Baron

Bethany has completed her Level 2 qualification at college and is now doing her level 3 apprentiship with us. Bethany currently assists Carla in the running of the Toddler Room. 

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