Here are just a few of our bios so you can see how we’re committed to providing quality childcare for your children. We know what an important decision it is choosing the right childcare provider and we would like to thank you for your support.
Founder & Managing Director
Well I never really planned to be writing this 20 years ago working on Big Brother for a TV production company in London but it’s amazing how children change everything. I was brought up on a farm surrounded by fields and imagination into a loving family where I was encouraged to be anything I wanted to be. For our Poppy & Jack’s children I want just that. What starts as an idea becomes a dream, a dream becomes reality and reality is anything that we make it. Our children take their first steps with us and we are already immensely proud of every milestone we share. Our nurseries are set around a home from home environment, we believe children grow in confidence in nurturing surroundings, with a team that genuinely cares. It’s hard to prescribe what our children will be in the future, but confidence, friendships, resilience and independence are going to be important skills to provide the versatility for those important next steps. I only set out to open one nursery for my own children Tom and Daisy in 2009 but as that team became self-sufficient the next nursery arrived. Then the next one opened and at that point I was surrounded by the start of an amazing Poppy & Jack’s team. Our growth has enabled us to put in place a team of professionals offering our nurseries additional training and specialist support which I now can’t imagine how I ever survived without. My passion for Early Years has grown from hard work and commitment to want to provide the best possible childcare. My mum did a fantastic job for us as I will do my very best for you.
Director of Childcare
Alex joined out team as we recognised the opportunity to invest heavily in the training and upskilling of our childcare team, so they could feel rewarded and valued. Alex is a qualified teacher who has taught across the primary age range. She led an early years unit in a primary school before moving into the private early years sector. Alex also gained Early Years Teacher Status in 2014. We wanted to provide the same nurturing and learning environment that we provide for the children in our care for our practitioners and childcare managers. We felt there was no better place to start than Alex who has over 20 years teaching experience and has also recently worked as an Ofsted Inspector. The team themselves would describe Alex as passionate and inspiring with an exciting drive that makes the nurseries a fun place to be. The Ofsted inspection framework changed in September 2019, becoming more focused on teaching and learning. We are proud to share that our Poulton nursery team has been awarded Ofsted Outstanding for the second time under the new framework in November 2019 showing that Alex and her team are an extremely valuable support. Alex has a family of her own with 2 boys and so understands the needs of our parents. Alex combines her solid knowledge of child development with an immense amount of fun, care and passion; bringing the X Factor to teaching and learning in our nurseries.
Emma Stewart, Early Years Consultant
Emma has been in the Poppy & Jack’s family since she arrived just like Mary Poppins one sunny, spring morning. Emma had a fantastic career as an Early Years Teacher and EYFS Leader in a primary school. She has a passion for outdoor education and is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader. Emma joined us in 2016 ready for our next adventure. Along with Emma came her beautiful daughter Layla. Emma’s drive to make the best childcare for her very own daughter supported our Warrington nursery to Outstanding in 2018. When we created our Early Year’s team there was nobody better than Emma to roll out our Little School, Little Artists and Little Stars curriculum across our nurseries. The confidence, nurture and care our nursery team emulate under Emma’s leadership and management reflects the fantastic relationship she has with the nursery teams.
Natalie Bell, Early Years Consultant
Natalie joined our Early Years Consulting team in September with an excellent knowledge of children’s development and a focus on staff and children’s well- being. Natalie has supported her knowledge with a foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies. Natalie is so enthusiastic and positive and gives everything she can to provide outstanding childcare for all our children. With a lovely patient nature our childcare practitioners are extremely well supported and encouraged to develop and grow. Alongside a multitude of other training Natalie is working with our teams to extend our cultural capital with her forest school knowledge and well-being training. Natalie’s little boy has just taken his first steps to school, so she truly understands all the important milestones that are essential for school readiness and as a mum how a well-supported early years wellness programme and curriculum make all the difference.
Helen Royle, Early Years Consultant
Since 2004 Helen has been building her excellent knowledge of Early Years. Following a BA Hons in Primary Education and her EYP Helen has helped several large nursery chains grow outstanding teams. Helen came on board with a lovely mix of both regulation and outstanding practice – we just had to have her as part of our team. Most of all we are extremely excited by the support, breadth of knowledge and dedication Helen shares with us all. It is an absolute delight to work with Helen and with her support our teams get better and better. Now you may think this is a recurring theme, but Helen also has a daughter Esme who is brimming with confidence – Helen makes our Early Year’s team complete and we just all love working together. We think it is important to be mums too so that we can help support and understand the Poppy & Jack’s families we are privileged to be a part of.