Blue Bell Staff

The staff at Blue Bell Woods have a wealth of early years experience and we have a very highly qualified team.  

All staff and volunteers at Blue Bell Woods have a current DBS (police check).

Nerys Evans ~ Proprietor 
Paediatric First Aider

Qualifications: NNEB, Level 4 in Children's Care, Learning and Development, Advanced Diploma in Birth to Three Years, Child Protection, Paediatric First Aid

Nerys qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1991 and has worked in day care for many years as a Nursery Manager. She lectured on the NNEB course at Warwickshire College, as well as setting up two nurseries and two out of school clubs. Nerys has also worked in Rugby as a Childminder and in an Out of School club in a local school. She has five grandchildren and her passion is to provide high quality childcare in a caring and stimulating environment. 

Gemma Jones ~ Nursery Manager
Designated Safeguarding Lead,  Health and Safety Officer, Fire Officer, Paediatric First Aider, Behaviour Management Coordinator

Qualifications: Diploma in Childcare and Education, Foundation Degree and BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies, Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygiene, British Values, Channel Awareness, Behaviour Management, Down’s Syndrome Awareness, Numicon

Gemma is an extremely experienced Nursery Practitioner, who has previously managed two busy Day Nurseries. During her Early Years Degree in Childhood Studies,  Gemma gained a wealth of knowledge and ideas to enhance the children's nursery experience. Gemma is a Designated Safeguarding Lead and has two sons.

Julie Alsop ~ Deputy Manager
Paediatric First Aider, Designated Safeguarding Lead

Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Care and Education, Foundation Degree in Early Years, Time to Talk, Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Food Safety, Channel Awareness, Behaviour Management, Down’s Syndrome Awareness

Julie has over sixteen years experience working in the Early Years sector. She was the Manager of a Day Nursery for eight years and has also worked in a Children's Centre. Julie is extremely knowledgeable and skilled at supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities. Julie has two grown up children.

Kat Stapleton ~ Office Manager
Paediatric First Aider, Data Protection Coordinator

Qualifications: NNEB, Level 4 In Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Child Protection, Paediatric First Aid, Health & Safety, Makaton, Channel Awareness, Behaviour Management, Down’s Syndrome Awareness

Kat has worked in Early Years for over twenty years. She worked as a Nursery Nurse in Nerys' first nursery and then alongside Nerys for thirteen years in a Day Nursery as Office Administrator.  Kat has also worked as an Early Years Assessor, Tutor and Internal Verifier. Kat has three children and she believes that babies and children's early experiences are the building blocks of life.

Caroline Todd ~ 3rd in Charge and Over 2s Coordinator
Paediatric First Aider

Qualifications: Level 3 Registered Sick Children’s Nurse, Level 4 Certificate in Early Years, Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Food Safety, Channel Awareness, Behaviour Management, Down’s Syndrome Awareness

Caroline is an extremely experienced and qualified practitioner who worked as a Sick Children’s Nurse for twenty years, and was Deputy Manager of a Day Nursery for nine years. Caroline has a wealth of experience in working with young children and families and has two grown up sons.

Anita Love ~ 3rd in Charge 
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO), Paediatric First Aider

Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Paediatric First Aid, Food Safety, Child Protection, Channel Awareness, Behaviour Management, Down’s Syndrome Awareness, Numicon

Anita works with our Pre-School children. She is an experienced Early Years practitioner; she has worked in a Children's Centre, Day Nursery and Pre-School, as well as an Early Years Assessor. Anita is our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO) and has attended many training courses to enhance her knowledge and skills in supporting children and families.  Anita has two teenage sons.

Rebecca Gibson ~ Baby Unit Coordinator
Paediatric First Aider

Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education, Food Safety, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Channel Awareness, Behaviour Management, Down’s Syndrome Awareness

Becca is a fully qualified Early Years Practitioner with many years of working in private nurseries and pre-schools. Becca works full time in our Baby Unit and coordinates the area, planning a variety of stimulating and exciting experiences as well as meeting all the care needs of each baby.

Joanne Isley ~ Primary School Teacher
Paediatric First Aid

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies in Primary Education, Paediatric First Aid, Food Safety, Safeguarding, Channel Awareness, Behaviour Management, Down’s Syndrome Awareness

Jo is a qualified Primary School Teacher who works part time with the children aged two years and over. Jo has over fifteen years of experience working in a variety of Early Years settings and supporting children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Jo has two grown up children.

Elsie Peters~ Nursery Nurse
Paediatric First Aider

Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Care and Education, Makaton, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Food Safety, Channel Awareness, Down’s Syndrome Awareness

Elsie is an extremely experienced Nursery Nurse who has been working in Early Years settings for over 20 years. Her previous roles include working in a Pre-School and also in a Toddler Unit. Elsie has two grandchildren.

Rachel Porter ~ Nursery Nurse
Paediatric First Aider

Qualifications: NNEB, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Channel Awareness, Food Safety, Behaviour Management, Down’s Syndrome Awareness

Rachel qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1996 and has been the Deputy Manger and Room Leader of a Baby Unit in a large Day Nursery. Rachel works part time with the babies and toddlers, and has two sons.

Sarah Braithwaite ~ Nursery Nurse
Paediatric First Aider

Qualifications: NNEB, Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Channel Awareness, Food Safety, Behaviour Management, Down’s Syndrome Awareness

Sarah is a qualified Nursery Practitioner with over twenty years experience caring for children in different settings. Sarah works part time in our Over Twos Room and has two daughters. 

Kayleigh Brown ~ Nursery Nurse
Paediatric First Aider

Qualifications: :NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Paediatric First Aid Safeguarding, Food Safety, Channel Awareness

Kayleigh has over ten years experience of working in Day Nurseries, working with young children and their families. Kayleigh works full time in our Baby Unit alongside Becca.

Reanne Kelly ~ Nursery Nurse
Paediatric First Aider

Qualifications: Level 3 Early Years Educator, Makaton, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Food Safety, Channel Awareness, Behaviour Management, Down’s Syndrome Awareness

Reanne ioined us as an Apprentice in 2014, and now she is a fully qualified Nursery Nurse. Reanne is a dedicated and patient member of the staff team and she works with the children aged two years and over. 

Inderjit Kaur Rai ~ Nursery Nurse
Paediatric First Aider

Qualifications: Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, Working towards Level 3 Early Years Educator, Food Safety, Paediatric First Aid

Inderjit achieved a first class Batchelor of Education at Punjab University College over twenty years ago where she went on to work as a teacher in India. She has experience of working with all age groups, working in a range of Early Years settings in the UK. Inderjit works with the children aged two years and over and is currently undertaking the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification.

Monica Watts  ~ Nursery Nurse
Paediatric First Aider

Qualifications: : Cache Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Behaviour Management, Down’s Syndrome Awareness

Monica is experienced in working in schools and nurseries. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and is a valuable member of our team, supporting the lunchtime routine on a daily basis. Monica has one son.

Fiona Mears ~ Nursery Assistant 

Fiona supports our team at the nursery for a few hours most weeks. She hopes to undertake a childcare qualification in the future. Fiona spends time giving children one-to-one attention through stories and play.