Meet the team...

Kate Howarth



Graduating from Edge Hill University with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education and Child Development and Learning (with QTS) and then a Diploma in Early Years at Leeds Metropolitan, Kate is inordinately passionate about the care for, and development of our next generation. Kate is a Qualified Teacher and currently manages Reception class at a ‘GOOD’ rated school in Halifax and since becoming a mother to Frederick and Florence she has seen a gap in the market for play based, fun and educational activities within the pre-school setting.

Kate was born and bred in Todmorden, so alongside her desire to deliver the highest standards of care to 0-5 year olds, she is also passionate about her local community in the Calder Valley. Therefore, following her dream and setting up Harley Street Nursery has allowed her to create the educational and fun setting as well as creating jobs within the town that she is so fond of.

Lucy Evans

Nursery Manager & Safeguarding Lead

Lucy, our Nursery Manager and Safeguarding Lead of Harley Street Nursery. Having, eight years experience initially as a Nursery Nurse, she was promptly promoted to Room Leader and then onto Management for the last five years. She is highly qualified in all areas within the Early Years industry; her qualifications include ‘Safeguarding Level 2’, ‘Designated Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection in Early Years’, ‘How to achieve a GOOD with OfSted’ and ‘Observation, Assessment and Planning within the EYFS’.

Lucy is a hands on, dedicated and caring Manager who understands the needs of each child in the Nursery, from  communication and language, health and self care to fine and gross motor skills. Lucy’s ability to communicate effectively with staff, parents and children is exemplary, and this is her biggest attribute of all.  Finally, Lucy manages the setting through an online learning journey , EY Log, which allows the Nursery Practitioners to upload photos, daily diaries and updates of your child’s development that you can then view at work or at home on your smart phone, tablet or computer. It was Lucy’s and Kate’s aim to implement this before the nursery opens for the ease of every parent.

William Howarth

Director of Marketing & Operations

With over 9 years experience as a Director, William cares for the ‘finer’ details in the operation of Harley Street Nursery. William’s insight into running the Nursery is invaluable to us and he can often shed light on new ways of working whilst ensuring that everything we offer is delivered to the highest possible standard.

William is partly responsible for the clean, slick and contemporary design of Harley Street Nursery after his education at a Greater Manchester College in 2008 with BTEC National Diploma in Design with ‘Distinction’.

William manages all of the Nursery’s Accounts as well as the website and social media whilst also rolling his sleeves up and keeping Harley Street the fresh and clean Nursery that your children love.

Hayley Clayton

Nursery Apprentice

Hayley has joined us on an Apprenticeship scheme and will play a key role in our setting.

She will ensure that each child receives the best possible care and educational value from their sessions at the Nursery. While gaining valued experience through her training. Some of Hayleys qualifications include safeguarding, prevent and British values and First aid which are key in her role.

Hayley is passionate and engaging she is a very popular team member with all the Vale Street Children. 


Molly Brindley

Toddler Room Leader


Molly has played and instrumental role in setting up the Toddler room. Molly started at our Todmorden setting in our baby room therfore has lots of expereince with the younger children. Furthermore, she uses Speech and Language techniques to develop your child's language skills. 

Molly is fun, energetic, and enthusiastic and all of the Vale Street Children absolutely love playing with her whilst learning key techniques under her mentorship.

Victoria Ticehurst


Vicky's kitchen is ran with precision and she prepares the freshest of foods for our children including Halal meats as well as catering for vegetarians and all other dietary requirements, including those who eat gluten free produce. Vicky's role is to cook freshly cooked meals for our children which means that our Nursery Practitioners can truly focus on caring for the VSN children without any distractions.
Vicky has also been First Aid trained by Vale Street Nursery which we believe is imperative as she spends her full working week in our kitchen.

Rebecca Shepherd

Nursery Practitioner

Rebecca is a highly seasoned level 3 qualified nursery practitioner with a number of years experience, specifically with toddlers and pre- school children. Since joining, Rebecca has made an outstanding impression on all of our toddlers and pre-school children. Rebecca has an array of qualifications including Safeguarding level 2, Prevent, First Aid, Positive Behaviour and Food Handling, which makes her a great asset to the Vale Street Team. 

Hollie Dootson

Nursery Practitioner

Hollie has exemplary practice with babies and is an asset to our baby room team. She has qualifications in safeguarding and prevent along with food hygiene and British values. Hollie plays a key role with the babies and had developed a great relationship with them all. 

Hollie is a kind and caring individual who is an asset to our baby room team. 


Holly Roberts

Nursery Apprentice


Holly is the newest member of our Apprenticeship scheme and is currently working on gaining her level 2.Holly's qualifications so far include safeguarding, prevent and British values. Holly will gain some valued experience through her training here at Vale Street.


Holly is a fun, caring member of our team.    




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