Meet the team...

Kate Howarth

Director

 

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 worked as a Reception class teacher at a ‘GOOD’ rated school in Halifax for 9 years. 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 and growing the Ofsted rated 'GOOD' nursery over to Lancashire opening Vale Street Nursery this has allowed her to create the educational and fun setting.

Lucy Evans

Nursery Manager & Safeguarding Lead

Lucy is our Nursery Manager and Safeguarding Lead of Harley and Vale Street Nursery. Having, four years experience initially as a Nursery Nurse, she was promptly promoted to Room Leader and then onto Management for the last eight years. She is highly qualified in all areas within the Early Years industry; her qualifications include 'SENCO', ‘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 12 years experience as a Director, William cares for the ‘finer’ details in the operation of Harley and Vale 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 and Vale 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 and Vale Street the fresh and clean Nursery that your children love.

Hollie Dootson

Deputy Manager

Hollie has worked herself up from room leader to deputy manager. She is a fully qualified level 3. Hollie's role will help with the day to day running of the nursery. 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 and all the Vale Street children absolutely love playing with her whilst learning key techniques under her mentorship. 

Lauren Watton

Nursery Practitioner

Lauren has exemplary practice with children. She is level 3 qualified. Lauren is an asset to our baby room and takes the lead when Hollie is out of room. Lauren has completed her DSL training and plays a key part in safeguarding. She has qualifications in prevent along with food hygiene and British values. Lauren plays a key role with the children and had developed a great relationship with them all. Lauren has recently taken on the role of managing the apprentices and will guide them through there training. 

Michelle Dootson

Nursery Practitioner

Michelle is a level 3 qualified practitioner. Michelle is also qualified in British values, safeguarding and health and safety at work. Michelle is a part time member and valued member of our team and has built lovely relationships with our children.

Lauren Hamer

Nursery Apprentice

Lauren has joined on our apprenticeship scheme. She we will be working alongside Hollie and the rest of the baby team. Lauren has a calming presence and will be an asset to the team. She is also qualified in British values, safeguarding and health and safety at work.

Lucy Hulme

Nursery Apprentice

Lucy has joined on our apprenticeship scheme. She we will be working alongside Hollie and the rest of the baby team. Lucy has will be an asset to the team and is a fun friendly practitioner. She is also qualified in British values, safeguarding and health and safety at work.

Suzie Hughes

Nursery Practitioner

Suzie joined our apprentice scheme 3 years ago when she worked at our other setting Harley Street. Within her time with us she has gained valuable experience and has established some fantastic relationships. Suzie is amazing at toilet training and working with the toddler aged children. Suzie has a calming presence and is an asset to the team. She is also qualified in First aid, British values and safeguarding. 

Megan Salt

Nursery Practitioner

Megan has completed her Level 2 and is currently working on gaining her level 3. Megan's qualifications so far include safeguarding, prevent and British values. Megan will gain some valued experience through her training here at Vale Street.

Megan is a fun, caring member of our team.    

Lauren Banner

Nursery Apprentice

Lauren is on our Apprenticeship scheme and is currently working on gaining her level 2. Laurens qualifications so far include safeguarding, prevent, British values and an introduction into the EYFS. Lauren will gain some valued experience through her training here at Vale Street.

Lauren is a committed and fun member of our team.

Hayley Clayton

Nursery Practitioner

Hayley joined us on an Apprenticeship scheme and has completed her level 2. She is currently working on her level 3 and plays a key role in our setting.


She ensures 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 Hayley's 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. 

Selena Khan

Nursery Practitioner

Selena is a level 3 qualified nursery practitioner with and will work in our pre-school room. Selena has further qualifications in safeguarding, prevent and British values. Selena is a friendly, fun individual who will be loved by the Vale Street children.

Nicole Chedzoy

Nursery Practitioner

Nicole is a level 3 qualified practitioner. Nicole will work alongside Hayley and Selena in our preschool room. Nicole is also qualified in British values, safeguarding and health and safety at work. Nicole is a passionate practitioner and a great member of our team. 

Sarah Lownds

Chef

Sarah'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. Sarah'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. Sarah is level 3 food hygiene trained, allergen trained and in house trained in baby weaning.