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 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 three. 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. 

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 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. 


Holly Roberts

Nursery Apprentice

Holly is also on 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.    

Lauren Watton

Nursery Practitioner

Lauren has exemplary practice with children. She is level 3 qualified. Lauren is an asset to our preschool room. She has qualifications in safeguarding and 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. 


Emma Corbett

Nursery Practitioner

Emma is a level 3 qualified nursery practitioner with seven years experience in toddler and pre-school rooms. This is where Emma will be working within nursery. Emma has further qualifications in safeguarding, first aid, inclusions and equality and finally GDPR in early years. Emma is a friendly, fun individual who will be loved by the Vale Street children.

Shannon Lumb

Nursery Practitioner

Shannon has gained a mass of experience working with children and has an extensive amount of experience with SEN children. She is a qualified level 3 nursery practitioner and although she will be based in our baby room Shannon will also work alongside our SENCO. Shannon also has qualifications in first aid, British values and safeguarding.

Gemma Causton


Gemma'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. Gemma's sole 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. Gemma is level 3 food hygiene trained, allergen trained and in house trained in baby weaning.

Rachel McKean

Nursery Practitioner


Rachel has over 7 years experience in childcare. She has numerous qualifications, paediatric first aid, safeguarding and British values being some of these. Rachel has made strong bonds with our children and their families and will be an asset to our team.

Lauren Banner

Nursery Apprentice

Lauren is our newest member on our Apprenticeship scheme and is currently working on gaining her level 1. 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.


Maria Osborne

Nursery Practitioner

Maria has recently gained her level 3 qualification.  Maria also has qualifications in British values, safeguarding and health and safety at work. Maria has some lovley bonds with the children and will be a strong memebr of the Vale Street Team. 


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