advice & support | nursery practitioners | nursery teachers | low staff turnover | self-motivated at Nature Trails
Cawston: 01788 815445 Crescent: 01788 813666

Our Staff

Alison Dyke

M.A.Ed, BSc Hons, S.R.N, H.V, Advanced Diploma Child Development, EYPS, Professional Director/EYPS 

I opened Nature Trails in 2004 and continue to run the nursery, now with the support of my husband and a professional management team.  Formerly a health visitor and university lecturer I used a day care nursery for my own children.  My three daughters have now grown up which gives me some time to enjoy hill walking and outdoor pursuits. I am proud of the nursery and its staff. Their achievements were recognised when Nature Trails was voted the NDNA top nursery in the UK, awarded in July 2016.

 

Vicky Stancer

(BA, EYPS) Manager 

Paediatric First Aid 11/17 

I have worked at Nature Trails since 2006 and achieved my BA in Early Years and my Early Years Professional Status.  I am also a Time to Talk Champion for the nursery and Designated Person for Safeguarding.  I am a mum of one and enjoy spending time in my garden and going camping with my family.

Kelly Lawson

(BA Hons, EYPS) Deputy Manager/ EYPS

Paediatric First Aid 11/17 

I have worked at Nature Trails since 2010.  I hold a BA Honours in Early Years and have my Early Years Professional Status. I am a Designated Person for Safeguarding and Maths champion.  I am a mum of three boys and enjoy spending time in my garden looking after my chickens.   

Carolyn McGrellis

 

Manager  BA (Hons), First Aid 

I am the Manager at Nature Trails at the Crescent with specific responsibility for Forest Friends Pre-School. I hold BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and I am Designated Person for Safeguarding. I enjoy swimming, pilates and cinema visits in my spare time.

 

 

Katie Crump

Early Years Manager  < maternity leave> 

I am level 4 qualified and currently studying towards my BA Honours degree in Early Years. I am Early Years Manager at the Crescent, responsible for overseeing Acorns and Saplings. Outside working hours I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going to the gym.

 

 

 

Rachel Ward

Deputy Manager,

BA, Paediatric First Aid (11/17)

Forest School Assistant   

I am a mum of two and I enjoy spending time outdoors with my children and family.  I also enjoy camping holidays.  I began working at Nature Trails, Cawston in 2005 and  completed my BA Degree with Honours in Early Years whilst working there. In September 2016 I moved over to the Crescent site as Deputy Manager.

Charlotte Smith

(L3) Early Years Coordinator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/17 

I have worked at Nature Trails since 2011 following my time as a student on placement.  I am the Early Years Coordinator currently based in Saplings Unit.  I enjoy spending time with my family and walking my dog. 

Steph Reilly

(BA Hons, EYT) Early Years Co-ordinator  

Paediatric First Aid 11/17 

I started working at Nature Trails in 2013 as a student initially while completing my BA and EYT. I am now working as a full time member of staff based in Sycamore Lodge. I am an ECAT champion, promoting the importance of speech and language.  I enjoy spending time with my family.

Michelle Cane

(L3) Senior Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/17 

I have worked at Nature Trails since 2005 and am currently based in the Saplings unit. I am a mum of one and I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. 

Steve Dyke

Director 

 

 

Alison and I opened Nature Trails in 2004. I joined the team on a full-time basis in 2013.

 

 

Qualifications: MBA, BSc Hons, NEBOSH Certificate

 

Lauren Wright

(FD) Senior Early Years Educator  Paediatric First Aid (01/20) 

 I have worked at Nature Trails, Cawston since 2010 and have succesfully completed my degree during that time. I am based in Acorns Unit. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and going to the gym. 

 

Sukie Ogden

(L3) Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/17 

I have worked at Nature Trails since 2009.  I am currently working on a part-time basis in Saplings unit.  I am a mum of two boys and enjoy spending time with my family.

Lisa Buckley

(L3) Early Years Educator based at the Crescent nursery. I am a level 3 qualified educator and I have worked for Nature Trails since 2012. I am a mother of two and I enjoy time with my family and keeping fit.

Paediatric First Aid

Mark Beswick

(L3) – Senior Early Years Educator, Forest School Leadership 

Outdoor First Aid 06/17   

I began working at Nature Trails Cawston in 2011 and have since moved to work at the Crescent branch. I hold a Forest School Leadership qualification.  I am a narrow boat enthusiast and enjoy cruising down the canals.

Tina Buggins

(L3) Early Years Educator 

I am based in Pre-School at the Crescent nursery. Having attained level 3 qualification I am now studying towards my Foundation Degree in Early Years. I have been working with children for 9 years. I enjoy spending time with my family and walking my dog.

First Aid

 

 

David Hopkins

Nursery Cook  

I have been working to maintain high nutritional standards at Nature Trails Cawston since starting here in 2012. We are proud to have retained the maximum rating of 5 in our latest Food Hygiene Inspection.

I enjoy spending my free time playing computer games.

Kelly Greenway

(FD) Senior Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/18 

I have worked at Nature Trails since 2008 and am currently based in Willow Lodge. I hold a Foundation Degree in Early Years and I am an ECAT (Communication) champion for the nursery. I enjoy time spent with my young daughter and husband on my days off. 

Melanie Rees

Early Years Team Coordinator

 

I hold a foundation degree in Early Years and I work at the Crescent leading the team in Forest Friends. In my own time I enjoy watching football and I love dancing. 

Jamie-Lee Fassam

(L4) Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/18 

I started working at Nature Trails in 2011 as a Young Apprentice following my school work experience; I completed my level 3 qualification I am working towards my degree as well as developing my role as SENCO.  I am currently based in Sycamore Lodge. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Sarah Stanley

(L3) Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/17 

I have worked at Nature Trails since 2011.  I am currently based in Acorns Unit.  I enjoy listening to live music and going to festivals as well as going on camping holidays with my daughter. 

Jodie Chapman

(L3) Early Years Educator

Paediatric First Aid 04/17 

I started working at Nature Trails in 2013 as a Young Apprentice and have completed my level 3 qualification whilst working here.  I am currently based in Acorns Unit. I enjoy going to the gym in my spare time.

Kirsty Johnson

(L3) Senior Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/18 

I am level 3 qualified and I am working towards a leadership qualification as well as developing my role as SENCO.  I am currently based in Saplings Unit.  I enjoy spending time socialising with friends, shopping and going to the gym.

Amber Bainbridge

(FD) Senior Early Years Educator/ EYT 

Paediatric First Aid 11/18 

I started working at Nature Trails in 2013.  I have achieved my BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies and hold an Early Years Teacher Status. I am based in Willow Lodge. I am a mum of one and enjoy socialising with friends and spending time with my family.

 

Lauren Mittoo

 

(L5) Early Years Team Coordinator

 

I started working at Nature Trails in 2015 and I am based at the Crescent site in the toddler room. I completed my HND Level 5 whilst working in children’s centres supporting families and children. I hold ECaT speech and language Champion status and a Designated Person for Safeguarding at the Crescent site.

 

 

Grace Nelson

(L3) Senior Early Years Educator  SENCO 

I am a senior EY educator based in the Pre-school room at Nature Trails, Crescent where I have SENCO responsibilities. I began working for Nature Trails in 2015 at the Cawston branch. I enjoy spending my spare time with family and friends.

Paediatric First Aid

 

Katie Thompson

(L3) Senior Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/18 

I have been working at Nature Trails since 2014 and I am working towards a Degree in Early Years.  I am currently based in the Acorns Unit.  I enjoy spending time with my friends.

Cathy Christian

Housekeeper

 

I joined Nature Trails in March 2015 to support the team with maintaining high standards across the nursery. I enjoy spending time with my family and looking after my young grandson.

Eloise Lucas

(L3) Early Years Educator   

Paediatric First Aid 11/18   

I started working at Nature Trails in September 2014. I am currently based in Acorns Unit. I enjoy spending time with my family and socializing with friends.

Charlie Everitt

(L3) Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/18 

I started working at Nature Trails in January 2015 and am currently based in the Acorns Unit. I enjoy spending time with my family and love going on long walks with my labradoodle.

Megan Jacob

(BA Hons with QTS) Senior Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/17 

I initially joined Nature Trails as a volunteer before taking on a key person role in January 2015. I am currently based in Willow Lodge and am Phonics lead across the nursery. I enjoy spending time with my family and looking after my pet rabbits.

Beth Fortune

(FD) Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/18 

I started working at Nature Trails in 2015 after completing my student placement here. I have achieved my foundation degree in Early Years and I am currently based in Saplings. I enjoy socializing and spending time with my friends.

 

Tilly Ward

(BA Hons) Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/18 

I started working at Nature Trails in June 2015 after completing my degree and I am currently based in Willow Lodge. I enjoy cheerleading and yoga and spending time with my horses.

Michelle Abrahams

(L3) Early Years Educator. I work at the Crescent nursery, based in the Acorns but assisting with other age groups too. Previously I was a foster carer, qualified to look after 0 to 18 years. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family on my days off.   I loved to cook, bake cakes and spend my holidays travelling in my campervan discovering new places.

 

Amber Skerratt

(L3) Early Years Educator  Paediatric First Aid 11/18 

I joined Nature Trails in 2015 and am currently based in Sycamore Lodge. I am studying for my foundation degree and in my spare time I enjoy socializing with my friends and family. 

 

Georgie Friel

(L3) Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 11/18 

I started working at Nature Trails in August 2015 and am currently based in Sycamore Lodge. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, shopping and spending time with my family.

Clare Gissane

Early Years Assistant 

Paediatric First Aid 11/18 

I started working at Nature Trails in September 2015. I am working towards a childcare qualification and I  am currently based in the Acorns Unit.  My background is in musical theatre.

Carla Howes

Housekeeper

 

I joined Nature Trails in December 2015 to support the team with maintaining high standards across the nursery at the Crescent site. I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren.

Amy Weber

Early Years Assistant  

Paediatric First Aid 06/19 

I started working at Nature Trails in March 2016.  I am currently working on a part-time basis in Willow Lodge.  I have a son and enjoy spending time with him, my family and friends.

Dot Bruce

Administrator supporting the Crescent Nature Trails site. 

I joined Nature Trails in summer 2016 to give administrative support to the managers at the Crescent. I am a mother of three and recently became a grandmother too; I enjoy time spent with my family and I'm a keen spectator of ice-hockey. 

Kirsty Davis

(BA Hons) Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 09/19 

I started working at Nature Trails in July 2016 and am currently based in Saplings Unit.   I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and walking my dog.

Meghan Baldwin

Apprentice 

Paediatric First Aid   

I started working at Nature Trails in July 2016. I am working towards a childcare qualification and am currently based in the Acorns room. 

Hayley Musson

(L3) Early Years Educator  

Paediatric First Aid 04 /19 

I started working at Nature Trails in September 2016 after relocating from Nottinghamshire. I am currently working in Sycamore Lodge.

Alice Bainbridge

(BA Hons) Senior Early Years Educator

 

Paediatric First Aid  01/18

 

I began at Nature Trails Cawston in the summer of 2013 as a student on placement during my NVQ level 3 qualification. I then completed my BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies and following this accepted a full-time position at the Crescent site in August 2016. I am based in the Saplings unit.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Hannah Chamberlain

(BA Hons) Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid

I started working at Nature Trails in January 2017 and I currently work throughout the nursery.

Eloise Gregory

(BA Hons) Early Years Educator 

Paediatric First Aid 09/19  

I started working at Nature Trails Cawston in December 2016 and I'm currently based in Saplings Unit.

Georgina Graveson-Maplethorpe

(L3) Senior Early Years Educator

 

Paediatric First Aid  02/19

 

I began working at Nature Trails Crescent in October 2016. I am based in the Forest Friends unit and am responsible for Children’s Rights. I am level 3 qualified and have a keen intertest for the outdoors.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love the outdoors and animals.

Georgia Earl

Apprentice

 

Paediatric First Aid  11/19

 

I began working at Nature Trails Crescent in August 2016. I am based in the Forest Friends unit and I am working towards my level 2 qualification.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friend and going shopping for new clothes.

Chantelle Collins

(L3) Early Years Team Coordinator

 

Paediatric First Aid 11/17

 

I began working at Nature Trails Crescent in March 2016. I am based in the Saplings room and manage transitions from Acorns room. I hold a Level 3 qualification. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my son, family and friends.

Charlotte Thrower- Menzies

(L2) Early Years Educator

 

Paediatric First Aid  04/20

 

 

I began working at Nature Trails Crescent in March 2016. I am based in the Saplings unit.  I am level 2 qualified and currently working towards my level 3 qualification.  In my spare time I enjoy shopping and going to music concerts.

 

Kerry Blencowe

Nursery care assistant

 

Paediatric First Aid  09/19)

 

I began working at Nature Trails Crescent in March 2016. I am based in the Saplings room.  I am a mum of four and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

 

Laura Worster

Nursery care assistant

 

Paediatric First Aid  04/20

 

I began working at Nature Trails Crescent in January 2017.  I am based in the Forest Friends unit.  I am a mum of two and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my children and socializing with friends and family.

Cara Flitton

(L3) Early Years Educator

 

Paediatric First Aid  04/20

 

I began working at Nature Trail Crescent in January 2017. I am based in the Acorns room and I am level 3 qualified.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my partner and family.

Laura Yeates-Smith

Domestic Assistant

 

Paediatric First Aid  04/20

 

I began working at Nature Trails Crescent in January 2017. I am based in the Saplings room. I assist them in domestic duties as well as looking after the children. In my spare time I enjoy dressmaking, painting and various art and craft activities.

Jade Hirons

(L4) Early Years Educator

  

I began working at Nature Trails Crescent in February 2017. I am based in the Forest Friends unit and I hold ECaT speech and language Champion status. I am level 4 qualified and I plan to complete my degree in Early childhood studies.  In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, playing and listening to live music. I also like going out socialising and eating out.

Libby Taylor

Early Years Assistant

  

I began working at Nature Trails Crescent in April 2016 as a student.  After finishing my placement, I became a member of the bank staff.  I am based across the nursery.  In my spare time I enjoy seeing my friends and going to the gym to keep fit.

Safeguarding Responsibilities

Our job is to ensure that staff are fully conversant with their responsibilities to keep children safe. We have the following designated safeguarding officers at each nursery.

 At Cawston; Vicky Stancer, Kelly Lawson & Charlotte Smith.     

 At Crescent; Carolyn McGrellis, Rachel Ward & Lauren Mittoo