Our staff are selected very carefully, not only for their qualifications and experience but also for their love of children. We understand that continuity of care for the children is paramount and for that reason we are totally committed to promoting staff loyalty.
Below is a selection of our staff team from all three of our nurseries.
Clair Coope – Operations Manager
Hello, I’m Clair the Operations Manager. I have been with Bluebell Nurseries since the very beginning. I was involved in the initial set up of Bluebell Barn prior to opening its doors in May 2005. Since then, we have developed our 2 further nurseries; Bluebell Hill in 2007 and Bluebell Wood in 2011. I have over 25 years’ experience of working with children from birth to 11 years. My role is to oversee all the nurseries and I work very closely with the nursery teams and support staff throughout. I enjoy spending time at each of our settings and love to still have some time to play with the children. With our wonderful team, I oversee and help to implement the training and development of our staff, EYFS legislation, parent partnerships and sustainability. In my spare-time, I spend most of my time with my 11 year old daughter and 13 year old son, who both attended Bluebell Nurseries and still to this day have many special, fun memories of their time here. I always look forward to meeting the children and families in all three nurseries and help with any questions you may have.
Nicola Lidbetter – Lead Manager
Hello, I’m Nic the Lead Manager of Bluebell Nurseries. I first started working at Bluebell Barn when it open in April 2005 as a Senior Practitioner and loved being involved in setting up the nursery. Shortly after this I was promoted to Deputy Manager and loved working with the children as well as developing and gaining experience in other areas. In September 2007 the company opened their second nursery, Bluebell Hill and I was very excited to be promoted to Nursery Manager. During this time I enjoyed the challenge of setting up and developing Bluebell Hill and working alongside a new team. In 2013 I gained my Early Years Teaching Status Degree. As an early year’s teacher, I feel I play an essential role in children’s development between births to five, providing high-quality early education, which is where my passion for childcare has developed. After having my Daughter in 2014, I returned in my current role, as lead manager and love working alongside my operations manager and supporting other managers and practitioners within all three settings. I am currently responsible for projects and plans and troubleshooting tasks. I love developing and motivating my staff teams, ensuring a high standard of excellent childcare practice throughout the nurseries.
Sarah Field – Nursery Manager - Bluebell Wood
Hi, I’m Sarah and I am the Nursery Manager of Bluebell Wood. I started working for the company in 2007 at Bluebell Barn as an apprentice. There I completed my NVQ’s in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, and when we opened up Bluebell Wood in 2011, I jumped at the chance of joining the Senior team and helping to start a new nursery. I soon became the Deputy Manager and have been Managing the Nursery since 2014. I love learning different aspects of the business and developing new skills- which is essential in childcare! I spend a lot of my time working alongside the staff and interacting with the children, which is why I got into childcare in the first place.
Vicky Barrett - Nursery Manager - Bluebell Barn
Hello I’m Vicky the Nursery Manager. I have been working with Bluebell since August 2012 and have worked across all three of our settings. I have over 9 years’ experience in working with children 0-5 years and after working in a Brighton nursery for 3 years I was very excited to start at Bluebell as I had heard amazing things about it. I started at Bluebell Hill as a nursery practitioner and worked my way up to Deputy Manager. I then left to have my baby boy in December 2014 and returned after my maternity leave to Bluebell Wood as the Deputy Manager. Soon after that I was promoted to Nursery Manager at Bluebell Barn and have loved every minute of it. My most favourite thing about my role is supporting the staff team and ensuring they progress and develop to be the best they possibly could.
Kelly Hall - Nursery Manager - Bluebell Barn
Hi I am Kelly and have been working with Bluebell Children’s nurseries since it opened in 2005. I started my journey with them as a Senior Nursery Practitioner in 0-2 year old room. I progressed along the way undertaking various early years training and a NVQ in Management prior to becoming a Deputy Manager then Nursery Manager in 2013. I have recently had my own child and have recently returned as a part time Manager
Nicola Likeman – Nursery Manager - Bluebell Hill
Hello I’m Nicola and I am the currently the Nursery Manager at Bluebell Hill. I have worked over the nurseries for the last 11 years working my way up from a Nursery Practitioner. Throughout my time I have gained many qualifications including my NVQ level 3 in Childcare. I have been lucky to be given the opportunity to gain lots of knowledge and experience during my time here. My current role is so rewarding and I love to build up good relationships with parents and their children. I take the time to support and develop my staff team. I am passionate about working with children and use my knowledge to give them the best educational and fun day at nursery.
Sophie Wright – Nursery Manager - Bluebell Hill
My name is Sophie and I am the Nursery Manager at Bluebell Hill.
After initially beginning my A- Levels in 2010 I realised that working with children was my passion and this is when I started my journey at Bluebell Nurseries.
Throughout my time I have gained many qualifications including my NVQ level 3 in Childcare and I am also the SENCO co-ordinator.
From the beginning of my time at the nurseries I knew I wanted to further my career here and I feel I have been lucky to be given the opportunity to gain this knowledge and experience. I mainly worked throughout the 0-2 ages as a practitioner where I loved seeing the children grow and develop into their own individual personalities. My current role is so rewarding as I get to support all of the staff team with their progress and development, ensure all children have such exciting opportunities in their time here and of course still have the chance to work in all of the rooms to aid their learning.
Tina – Deputy Manager
Hello, I’m Tina the Deputy Manager. I have been working at Bluebell Barn since April 2015 I started as a Nursery practitioner and worked my way up quickly to Senior of the Panda room. I then became Deputy Manager in November and am loving every minute of it. I have over 6 years’ experience working with 0-5 year old’s and previously worked in a primary school as a Teaching Assistant. Through my Deputy role I enjoy being in the rooms as much as possible ensuring I have an understanding of the way the rooms are running and constantly working on developing the nursery to maintain our high standards alongside the nursery manager.
Hollie – Deputy Manager
Hi, my name is Hollie and I’ve been working in the baby room for 2 years. After working here for 3 months, I took over as the Senior Practitioner of Bunnies and am now also working as the Deputy Manager. I have always had an interest in child development so childcare was an obvious career path for me. I started my level 3 NVQ in 2013 and never looked back. I have completed several other courses to further my practise and enjoy all aspects of my role.
Rehema - Housekeeper
Hello my name is Rehema and I am the nursery housekeeper. I started working at Bluebell Barn in September 2015 and I thoroughly enjoy it. I enjoy making sure the nursery is looking clean and tidy and I especially enjoy seeing lots of different faces throughout the day who I can talk to around. The children, families and staff are so friendly it makes coming into work enjoyable.
Hello everyone, my name is Shona and I currently work in the Panda room. I have been working for Bluebell for two years now and started as a student and progressed to a nursery assistant. I’m currently working towards my NVQ Level 3 and enjoying it. My favourite part about working with children is watching them grow and creating a bond and relationship with both the children and the parents.
Sarah - Nursery Practitioner , Lunch support.
Hello my name is Sarah, I have worked at Bluebell Barn nursery for 10 years. I have an NNEB qualification and an NVQ in care where I worked on the children’s ward at Eastbourne District General Hospital for 6 years as a health care assistant. I have been working with children for over 20 years, I have a passion for caring, teaching and preparing children for the future. Since my youngest child started school I have become a lunchtime support but previously I have had experience in all the rooms as a Nursery Practitioner and have also been Senior of the Panda room.
Abbie – Nursery Apprentice
My name is Abbie and I’ve been working at Bluebell Wood for 3 months now. I am currently studying for my NVQ level 3 in Childcare. Working at the nursery has really helped as I have gained first-hand experiences and more understanding on children’s development at different ages. It’s really useful working alongside the lovely staff who really support me in my training.