Wallsend – Meet the Team

Happy staff = Happy children!

Our staff are enthusiastic, experienced, motivated and friendly! We all hold a minimum of level 3 qualification along with paediatric first aid!

Our team keep up to date with current legislation by undertaking regular training and workshops both externally and delivered by management. Staff and management meet on a regular basis to discuss individual training needs. We also attend monthly meetings to discuss the needs of the nursery and plan for future events and improvements to keep you and your child smiling!

Joanne

Joanne info@footprints-nursery.com

Nursery Director

Hello, my name is Joanne!
I set up Footprints Day Nursery Wallsend in 2018. I have always worked in day nurseries and find working with children and their families an extremely rewarding job. I have worked with babies and children since 2008 and am truly passionate about my work, which is why I took the plunge and decided to open my very own day nursery! I have an honours degree in children and young people as well as various training which includes paediatric first aid, safeguarding children, behaviour management, food hygiene and much more!
I am generally based at our Wallsend setting and am area manager, overseeing both of my settings.

Michelle

Michelle wallsend@footprints-nursery.com

Nursery Manager

Hello my name is Michelle. I have worked in childcare all of my career and have a Level 4 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I have a huge passion for childcare, helping children to grow, learn and develop their own uniqueness. Over the years I have worked with all age ranges of Early Years and have 2 children of my own. Throughout my career I have completed many extra training courses, such as Paediatric First Aid, Behaviour Management, Safeguarding, Leadership and Management, Food Allergy Awareness and many more.
I am also the nurseries designated safeguarding officer, first aider, behaviour management coordinator and Senco.

Gemma H

Gemma H

Deputy Manager & Hedgehog Room Leader

Hello, my name is Gemma. I have worked in child care since 2008. I am qualified to Level 4 in Children’s Learning and Development, as well as safeguarding, Food Hygiene, Child Development and many more. My passion is to help children and families to get the most from nursery, and to make their early years at Footprints as fun and enjoyable as possible!

Steph

Steph

Assistant Deputy & Butterflies Room Leader

Hello my name is Steph, I have worked in childcare since 2010 and throughout these years I have completed a number of courses including a level 3 in children’s care, learning and development, first aid, food hygiene and safeguarding just to name a few. I love working with children and watching them grow and develop. I cannot wait to welcome you and your child to our setting and help them to learn, develop and grow!

Wendy

Wendy

Room Leader - Badgers

Hello, my name is Wendy! I have worked in childcare since 2016, as well as having 3 children of my own. I have a NVQ level 3 in childcare. I have also completed courses in Leadership and Management, food hygiene, food allergy awareness, paediatric first aid and many more! I have a passion for arts, crafts and messy activities, and love to watch the children learn and grow every day.

Lauren

Lauren

Nursery Practitioner - Hedgehogs

Hello, my name is Lauren! I hold a level 3 in children and young people which I achieved in 2012. I have completed various training courses such as Paediatric first aid, safeguarding, food hygiene and many more! I love working with children I really enjoy helping children learn and develop as well as making sure they have a fun filled day at nursery! I look forward to meeting new children and families as I continue my nursery journey at Footprints!

Alisha

Alisha

Nursery Practitioner - Hedgehogs

Hello I am Alisha, I have achieved a level 3 in Children’s care and learning in 2021. This is my first job in a career I have always wanted to do. I have also completed courses in FGM, Food Hygiene, Child Protection, First aid and many more. I have a huge passion for working with children with additional needs and am looking forward to enhancing my learning here at Footprints.

Julie

Julie

Nursery Practitioner - Hedgehogs

Hello my name is Julie! I have an NVQ level 3 in childcare, which I gained in 2019. I have taken many courses since then such as Food Hygiene, Safeguarding, First aid and many others. I love working with children helping them develop and grow into the shining stars they are. I look forward to meeting and working with the parents and children, as well developing my skills and knowledge further being part of the Footprints family

Gemma A

Gemma A

Nursery Practitioner - Butterflies

Hello my name is Gemma! I graduated university in 2018 with a diploma in Childhood studies and Early years. I have also taken training in Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Food hygiene and more. This is my first nursery to work in and I feel so lucky to be a part of this team, I am so excited to be part of the Footprints family and start my long career helping children from the beginning of their educational journey!

Louise

Louise

Nursery Practitioner - Butterflies

Hello my name is Louise! I have worked in child care since 2019 when I gained a level 6 in Childcare and Early years. I have taken training in First aid, child protection, food hygiene and many more! Working with children is something I have always been very passionate about and I am very excited to continue my journey with the Footprints family and working with your little ones!

Bethany

Bethany

Nursery Practitioner - Butterflies

Hello I am Bethany! In 2019 I completed my Level 3 Diploma for the early year’s workforce. I have since then gone on to do a part time degree at university for Education and Care. I also hold a food hygiene certificate and Safeguarding. I have always wanted a career working with children, I love seeing them learn new things and watch them develop daily

Kayley

Kayley

Nursery Practitioner - Butterflies

Hello my name is Kayley! I have worked in childcare since 2008, when I gained a level 3 in childcare and education. I also have 3 children of my own. Throughout the years I have completed many training courses such as food hygiene, paediatric first aid and safeguarding. I love to watch children thrive in their development during their time at nursery. I look forward to furthering my career as part of the Footprints family.

Caitlin

Caitlin

Nursery Practitioner - Butterflies

Hello my name is Caitlin. I achieved a level 3 in children’s care and learning in 2021. I have completed courses in food hygiene, health and safety and many more. I have a huge passion for working with children, watching them grow and develop. I look forward to meeting and working with all children and their families as I develop my career here at Footprints

Rebecca

Rebecca

Nursery Practitioner - Badgers

Hello, my name is Rebecca. In 2020 I qualified to level 3 in Early years, Education and Care. This is my first job in a nursery and I am very happy to start and progress my career here at Footprints! I have completed courses in Child Protection, First aid, Health and safety and many more! I am passionate about inspiring children and supporting them within their learning journey and transition into school.

Rachel

Rachel

Nursery Practitioner - Badgers

Hello my name is Rachel. I hold a PGCE qualification specialising in Early Years and Lower Primary, which I achieved in 2014. I have previous experience working in the EYFS in a school setting and this is my first job in a nursery - I am very pleased be a part of the footprints family! I love watching happy children grow, develop and learn new things. I'm excited to further my career within footprints and working with your little ones!

Claire

Claire

Nursery Practitioner

Hello my name is Claire. I hold a level 3 qualification in childcare and education. I also have certificates for safeguarding, food hygiene and more. This is my first job in a nursery since qualifying due to taking time out to bring up my 2 children who are now 6 and 8 I am very excited be a part of the footprints family! I love to watch children grow, develop and learn new things while in nursery. I'm excited to further my career within footprints and working with you and your little ones.

Ashleigh

Ashleigh

Nursery Assistant

Hello my name is Ashleigh. I have recently started working in childcare in 2021. I have always had a passion for childcare, as well as having a child of my own. I hold certificates in safeguarding, food hygiene, health and safety and many more. I love being a part of the children’s learning and development throughout their time at nursery and cannot wait to further my career here at Footprints

Tony

Tony

Nursery Chef

Hello I am Tony! I am the chef here at Footprints. I have many qualifications including level 3 food hygiene, Child Protection, COSHH, food allergy awareness and many more! I really enjoy preparing food for the children knowing I am part of providing them with a healthy and nutritious meal.