Meet Our Butterflies Family

Clair: Director 
Leanne: Manager/Pre School 2 Room Leader 
 
Cara : Manager


Emily: Early Years Educator 

Emily works closely alongside Sophie in our Daisy room, she has previously worked within the poppy room alongside Alisha. 

Emily has been with us since May 2021 and has grown and developed so much in this time, she has just recently qualified as a Level 3 educator. We are so proud of her, she showed real determination and drive to complete all of her assesments and task to a distinction level! Well Done Em!  

Emily loves getting to know all the children’s individual personalities so that she can make the environment as rich and fulfilling as possible for them to learn and develop. We can see the future is bright for you Emily, keep up the amazing work!

Helen: Early Years Educator/SENCO

Helen works within the Pre-Schoolroom, she has worked with us here for 4 years and has a wide range of experience with all aged children.

She has the most imaginative and creative mind which she bring into everything that she does with the children.

She is an artist and loves to create wonderful window art for us all to enjoy, we love seeing her work we think she is fantastic and are very lucky to have her on our team.

Helen puts her heart and soul into creating exciting environments and activities for the children based around their current interests. She brings in her artistic side into everything she does.

 

Jessica: Early Years Educator

Jess works within the Pre-school room and has been at Butterflies now since 2022.

Jess is a wonderful lady who the children adore being with, she is fun and loves being with the children. She puts her heart and soul into creating engaging and exciting environments for the children to play and learn in.

Jess thrives off having routine and structure within her room, she feels is very important when getting the children ready for school.

She also loves quiet story times with the children; she gets them engaged with the story by asking questions to get their imaginations flowing.

Angela: Early Years Assistant

Angela has been with us since July 2021 and started off originally as lunch cover, but she loved it so much she now works 2 and half days a week with the Bluebell room.

She loves being around the children, supporting them with their everyday needs, she has a very calming nature; the children thrive off her kindness and patience.

Angela is a wonderful addition to our Butterflies family and we are very lucky to have her!

Gabby: Early Years Educator

Gabby works in the Bluebell room alongside Tish, Sarah, Kerry and Karen. Gabby has worked with us since September 2019 since leaving college and has grown and flourished whilst being here as part of our team.

Gabby has just finished her level 5 qualification, she worked extremely hard throughout the course and passed with flying colours, well done Gabby!   

Gabby loves her job, and she loves the children she cares for. She is very passionate about giving her children the right environment in which they can learn and develop in. She enjoys creating interesting and engaging activities for the children, she is always finding new ways in which she can do things which will develop the children's learning and understanding.

Gabby loves the outdoors and enjoys creating an interesting environment for the children to explore, no matter how messy or muddy!


April: Early Years Educator

April works within the Poppy Room (0-1’s) April is inviting and engaging with all children she comes into contact with.

She has worked at Butterflies for over 10 years and those 10 years have been filled, full of fun, excitement and lots of hugs. April has spent the majority of her years with our babies. She has worked closely with our new parents, helping them with the huge transition of leaving their precious babies and getting back to work.

The children in the Poppy room thrive off April’s enthusiasm during play. She promotes respect, kindness and care through role play with the children in the Poppy room. Don’t ever change April, we all love you!

Alisha: Deputy Manager/Pre School 1 Room Leader

Alisha works within the Pre School 1 Room as room leader and is a wonderful, exciting and fun person to be around. She loves all of the children as if they were her own.

She spends most of her time being silly and making the children laugh, and the staff too.

She loves exploring and being involved in sensory and messy play, the messier the better!

Alisha has worked at Butterflies for over 14 years, she started as a student at the age of 16 and has recently completed her level 4 in childcare and management qualification, Well done Alisha! 

Kerry: Early Years Educator

Kerry has worked at Butterflies for over 12 years and is a huge part of our setting.

She previously worked in Pre-school as room leader, where she worked for the majority of her 12 years, but now she has a more flexible role working within the Daisy and Bluebell children.

Kerry loves her job and the children she cares for, she loves getting them outdoors for some well needed fresh air and a run around to let off all that extra energy.

She also enjoys getting the children involved in crafts and messy play, making and creating, encouraging the children to use their imaginations! She is a fabulous artist and loves to draw, the pre-school children always loved asking her to draw them their favourite things.

Karen: Early Years Educator

Karen is a much loved member of our team, she has worked with us for around 7 years and over those years Karen has been an amazing support across the whole of our nursery. Karen originally started with us as lunch cover where she supported all of our children over lunch times. Karen quickly fell in love with the Early years after previously working as a teaching assistant in schools, she then began working with Pre-school where she worked for 3 years.

Karen is now working as a support member of staff where she supports all of our children across the nursery. Karen's passion is supporting children with SEN, she has previously supported many of our children with SEN over the years she has worked at Butterflies. She believes it is vitally important that all children are included and given the same opportunities.

Karen is a lovely warm character, she is bubbly and fun. She enjoys having time to sit and read stories with a snuggle from time to time which the children love too!

 

 
 
Jean: Nursery Cook

Jean is our wonderful nursery cook who has been with us now for over 3 years. The children love seeing her when she pops into their rooms to collect dishes from meal times.

Jean has come from working in a school kitchen which she did for over 22 years, it was a job she loved. She equally loves her job with us which is just on a smaller, more relaxed scale. Jean also loves to bake; all our puddings and treats are made freshly here in our own kitchen.

Jean cooks our children’s meals freshly every day, she can and does cater for a wide range of food allergies and intolerances, adapting our meals to suit all children. Apart from her love of cooking and baking, Jean also loves to knit; she will often knit beautiful cardigans for our pregnant ladies.    

Tish: Nursery Assistant 

Tish works within the Bluebell room (2-3’s) and has worked at Butterflies for 11 years. Over the 11 years Tish has worked as lunch cover for around a year where she then gradually built up her hours until she became full time in the Pre-school room. After 6 years of being with the Pre-school children Tish moved onto the Bluebell room where she has been now for around 4 years.

Tish enjoys nothing more than getting out the messy and creative things and letting the children explore and be creative. Tish also loves to bake so is an excellent play dough maker.

Tish is a huge part of our nursery and is loved by all our children and staff members! 

Fiona: Early Years Teacher

Fiona works within our Pre-school room alongside Leanne. Fiona started with us in June 2023 and has settled in like a duck to water, the children love her and we do too. Fiona previously worked as an early years teacher for 20 + years with KS1 children and has also spent 11 years working within the foundation stage within a school setting.

Fiona is such a calming influence who has a passion for children’s literature. Storytelling is one of her favourite things to do; she is so captivating when she tells a story, she really knows how to capture the children’s imaginations.
As well as stories Fiona also loves being creative and getting messy and the more glitter the better, eh Fiona?!

We are so excited and happy that we have Fiona, welcome to the team Fiona!  

Leah - Early Years Educator

Leah works within our Poppy room with our Butterflies babies, where your child’s journey begins.

Leah has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Studies and also has qualified as a baby massage instructor which she enjoys doing in her own time. Leah started working with us in August 2023, just as she finished her maternity leave.

We are really lucky to have Leah as part of our team; she is such a passionate practitioner who has a passion for working with the babies.

Leah feels it is such an honour and a privilege to be able to be that first person who welcomes you to the setting and helps you and your baby on your settling journey.

Welcome to the team Leah!

Lisa: Early Years Educator

You will hear Lisa’s loud and infectious laugh before you see her! Lisa has worked with us since June 2023 and is already like part of the furniture. Lisa has a passion for SEN and currently supports children within the Preschool room with their additional needs. Lisa has recently worked and studied hard for her Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Inclusion and Special Needs.

Lisa enjoys spending time with her family when she is not at work, she has two wonderful boys of her own and a pooch named Lu-Lu. Lisa enjoys getting out of the house to take long walks along the seafront.


Lisa has a passion for children and helping them develop and understand the world around them. She believes that building positive relationships is the key to support their development as a whole. She also loves to get the paints and messy activities out, the messier the better! Welcome to the team, Lisa!

Sophie: Early Years Educator

Sophie works within the Daisy room (12 months – 2 years) alongside Emily. She has worked with us since August 2023 and has settled in really well, she is already part of our Butterflies family and the children love her! Sophie has recently finished her studies at Wilberforce college where she gained her Level 3 BTEC in Children’s Play, Learning and Development.


Sophie has a passion for child development and watching children learn and grow and she says “being part of that process is a huge privilege.” Outside of work Sophie enjoys spending time with her family and taking her gorgeous pooch, Dexter, for lovely country walks. Sophie also enjoys reading and she likes a shopping spree from time to time. Welcome to the team, Sophie!

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