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Sheona De-Quincey – Nursery Owner/ Director

Sheona is the Managing Director of Discovery Childcare ltd. Sheona was the manager of Hayton Pre-school group from 1997 to 2004. Her role there involved over seeing the staff team, ensuring the care and welfare of the children, liaising with parents, OFSTED, outside agencies and the local school, leading planning and observation cycles and assisting with fund-raising.

Since then, she has been an NVQ assessor, Internal Quality Assurance, a teacher and lecturer in childcare teaching on NVQ, Diploma and BTEC courses in childcare.

Since 2010, Sheona has also been an Adult Education Tutor for Cumbria County Council teaching Adult Literacy, Employability, Customer Service, First Aid, Phonics, Art and Craft and Digital Job Searching. She was also a self employed trainer and childcare assessor doing Internal Quality Assurance for a childcare training centre in Dumfries and developing a pre-apprenticeshp programme there for childcare students. Through Discovery Training, Sheona offers courses in Emergency First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid.

Her qualification is a level 3 Diploma in Pre-school practice and she has attended recent training in Safeguarding Children, Paediatric First Aid and in being a SENCO.

Lauren Carr – Nursery Manager / Safeguarding lead

Lauren Carr is the Deputy Manager of Discovery Childcare. Lauren has 13 years experience in Childcare, most recently as Manager of a local nursery which she ran for 3 years.

Lauren has a Level 3 Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. She has also undertaken Smile4Life Training, Health and Safety Training, Paediatric First Aid, Level 3 Safeguarding and a Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading.

Karyn Wood – Nursery Deputy Manager / SENCo

Karyn Wood is a Childcare Practitioner in the toddler room. Karyn has 14 years experience of working with children and her most recent role was that of Deputy Manager at a local nursery. Karyn has attended training in Paediatric First Aid, Fire Safety, Health and Safety, Child Behaviour, Autism Awarenes and Child Psychology.

Hollie Butrum – Baby room lead practitioner

Hollie Buttrum is a Childcare Practitioner at Discovery Childcare. She has a BA honours degree in Working with Children and Families. She has spent time volunteering in a brownies and girl guides group at a local church. Hollie has also undertaken a variety of student placements in schools and childcare settings.

Katy Miller – Toddler room Lead practitioner

Katy Miller is a Childcare Practitioner in the toddler room. She has a Diploma in Nursery Nursing (NNEB) and has over 20 years experience in Childcare, having worked as a Pre-school Manager and a Registered Childminder. Katy has completed Paediatric First Aid Training and Level 2 Safeguarding.

Vicki Gregory – Preschool Lead practitioner

Vicki Gregory joined the team in May 2016 and is a Childcare Practitioner. She has been working in childcare for 9 years and has a CACHE level 3 NVQ in Early Years Care and Education which she gained in 2007. Vicki has undertaken a variety of short courses and workshops in different aspects of childcare and works in the preschool room here at Discovery Childcare.

Trudi Dixon – Nursery Practitioner

Trudi Dixon is a Childcare Practitioner at Discovery Childcare Ltd. She has over 20 years experience in childcare, having worked in nurseries and schools. In 2000, Trudi started as a Pre-school Assistant working with Sheona and became Manager/Pre-school Leader. During her time there, Trudi ensured a high quality childcare provision ensuring that children received excellent quality care and education. Her position involved liaising with parents, the local school, and the staff team. She was responsible for leading planning and observation cycles, organising fundraising and charity events and working with OFSTED and other professional agencies.

More recently, Trudi has worked in a Carlisle nursery, primarily in the baby room. Her role there involved ensuring the care and welfare of the children, following planning and observation cycles, keeping records of development and managing personal care including feeding and changing.

Trudi has an NVQ 3 in Early Years Care and Education. She is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and has undertaken courses in Food Hygiene and Health and Safety as well as a variety of other courses.

Rebecca Barwick – Nursery Practitioner

Rebecca Barwick. Rebecca has 13 years experience in the childcare sector and will be working in the preschool room. Rebecca is a qualified Paediatric First Aider and has undertaken training in Safeguarding and Food Hygiene. She is qualified as both a Teaching Assistant and an Early Years Practitioner.

Jodie Dickman - Nursery Practitioner

Jodie Dickman is a Childcare Practitioner at Discovery Childcare Ltd. She qualified with a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education in 2009 and has 5 years experience working in childcare. She has also completed work placements in a variety of childcare settings. Jodie primarily works in the toddler room and has also worked in the baby room where she was responsible for ensuring the safety and welfare of the children in her care. She has experience of activity planning, observing children and record-keeping. She has attended Health and Safety training, Level 2 Food Hygiene training, training in the awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect. She is also qualified in Paediatric First Aid.

Amber Grant – Nursery Practitioner

Eleanor McCabe – Nursery Practitioner