Nicola Setford

Manager - SENCo

Nicola has a Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education and a Diploma in Leadership and Management. She also holds training in Paediatric First Aid, Food Health and Hygiene, Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs. She is also the Setting's Special Educational Needs Coordinator. She has over 15 years of experience working in Nurseries and as a Nanny in the UK and overseas.

Julie O'Neill

Deputy Manager - Leader of Learning

Julie joined the Pippins team in September 2019 as our Deputy Manager. Julie holds a BA Honours in Early Years Studies and an Early Years Teacher Status from Canterbury University. She has years of experience and knowledge at supporting children during their important foundation years, working in a School Nursery and as a Deputy Manager in a large day nursery. In her spare time Julie enjoys reading, travelling, running and looking after her grandchildren.

Rachel French

Preschool Practitioner - Early Talk Boost Co-Ordinator

Rachel has been working at Pippins since January 2017 originally as a one to one support worker and now as a full time Practitioner. Rachel has a Level 3 Qualification in Child Development, training in Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Food Safety. Rachel has years of experience working as a Nanny and in Nurseries and is a mum of two.

Sara Wilson

Preschool Practitioner

Sara joined us in January 2019 and soon became and valued and loved part of the team. Sara has worked in a Nursery before having her 3 daughters and is now ready to continue her professional development. Whilst working at Pippins Sara completed her Level 3 Early Years Qualification. In her spare time Sara enjoys being with her family and spending time in their caravan at the beach.

Donna Bringes

Preschool Assistant

Donna has been with us at Pippins since December 2014. She has completed training in Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection and Food Health and Hygiene. She is very kind and caring and the children adore her. Donna is very creative and arty and loves providing art and craft activities for the children and playing board games. Donna is very organised and keeps Pippins tidy and shipshape.

Ruby Wilson

Preschool Apprentice

Ruby joined us at Pippins in June 2022 after having completed some work experience with us. She had previously completed a qualification in Health and Social care at college and is now working towards a level 3 qualification in Early Years Care and Education. Ruby will be seen at Pippins on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. She has a lovely sweet manner with the children and they absolutely adore her. She is very creative and enjoys thinking of art and craft activities for the children. In her spare time Ruby enjoys being with her family, going to the gym and being involved in dance classes and dance productions.

The Team

All the team involved in your child’s care are kind, caring, nurturing and lots of fun. All staff, if not qualified, are highly experienced. Our team all have up to date DBS Checks, Paediatric First Aid training, Food Hygiene training and Safeguarding training. All staff regularly attend additional training courses such as Special Educational Needs courses, Literacy and Language courses and Maths and Play Therapy courses in house and from external providers to ensure we are at the leading edge of best practice, teaching and fun!