The Team


Nicola Setford

Manager

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

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.

Vicky Gillard

Preschool Practitioner

Vicky joined us at Pippins in November 2014. She holds a Level 3 Qualification in Child Care, has training in Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and has several years of experience working in Nurseries, Preschools and as a Nanny. Vicky will be seen at Pippins on Tuesdays and Fridays and she works as a school counsellor the other days of the week.

Rachel French

Preschool Practitioner

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 2 Qualification in Child Development and is currently studying towards a Level 3. She has 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.

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.

Sara Wilson

Preschool Assistant

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

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!