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Our Staff

Kate Luther is our Chief Executive and set up Little Stars. Kate is a qualified teacher and spent her teaching career in Key Stage one and early years. She has 2 young children of her own. Kate works in session at least 2 1/2 days every week. She is also responsible for the day to day running of the charity. Kate is SENCO and Safeguarding lead

Penny Bourne-Heslop is our Deputy Manager. She is NVQ Level 3 qualified and has several years experience working with this age range of children in other nurseries. She oversees our planning for the setting. She also has her own key worker group which she plans for and delivers activities. She is in charge when the Manager is not in the building and oversees the day to day running of all of the sessions, planning and assessment.

Lisa Bates is qualified to NVQ level 2 and is currently studying for her Level 3. She has lots of experience working in other nurseries. She works alongside the other staff planning and delivering group sessions and supporting play. She supports our children with additional needs offering one to one support for may of our children. She liaises with our Manager and SENCO to write targets and support plans for the children she supports.

Andrea Walker is qualified to Level 6. Andrea was previously Deputy Manager at another nursery but took some time out to have her little girl. She joined us shortly after we opened and now works most session during the week. Andrea delivers our intervention programmes and focuses on our older children making sure they are ready for their move to school,

Tracey Taylor has just completed her Level 2 and is now studying for her Level 3. She is completing her college placement with us too. She has her own key worker children for whom she plans and delivers activities.

Helen Lloyd – is qualified to Level 3 and has experience working on nurseries and as a nanny. She works 3 days a week. She has her own key worker children for whom she plans and delivers activities.

Sandra Heslop (Nana Sas) volunteers for us. Does lots of other jobs for us including making many of our resources. She has over 25 years of experience of working in nurseries and was head teacher for over 12 years at Tudhoe Moor Nursery in Spennymoor. She s supporting us in our gardening project.

Sylvia Leadbeater volunteers for us usually on a Tuesday. She has been with us for several years now and is loved by all of the children.