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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 every session and runs the stay and play session on a Tuesday morning. She is also responsible for the day to day running of the charity.

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 helps to plan the activities and delivers group sessions.

Lisa Bates is qualified to NVQ level 2 and s 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.

Andrea Walker is qualified to Level 3. 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.

Tracey Taylor has just completed her Level 2 and is now studying for her Level 3. Initially Tracey joined us to cover our creches but she is increasingly working in our pre school. She is completing her college placement with us too.

Sandra Heslop (Nana Sas) volunteers for us. She is in most Mondays to support play but 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 runs the Stay and play session on  a Tuesday with Kate.

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