OUR TEAM

Here at Dawny’s Day Care we have a positive, happy and enthusiastic team. Our family is made up of the following groups:

Please use the links to find out more about the individual team members and their job roles!

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Management

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Dawn Mitchell

Director/Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Dawn Mitchell – Director/Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Dawn is level 5 qualified in early year’s development. Previously Dawn has worked in various childcare settings including a room leader and SENCO role at an outstanding nursery. Dawn is currently the nursery’s safeguarding coordinator which she has found extremely fulfilling. In her spare time Dawn enjoys spending time with her boys, family & friends.
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Mark Evans

Director

Mark has a BTEC Nation Diploma in Business, he has worked alongside Dawn and Russell to make sure we are a successfully run business to allow Dawn the time to work with the other Nursery Practitioners in making our setting the best child care available. Mark enjoys playing football at weekends alongside other sports through the week.
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Russell O’ Connell

Director

Russell has always enjoyed being around children and they absolutely love him! Russell has really enjoyed developing the setting into what it is today. He enjoys extreme sports inclding sky diving.
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Gemma Beer

Nursery Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Gemma joined us from another setting in London and has over 5 years of management experience. Gemma has a foundation degree in leadership & management in childcare which she feels has helped her develop and provide stimulating and enriching environments for children! We feel Gemma is a great asset to Dawny's. In her spare time, Gemma enjoys spending time and going on adventures with her partner and two children.

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Joanne Owen

Part Time Office Manager & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Jo is here to support everyone. Jo is responsible for any administration at the setting and is always a first port of call for any information you may require. Jo has previously worked in an outstanding nursery so has ample experience in this field. Jo works three days a week (Monday to Wednesday). Jo enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, family & friends. Jo has a level 3 qualification in Business and Administration and Management and Leadership.

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Natalie O’Connell – Part Time Office Manager

Part Time Office Manager & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Like Jo Natalie is here to support everyone and is also responsible for the accounts administration. Natalie works 2 and half days a week (Wednesday morning, Thursdays and Fridays). In her spare time Natalie loves spending time with her three children.

BLOSSOMS (0 - 2 Years Old)

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Kirsty Welbelove

Room leader, Deputy Manager & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Kirsty is level 3 qualified and has many years experience with us. Kirsty worked for many years in our pre-school room before moving to our babies. After joining the Dawny’s team as a practitioner she quickly progressed to room leader, Third in Charge and now Deputy Manager. Kirsty also works alongside Dawn and Gemma as Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. When she’s not at Dawny’s she enjoys baking cakes!
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Amy Reeve - currently on maternity leave

Nursery Practitioner

Amy is currently working towards her childcare qualification whilst she’s working with us. Amy has lots of babysitting experience, looking after her cousins! She has also volunteered caring for children with disabilities. In her spare time Amy enjoys singing and music.
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Abbie Pottinger

Nursery Practitioner

Abbie is qualified to level 3 in childcare; she enjoys looking for new fun activities to stimulate the children. In her spare time Abbie enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her younger cousins and nephews.

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Tracy Waters

Nursery Practitioner

Tracy will be working towards her childcare qualification whilst working at Dawny's. Tracy has always enjoyed looking after children and her caring personality is a great fit for our babies.

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Charlene Mays

Nursery Practitioner

Charlene is level 3 qualified and has previously worked in other childcare settings so has brought lots of experience with her. After taking a break from childcare to look after her son, Charlene decided to return to childcare and her bubbly personality is fabtastic for our Blossoms.

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Brooke Brimming

Nursery Practitioner

Brooke is the newest member of the Blossoms team and will be completing her apprenticeship in childcare whilst working with us. Brooke has a passion for working with children and enjoys helping them learn and develop.

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Natalie Davies

Part Time Nursery Practitioner

Natalie has already been with us for a few years as a volunteer but has now decided to gain her qualification in childcare so will be working with us over lunch time in the Blossoms. In Natalie's spare she enjoys spending it with her son Kyle and family.

Caterpillars (2 - 3 Years Old)

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Megan Bailey

Room Leader & Third in Charge

Magan recently joined Dawny's and has a level 5 qualification in childcare. Megan has worked in previous settings so brings ample experience with her. We look forward to seeing what her leadership will bring to our Caterpillar room.

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Abbey Horrocks - currently on maternity leave

Part-Time Practitioner

Abbey works with us every day from 9am -2.30pm. Abbey has worked in nurseries previously and is level 3 qualified. When Abbey is not working she has a lovely little girl to take care of.
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Chloe Leahy

Nursery Practitioner

Chloe has been with Dawny's for many years and has completed her level 2 & 3 qualifications whilst working with us. Chloe used to work in our baby room before deciding it was time for a change and moved to our Caterpillars. Chloe is very nurturing and helps all the children develop to the best of their ability.

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Emma Mintram - Currently on Maternity Leave

Nursery Practitioner

Emma has experience of working in another childcare setting. Emma will be completing her qualification whilst working with us. Emma’s interest outside of work include travelling, enjoying a good movie, socialising, swimming and going to music concerts.
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Natalie Robson

Nursery Practitioner

Natalie is level 3 qualified and has previously worked in other settings. After taking a break from childcare Natalie decided it was where her passion lied so decided to return and has worked with different age groups. In her spare time Natalie enjoys spending time with her daughter and renovating her house.

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Nikki Bell

Nursery Practitioner

Nikki has a real passion for children and will be completing her childcare qualification with us. Nikki also loves Horses and spending time with her little one.

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Khouloud Djebbi

Nursery Practitioner

Khouloud is level 3 qualified and loves working with children and enjoys helping them learn. Khouloud works in the afternoons in our Caterpillar room.

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Louise Stafford

Nursery Practitioner

Louise is currently completing her childcare qualification whilst working with us and works mornings in our Caterpillar room. In her spare time Louise loves spending time with her two childen and also enjoys running.

Butterflies (3 - 5 Years Old)

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Chloe Salmon

Room leader & SENCo Support

Chloe is a level 3 qualified and a perfect match for our 3-5 year olds. Chloe has also taken on the SenCo support role to support Lisa. Chloe in her spare time ejoys shopping and spending time with her family & friends.

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Nisha Pankhania

Nursery Practitioner

Nisha decided that she would like to work in childcare and help children learn and grow, therefore she will be completing her childcare qualification whilst working at Dawny's. In her spare time Nisha enjoys cooking with her family.

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Laura Tyrrell - currently on maternity leave

Part Time Nursery Practitioner

Laura has joined the Dawny’s family as the Butterflies lunch time cover and has completed her level 2 childcare qualification. In her own time she loves getting outside and walking her dog.
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Melissa Payne

Early Years Teacher

Mel joined Dawny's as an Early Years Co-Ordinator in our Butterflies room, she is qualified to Early Years Teacher Status. Mel has a real passion for yoga for enjoys walking her dog.

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Amelia Jones

Nursery Practitioner 

Amelia is level 2 qualified and has previously worked in our Caterpillar room and moved to the Butterflies after returning from maternity leave. Amelia works Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. In her spare time Amelia enjoys spending time with her little girl and spending time with her friends.

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Giselle Salmon

Nursery Practitioner

Giselle has 14 years experience working in a local school as a Teaching Assistant. With a large family, this keeps Giselle busy in her spare time.

Support Staff

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Lisa Holmes

SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) & Behaviour Lead

Lisa is qualified to level 5, with a degree in Early Years Leadership & Management, and has previously worked in other childcare settings so has ample experience in the field. Lisa started with us as the Blossoms room Leader and then progressed to Deputy Manager, after returning from maternity leave she decided to take on our SENCo role and works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. In her spare time Lisa enjoys looking after her dog Frankie and sons, Arthur & Harry, as well as spending time with family and friends.

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Susan Scozzaro

Nursery Cook

Susan is a great addition to the Dawny’s family and brings with her lots of catering experience and has a level 2 food safety certificate. Susan cooks fresh healthy meals and snacks on site for all our children to enjoy.
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Tiffany Waite

Kitchen Assistant

Tiffany is a great addition to the Dawny’s family and helps Susan in the kitchen over the busy lunch time period. In her spare time Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family and likes shopping and the cinema.

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Curtis James

Nursery Maintenance

Curtis is our permanent handy man and does all our maintenance work big & small! In his spare time Curtis enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family.
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Anna Gondek

Nursery Cleaner

Anna has been with us from the beginning and joins us every afternoon to keep our setting nice and clean and help clear up after the day’s activities.
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Anna Fletcher

Bank Staff

Anna comes in and covers annual leave when needed so you may see her around in all our rooms, providing a helping hand!

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Lily Donnelly

Nursery Practicitioner

Lily has recently joined the Dawny's team and will be completing her childcare qualification whilst working with us. Lily is looking forward to helping the children learn and develop. 

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Woof-Woof Wagabi (Gabi)

Nursery Pet

Gabi is an African Leopard Tortoise and has been part of the Dawny’s family since September 2014 and was given her name by the children!. The children love her and she enjoys roaming round the garden in the warmer weather or in her warm house when it’s cold.