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 and sky diving and is also a partner for a successful building company.
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Carly Summers

Nursery Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Carly has worked in previous nursery setting so brings lots of experience with her. She started as a nursery practitioner within Dawny’s and progressed to nursery manager. When Carly isn’t working she has a passion for photography and spending time with family, friends and her little dog, Ronnie.
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Joanne Owen

Part Time Office Manager

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 for 5 years so has ample experience in this field. Jo works three days a week (Monday to Wednesday). Jo enjoys spending time with her family, friends and looking after her guinea pig and rabbit. 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

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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Emma Drysdale

Room Leader & Third in Charge

Emma is level 3 qualified. Emma started with us in December 2012 in our Blossoms room before becoming room leader in our 2-3yr room and now back upstairs as Room Leader for our Blossoms. Emma also recently become our Third in Charge. In Emma’s spare time she loves spending it with her beautiful daughter, Yasmin.
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Chloe Leahy

Nursery Practitioner

We felt Chloe’s sweet and nurturing personality suited our baby room well and she is a great member of the team. Chloe has recently completed her level 2 childcare qualification.
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Megan Salmon

Nursery Practitioner

Megan will be completing her childcare qualification whilst working with us. Megan has experience of caring for children and her sweet nature is a great match for our babies.
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Amy Reeve

Nursery Practitioner

Amy is the newest member of the Blossoms team and will be working towards her childcare qualification whilst she’s working with us. Amt 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.

Caterpillars (2 - 3 Years Old)

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Amy Willmott

Room Leader

Amy is level 3 qualified and was one of the original members of the Dawny’s team. Over the last few years Amy has continued to work with children all over the World from Cost Rica, to Greece and even on cruise ships! Amy has returned to Dawny’s with lots of experience as the Caterpillar Room Leader. In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time with her friends.
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Abbey Horrocks

Part-Time Practitioner

Abbey works with us on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Abbey has worked in nurseries previously and is level 2 qualified and has started her level 3. When Abbey is not working she has a lovely little girl to take care of.
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Amelia Jones

Nursery Practitioner

Amelia joined us straight from finishing school and has started her level 2 childcare qualification. In her spare time Amelia enjoys various activities including ice-skating, and competing in dog shows.
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Emma Mintram

Nursery Practitioner

Emma is the newest member of the Caterpillar team and 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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KATIE O’NEILL

Nursery Practitioner

Katie has recently left school and joined us over the Summer. Katie will be completing her childcare qualification whilst working with us. Katie has a lovely, sweet personality which we feel will work well with our Caterpillars.

Butterflies (3 - 5 Years Old)

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Kirsty Welbelove

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

Kirsty is level 3 qualified and has previous pre-school experience so is a great member of our 3-5 year olds! 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 Carly as Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. When she’s not at Dawny’s she enjoys baking cakes!
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Merryn Passey

Nursery Practitioner

Merryn completed her student placement with us whilst she gained her level 2 childcare qualification and has now become a full-time member of the Dawny’s family. Merryn enjoys working with the older children so is a perfect match for our 3-5 year olds
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Laura Tyrrell

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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Chelsea Taylor

Nursery Practitioner

Chelsea has a real passion for working with children and is working towards her level 2 childcare qualification with us. In her spare time Chelsea loves to bake cakes so will be putting this to good use with the children.
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Chloe Salmon

Nursery Practitioner

Chloe has always wanted to work with children and she has even completed a student placement with us. Chloe enjoyed it so much that she applied for a full-time position. She is level 2 qualified and is working towards her level 3. Chloe has experience of working with children through babysitting.
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Chloe Birt

Nursery Practitioner

Chloe is the newest member of our Butterfly team and will be completing her childcare qualification whilst working with us. Chloe loves to be creative and get messy so we feel she is a great fit for our pre-school children!

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 (working Wednesday-Friday). In her spare time Lisa enjoys looking after her dog Frankie and little boy, Arthur, as well as spending time with family and friends.
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Danielle Pottinger

Part-Time Nursery Practitioner (currently on maternity leave)

Danielle is level 3 qualified and has previously worked in another setting. She currently works two days a week (Wednesday & Friday) and helps out in all of our rooms. In her spare time Danielle enjoys spending time with her family and little boy, Frankie.
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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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Teresa Lazell

Kitchen Assistant

Teresa helps Susan in the kitchen over our busy lunch time period and helps keep the kitchen spick and span! Teresa also has a level 2 food safety certificate.
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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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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.