Meet the Nursery Staff

Nicola Bateson

Nicola Bateson

Nursery Manager

Hello, my name is Nicola and I joined Cottam Nursery School in September 2016 as the manager.
I have a BA(hons) in Education and Professional Studies. I also hold a range of Early Years qualifications and I am continually updating my training in various courses, these include:
• Specific Learning Difficulties and behavioural disorders L2
• Social Communication Workshop
• Paediatric First Aid
• Safeguarding – Nominated Officer
• Health and Safety
• Food Safety
• Fire Marshall Training
I have worked with children in one capacity or another for most of my adult life gaining experience across a variety of settings
I am passionate about effective interactions between staff and children, learning and development. Our team have high aspirations for all children and themselves as individuals who really go “above and beyond” which enables children to reach their full potential.

I love my role as nursery manager and I can honestly say that every day at Cottam Nursery School is fun, unique and full of laughter.

Wendy Castle

Wendy Castle

Pre-school Practitioner & SENDCO

Hi my name is Wendy, I am a level three qualified nursery practitioner. As well as my role as Nursery SENDCO, I am one of the nominated safeguarding officers and have a Paediatric First Aid certificate.

I have worked at Cottam Nursery School since January 2001. Prior to that I was employed in a charity run Pre-School, a primary school nursery and as a TA supporting children with additional needs.

When my daughter started school, I volunteered as a parent helper and this was the start of my love of working with young children. Children are loving, very eager to explore the world and it is a privilege to be a part of their formative years. As part of nursery life, we work with a the EYFS which covers seven developmental areas, all of which I enjoy exploring with the children.

Cottam is very much a ‘home from home’ nursery where children are eager to learn and care for their peers. The staff are very professional and care not only for the children but their colleges alike, making it a pleasure to be at work each day.

Jane Blackburn

Jane Blackburn

Pre-school Room Leader

Hello, my name is Jane, I have 23 years’ experience of working in the early years’ sector and more recently I have become the pre-school room leader.

During this time I have gained various relevant qualifications including; T.A. Level 2 and Level 3 in Early Years Childcare Learning and Development.

I enjoy all aspects of teaching and learning but my real passion is for crafts and creativity which I feel I bring to the nursery.

I love working a Cottam Nursery School as it provides an amazing opportunity to watch children develop and know that we have given them the best possible start in life.

Susan Oakes

Susan Oakes

Pre-school Practitioner

Hello, my name is Susan. I have worked with children for 10 years. I have a Level 3 qualification in Speech and Language and I have also completed the Social Communication and Safeguarding courses.

I take pride in my work and always have the child’s interest at heart. I work closely with parents and carers to share information about their child’s development.

I enjoy working with a team that brings excellent enthusiasm to Cottam Nursery School.

Rachel Yates

Rachel Yates

Pre-school Practitioner

Hello, my name is Rachel. I first came to Cottam Nursery School as a parent when my twin boys came here.
I have always loved the friendly, nurturing and stimulating atmosphere that my wonderful colleagues and I strive hard to maintain for each and every precious child we take care of.
As a qualified Librarian it will be no surprise to hear that my greatest joy is encouraging and inspiring a lifetime love of books and reading – and indeed beginning the journey towards the goal of independent reading through our early phonics work.

Jen Roberts

Jen Roberts

Barn Practitioner

Hi I am Jen, I’ve worked at Cottam Nursery School for nearly two years in the Barn.

I have NNEB qualification and also one of the Nominated Safeguarding officers. I have been working with children for the last seven years.

I particularly enjoy talking to the children about the natural world around us and often can be found surrounded by bugs or looking at birds. I also really enjoy singing songs and nursery rhymes with the children.

Rakesh Kaur

Rakesh Kaur

Barn Practitioner

Hello, my name is Rakesh. I am a qualified level 3 nursery practitioner.
I have been working in childcare and education since leaving school, over 12 years’ experience working with children.

My passion is working with young children, the priceless reward to me from my job role is seeing the children develop along their learning journey.
As a professional nursery practitioner, I follow the EYFS to support children’s everyday learning through individual planning, while also ensuring children are safe and happy in a fun environment.
I love working at Cottam Nursery School because of its lovely atmosphere and staff camaraderie.
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Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson

Practitioner Apprentice / Barn

Hi, my name is Lisa and I’m an Apprentice Early Years Educator currently studying my level 3 after completing Levels 1 and 2.

I’ve worked in childcare for the last 6 years. I enjoy meeting new children and helping them gain as much knowledge as they can.

Being able to teach a child something new and seeing how proud they look is one of the best feelings.

Katie Jenkinson

Katie Jenkinson

Nursery Practitioner

Hi my name is Katie, I am a nursery practitioner and I have a Level 3 In Health and Social Care, with one years’ experience in childcare and education.

I love working with young children it is different every day and a rewarding experience. I particularly enjoy expressive arts and design – providing creative fun for all the children.

I love working a Cottam Nursery because the staff work very hard as a team to ensure all the needs of the individual children are met.