Meet the Staff

As  a key person I will help your child to become familiar with the nursery and to feel confident and safe. It is my responsibility as a key person to meet the needs of each individual child and respond sensitively to his/her feelings, ideas and behaviour. As your child’s key person I am also responsible for maintaining proper records of the child’s development  and share these with you as a parent/guardian on a regular basis to ensure that your child is being appropriately cared for.

I’d love to hear about everything your child has been doing at home and the things they are particularly interested in. If you have any questions, concerns and ideas please let me know.

Olimpia Malaescu

Olimpia Malaescu : Director of Operations

Director of Operations

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to welcome you to our Outstanding nursery.

I am delighted and proud to be the Director of Operations for Pepperberry Day Nursery, Auckland House Day Nursery and Auckland College. Over the years I have had the pleasure of working alongside Mr and Mrs Akaraonye the Owners and Founders of both nurseries and the Independent school Auckland College who have been my mentors from the very beginning and have helped me progress in my career development.

I have started my journey at Pepperberry Day Nursery in 2011 before the nursery opened the doors to our children and parents. In those very early days, when the nursery first opened, Pepperberry Day Nursery had opened the doors to only 5 children and three times as many staff. Building a reputation for our new nursery has not been easy, however with the support of our Nursery Owners and Directors, the great staff team and the amazing support from the parents who believed in us and have trusted us with their most precious gifts, 6 years later Pepperberry Day Nursery is a well-established nursery and now caters for almost 120 children a day. We are also very proud to have been able to prepare the base foundations that give children the advantage they need for school readiness for 117 children that have graduated for school since the nursery opened.

Our vision is that all the children in our care will Learn, Enjoy and Flourish in our caring, nurturing and stimulating environment. Having worked for over 12 years directly with children and families and I am fully committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning across all our settings.

I have a 5 year old son (my pride and joy) who has experienced 5 wonderful years at Pepperberry Day Nursery, starting his journey at 11 weeks old and attending full time, graduating in August 2017 just weeks before his 5th Birthday. My son has flourished at Pepperberry Day Nursery due to the love and care the nursery practitioners have provided him, alongside some amazing and fun learning experiences that as a single working parent I would not have had the time to provide for my son. The staff team at Pepperberry Day Nursery have guided and helped my son every single day building his foundation of his knowledge in those early years and for that I am grateful and proud to work alongside such an amazing team to provide a service for all our children and parents that is of high standards and quality.

As a parent, I understand that finding the right childcare setting is one of the hardest jobs we must do (this does not get any easier when it comes to choosing a school, as I have recently experienced), therefore I work closely with the Nursery Owners and Directors to continually develop the nursery, from investing in the nursery resources, the learning experiences that we provide and of course the staff team, to ways in which we can get our parents involved in the life of the nursery, share information regarding children’s well-being and development and constantly seeking feedback from our parents and staff and looking at ways to improve the service. I also work closely with the Management and the Staff team to ensure that we provide the best early years care and education for all the children in our care.

Pepperberry Day Nursery is committed to working respectfully with children and families in ways that value the diversity of the community we serve and provide a continually improving environment which enables children to develop their full potential. At Pepperberry we pride ourselves in being at the heart of our community and establish close partnership working with all our parents and carers. As a parent, as well as an childcare professional, I firmly believe that children are never too young to learn the value and joy of helping others, and believe that children learn this by watching their immediate carers like their parents, teachers and friends, therefore over the years I have worked with the Pepperberry Team to support different charities and raise awareness of these amongst our children and parents. I believe that when we take the time to demonstrate we care, we demonstrate the fact there are still plenty of good people left in this world and I am committed to sharing these core values with the children and pupils in our care through the experiences and learning opportunities we offer in both our nurseries and our school.

Thank you for choosing Pepperberry Day Nursery as a next step in your child’s education and I look forward to meeting you and your little ones and offering you the support, guidance and reassurance required to embark onto your journey at our setting.

Samantha Spence

Samantha Spence : Under 2's Assistant Deputy Manager

Under 2's Assistant Deputy Manager

My name is Samantha Spence and I will be your child's keyperson. I studied Early Childhood Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and graduated in 2015. In 2016 I travelled Austrailia where I worked as an au pair for 6 months, this was an unbelievable experience. I love to work with children and to help them develop. In my spare time I love to spend time with my friends and family, shopping and planning my next adventures.

Rebecca Judge

Rebecca Judge : Senior Practitioner - Sweet Peppers

Senior Practitioner - Sweet Peppers

My name is Rebecca Judge and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Practitioner in Sweet Peppers.

I live at home with my mum and two brothers, one who is older and one who is younger. I have worked at Pepperberry since September 2012; I started as a Level 2 and since then I have successfully completed my NVQ Level 3 . I also have a Paediatric First Aid and a certificate in Health and Safety. I enjoy spending time with my friends, family and my boyfriend. In my spare time I also babysit and enjoy watching films.

Rhea Khatab

Rhea Khatab : Senior Chilli Peppers

Senior Chilli Peppers

My name is Rhea Khatab and I will be your child's keyperson. I am a Senior Early Years Practitioner.

My name is Rhea and I started working at Pepperberry in April 2018. I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017 with a Degree in Early Childhood Studies. Before starting at Pepperberry I worked in a soft play centre. In the nursery I enjoy arts and crafts and singing. In my spare time I enjoy baking and spending time with family and friends.

Jessica Miskell

Jessica Miskell : Senior Practitioner in Pre-School Peppers

Senior Practitioner in Pre-School Peppers

My name is Jessica Miskell. I am an Early Years Practitioner in Pre-School Peppers.
I have just graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a degree in Childhood Studies and Early Years.
In my spare time I enjoy taking my dog Ralf for walks and spending time with my friends.

Jennie Hart

Jennie Hart : Preschool

Preschool

My name is Jennie Hart and I am an Early Years Teacher in Grand Peppers.  Before joining Pepperberry I worked as a supply teacher working with a range of age groups across a variety of schools.  I also volunteered in Kingsley District Nursery which caters for 2-4 year olds.  I have a degree in Early Years Education and plan to continually expand my knowledge through professional development and training.  I live in Kingley and keep horses as a hobby.  My favourite thing to do  is relax and read a book.

Kimberley Jack

Kimberley Jack : Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner

My name is Kimberley Jack and I will be your child's keyperson. I am a Early Years Practitioner in Baby Peppers.

I have worked at Pepperberry since August 2012 and I have a Btec level 3 National Diploma in Childrens care, learning and development. I currently live with my parents and have a twin brother. In my spare time i enjoy visiting family, going out to the cinema or shopping. I also like to babysit at the weekends.

Monika Kaczorowska

Monika Kaczorowska : Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner

My name is Monika Kaczorowska and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Practitioner in Baby Peppers.

I have joined Pepperberry team in August 2014. I have lots of experience in working with children in the nursery environment as well as in schools. I have studied 5 years Pedagogy in Early Years Education where I have gained my Level 5 in Childcare. I live in Stoke on Trent with my husband. I have one sister. I enjoy working with children and look forward to get to know you and your child better.

Currently on Maternity Leave.

Jamie-Leigh Steels

Jamie-Leigh Steels : Baby Peppers

Baby Peppers

My Name is Jaime-Leigh and I am 19 years old. I currently live at home with my mum, dad, brother and sister. I am Level 3 qualified. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and going on adventures together. At nursery I enjoy doing messy play activities and making sure the children have fun.

Hannah Baxter

Hannah Baxter : Tiny Peppers

Tiny Peppers

My name is Hannah Baxter and I will be your child's keyperson. I am a Early Years Practitioner in Baby Peppers.

I have been working in childcare for 4 years and I gained my Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education 2 years ago. I have had a wide range of experience working with all ages of children with 0-12 years. I have recently moved to the area and I look forward to settling in my new work environment, working alongside my new team members. In my spare time I enjoy playing the piano and walking my 2 dogs.

Tami Carey

Tami Carey : Tiny Pepper, Early Years Assistant in Chilli Peppers

Tiny Pepper, Early Years Assistant in Chilli Peppers

My name is Tami and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Assistant in Chilli Peppers. I have recently relocated from Essex to Handforth with my Husband and youngest daughter. I have three other children who are all still living and working in Essex who come to visit us often. I have previously worked in a Primary School as a Senco LSA for 14 years with children who had various different needs. We love to go walking with our dog 'Dave 2nd' and spending time together as a family.

Sophie Moss

Sophie Moss : Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner

My name is Sophie Moss and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Practitioner.

My name is Sophie and I started working at Pepperberry in September 2018. I studied childcare and education NVQ Level 3 at Macclesfield College. In 2016 I took a voluntry gap year where I led youthgroups and I volunteered in orphanages in South Africa. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family and friend s and I enjoy going to church and volunteering with different organisations.

Olivia Darlington

Olivia Darlington : Early Years Assistant

Early Years Assistant

My name is Olivia Darlington and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Assistant.

My name is Olivia and I started working at Pepperberry in August 2018. Having previous experience working with children in a Primary school setting I lead creative activites for the class. Messy creative play is one of my favourite ways to engage a child's development, they are also usually the best artists. It is truly a privelage to watch each individual child grow in their journey through their engagement with the world. I have a Degree in Textile Design and I have recently started my Childcare qualification.

Chrysa Koutsouradi

Chrysa Koutsouradi : Early Years Assistant

Early Years Assistant

My name is Chrysa Koutsouradi and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Assistant.
My name is Chrysa and I am originally from Greece. I came over to the UK with my husband. I have a Bachelor Degree in Religious Studies and an HND in supporting children with learning difficulties. I have worked many years in childcare and tutoring. In my spare time I like spending time with my family and friends, reading books, listening to music and exercising. I also love DIY and travelling.

Joanna Gawron

Joanna Gawron : Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner

My name is Joanna Gawron and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Practitioner.

My name is Joanna and I started working at Pepperberry in July 2018. I am a Level 6 qualified Early Years Practitioner. I am originally from Poland but I now live with my husband in Stockport.  I have been working in Childcare since 2015 and I studied Early Years Education in Poland for five years. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading books and going to the cinema with my husband.

Zahra Shahzad

Zahra Shahzad : Chilli Peppers

Chilli Peppers

My name is Zahra Shahzad and I am an Early Years Assistant. I am 19 years old and I went to Kingsway High School. I’ve been working with since October 2018 and I'm currently working towards my Level 2 qualification in early years. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going to the cinema. I enjoy doing fun and creative activities with the children and watching them grow and develop.

Malak Zubir

Malak Zubir : Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner

My name is Malak Zubir and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Practitioner.

I have always wanted to work with children, which is what inspired me to become a nursery practitioner. I am a qualified Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant and I am currently working towards my Level 3 in Childcare.
Coming from a Turkish background I love to cook all kinds of exotic foods. In my spare time I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family

Naila Anwar

Naila Anwar : Sweet Peppers

Sweet Peppers

My name is Naila Anwar and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Practitioner in Tiny Peppers. I have been working with children for 4 years. I have recently finished my level 3 qualification. I love working with children, watching them grow and learn new things in lovely environment. While working at Pepperberry I make sure children are spending valuable time and they are developing their skills. I have two little boys to keep me busy in my spare time. We love swimming, playing football and cooking together.

Sophia Chapman

Sophia Chapman : Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner

My name is Sophia Chapman and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Practitioner.

My name is Sophia and I started working at Pepperberry in May 2018. Working with children has always been my dream which inspired me to work towards my Level 2 in Childcare which I completed in 2014. I love to watch children grow and develop into youg adults and to learn new things. Working at Pepperberry has also motivated me to do my Level 3 which i have recently started. I particularly like messy play and baking with the children, I believe that a messy day is a fun day. In my spare time I enjoy babysitting and caring for family and friends.

Brittany Newton

Brittany Newton : Sweet Peppers

Sweet Peppers

My name is Brittany Newton and I am an Early Years Assistant.
I recently started working at Pepperberry Day Nursery. I went from hairdressing to finally pursuing something I enjoy. I can't wait to see the children of Pepperberry grow and learn new things. Out of Pepperberry in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, family and friends.

Robyn Matthews

Robyn Matthews : Early Years Practitioner (Level 3)

Early Years Practitioner (Level 3)

My name is Robyn Matthews and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Practitioner in Chilli Peppers.

I am qualified Level 1 and 2 in Health and Social Care. Previous to starting at Pepperberry I have worked at a school as a lunchtime assistant and have done lots of babysitting for different age groups. I love working with children and I am looking forward to starting my training in Childcare. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I look forward to watching your children grow.

Ana Perez Carretero

Ana Perez Carretero : Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner

My name is Ana Perez and I will be your child's keyperson. I am an Early Years Practitioner.

My name is Ana and I started working at Pepperberry in March 2018. I am a Level 6 qualified Early Years Practitioner. I am orginally from Spain but I now live with my boyfriend in Handforth.  I enjoy spending time with my neices and nephews. In my spare time I also enjoy travelling around the world discovering new places to visit and to go shopping.

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts : Chilli Peppers

Chilli Peppers

My name is Emma Roberts and I am an Early Years Assistant. I am 19 and have recently moved to Knutsford. I am doing am currently doing an Early Years Apprenticeship. I enjoy doing this job as I love to see young children’s development throughout the years.

Rebecca Grainger

Rebecca Grainger : Preschool 1

Preschool 1

My name is Rebecca Grainger and I will be your child's key person. I am an Early Years Practitioner. I am originally from Scotland. I am an Early Years Practitioner and have completed my Level 3. I really enjoy reading and spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to working with the great team at Pepperberry Day Nursery to help provide a safe and happy environment for the children to grow.

Kyrstie Crompton

Kyrstie Crompton : Preschool 2 (working towards Level 3)

Preschool 2 (working towards Level 3)

My name is Kyrstie Saxon and I will be your child’s key person. I am a Nursery Assistant in Sweet Peppers. I am a very approachable person who is kind and caring. I have three years of experience working in an Early Years Environment and always look to encourage children with their development. In my spare time I enjoy walking and attend a sewing class every month. I also love cycling and animals.

Matthew Dale

Matthew Dale : Chef

Chef

My name is Matthew Dale and I am the chef. I have worked in the catering business since 1998. I make new and exciting meals for the children at Pepperberry Day Nursery using fresh ingredients. I cater for all dietary requirements. I also do cooking classes with the children on a weekly basis.

Angela Higinbotham

Angela Higinbotham : Kitchen Assistant

Kitchen Assistant

My name is Angela Higinbotham and I work as a Kitchen Assistant. I have previously worked at two local nurseries in the kitchen. In my spare time I help out with two different youth clubs.

Laura Van Den Berg

Laura Van Den Berg : Lunch Time Assistant

Lunch Time Assistant

My name is Laura Van Den Berg and I am a Lunch Time Assistant.

I am originally from South Africa and I have been living in England for the last 18 years. I am a single Mum with an 11yr old daughter and we live in Wilmslow. I started my experience working with children when my daughter was in reception and I volunteered at her school. I then became a midday assistant and then a school kitchen assistant until February 2018. For the last two years I have been studying Maths and English at Macclesfield College. I hope to study childcare in the future. I love working with children and seeing them grow up. In my spare time I love spending time with my daughter and doing gardening, baking and playing candy crush

Khegholly Broad

Khegholly Broad : Lunch Time Assistant

Lunch Time Assistant

My name is Khegholly Broad and I am a Lunch Time Assistant.

I started working at Pepperberry in August 2018. Before joining Pepperberry I worked as a teaching assistant in a secondary school back home in India. I also worked as a Sunday school teacher for more than ten years. I gratuated from Nagaland University in India. I have been living in the UK now since June 2018, I live in Macclesfield with my husband.

Tara Ali

Tara Ali : Lunch Time Assistant

Lunch Time Assistant

My name is Tara Ali and I have started my employment at Pepperberry Day Nursery in March 2019 as a Lunchtime Assistant. I have a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning. I have worked in different schools as a voluntary Teaching Assistant as well as a mid-day assistant. I enjoy working with children and I look forward to being part of Pepperberry’s team.

Constantine Kitromilides

Constantine Kitromilides : Bank Staff

Bank Staff

My name is Constantine Kitromilides and I will be your child’s key person. I am an Early Years Practitioner in Preschool. I am a qualified Teaching Assistant with an NVQ Level 2 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. I have also studied History at degree level at Manchester University. I have undertaken a lot of supply work at various schools and nurseries in the area, including one-to-one work with autistic children. My hobbies include travel, cooking, taking trips to the cinema, martial arts and football.

Linda Gillan

Linda Gillan : Bank Staff

Bank Staff

Hi, my name is Linda Gillan and I live in a lovely new bungalow with my partner Tony. We have a large garden which I enjoy looking after. Just up the road is a big playing field where I walk my dog, Sam, which I really enjoy. He is such a little cutie and loves his treats. I drive to work each day to work at Pepperberrys as a lunchtime assistant, and I really enjoy my job. Working with the children and seeing all their happy faces gives me such pleasure. I have four grandchildren of my own. My hobbies & interests include: Garden Centres & Plants, all animals especially dogs, shopping trips, films/movies and spending time with family.

Elle Jackson-Cohen

Elle Jackson-Cohen : Early Years Assistant

Early Years Assistant

My name is Elle Jackson-Cohen and I am an Early Years Assistant. I have been working at Pepperberry since August 2018. I love working with the children at Pepperberry and helping them learn and grow. I enjoy doing creative activities and I'm currently working toward a qualification in Art Therapy with children.

Kathryn Evans

Kathryn Evans : Nursery Manager

Nursery Manager

My name is Kathryn Evans and I am the Nursery Manager Senco, Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Health and Safety Co-ordinator.

I am a level 3 qualified Early Years practitioner and also hold a level 5 qualification in Management and Leadership. I have worked in the Early Years sector for 24 years. I worked in a preschool in the Yorkshire Dales for 19 years as a Preschool Leader prior to relocating to Cheshire. I have two grown up children and twin Granddaughters. My son is a qualified electrician but has followed his competitive hobby of ballroom dancing and has now become a professional ballroom dancer with his own dance school based in Sandbach. My daughter has qualified as a dental nurse but is now a full time Mum to her twin girls. My interests are Ballroom and Latin American dancing, I am a professionally qualified dance teacher and adjudicator.

Ashlee Gill

Ashlee Gill : Deputy Manager

Deputy Manager

My name is Ashlee and I have worked at Pepperberry since May 2016. I was promoted to Deputy Manager in April 2018 and I am really enjoying my new role. I have worked in Childcare since 2012 and I have a Level 4 qualification in Education and Special Educational Needs.
As part of my role I enjoy being 50% in rooms and 50% out of the rooms supporting the staff and the Manager. I really enjoy being creative and setting up exciting activities for the children.
In my spare time I like to go on walks and spend time with my family and friends.