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

Director of Operations

Olimpia Malaescu : 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.

Kathryn Evans

Nursery Manager

Kathryn Evans : 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

Deputy Manager

Ashlee Gill : 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.

Rebecca Grainger

Early Years Practitioner - Preschool 1

Rebecca Grainger : Early Years Practitioner - 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.

Rebecca Judge

Senior Practitioner - Sweet Peppers

Rebecca Judge : 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

Senior Practitioner - Chilli Peppers

Rhea Khatab : Senior Practitioner - 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

Senior Practitioner - Preschool 1

Jessica Miskell : Senior Practitioner - Preschool 1

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

Senior Practitioner, Qualified Teacher - Preschool 2

Jennie Hart : Senior Practitioner, Qualified Teacher - Preschool 2

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

Early Years Practitioner - Baby Peppers

Kimberley Jack : Early Years Practitioner - Baby Peppers

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.

Malak Zubir

Early Years Practitioner - Sweet Peppers

Malak Zubir : Early Years Practitioner - Sweet Peppers

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

Tami Carey

Early Years Practitioner - Tiny Peppers

Tami Carey : Early Years Practitioner - Tiny 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.

Monika Kaczorowska

Early Years Practitioner - Baby Peppers

Monika Kaczorowska : Early Years Practitioner - Baby Peppers

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.

Rayna Grady

Early Years Practitioner - Tiny Peppers

Rayna Grady : Early Years Practitioner - Tiny Peppers

My name is Rayna Grady and I am an Early Years Practitioner. I have recently located to Denton to be closer to my family. I have been working with children for over 3 years with plenty of experience in the age group 1 - 2 years. In my spare time I enjoy baking which I plan to do with the children as well. As a key worker i will help your child to become familiar with the staff and the room. i will help your child reach their fullest potential and ensure their needs are met during their time in nursery.

Muna Ali

Early Years Assistant - Baby Peppers

Muna Ali : Early Years Assistant - Baby Peppers

Hi, my name is Muna Ali and I am an Early Years Assistant in Baby Peppers. I have been working with children for 10 years, starting off as an education and life skills support worker with young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. And then working internationally in the UAE as a Baby Sensory class leader; leading learning and development classes to babies, toddlers and parents. My life then took me to west Africa where I started teaching in pre-school before now moving back to the UK. Where I am happy to carry on my career as a nursery assistant practitioner in Pepperberry fulfilling my love of working with babies and children. In my spare time I enjoy reading, socialising with family and friends and exploring with my daughter seeing the world from a child’s eyes.

Jamie-Leigh Steels

Early Years Practitioner - Baby Peppers

Jamie-Leigh Steels : Early Years Practitioner - 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.

Rachel Timperley

Early Years Practitioner – Sweet Peppers

Rachel Timperley : Early Years Practitioner – Sweet Peppers

Hi, my name is Rachel Timperley and I am an Early Years Practitioner in Sweet Peppers. I started working at Pepperberry in August 2019. I am Level 6 qualified and I used to work in a children's play centre. I have also volunteered on the children's ward at my local hospital. I enjoy reading and playing my violin. I love spending time with my family and friends.

Brittany Newton

Early Years Assistant - Sweet Peppers

Brittany Newton : Early Years Assistant - 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.

Emma Robinson

Early Years Practitioner - Sweet Peppers

Emma Robinson : Early Years Practitioner - Sweet Peppers

My name is Emma Robinson and I am an Early Years Practitioner.  I am Level 6 qualified and I have studied Early Years and Childhood Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have recently moved to Wilmslow. In my spare time I like meeting up with family and friends and going for coffee and cake.

Emma Roberts

Early Years Assistant - Chilli Peppers

Emma Roberts : Early Years Assistant - 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.

Natasha James

Early Years Practitioner - Chilli Peppers

Natasha James : Early Years Practitioner - Chilli Peppers

My name is Natasha James and I am an Early Years Practitioner. I studied Education, Childhood and Youth at Manchester Metropolitan University whilst I completed my PGCE and graduated in 2019. I love working with children and I am delighted to be contributing to their development. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and friends, walking my dog and trying new things.

Tara Ali

Lunch Time Assistant

Tara Ali : 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.

Linda Gillan

Kitchen Assistant

Linda Gillan : Kitchen Assistant

Hi, my name is Linda Gillan and I am the Assistant Chef in the Kitchen. I live in a lovely new bungalow with 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. 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 Centers & Plants, all animals especially dogs, shopping trips, films/movies and spending time with family.

Khegholly Broad

Early Years Assistant – Preschool 2

Khegholly Broad : Early Years Assistant – Preschool 2

My name is Khegholly Broad and I am an Early Years Assistant in Preschool 2.

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 graduated from Nagaland University in India. I have been living in the UK now since June 2018, I live in Macclesfield with my husband.

Laura Van Den Berg

Lunch Time Assistant

Laura Van Den Berg : 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

Corinna Eales

Lunch Time Assistant

Corinna Eales : Lunch Time Assistant

Hi, my name is Corinna Eales and I am a Lunch Time Assistant. I have worked with Children for the last 5 years. I have a 12-year-old son who keeps me on my toes. In my spare time I love to cook and go out and generally have fun with my friends. I also love shopping and holidays abroad.

Zahra Shahzad

Early Years Assistant - Tiny Peppers

Zahra Shahzad : Early Years Assistant - Tiny 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.