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About Us

Townhouse Nurseries are part of our group of six nurseries, all sharing the same vision, educational ethos and approach to working with children and families.

outstanding_colourOur strong belief is that we can best meet the needs of parents, children and our team by listening to what they have to say about nursery. You will find many opportunities to tell us what you think and how we can improve right from the start. From the settling in process all the way through to the day your child leaves us, confident, happy and extremely well prepared to start school.

We promote and encourage an ethos of working closely with and building meaningful relationships with families. Recognising that all children are different and that they come to our nursery with unique experiences of family, friends and their world, we are then able to build upon this to support each child to make friends and be happy at nursery.

Parents are key in how we care for and work with your child. From the settling in process as a baby and at each stage of transition through nursery life to toddlers and pre-school, children who see warm and authentic interactions between a parent and the adult caring for them at nursery, soon learn that that adult can be trusted and can be relied upon for a cuddle, comfort or a play.

All the team at nursery work closely together to ensure that the care and wellbeing of the children are kept at the centre of everything we do. The whole team appreciate and understand how significant the early years are in helping children to see themselves as capable and confident individuals. We are committed to ensuring the physical and emotional environment and the interactions with children and families at Townhouse all reflect and support this.

Julie Lightley, Owner/Director

Early Years Teacher, BA (Hons) Early Years Studies, currently studying MA Education (Early Years)

My role is very much about facilitating our teams to deliver the best in early years care and education. Working closely with Emma Jones, we are constantly on-hand to support Janet and Alison and their teams. Being in regular contact and visiting often means I see the many fantastic opportunities provided at nursery for children and the close relationships that are developed with our families at Townhouse.

Emma Jones, Operations Director

Early Years Teacher, Post Gradute Certificate of Education, currently studying MA Education (Early Years)

Working closely with Julie, we ensure that Alison and Janet have everything needed to deliver first class childcare in a beautiful learning environment with an outstanding team of practitioners. My teaching and leadership experience means I can support Janet and Alison with mentoring and guidance to continue to meet all the requirements of their roles.

Janet Williamson, Joint Manager (Lawton Road)

Level 4, NNEB

I have been at Townhouse since 1990 and remain as passionate about childcare as the day I started my career over 30 years ago! I have a dedicated, motivated and experienced team of practitioner’s who I am privileged to lead and support.
Townhouse Nursery is committed to our children and families; we pride ourselves in providing outstanding care and learning opportunities in a safe, nurturing, secure and happy environment. Each child is unique and through excellent partnerships with parents we are able to meet all our children’s individual needs.

Sam Beeston, Joint Manager (Lawton Road)

Early Years Teacher, (BA Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Having the opportunity to work within this Outstanding nursery group and team will be one of the highlights of my 25 year long career in Early Years. It is my intention to fully support Townhouse and its values, especially regarding the nurturing of meaningful relationships with children and their families.

I completed my Early Childhood Studies degree in 2010, going on to obtain my Early Years Teacher status soon after and am excited at the opportunity to share these qualifications and my experience at nursery. Working with Julie, Emma and closely with Janet, I shall help lead the existing, enthusiastic and very professional team at Lawton Road. Together we can continue the established dynamic and excellent practice, in supporting children and their families on their exciting journey of discovery and learning.

Alison Fisher, Nursery Manager (Audley Road)

Level 3, studying for Foundation Degree

I have worked at Townhouse since 2003. I find my role as manager very rewarding and can certainly say I love it. I work closely with my team to provide the best experiences in childcare for our children and families, building strong relationship with our parents and attachments with our children. We provide a home from home environment that is stimulating, safe and fun to be in for all of the children in our care. I find early years very rewarding as I see the babies develop and grow to be confident and happy children ready to engage with the world around them.

Sarah Wintle, Assistant Manager and Pre-school Supervisor (Lawton Road)

BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

I have worked at Townhouse since 1998. In my role I work closely on a day to day basis with Julie the owner, and Janet and Emma, to ensure effective management of the nursery. I have achieved a BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies and I have a wealth of experience caring for children across the whole nursery. In 2013 I took on the position of Pre-school Supervisor and thoroughly enjoy this role, playing an active part in shaping little minds through activities and opportunities which are sociable, challenging and most of all fun! In my role I strive to form positive partnerships with parents and children alike and aim to fully support the children in my care so that they are confident, capable and happy children, and well prepared for their school years.

Rebecca Blackhurst, Assistant Manager and Early Years Teacher (Audley Road)

BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

I am the Assistant Manager and an Early Years Teacher. My role presents me with endless rewards as I see our children develop and grow. I have a passion for outdoor learning and you will usually find me in the forest area finding bugs with the children or making exotic mud pies. As I have gained experience in childcare, and through my studies, I have developed my knowledge for early years with a focus on Pre-school. This has helped me to tune in to the needs of the children and support the team in planning the best experiences that enable our children to have fun but also engage in lots of learning.

Kate Jackson, Early Years Teacher (Lawton Road)

BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

I joined the Townhouse team in July 2016. I am a mum to two cheeky boys, one of whom attends Townhouse nursery. I have over eighteen years experience working with children and hold a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies, along with Early Years Teacher Status. Since starting at Townhouse I have been supporting the Toddler 2 Room and I am now looking forward to joining the Pre-school team and bringing my skills and experience to this room. I thoroughly enjoy working with children of all ages and feel privileged to be in a profession where I can play an active role in helping children explore, discover and succeed! As the Early Years Teacher at Townhouse I also have responsibility for overseeing the learning and development of all the children across the nursery and support staff in their own professional development through peer observations and reflective practices.

Sophie Andrews, Early Years Teacher (Audley Road)

BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

My role is to support Alison and the teams to provide the outstanding care, learning and play we offer to our children and families. I love to plan activities that support children to develop as toddlers. I enjoy listening and engaging with the children as their conversation brings laughter and knowledge that always makes me smile. I find my role as an Early Years Teacher very rewarding as I spend time mentoring staff to help them grow and develop with this having a positive impact on the children we care for.

Sam Barber, Baby Room Supervisor (Audley Road)

Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education

I have worked at Townhouse since 2006. Working with babies and toddlers during this time I have developed my knowledge with this age group allowing me to support the babies and their families with lots of developmentally appropriate and inspiring learning and play ideas. Days are never the same in a baby room - I thoroughly enjoy coming in and planning lots of activities that support each baby to develop through warm interactions and play.

Melissa Melville, Pre-school Room Supervisor (Audley Road)

Level 4 in Early Childhood Studies

I love my role as Pre-school Supervisor! Families are at the centre of everything we do and I thoroughly enjoy working with all of our families, building parent relationships through learning, play and homelinks. Every Pre-school child is unique and I thrive on identifying their individual needs to support them to make their time at Townhouse enjoyable and rewarding.

Katie Burgess, Baby Room Supervisor (Lawton Road)

NVQ Level 3 Early Years Care and Education

I am a Level 3 qualified children’s practitioner and I have recently taken on the role of Baby Room Supervisor. I am very excited to be taking on this new challenge and to bring my skills and expertise to the baby room. I thoroughly enjoy working with children and babies, ensuring they are cared for in a happy, safe and stimulating environment. In the Baby Room my aim is to form strong, secure bonds with the babies so they feel settled and confident to actively explore the environment around them. I aim to work closely with parents and carers to ensure continuity of care to fully support the babies as they grow and learn, enabling their little personalities to blossom.

Angela Baynes, Toddler 1 Room Supervisor (Lawton Road)

NVQ Level 3 Early Years Care and Education

I am a mum to three sons and a grandmother of two. I have worked at Townhouse since 2001. I started my role at Townhouse as the chef and soon discovered my passion lay in childcare. I went on to complete my training whilst at Townhouse and achieved a Level 3 in Early Years. After working with babies for many years, I was promoted to Toddler 1 Room Supervisor in 2008. Since then I have participated in many training courses to further my skills and knowledge, including a NVQ in Leadership and Management. I enjoy the toddler age range because of the children’s fun personalities and affectionate nature. As the children develop in confidence and become independent, it is a rewarding experience knowing that I am part of this process.

Anna-Kate Shingler, 3rd in Charge and Toddler 2 Room Supervisor (Lawton Road)

NVQ Level 3 Early Years Care and Education, working towards Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

I am a qualified practitioner and am currently undertaking a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies. I hold the role of Room Supervisor in the Toddler 2 room and thoroughly enjoy working with toddlers and the variety each day brings. I have been part of the Townhouse team since 2010, initially based at our sister setting at Audley Road. I was promoted to Room Supervisor in September 2015, after gaining lots of experience within the toddler rooms in the setting. The most rewarding aspect of my role is watching children develop as individuals. I value the importance of building strong relationships with all parents to ensure consistency is in place, thus allowing children to thrive and achieve their full potential.

Nicola McLaren Stonier, Baby Room Senior Practitioner (Audley Road)

NVQ Level 3 Early Years Care and Education

I have had the pleasure of working at Townhouse since 2000. During this time I have worked in the toddler room and as a 1:1 support practitioner. My real passion is babies, I enjoy supporting them and their families as they transition from being dependent on everyone around them to being happy independent toddlers. I can usually be found in the middle of messy play as I enjoy seeing the babies engaged as they explore the world around them.

Wendy Pulizzi, Nursery Nutrition and Meals Co-ordinator (Audley Road)

Food is my passion! I work with my team of cooks ensuring we provide the best food to all of our children. I develop the nursery menus ensuring they meet the Eat Better Do Better guidelines for 0-5years. I thoroughly enjoy mentoring my team as we share skills and knowledge that enable us to develop within our roles. A busy day in the nursery involves me providing hands on cooking or food experience providing the children with opportunities to explore taste, textures and gain knowledge and understanding of where food comes from.

Teresa Rogers, Nursery Cook (Lawton Road)

I am proud to be the Nursery Cook at Townhouse, a position which I have held since 2007. I am qualified with a City and Guilds in Hotel and Catering Studies and enjoy providing healthy and nutritious meals for the children on a day to day basis. Over time, through reflection and action, we have greatly improved how the children eat at nursery, ensuring that we are not only providing healthy and varied meals but also that mealtimes are experiences which are relaxed, sociable and pleasurable. I strongly believe that encouraging children to eat a healthy and balanced diet from a young age helps establish good habits for life. Along with cooking the children’s meals, I also have the pleasure of leading activities with the children, making my role varied and rewarding; one day we may be baking, preparing or tasting new and exciting food, the next we could be planting herbs in the garden.

Suzanne Cliffe, Administrator

I am the nursery administrator for both the Townhouse nurseries in Alsager. My role within the nursery includes supporting the managers, raising and checking monthly invoices as well as ensuring that all changes to children’s sessions are updated onto our nursery software.
I work across both Townhouse settings and I am generally the person that you will get through to on the phone. Working as part of the Village Nursery Group has enabled me to develop within my role and has also helped me develop and understand good communication skills and teamwork.