Wise Owl nursery is very proud of it staff. Our staff members have all been recruited through our vigorous recruitment procedure to ensure they can provide the best care and education for our children. Another benefit is that all our staff members really care about the children and the nursery and are driven to help the nursery succeed in its vision to be a centre of excellence in childcare and are continually undertaking training and further qualifications to offer the best service possible.
Lucy Polkinghorne - Nursery Manager
I have completed my BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. I started working as a management trainee in the nursery and now I run the Scunthorpe Nursery. I have a extensive knowledge of the EYFS and the national curriculum, which allows me to provide quality care to the children at Wise Owl and encourage them to continually learn and develop. Lucy is Wise Owls lead safeguarding officer.
Michelle Swettenham - Senior nursery nurse
Shell has been at Wise Owls for a long time since 2007 and she has worked her way up amazingly, she has been a Room Leader to most of the rooms until she has now settled being the Room Leader of Baby Room. Shell thoroughly enjoys working with children and she cannot imagine anything better. Shell has completed her Level 3 and now enjoys spending her spare time with her wonderful Daughter.
Sophie Betts - Nursery Nurse
Sophie has completed her Level 3 qualification. She has worked at Wise Owls since 2013. Sophie has recently returned from her maternity leave after having her baby daughter. Sophie is working in the Yellow Room / Out of School Club alongside Jayde.
Jayde Shipton - Room Leader
Jayde volunteered at Wise Owls for 6 months before she started her apprenticeship. During this time Jayde had the opportunity to see the day to day life of the nursery. Jayde started her apprenticeship in February 2014. Jayde has completed her Level 2 in childcare. Jayde has completed her first aid training and safeguarding. Jayde is currently studying for her level 3 in childcare. Jayde is the Room Leader of Yellow Room / Out of School Club.
Alexandria Shores - Deputy Nursery Manager
Alex completed her Level 2 before she started at Wise Owls. She then completed her Level 3 with us and is soon to start her BA Honours Degree. Alex has worked her way up from Nursery Assistant to Deputy Manager. She is also the Preschool Room Leader. She is a SENCO and Safeguarding officer. Alex started working at Wise Owl in March 2014, she loves working with children and it has always been a passion of hers.
Toni Krajnik - Managing Director
I am qualified in BSc.(hons) Psychology,
MSc Industrial Psychology and I am a qualified teacher (QTS). My background is mainly as a secondary school teacher and Head of Department in the towns Melior Community College. I work at the Head Office as Managing Director where I concentrate on business expansion and making sure the each setting runs to the highest possible quality.
Emily Heathfield - Nursery Nurse
Emily started working with at Wise Owl in October 2016, Emily has achieved her level 2 qualification in childcare at college. Emily has achieved her Level 3 in childcare at Wise Owl. Emily currently works in the baby room.
Zoe Brothwell - Nursery Nurse
Zoe started working for wise owls in 2017, Zoe has her level 3 qualification in childcare. For the last year Zoe has been working with sure start in the local children's centers. Zoe has already gained her first aid. Zoe works in the Owls Room with Steph.
Becca Dyson - Nursery Nurse
Becca started working for wise owls in April 2017, Becca has previously been at the nursery as as student. Becca is already qualified at level 2 in childcare. Becca will be doing her apprenticeship with us and will be working towards her level 3 in childcare. Becca currently works in our owls room with Steph. Becca has now completed her level 3 qualification.
Courtney Hibbert - Nursery Nurse
Courtney began working at Wise Owls as a student from college whilst completing her Level 3 in childcare. She became a staff member in September 2017. Courtney works in the Red Wise Owl Room with Alex. Courtney has her first Aid certificate also.
Alisha Hollingsworth - Nursery Assistant
Alisha started as a student at wise owls in 2017,since 2018 Alisha is doing her apprenticeship at wise owls. Alisha will be studying for her level 3 in childcare. Alisha has now completed her level 3 in childcare. Alisha has created great bonds with the children.
Sarah Williamson - Nursery Assistant
Sarah started working for us in 2018, Sarah is currently level 2 qualified in childcare. Sarah is currently working towards her level 3 in childcare.
Faith Macdonald - Nursery Assistant
Faith started working for wise owls in 2019. Faith will be working towards her childcare qualification.
Sophie Drysdale - Nursery Assistant
Sophie started working for wise owls in 2019. Sophie will be working towards her childcare qualification.