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meet our team

Our Management Team

Claire Brown

Claire Brown

La Maternelle was established by my husband and myself in 2000. I now oversee all our facilities working alongside my son Will, my son Peter and his wife Vicki.  La Maternelle is french for ‘homely place’ and that is what we, as a family, aim to provide for all children in our care, thus creating a ’ home from home ’ environment and ethos where children can relax, have fun, thrive and be nurtured by a team of highly professional staff.

It is, therefore, our priority to recruit dedicated and inspirational staff, who share this goal with us, ensuring they build positive caring relationships with the children and their families. We, in turn, respect all staff in each of the roles they hold and strive to support them in their own professional development, by offering them access to first class training both ‘in house’ and by external agencies.  This both enhances their practice within the setting and offers them an opportunity to flourish in a high quality setting.

Following our Safeguarding policy we have strict and thorough procedures for recruiting and vetting all staff, thus allowing us to be confident in our selection and judgement. We value the crucial role they hold in our day to day organisation of La Maternelle. 

I now ,with pride, introduce you to our senior members of staff. 

Vicki Brown

Vicki Brown

Vicki leads the practice across both the Wistaston & Sandbach settings to ensure that we continue to provide high quality care and education for the children. She also directly supports the management of each setting and the professional development of the staff team, alongside the Quality & Development Manager, the Setting Manager & the rest of the Management Team.

Vicki is a qualified teacher & holds Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). She opened the setting in Wistaston in September 2004 with her husband (Peter), mother in law (Claire) & brother in law (Will). Prior to this she was a Foundation Stage Teacher in a local Primary School.

Vicki also holds Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). She was one of the first to gain this qualification in the country & studied at Manchester Metropolitan University. She then went onto work for Manchester Metropolitan University as an Assessor & Mentor for the Early Years Teacher course, alongside operating the Wistaston setting. This involved visiting other nurseries to mentor, support and assess Early Years Teachers within the Cheshire and Manchester areas.  She has a keen interest in the ‘Early Years’ and likes to keep up to date with research into Early Years’ practice by reading and researching information in order to continue to develop professionally & to support the development of La Maternelle.

Vicki has 3 children of her own. They have all attended & one currently still attends La Maternelle. She is able to have the perspective of both a parent & a professional, which she feels enables her to make thoughtful & considerate decisions about the care & experience provided for children & the whole family.

Vicki is passionate about & committed to maintain a high standard of care at La Maternelle, in order to ensure children have the opportunity to reach their full potential in their learning & development. She wants children to enjoy their time at La Maternelle and feel ‘at home’ here. She also wants parents to feel 100% comfortable leaving their child in our care knowing that they are safe and enjoy spending time there with the other children and staff.

Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Peter has worked at La Maternelle since it was established in February 2000. His role is to manage the Out of School Clubs at Stapeley and Pear Tree. He also manages admissions, accounts, invoicing & funding for the nursery & pre-school in Wistaston.

Peter has a degree in Sports and Environmental Science, an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development and is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene.  He holds an accreditation the in Safeguarding of Children.

His main aim when working with children is to ensure they have a fun and exciting time whilst in our care, by creating a happy working environment, where they are all allowed to express themselves and flourish.  On a more personal note, Peter enjoys spending time with his 3 children Louie, Annie & Ollie.

Will Brown

Will Brown

Will has worked at La Maternelle since it was established in February 2000.  He qualified as a manager in 2003 gaining his NVQ 3 in Childcare Learning and Development. He is also qualified in Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and has received an accreditation in the Safeguarding of Children. During the day Will is based at the Wistaston office where he is one of the Managers of the setting. He also manages the financial side of the business e.g payroll, invoicing and accounts. 

Will is passionate about the children having fun and feeling comfortable in the setting by offering a fun, warm, homely environment full of resources to support and enhance their learning and development.

In his spare time he enjoys all sports including rugby, football, basketball and golf.  He also likes to keep fit by going to the gym.  He has played rugby union at Crewe & Nantwich RUFC since the age of eight and in the 2008-2009 season was First XV captain. 

Sian Pownall

Sian Pownall

Sian has worked at La Maternelle since 2007 and is our Quality and Development Manager for our Wistaston and Sandbach settings.  She is an Early Years Teacher and also has a degree in Psychology and an NVQ level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development.  She is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene and also holds an accreditation in the Safeguarding of Children. 

In her spare time Sian enjoys exploring new restaurants and going on walks in the countryside.

Becky Postles

Becky Postles

Becky has worked for La Maternelle since May 2010 and has over 8 years previous experience working with young children. Becky manages our Sandbach setting and is the age range leader for the 0-2 year old’s across our settings.
Becky has an Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Leisure Management and a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. Becky is trained in Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and Health and Safety. She has also attended Makaton sign training and holds an accreditation in the Safeguarding of Children.

In her spare time Becky enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends and often visits the theatre as she has an interest in dance.

Kadie Law

Kadie Law

Kadie has worked for La Maternelle since 2007. Kadie is the Manager of our Wistaston Day Nursery.  She has an NVQ level 2 & 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development. She is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene.

Kadie has two children who she enjoys to spend time with and go on family days out.

Jodie Baker

Jodie Baker

Jodie has worked at La Maternelle since 2008. She is an Assistant Manager at our Sandbach Day Nursery and also manages our Star Room (3-4 years).  Jodie is NVQ Level 2 and 3 qualified in Childcare, Learning & Development. She is fully qualified in Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene. Jodie also holds an accreditation in the Safeguarding of Children.

Jodie finds everyday an opportunity to develop and grow, not only for the children, but for herself.  Jodie loves her job and everything it entails. During her spare time she enjoys dancing, socialising and going on adventures. This helps within her role, as you can usually find her outdoors, exploring the wildlife with the children!

Rebecca Horner

Rebecca Horner

Rebecca has worked at La Maternelle since April 2014.  She is an Assistant Manager and also the Room Manager of our Rainbow Room (2-3 years) at our Sandbach Day Nursery.  Rebecca holds Early Years Teacher Status.  She also has a degree in Education and Sociology and a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and is First Aid Trained. 

Rebecca is a fluent Welsh speaker and enjoys going to visit family in North Wales during her spare time and playing with her kittens.

Cait Roberts

Cait Roberts

Cait has worked at La Maternelle since January 2012.  Cait is an Assistant Manager at our Wistaston Nursery.  Cait is also a Room Manager in our Rainbow Room (2-3 years).  Cait has a Level 3 Diploma for the children’s and young people’s workforce and is qualified in First Aid. Cait has also attended basic safeguarding training.

In her spare time Cait enjoys spending time with her little girl Matilda and her little boy Oscar.

Emilee Warr

Emilee Warr

Emilee has worked for La Maternelle since 2007. She is an Assistant Manager at our Wistaston Day Nursery and is also the Room Manager of our Sunshine Room (0-2 years).  She holds an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development and is qualified in Food Hygiene and First Aid. She has also been awarded an accreditation in the Safeguarding of Children.

In her spare time she is a leader at a local youth club and helps to run a girlguiding Rainbows’ group.  She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Our Room Managers

Katie Short

Katie Short

Katie has worked at La Maternelle since November 2016.  She is the Room Manager in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Sandbach Day Nursery. 
Katie has both a Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in children and young people’s workforce.  Katie is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and has also attended basic safeguarding training.

Katie likes spending time with her family and being out and about with her friends.

Hannah Lucas

Hannah Lucas

Hannah has worked at La Maternelle since October 2013.  She is the Room Manager in our Star Room (3-4 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery. 
Hannah has a Level 3 Diploma in children and young people’s workforce.  Hannah is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and has also attended basic safeguarding training.

Hannah likes spending time with her friends, eating out and shopping!  She also enjoys walking her dogs!

Narelle Stafford

Narelle Stafford

Narelle has worked at La Maternelle since October 2016.  She is the Room Manager in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Sandbach Day Nursery. 
Narelle has both a Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in children and young people’s workforce.  Narelle is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and has also attended basic safeguarding training.

Narelle likes spending time with her family, eating out and shopping!

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah has worked at La Maternelle since August 2016.  Leah is one of the Room Managers in our Star Room (3-4 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Leah has a Level 3 Diploma for the children’s and young people’s workforce and is qualified in First Aid. Leah has also attended basic safeguarding training.

In her spare time Leah enjoys spending time with her little girl Amelia and her little boy Lucas.  She is also very fond of horse riding!

Kayleigh Finbow

Kayleigh Finbow

Kayleigh has worked at La Maternelle since February 2015.  She is a Room Manager in our Rainbow Room (2-3 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Kayleigh is one of the Two Year old leads at La Maternelle.  Kayleigh has a level 3 qualifaction in childcare and is also trained in Paediatric First Aid and Basic Safeguarding.  Kayleigh is also responsible for supporting the children who are transitioning from the Sunshine Room (0-2 years). 

In her spare time Kayleigh enjoys looking for new ways to decorate her home.

Our Lead Senior Practitioners

Lauren Griffiths

Lauren Griffiths

Lauren has worked at La Maternelle since January 2014.  She is a Lead Senior Practitioner in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Lauren holds a Level 2 and Level 3 Childcare qualification.  Lauren also has a qualification in basic safeguarding practice and Paediatric First Aid. 

In her spare time Lauren enjoys watching films with her friends and family.  She is also partial to a glass of red wine!

Helene Crochard

Helene Crochard

Helene has worked at La Maternelle since March 2015.  She is a Senior Practitioner in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Helene holds a Level 3 Childcare qualification. 

Helene is a fluent French speaker and often teaches the children new French rhymes.  In her spare time Helene enjoys spending time with her partner and looking after her cats.

Hayley Boardman

Hayley Boardman

Hayley has worked at La Maternelle since March 2016.  She is a Lead Senior Practitioner in our Star Room (3-4 years) at our Sandbach Day Nursery.  Hayley holds a Level 3 Qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. 

In her spare time Hayley enjoys playing hockey at her local club. 

Our Senior Practitioners

Harrie Bailey

Harrie Bailey

Harrie has worked at La Maternelle since September 2013.  She is a Senior Practitioner in our Star Room (3-4 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Harrie holds a Level 3 Qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. 

Harrie has two boys called Theo and Milo and in her spare time she loves having days out with them and her partner.

Rebecca Pirrazzo

Rebecca Pirrazzo

Rebecca has worked at La Maternelle since October 2016.  Rebecca is a Senior Practitioner in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Sandbach Day Nursery. 
Rebecca has a NVQ Level 3 in children’s care, learning and development and is qualified in First Aid. Rebecca has also attended basic safeguarding training.

In her spare time Rebecca enjoys spending time with her daughter and in particular likes to visit the farm with her. 


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