Nicola started up the Minnie Me Pre school business in 2009 after previously managing a pre school at Busy Bees. She started the company up based at the Scout Hut in Fairfield but as the business grew, and wanting to be able to offer a bigger and better preschool experience to the local families, she moved the pre school to it’s current location within Little Rascals in June 2019.
When not working at Minnie Me or Little Rascals, Nicola is busy working as a teacher trainer and assessor. In her free time she enjoys spending time getting away with her husband in their caravan, walking and cycling around the countryside and catching up with her grown up children. She also enjoys reading and baking when she gets chance.
“ I get great job satisfaction knowing I am providing employment and high quality child care for the local community”
Donna joined the Minnie Me family in August 2015. She previously worked at Fairfield Children’s Centre as a Children’s Centre Worker and before that as a deputy manager in a private day nursery also based in Fairfield.
Donna enjoys spending time with her family especially her grown up daughter and grand dog!! She also enjoys creating cakes for special occasions, reading, watching tv and chocolate!
“I love working in the Fairfield Community, supporting the children in our care, along with their families and ensuring that everyone feels happy, safe, valued and loved”.
Clare began working at Minnie Me in 2017 and soon became a loved member of the Minnie Me family, not just with the team but with the children and families, offering a listening, understanding ear and support to all who need it. When not at Minnie Me, Clare enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the cinema, reading and listening to music, especially her favourite Bon Jovi!!
“I love being able to build strong bonds with our children and their families. Getting creative and thinking of activities to encourage the children to explore and learn”.
Zoe joined Minnie Me as a level 2 apprentice in 2016, then completed level 3. She is a much-loved member of the Minnie Me family and always knows exactly who the odd shoe or lost sock belongs to as well as getting everything organised and sorted! Zoe enjoys spending her free time with her family, going to the gym or walking her dog.
“I love knowing I’ve made a difference in the children’s lives and built strong relationships with the children and their families”.
Caitlin joined the Minnie Me family in 2020, just before we went into the first lockdown, that hasn’t stopped her from becoming a loved and hardworking member of the team. Caitlin is level 3 qualified.
Caitlin is always happy to help with a smile. When not working Caitlin enjoys spending time with her family and pets, baking and cooking delicious treats, watching Disney films and going to the gym.
“I love the fact that I am helping the children at the start of their learning journey and knowing we are giving them a fun learning experience with people who care for them”.
Jess started her journey with Minnie Me in 2018 as a level 3 apprentice and has qualified as a Level 3 Practitioner. Jess is the organised member of the family; she forgets nothing and knows exactly who should be where and what belongs to who!! Her planning and record keeping are fantastic which can be seen on Tapestry as she is a key worker.
Jess enjoys spending her free time with her family, playing with her cats or walking.
“Letting my creative side out and coming up with exciting ideas. Building a strong bond with the children and their parents and making a difference in their lives and development”.
Julia will be familiar with many families in Fairfield as she is a friend to many since growing up in the local area. Julia came to Minnie me as a student then after gaining her level 3 and experience at another nursery she re joined the Minnie Me family in June 2019 and has bought her own sense of fun and kindness to the team. Julia’s patience shines when she is working with SEN children. When not at work you will find Julia spending time with her family and friends, reading or listening to her beloved JLS!!
“I like to see the children develop and grow into lovely, happy, caring individuals. It’s great to help shape children’s minds for the future”.
Rachel joined us in the summer 2021 and has already become a valued member of the family and as Deputy she is the lady to talk to if Nicola and Donna are not available. She is Level 3 qualified and brings her fantastic organisational skills and energy to her area. With life experience, Rachel has quickly taken the lead to make her area the best it can be for the children. She specialises in SEN support for the children with her calm and supportive manner. They are all so busy in the area there is not time to rest! Rachel enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends and looking after her two children.
“I love watching the children develop their skills in such a caring environment”
Kirsty joined Minnie Me as our cook when we merged buildings with Little Rascals in 2019. She is our expert in food allergies and knows all the children’s preferences and needs. Kirsty is level 3 qualified and happily steps onto the floor with the children when she has time.
“Being able to provide home cooked foods and well balanced diet for all the children – and of course being the chief taste tester”
Megan joined in February 2021 as a level 3 apprentice. She immediately shared her personality gaining friendships with staff and children. Megan will continue to develop with plans to move to degree level in childcare. Megan has been working with every age range and fits in well wherever she is based. Megan is currently on maternity leave with her first child.
Megan enjoys walking, painting and is an avid reader.
“I love watching the children grow and develop their individual personalities”
Alice joined us in the summer 2022 and works part time as a key worker in the Ladybird area and has soon built up strong bonds with the children and become a valuable team member.
When not busy working you can find Alice out exploring and having fun with her 2 children and dog Jeff.
“My favourite part of my job is creating bonds with each child and finding out what makes them smile.”
Chloe joined the Minnie Me team in 2022 and has worked hard to achieve her level 3 qualification.
Chloe has bought her organised and fun personality to the team and is fantastic at coming up with amazing, messy and creative activities for the children.
Away from Minnie Me, Chloe is kept busy being Mum to her little boy and enjoys walking her dog and spending time with friends.
“I love getting the children messy during activities and watching them grow and learn new things.”
Soozi is also level 3 qualified and joined us in the spring 2022, she soon became a much-loved member of the team, spreading her happiness and sharing her love for books and stories with the children.
When she isn’t busy being mum to her 2 lovely children, she spends her time reading and painting. Soozi also has a love for crazy socks and pj’s.
“I love working with children as I can be as bonkers and fun as I like and they don’t mind. I adore reading to the children and getting them engaged in the story, if you ever need book recommendations for your little stars please come and chat to me.”
Prior to joining Minnie Me, Sophie has been part of the Minnie Me family for many years as a parent, both her gorgeous girls have attended Minnie Me. Sophie has worked hard to achieve her level 3 qualification while working and managing a family.
Sophie quickly settled into her new role and her sensible, gentle and kind personality means she is already a much loved member of the team with both staff, children and parents. Sophie spends her free time with her 2 daughters enjoying days out, trips to the park and best of all shopping trips!
“I have started my journey to become level 3 qualified and I can’t wait to help the children develop and prepare them for their next stage.
My favourite time with the children is during messy play activities because there is always lots of happy faces.”
Leah is our newest addition to the team and is a level 3 qualified practitioner.
“I love to spend my spare time with my family and friends. I have two little boys who I love to go on days out with and who keep me very busy. I am looking forward to becoming part of the Minnie me family and getting to know the children and their families.”
Hannah is completing her level 3 apprenticeship and currently works in the baby area which she thoroughly enjoys. You will always see her smiling and her friendly, positive personality brightens up our days. She has soon become a much loved and valued member of our team.
“I love doing messy activities and reading books with the children”
Millie joined us in September 2023 and is completing her level 3 apprenticeship. She currently works in Butterflies with our pre school children and has quickly become proficient at managing the day to keep the children busy and engaged.
“I like working with children because I like helping them and putting a smile on their face when they are feeling down. I have really enjoyed my first few months and every one has made me feel really welcome. In my spare time I love spending time with my friends and family”
Phil, also playfully known by the children as “What ya doin Phil?” has been with Minnie Me since the beginning but has now become a more visual role by helping on site every day. His roles include business support, caretaker, handy man and toy fixer.
When not at Minnie Me, Phil teaches adult/pediatric first aid and is also an instructor with Buxton Sea Cadets.
He can often be seen cycling to work or nipping into New bodies gym and enjoys walking and visiting new places in his caravan.