Management Team - Hill Lane


Management Team


- Hill Lane Nursery Blackley

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Sarah Russell - Nursery Manager

My name is Sarah Russell and I am the nursery manager for our nursery on Hill Lane, Blackley. I started working at Tiddlywinks Day Nursery in July 2007 and have been part of the Tiddlywinks family for over 11 years now and have loved my time here and the knowledge I have learned. I started as an Nursery Apprentice in 2007 and have worked my way up over the years to become nursery manager. I have a BA Honours Degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies and have learned a lot about child development and the theories on how children learn.

I am the designated safeguarding officer for the nursery, aswell as the SEND-co and am paediatric first aid trained. I have experience in working with all ages and I am passionate in what I do. I am bubbly, friendly and always strive for the best in children with regards to their learning and development. I have a creative flair and am passionate about making the environments 'wow' for both children and parents. 

Our aim as a nursery is to continue our outstanding practice and to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for the children to learn and develop. To do this we will make excellent progress through the Ealy Years Foundation Stage, making sure all areas of the curriculum are covered and that we teach the children new and exciting things throughout their time at nursery. I will support the staff team to ensure the nursery provides a welcoming, family atmosphere where parents and carers are happy to leave their children in our care.

Becky Brown - Nursery Deputy Manager

My name is Becky Brown and I started working for Tiddlywinks Day Nursery in August 2009. I am qualified with a Foundation degree in Early Years and Childhood studies, a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Childcare and Education, Level 2 Team Leading, an NVQ in Management Level 3 and I have recently completed my Ba (Hons) in professional development in early years with Bolton University. By completing these additional studies I will be able to further support my staff team, children and their families in providing a fun learning environment. 


Jenny Smillie - Nursery Area Manager/ Early Years Teacher

My name is Jenny Smillie and I began my role as Area Manager/Advisory Teacher for Tiddlywinks Day Nursery in November 2016. I am an experienced Early Years Teacher with 10 years of leadership and advisory experience, before starting my role here at Tiddlywinks I was working as a Deputy Head teacher for a large nursery school and children's centre in Lancashire. Prior to this I worked as an advisory teacher for Sure Start Centres in Manchester working with Higher Blackley and Crumpsall Tiddlywinks nurseries. Having achieved qualified teacher status in July 2002, I went on to teach in Australia for 2 years where my passion for early years education developed. Since then I have furthered my study to support my career as an early years teacher and leader having achieved Early Years Professional Status in 2008 and completing my Masters Degree in Childhood Studies and Practice in 2013. I have a commitment to giving all children the best possible start in life. My vision is to inspire excellence and I hope to engage with all children, parents and colleagues to help motivate them to learn and develop a passion to succeed. I always strive to develop a strong community network focused upon high standards.

"May I take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Tiddlywinks. You have been amazing and have given Isabelle a fantastic... Read more"
Samantha Owen
"Tiddlywinks offers so much for children. Tiddlywinks always keeps the parents upto date with my sons progress and i would... Read more"
Joseph Anderson
"To all the staff at Tiddlywinks Hill Lane. A huge thank you to all that has cared for Arron whilst myself and Joe worked. Arron... Read more"
Natalie, Joe and Arron
"Engaged,enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff who really care about children."
Sharon McHale- Department for Education
"Never had to complain and been impressed by aspects of the nursery and it's staff."
Michael Cahill

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