Happy Hours Nursery & Baby Unit


Pre-School Staff

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All of our staff are carefully selected for their genuine compassion, care and belief to nurture and provide a safe and welcoming environment for children.  They ensure each child in their care feel special, supported, loved and valued. We have a committed team of staff, some of whom have been with us since the day we opened and believe our team is what makes our nursery so successful.

Reference Checks
Before starting employment with us all staff undergo reference checks and clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and must successfully complete a 3-month induction period.

Each member of staff is qualified to level 3 or above Early Years Practitioners and attends Paediatric First Aid training, Food & Hygiene, and Safeguarding Children.  We ensure this training is continually updated and refreshed and they also attend other courses relevant to their work such as Creative play and Being a Key Person.

Below you will find more information on the Pre-School staff currently working for us.

Pre-School Staff at Happy Hours Nursery
Pre-School Staff at Happy Hours Nursery

Pre-School Staff at Nailsea

Management Team

Teri Portch

Teri is the Manager of the nursery and is based in the Baby & Toddler Unit. She has been at Happy Hours since 2005 when she qualified. Teri works alongside the Management Team: Emma Pointon (Deputy Manager in Pre-School unit) and Natasha Shaddick (Early Years Professional). She is responsible for the day to day running of the nursery with particular focus on the Baby & Toddler Unit.  She also has additional responsibilities of being the lead INCO (Inclusion Co-Ordinator) and Safeguarding Officer for 0-2 year olds.  Teri says “I love the strong relationships formed with the children and their families – it’s like an extended family.  Being a part of their lives, watching them develop and thrive and then looking after their siblings is fantastic.”

Emma Pointon

Emma is the Deputy Manager and has been a childcare practitioner since 1998 and with Happy Hours since January 2000.  She too is responsible for the day to day running of the nursery with particular focus on the Pre-School Unit.  She also has additional responsibilities of being the lead INCO, Safeguarding Officer & lead Behaviour Management for 2.5-4 Year Olds. Emma says “I love to be part of the children’s lives and watch them grow and develop to their full potential.  It’s different every day and we have lots of fun and laughter.”

Natasha Shaddick

Natasha is our Early Years Professional who is based mainly in the Baby & Toddler Unit. However she spends time in both units; implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage as well as being a Student Mentor & the nurseries Office Administrator. Tash has been with Happy Hours since August 2009, first at Yatton and now at the Nailsea nursery. She has an Early Childhood Studies and Education Honours Degree which is a level six qualification as well as achieving her Early Years Professional Status on top. Natasha supports both Teri and Emma in the day to day running of the nursery. She says “To me there is nothing more rewarding than working with children. It still fascinates me to watch them learn and teach themselves new things every day.  I really love watching a child progress and I feel honoured to be a part of the child/adult they will become”

Sonia Deane

Sonia was the joint manager, based in the Pre-School Unit for 8 years and has vast knowledge, experience & Training. Since returning from Maternity Leave after having her third child, she has decided to return part time as a Senior Practitioner within the Pre-School Unit. Sonia says “One of the best things I like about working at Happy Hours is that we are an independent small community nursery and as such we have good close working relationships between the parents and children as well as the staff.”

Nicola McCulloch

Nicola is a senior practitioner in the pre-school unit. She first started in Yatton in November 2009 whilst she was training and moved to Nailsea in November 2010. She is trained in Safeguarding & First Aid. Nicola says “One of the things I really enjoy about my job is making good relationships with the children and parents.”

Emma Radford

Emma joined Happy Hours in April 2013. She has a level 3 in childcare and has since become a dedicated Full Time Senior Practitioner in the pre-School unit. She is trained in Safeguarding & First Aid. Emma says “I love that every day is different and that I’m there when children learn/make new discoveries.”

Sophie Hickey

Sophie is one of our Seniors in the pre-school unit. She joined us in October 2015 and works part time (Mondays & Tuesdays). She has several years’ experience working in nurseries, including being a deputy at a pre-school. She is trained in Safeguarding & First Aid.

Jen Rowan

Jen joined the pre-school unit Part Time in May 2016. She is a qualified childcare practitioner with an Early Years Degree. She has previous experience in nurseries with all age groups and has most recently been a childminder. She is trained in Safeguarding & First Aid.

Georgia Gordon

Georgia is Level 2 qualified and is currently working towards her level 3 qualification, she has been with us since February 2016. She began as an apprentice and is now a dedicated and valued full time practitioner in the pre-school unit. She is trained in Basic Awareness of Safeguarding, First Aid & World of Stuff: Enabling Environments.

Sophie Gambrell

Sophie started with us as an apprentice whilst finishing her college placement. She is now level 3 qualified and has been working full time in the Pre-School Unit since April 2016. She is trained in Basic Awareness of Safeguarding, First Aid & has attended Behaviour Management training.

Sarah Molter

Sarah has a NVQ3 in Children & Young people’s workforce. She has been working with us since March 2014. She is trained in Safeguarding & First Aid and says “I enjoy being around the children and helping them to learn as much as possible. We have lots of fun at Happy Hours and the children are very happy joining in with all the activities we have. Making it a fun and enjoyable time.”

Sarah Mumby

Sarah joined our team in April 2016, she has previously worked at Happy Hours in the pre-school unit many years ago. Sarah is NNEB childcare qualified, she works part time on Thursday’s and Friday’s. We are so glad she has returned.

Alanis Thomas  (Apprentice)

Alanis is currently our apprentice, training to become an Early Years Practitioner. She works Full Time in the Pre-School Unit.

Lorraine Major & Belinda Hughes:  Nursery Cooks

Lorraine and Belinda have been our nursery cooks since January 2016. Lorraine works Mon-Weds & Belinda works Thurs-Fri. They both have training in Food Hygiene & First Aid. (Please click here for more information).

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Pre-School Staff at Yatton

Kate Ridley 

Kate is the manager at Happy Hours Yatton, and originally started working at the Nailsea branch in 2002 when she qualified and has been based at Yatton since 2010. Kate has a level 3 qualification which she gained in 2002. As the manager Kate is responsible for the day to day running of the nursery, she also has addition responsibilities including safeguarding, student mentor and staff training co-ordinator. Kate says “I enjoy being a part of so many children’s lives, getting to know them and their families, helping them grow and develop, becoming a part of their lives is very rewarding”.

Ute Bommersbach

Ute is the deputy manager at Yatton and has been a childcare practitioner for over 18 years. Ute started at Happy Hours in 2008, as well as being deputy manager Ute is the SENCO (special educational needs) co-ordinator for the entire nursery, she is also in charge of behaviour management and has a lead role in safeguarding alongside the nursery manager. Ute says “As a small community nursery we have a family-like feel in our setting which is very positive for the children, I like that parents can count on us to care for their children”.

Vicky Davis

Vicky is the graduate leader at the Yatton nursery, she qualified in 2002 and then went on to complete an Early Childhood Studies and Education Honours Degree in 2009, which is a level 6 qualifications. Vicky joined the Happy Hours team in 2009. As the graduate leader Vicky is the quality improvement co-ordinator for the entire nursery and as such works very closely with all staff and students to continuously improve our setting. Vicky says “seeing the children grow and change and to be a part of their development is very rewarding”.

Amy Smith

Amy joined our team in February 2014 and currently works within our nursery and pre-school unit, Amy gained her NVQ level 2 whilst working with us at Happy Hours and is now level 3 qualified. Amy has gained lots of experience whilst working with us and continues to develop her knowledge and experience. Amy is also a qualified first aider.

Stacey Elms

Stacey joined our team in September 2014; she has a level 3 diploma in childcare and education which she gained in 2010, since qualifying Stacey has worked within other early years settings where she gained lots of valuable experience, Stacey is also SENCO trained and previously  helped manage a pre-school setting. Stacey is also first aid qualified.

Kaylee Nelson

Kaylee is a level 3 qualified practitioner who gained her qualification in 2012; Kaylee has lots of experience in Early Years, she joined our pre-school unit in August 2016. Kaylee has said “I really enjoy working in the pre-school unit at Happy Hours; it is so rewarding watching the children grow and develop”.

Mandy Williams 

Mandy joined our nursery and pre-school unit in October 2016 on a full time basis; she is a level 3 qualified practitioner and has a wealth of experience in early years. Mandy has previously worked within a nursery for several years before coming to join us at Happy Hours.

Amy Evans

Amy joined our nursery and pre-school team in September 2016; she is currently completing her level 2 NVQ training with us on a part time basis. Amy has previous experience helping within a nursery during lunchtime cover where she decided a career in early years was something she wanted to pursue.

Neida Guthrie- Nursery Cook

Neida joined the Happy Hours team in 2007 she worked within our baby and toddler unit for 7 years. Neida has an NVQ level 2 in childcare and education which she gained whilst working with us. Neida became the nursery cook in March 2014 and since then has created wonderful home cooked meals for the children in our setting; Neida has food hygiene and first aid qualifications. Neida works closely with the staff and parents to ensure all the children have nutritional meals and caters to all dietary requirements.

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