The Patchwork Team

Patchwork operates a Key Worker approach for all children with each member of staff being responsible for a particular group of children.  Your child’s Key Worker will work with you to make sure what we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests.

When your child first starts at Patchwork the Key Worker will help them to benefit from the activities on offer.  They will also be responsible for recording your child’s progress and development through written observations, individual play plans and assessments which will be shared with you.

NameKey Worker AreaQualifications
Nicki Baxter
Nursery ManagerNNEB/NVQ V and lead SENCO.

‘Hi I’m Nicki and have been running Patchwork for a number of years too many to mention! I currently work with Sam in the pre-school ensuring all the Jeremy Fishers are well prepared for “big school”.’
Jasmin Green
Deputy Manager/Tom Kittens Room LeaderNVQ III and Level 3 in Leadership and Management

‘I am the Deputy Manager and oversee the running of the nursery and baby room. I love working with the babies we have lots of exciting sensory activities on the go and when I’m not at Patchwork, I enjoy taking my daughter horse riding or catching up with friends.’
Lisa Ratcliffe
Tom Kittens P/T NVQ III, Third in charge

‘I have been at Patchwork for 11 years and work in both the toddler and baby room. I’m an expert at making the best playdough according to the team! I love reading stories, messy creative activities as well as taking the children on walks to feed the ducks by the river.'
Mel Pammant
Benjamin Bunnies Room LeaderNVQ III and studying for a BA Honours in Psychology. Nursery SENCO.

'I’m Mel and responsible for running the toddler room. I have just as much energy as the toddlers so our day is always packed with fun filled activities and going out for walks to feed the ducks by the river. I am currently on maternity leave.'
Abbie Breed
Benjamin BunniesBTEC

‘As well as being a full time mum I help to run the busy toddler room. Over the last 10 years I have worked in both the nursery and the pre-school and am enjoying working in the Benjamin Bunny Room. I love being outdoors in the garden helping the children to explore and discover new and exciting learning opportunities.'
Amy Henshaw
Benjamin BunniesBTEC

'Hi My name is Amy and have been working at Patchwork part time whilst completing my NVQ level 3. I love working with the pre-school children, there is always lots of fun and exciting things going on. In my spare time I enjoy going to the Perins gym and catching up with friends and family.'
Sam Goddard
Jeremy Fishers P/TNVQ III

'Hi – I’m Sam, I joined the Patchwork Team in 2014 and am now Pre-school Leader. I really enjoy planning and organising new activities to inspire children’s curiosity and help them learn and develop new skills. I am also a full time mum with 2 children who keep me very busy in my spare time!'
Natalia Biggs
Jeremy Fishers P/TNVQ III

‘I work in the pre-school helping out during the busy times such as breakfast, lunch and tea-time! I’m very creative and enjoy lots of art and craft activities with the children.'
Emily Fletcher
NVQ II studying for Level 3

‘I have just recently joined Patchwork and just started my level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. I have a Distinction in Performing Arts so enjoy encouraging the children to explore music, dance and drama.’
Kirsten Strong
NVQ III

'I joined Patchwork in August this year and enjoy working with the toddlers helping them learn and develop so they are ready for pre-school. I am very active and energetic so love being outdoors helping the little ones explore and discover the natural world. When I am not at work, I make full use of the gym and fitness classes particularly HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training.
Amy Nettle

Joint Pre-school Leader P/TBA Hons Primary Education with QTS

'I have been teaching in Primary Schools for over 10 years and am delighted to be working at Patchwork as joint Pre-school Leader on a part-time basis. Early Years is my passion so I am looking forward to helping children build those firm foundations for life-long learning as well as capturing their imagination and encouraging their curiosity. At home I have 2 young boys not to mention Bernie the dog, so we are often out and about on muddy walks or building dens but most importantly enjoying the outdoors and having fun!'