Ecclesfield Nursery

Esther Welsh

Early Years Manager

Esther ran her own very busy and successful childminding business for 12 years and has 3 children of her own. She is Level 3 qualified in childcare along with communication, language and SEN training. She loves reading about new approaches to childcare and past educational pioneers.

In her spare time she enjoys outdoor climbing, abseiling and long walks in the peaks with her children and their dog Ludo. She loves to be anywhere in nature, as it is just so beautiful and peaceful. However she doesn’t do boats as she gets very sea sick! Her favourite animals are highland cows but she is not quite sure if she would want to be one herself!

Esther’s favourite activity with the children is outdoor play. She loves watching the children grow in confidence as they join in with risky play. Her favourite thing about her role is watching the children grow and develop, and she says being part of that process is an amazing feeling.

Her favourite meal is steak and she always has it medium rare/rare as she thinks the fat is the best part – yum! The craziest thing she has ever done is abseiling off a bridge! That’s really impressive!

Lauren Camm

Deputy Early Years Manager

Come and visit our Ecclesfield Nursery and you’re sure to see the beaming grin that emanates from our Lauren. Always ready with a warm drink and even warmer smile, Lauren makes you feel at home the minute you step through the door. With many years of practical childcare experience, she actually started life at Ecclesfield as a work experience student, but having enjoyed her time with us so much, then took the initiative and asked for a job!

Courage and determination are both great traits to demonstrate to the children and Lauren has them in spades. Working her way up to her Deputy Manager position and gaining more skills and qualifications as she’s gone along, she brings a great deal of positivity and progression to her team and loves watching the children flourish as they develop.

Lauren loves Mexico particularly the food and beautiful beaches and has even attempted a cliff dive whilst holidaying there. If she could be any animal, she would be a dolphin and has had the fantastic experience of swimming with them twice. The first record she ever bought was the Spice Girls, ‘Wannabe,’ so I’m guessing she’s a fan of ‘Girl Power’ too! So, what is next for Lauren, more qualifications, diving with sharks? Come on Lauren, “Tell us what you want, what you really, really want?!”

Gemma Parker

Nursery Administrator

Gemma joined Elmore in November 2021 and has a NVQ Level 3 Qualification in Nursery Nursing.

Gemma loves to spend quality time with her two children and her husband, going for walks, crafting or baking their speciality – rocky road. She describes herself as kind and considerate and says her children inspire her every day.

Her favourite Disney Character is Olaf as he is funny, outgoing and best of all loves all things summer – just like her! The craziest thing Gemma has ever done is going to the top of the empire state building during her honeymoon. For someone who doesn’t like heights it was very frightening!

If she could be an animal she would be a sloth as it would be great to be lazy and sleep all day, something she doesn’t have the chance to do with two children!

Chelsea Codd

Lead Senior Early Years Practitioner

Chelsea has a Level 3 Childcare qualification, gaining lots of experience along the way. She had an amazing experience visiting South Africa to work with a school to create a food source. This provided the children with school meals as their families could not afford to provide for them.

Chelsea has a keen interest in children’s development, gaining experience over the years working with children with additional needs. Her dream job and long-term goal would be to be a children’s psychologist.

Well seeing as her favourite band is S Club 7, she should Reach for the Stars!

Her love for baking inspires her to bake with the children in nursery as often as possible. She loves to see the joy on the children’s face when they have baking to take home.

She loves to see the children grow; it is so rewarding to see the children reach so many milestones whilst in our care.

Chelsea says that if she could be anything, she would be a seahorse, as the males do all the work….

On a weekend you will find Chelsea at home cooking up a traditional Sunday roast, her favourite meal. A well-earned treat as she practically lives at the gym!

Inspired by Mrs Hinch, Chelsea is a compulsive cleaner. Saying it is very satisfying and she gets a great sense of achievement from it. On top of this she also like to cook and bake new recipes…..phew!

After all the cleaning, cooking, and workouts Chelsea’s favourite place to go on holiday and rest is Venice, a very beautiful, peaceful city.

Lucy Thompson

Lead Senior Early Years Practitioner

Lucy has a Level 3 Diploma in the Children’s and young people’s workforce. Her favourite part of her role is making a positive impact on a child’s day, making them laugh and teaching them something new or helping them achieve something. She loves story time, reading with the children and seeing them engrossed and enjoying a story for the first time.

The first CD Lucy has bought was Gina G, she used to love her songs when she was little – no judgement Lucy!

Her favourite place to be is her grandparents’ house on a Sunday for family gatherings and an amazing Sunday dinner.

If Lucy could be an animal she would love to be one that hibernates during the winter, like a hedgehog.

Danielle Stancill

Senior Early Years Practitioner

Danielle started her career at Elmore Kindergarten, joining as an apprentice in 2012. She holds a level 3 Childcare qualification and has completed many more relevant courses over the years.

She is a creative member of staff, really getting involved in all messy and creative play with the children. Danielle loves working with children as no two days are the same and the bonds you create with children and their families are extremely rewarding.

If Danielle were an animal, she would want to be a Capybara, which is huge rodent a little like a guinea pig to look at. She says they are very funny looking, and she would love one as a pet.

She likes to enjoy her time off from work, especially going to other cities for food and drinks. Her favourite city being Liverpool where there is so much to do, although she is partial to visiting Nottingham and going to Kasper’s to eat.

Her first CD she bought was Robin S, Show Me Love……. which she says she will still get up and boogie to at any opportunity.

When she is not going from one city to another trying out their finest dining you will find her baking lots of chocolate goodies at home. Admitting they don’t always go to plan she still manages to cook up a treat…..sounds yummy!

Chelsie Dempsey

Senior Early Years Practitioner

Chelsie has a Level 3 qualification in childcare. She started a college course in Health & Social Care but decided that working with children is what she really enjoys. Her favourite part of her role is helping the children reach new milestones and making sure they are always having a fun time.

Her favourite place in the world is Devon, she has very found memories of going on holiday there with her family when she was a child and she loves taking her two dogs there to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Chelsie would love to do a sky jump one day to raise money for a good cause. In her spare time she loves to go shopping and also runs a small business creating chocolate bouquets and hampers.

Lydia McNeill

Senior Early Years Practitioner

Lydia has a Level 3 qualification and has worked at Elmore for 5 ½ years. Her favourite part of her role is seeing a child achieves something new as it makes her feel really proud.

The first CD Lydia has ever bought was from Girls Aloud, she used to make up her own dance routines to all the songs. We can’t wait to see these moves at the next Christmas party!

New York is the most exciting place she has ever visited but her favourite place in the world is her bed.

In her spare time Lydia likes to bake, especially brownies and gingerbread biscuits. She also likes to meet up with her friends for food and drinks.

Crystal Williams

Senior Early Years Practitioner

Crystal is currently working towards her Level 3 qualification. She worked in a nursery previously for four years whilst studying and has a 2-year-old son who also attends Elmore nursery. Crystal loves getting creative with the children and joining in with their imaginative role play. She enjoys being a part of their natural play ideas and sharing the fun with them in something that interests them.

Her favourite place in the world is Australia, she spent half her life growing up there and is hoping she will get the chance to re-live the same experience with her little boy when he’s a bit older.

Crystal says what she loves most about her job is how rewarding it is. Seeing children excited to come into a room and explore with her makes it all worthwhile and she feels lucky to be a part of the children’s first few years. She says her best quality is being a people person, she truly believes in treating everyone like equals and loves making new friendships with people and have an effect on their lives.

If Crystal could be an animal she would be a koala because most of their time is spent eating and sleeping and the other half people are wanting to cuddle you. And who doesn’t love a good cuddle?

Abigail Thorp

Senior Early Years Practitioner

Abigail has a BA Honours Degree in Early Years and Education which is equivalent to a Level 6 qualification and has been working within both school and nursery environments for 10 years. Her favourite activity to do with the children is dancing and getting to see all the different dance moves the children can do and having and boogie herself.

The best meal Abigail has ever had was at the cheesecake factory during a visit to America where she enjoyed a chicken burger with cheese and bacon potato tots and a lemon cheesecake for dessert. Yummy! America is also her favourite place in the world as there is so much to do and travel around, the food is very nice, the people are lovely and the scenery is beautiful.

What she loves most about her job is being able to be a part of the children’s learning journey and helping them grow and develop.

In her spare time Abigail loves going on walks with her dog Finn, spending time with her family, going out with friends and watching the ice hockey at a weekend.