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Staffing - Bluebell Lodge Nursery


Management Team


Lisa Taylor Area Manager - B.A Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies, EYT. Currently working towards Masters.

Lisa began working with the Learning Curve Nursery Group as a student at Shepherd Lodge Nursery. She worked her way up, and became Manager of Shepherd Lodge in May 2000. In January 2005 Lisa helped to set up Clifton Lodge Nursery, and took up the role of Manager there. In 2008 Lisa took up a new role of Area Manager.

As Area Manager of all three Learning Curve nurseries, Lisa ensures that high standards of care are maintained in a loving and friendly environment.


Anne Smithen B.Ed EYT - Nursery Manager

Anne has been working for the company for 17 years. Anne began working at Shepherd Lodge as deputy manager and pre-school co-ordinator. In 2009 Anne transferred to Bluebell Lodge and took on the role of nursery manager. Anne graduated with a B.Ed Honours Degree with Early Years in 1996. The degree program covered all the subjects within the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2 with an optional Early Years Specialism element. Since working for the company Anne has attained her Early Years Professional status and is undertaking her Masters.


Vicky Ward BA Hons - Nursery Deputy Manager

Vicky has worked at Bluebell Lodge since October 2015. Vicky Began working in the Baby Room at Bluebell Lodge as room coordinator and third in charge. In June 2016 Vicky became Deputy Manager at Bluebell Lodge and supports in all the rooms. Vicky graduated from her BA Hons with a First Class Honours in Early Childhood Studies in July 2017.


Laura Platt EYFS Leader for Learning Curve Nursery – B.A Honours in Early Childcare and Education, EYT. Currently working towards Masters.

Laura began working at Shepherd Lodge in February 2005 as an early years practitioner after completing her cache diploma in childcare and education. Whilst leading the Pre School room, she then went on to complete a BA honours degree in early childcare and Education and gained her Early Years Professional status. Laura's current role at the nursery is leading and supporting the education and teaching throughout all four sites.


Pre-school


Natasha Smailes - Early Years Educator

Natasha has worked for the company since October 2013. During this time Natasha has completed her level 2 and level 3. Natasha is now studying for her Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies. Natasha is based in our preschool room and works alongside Lucy.


Kimberley Ainsworth - Early Years Teacher

Kimberley began working for the company in August 2017 as an Early Years Teacher after completing her Early Years Teacher status (EYTS) qualification. Kimberley works alongside Lucy our Preschool teacher.


Lower Pre-school


Louise Whiteside - NVQ Level 3

Louise has worked with the company since March 2014 and is currently studying towards her Level 2. She is supporting a child with additional needs which she finds really rewarding.

Louise was born in Shrewsbury has 3 daughters.


Nicole Trafford - Third in Charge and Lower Preschool Coordinator

Nicole began working for the company in May 2014 at Shepherd Lodge Nursery. Nicole then came to work at Bluebell Lodge where she progressed to Lower Preschool room coordinator, then progressing again to third in charge. Nicole is currently in her final year of her Foundation Degree in Family support and wellbeing.


Ellie Taylor - Early Years Educator

Ellie began working at Bluebell Lodge in April 2017. Ellie has gained her level 3 through Lytham Sixth Form college. Ellie works in our Lower Preschool room 5 days a week. Ellie also works closely with Rob our Physical development coordinator to implement Physical activities across the nursery.


George Ogden - Early Years Educator

George began working at Bluebell Lodge as a volunteer during high school to gain experience working in a nursery. George then went onto Blackpool and the Fylde college and completed his level 1 and level 2 in Child Care. George is currently nearing the end of his level 3.


Toddler Room


Kayleigh Lenton - Toddler Room Coordinator

Kayleigh began working at Bluebell Lodge in May 2015 in our Lower Preschool room. In September 2015 Kayleigh progressed to Toddler Room coordinator. Kayleigh has completed both her level 2 and level 3 in child care.


Rachael Webb - Early Years Educator

Rachael worked at our sister setting Clifton Lodge since 2006, then in September 2017 Rachael transferred to Bluebell Lodge to work in our toddler room 2 days a week. Rachael has her Level 3 qualification in Childcare. Rachael is currently studying for her BA Hons in criminology.


Amy Ireland - Early Years Educator

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Heather Jackson - Early Years Educator NNEB PEAL

Heather has worked for the company since December 2006. Heather started working at Shepherd Lodge Nursery where she worked as the 2-3's co-ordinator until she went on maternity leave and had her little girl in January 2008.

Heather began working at Bluebell Lodge Nursery where she currently works in the Toddler Room. Heather has gained her NNEB in childcare and education.


Jessica Reeds

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Judy Runicorn

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Baby Room


Amy Taylor - Baby Room Coordinator

Amy has worked at Bluebell Lodge since January 2017. Amy began working in our baby room as an Early Years Educator then became Baby Room Coordinator in March 2017. Amy has completed both her level 2 and level 3 in Childcare as apprenticeships, gaining lots of experience with all age groups.


Georgia Otley - Early Years Educator

Georgia has worked at Bluebell Lodge since May 2016. Georgia began working with us during her work placement whilst carrying out her NVQ level 3 with Blackpool and the Fylde College, then in May 2016 Georgia became an Early Years Educator working in our baby room.


Natalie Waddington - Nursery Practitioner

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Physical Development Coordinator


Robert Andrews

Rob started working at Bluebell Lodge in October 2017 as our Physical Development Coordinator. Rob has gained his BA Hons degree in Sports Coaching and he is undertaking his Child Care qualification. Rob’s role within the nursery is to lead and enhance all aspects of physical development for the children, along with developing staff knowledge.


Nathan Thompson

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All Rooms


Hayley Allinson - Senior Early Years Educator

Hayley has worked for Learning Curve Nursery for over ten years. Hayley currently worked at Shepherd Lodge Nursery as Deputy Manager and 2-3's room coordinator and is now currently working at Bluebell Lodge Nursery supporting the care and learning in all rooms. Hayley has achieved her BA Hons Degree in Early Childhood Studies in July 2017.


Amanda Lea - Senior Early Years Educator

Amanda has worked for Learning Curve Nursery Group for over ten years. Amanda has completed her Level 2 and Level 3 NVQs in Childcare learning and development. Amanda also has an NVQ in team leading. Amanda works in all our rooms at Bluebell Lodge.


Xhantielle Whitehead

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Nursery Cook


Ben Cookson

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Learning Curve Head Office: 502 Lytham Road, FY4 1JH. Tel: 01253 346741 or email us