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Staff profiles - Clifton Lodge Nursery

Management Team

Lisa Taylor - Area Manager

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.

Natalie Bell - Nursery Manager

Natalie has worked at Clifton Lodge since 2011. Natalie worked within our 2-3's room, coordinating the unit for four years. Natalie holds a level 3 diploma in Childcare, and has completed her foundation degree. On returning from her maternity leave after having her son Kason on 08/06/2014, Natalie was promoted to deputy manager, and began working in our Pre School Unit. Since Natalie has been promoted again within the company to Nursery Manager at Clifton Lodge. In her spare time Natalie enjoys, spending time with her son and family, and socialising with friends.

Maria Crawshay- Deputy Manager/ Pre-school co-ordinator

Maria first started working for learning curve 2008, she has a lower-Pre-school co-ordinator and Deputy Manager at our sister nursery Butterfly Lodge. Maria is now our pre-school co-ordinator and also works alongside Natalie in the office.

Laura Platt BA Honours Degree, EYPP Co-ordinator

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 the nursery.

Helen Booth - Office Manager/Early Years Professional

Helen has worked at Clifton Lodge since August 2006. Helen worked as the Baby Unit Coordinator for 3 1/2 years, before becoming our Early Years professional in January 2012. Helen works within all rooms of the nursery, observing and enhancing practice, and will be overseeing the assessment, observation, and planning within nursery. Helen has a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education, gained at North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, and her Early Years Professional Status gained at Lancaster University. Helen is originally from Congleton in Cheshire, but now lives in St Annes with her Mum. In her spare time Helen enjoys dancing and, taking tap, ballet, Irish tap, and jazz lessons at The Dance and Fitness Warehouse.

Baby Unit

Jenny Ashworth - Baby Unit Coordinator, B.Sc Honours Degree

Jenny has worked for the company since July 2008. Jenny started by working at Shepherd Lodge Nursery. Jenny particularly enjoyed working within the baby unit and took on the role as Baby Room co-ordinator in May 2009 at Bluebell Lodge Nursery. Prior to working for the company Jenny studied Psychology at Lancaster University.

Rachel McKinley - Early Years Practitioner

Rachel began working at Clifton Lodge Nursery in October 2015, joining our Baby Unit team. Rachel has working in childcare for 6 years, working with babies for the past 3 years. Rachel holds Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Childcare, Learning, and Education. In her spare time Rachel enjoys going to the gym and socialising with her friends.

Eleanor McKenzie - Early Years Practitioner

Eleanor began working at Clifton Lodge in October 2013. Ellie has been a qualified nursery practitioner for two years, and has a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. In her spare time Ellie enjoys spending time with her family and boyfriend Mike, and also enjoys horse riding, singing, and shopping.

Toddler Room

Ailsa Mackay HND - Toddler room co-ordinator

Ailsa Mackay started at Shepherd Lodge in June 2016. Ailsa has just graduated with a HND in Early Education and Childcare.

Natalie Palmer - Modern Apprentice

Natalie started working at Clifton Lodge this years, she is currently working towards her level 3 NVQ in Childcare.

Stefania Fothergill - Nursery Practitioner

Stefania began working at Clifton Lodge this year, she has completed her level 3 qualification in childcare and education.

Abi Downing - Nursery practitioner

Abi began working in our Toddler Room last year, she is currently at university completeing her BA honours. Abi is also our nursery SENCO.

2-3s Room

Rebecca White - 2-3's Room Coordinator

Rebecca began working at Clifton Lodge Nursery in May 2014. Previously to this Rebecca was working for 2 years in another nursery setting. Rebecca is currently studying for her Level 3 qualification in Childcare. Rebecca also holds a Level 3 in Health and Social Care. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys baking cakes, and spending time with her son

Melissa Wright - Early Years Practitioner

Melissa has worked at Clifton Lodge Nursery since January 2012, firstly working as holiday cover, throughout Clifton Lodge and our sister nurseries Bluebell Lodge and Shepherd Lodge. Melissa has a Level 3 NVQ in Childcare. Melissa lives in St Annes.

Yasmin Greenwood - Modern Apprentice

Yasmin lives in St Annes with her mum and sister. Yasmin is currently studying for her Level 2 qualification in childcare, and hopes to progress to her Level 3. In her spare time Yasmin. Yasmin has a diploma in Animal care, gained at Myercough College. In her spare time Yasmin competes in beauty pageants, and also enjoys horse riding, walking her dog, going to the gym, and going on holiday and spending time with her boyfriend, and neice and nephew who are 4 and 6.

Curtis Cross - Modern Apprentice

Curtis began working at Clifton Lodge in June 2013. Curtis has an NVQ Level 2 in Childcare, and will be completing his Level 3 as an apprentice at Clifton Lodge. Curtis has done holiday work at Clifton Lodge. In his spare time Curtis enjoys playing football and going to the gym, gaming on his computer, and socialising with his friends.

Sarah Oliver - Nursery Practitioner

Sarah has worked at Clifton Lodge since May 2013. Sarah lives in St Annes With her Husband and son Dominic. Sarah has a Level 2 qualification in Childcare, and is currently studying for her Level 3.Sarah is a qualified dance teacher, in Ballet, Tap, and Modern. Sarah has 13 years experience of working with children, and has worked in a nursery setting for 2 years prior.


Rachael Webb - Early Years Practitioner

Rachael has worked at Clifton Lodge since 2006. Rachael has her Level 3 qualification in Childcare. Rachael lives in St Annes with her twin sons Harry and Jack. In her spare time Rachael enjoys spending time with her friends and going on days out with her sons

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