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About Us

Townhouse Nurseries are part of our group of six nurseries, all sharing the same vision, educational ethos and approach to working with children and families.

outstanding_colourOur strong belief is that we can best meet the needs of parents, children and our team by listening to what they have to say about nursery. You will find many opportunities to tell us what you think and how we can improve right from the start. From the settling in process all the way through to the day your child leaves us, confident, happy and extremely well prepared to start school.

We promote and encourage an ethos of working closely with and building meaningful relationships with families. Recognising that all children are different and that they come to our nursery with unique experiences of family, friends and their world, we are then able to build upon this to support each child to make friends and be happy at nursery.

Parents are key in how we care for and work with your child. From the settling in process as a baby and at each stage of transition through nursery life to toddlers and pre-school, children who see warm and authentic interactions between a parent and the adult caring for them at nursery, soon learn that that adult can be trusted and can be relied upon for a cuddle, comfort or a play.

All the team at nursery work closely together to ensure that the care and wellbeing of the children are kept at the centre of everything we do. The whole team appreciate and understand how significant the early years are in helping children to see themselves as capable and confident individuals. We are committed to ensuring the physical and emotional environment and the interactions with children and families at Townhouse all reflect and support this.

Julie Lightley, Owner/Director

Early Years Teacher, BA (Hons) Early Years Studies, MA Education (Early Years)

My role is very much about facilitating our teams to deliver the best in early years care and education. Working closely with Emma Jones, we are constantly on-hand to support Janet and Alison and their teams. Being in regular contact and visiting often means I see the many fantastic opportunities provided at nursery for children and the close relationships that are developed with our families at Townhouse.

Emma Jones, Operations Director

Early Years Teacher, Post Gradute Certificate of Education, MA Education (Early Years)

Working closely with Julie, we ensure that Alison and Janet have everything needed to deliver first class childcare in a beautiful learning environment with an outstanding team of practitioners. My teaching and leadership experience means I can support Janet and Alison with mentoring and guidance to continue to meet all the requirements of their roles.

Alison Fisher, Nursery Manager (Audley Road)

Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

I have worked at Townhouse since 2003. I find my role as manager very rewarding and can certainly say I love it. I work closely with my team to provide the best experiences in childcare for our children and families, building strong relationship with our parents and attachments with our children. We provide a home from home environment that is stimulating, safe and fun to be in for all of the children in our care. I find early years very rewarding as I see the babies develop and grow to be confident and happy children ready to engage with the world around them.

Emma Mainwairing, Nursery Manager (Lawton Road)

Level 5 in Early Years Practice

I began my Townhouse career at Audley Road in 2013 as a Relief Supervisor. I quickly progressed to Baby Room Supervisor and then Assistant Manager. I am very passionate about the early years and how important this phase is in a child’s life. Seeing first-hand the positive impact we have when we work closely with parents is such a rewarding aspect of my role. Sharing lots of lovely interactions with children and supporting and mentoring my team will be priorities for me here at Lawton and I will keep the children at the centre of everything we do.

Janet Williamson, Quality and Relationship Manager

Level 4, NNEB

I have been at Townhouse since 1990 and remain as passionate about childcare as the day I started my career over 30 years ago!
I am in the fortunate position of working alongside our group of six nurseries and highly skilled and experienced Nursery Managers. Together we share best practice and focus on constantly raising the quality of care, teaching and learning. The foundation of our success is relationships and I also provide support to the team in all aspects of building secure relationships with parents, staff and the local community.

Rebecca Blackhurst, Assistant Manager and Early Years Teacher (Audley Road)

BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

I am the Assistant Manager and an Early Years Teacher. My role presents me with endless rewards as I see our children develop and grow. I have a passion for outdoor learning and you will usually find me in the forest area finding bugs with the children or making exotic mud pies. As I have gained experience in childcare, and through my studies, I have developed my knowledge for early years with a focus on Pre-school. This has helped me to tune in to the needs of the children and support the team in planning the best experiences that enable our children to have fun but also engage in lots of learning.

Anna-Kate Shingler, Assistant Manager (Lawton Road)

Foundation Degree in Early Years

I have worked at Townhouse since 2011, initially as a practitioner at Audley Road. I transferred to Lawton Road to the Toddler Room and progressed to Room Supervisor, then to third in charge, and now I'm delighted to be working as Assistant Manager. I have 10 years of experience and have had a wide verity of experience from Baby Room through to Pre-School. The most rewarding aspect of my role is watching children develop as individuals. I value the importance of building strong relationships with all parents to ensure consistency is in place, thus allowing children to thrive and achieve their full potential.

Sophie Windsor, Early Years Teacher (Lawton Road)

BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

My role is to support Emma and the teams to provide the outstanding care, learning and play we offer to our children and families. I love to plan activities that support children to develop as toddlers. I enjoy listening and engaging with the children as their conversation brings laughter and knowledge that always makes me smile. I find my role as an Early Years Teacher very rewarding as I spend time mentoring staff to help them grow and develop with this having a positive impact on the children we care for.

Sam Barber, Baby Room Supervisor (Audley Road) and 3rd in Charge

Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education

I have worked at Townhouse since 2006. Working with babies and toddlers during this time I have developed my knowledge with this age group allowing me to support the babies and their families with lots of developmentally appropriate and inspiring learning and play ideas. Days are never the same in a baby room - I thoroughly enjoy coming in and planning lots of activities that support each baby to develop through warm interactions and play.

Karen Johnson, Baby Room Supervisor

NVQ Level 3 Childcare Learning and Development

I have wealth of experience in working with young children, after working as a childminder for over 10 years and gaining an “Outstanding” judgement of which I am extremely proud. I am very committed and passionate about working with babies and feel that this is where my forte lies, being able to support and care for them, as they develop into unique people. The baby room is a very special room and one where I feel very privileged to work. As the babies develop in confidence and become independent, it is an extremely rewarding experience knowing that I am part of that process. I am also a mum to two grown up children and attended numerous training courses to further my career and knowledge.

Deana Frost, Toddler Room Supervisor (Audley Road)

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

I joined Townhouse in 2012 as an apprentice. During my time here I have achieved my Level 3 childcare qualification and enjoyed working across all areas of the nursery, gaining valuable experience. I have worked mostly within our Toddler Room so I was delighted to be promoted to Supervisor. I love supporting the families through the toddler years, watching personalities develop and encouraging lots of learning through play, building friendships and playing together and being on hand to give advice on all things toddler related.

Angela Baynes, Toddler Room Supervisor (Lawton Road)

NVQ Level 3 Early Years Care and Education

I am a mum to three sons and a grandmother of three. I started work at Townhouse since 2001 as Nursery Cook and soon discovered my passion lay in childcare. I went on to complete my training whilst at Townhouse and achieved a Level 3 in Early Years. After working with babies for many years, I was promoted to Toddler 2 Room Supervisor in 2008. Since then I have participated in many training courses to further my skills and knowledge, including an NVQ in Leadership and Management. I enjoy the toddler age range because of the children’s fun personalities and affectionate nature. As the children develop in confidence and become independent, it is a rewarding experience knowing that I am part of this process.

Sarah Wintle, Pre-school Supervisor (Lawton Road)

BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

I have worked at Townhouse since 1998. In my role I work closely on a day to day basis with Julie the owner, and Janet and Emma, to ensure effective management of the nursery. I have achieved a BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies and I have a wealth of experience caring for children across the whole nursery. In 2013 I took on the position of Pre-school Supervisor and thoroughly enjoy this role, playing an active part in shaping little minds through activities and opportunities which are sociable, challenging and most of all fun! In my role I strive to form positive partnerships with parents and children alike and aim to fully support the children in my care so that they are confident, capable and happy children, and well prepared for their school years.

Julie Henshall, Pre-school Supervisor

Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice

Throughout my career, I have gained lots of experience caring for young children. The most rewarding aspect of my role as Pre-school Supervisor is watching young children develop as individuals and seeing their personalities flourish. Positive partnership with parents and children are hugely important to me. My aim is to support our children to eventually leave preschool as confidant, capable and happy learners, ready for school.

Nicola McLaren Stonier, Baby Room Senior Practitioner (Audley Road)

NVQ Level 3 Early Years Care and Education

I have had the pleasure of working at Townhouse since 2000. During this time I have worked in the toddler room and as a 1:1 support practitioner. My real passion is babies, I enjoy supporting them and their families as they transition from being dependent on everyone around them to being happy independent toddlers. I can usually be found in the middle of messy play as I enjoy seeing the babies engaged as they explore the world around them.

Wendy Pulizzi, Nursery Nutrition and Meals Co-ordinator (Audley Road)

Food is my passion! I work with my team of cooks ensuring we provide the best food to all of our children. I develop the nursery menus ensuring they meet the Eat Better Do Better guidelines for 0-5years. I thoroughly enjoy mentoring my team as we share skills and knowledge that enable us to develop within our roles. A busy day in the nursery involves me providing hands on cooking or food experience providing the children with opportunities to explore taste, textures and gain knowledge and understanding of where food comes from.

Suzanne Cliffe, Administrator

I am the nursery administrator for both the Townhouse nurseries in Alsager. My role within the nursery includes supporting the managers, raising and checking monthly invoices as well as ensuring that all changes to children’s sessions are updated onto our nursery software.
I work across both Townhouse settings and I am generally the person that you will get through to on the phone. Working as part of the Village Nursery Group has enabled me to develop within my role and has also helped me develop and understand good communication skills and teamwork.