Team

Get to Know Us

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Samantha Baker

Head of Nursery

Samantha Holds a:

  • Cache Diploma, Level 3 in Children’s and Young Peoples' Work Force. 

  • OFSTED Registered Childminder, I am graded as Outstanding in all areas.


I have extensive childcare experience, including having 2 children of my own. 

Before I had children, I worked as a singer/song writer and makeup artist. I studied theatre and creative arts at the Guild Hall London. I have many skills as a musician and performer, which I incorporate into my practice.

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Lawrence Baker

Director

Lawrence holds a:

  • BA (Hons) in Education Studies and Early Years from The University of Hertfordshire.

  • Foundation Degree in Early Years

  • Cache Diploma, Level 3 in Children’s and Young Peoples' Workforce.  

  • Paediatric First Aid Trained.

Lawrence’s main responsibilities include the implementation of the EYFS (2018), Staff Training, Accounts and Child Development tracking.


He also is a very talented performer playing guitar and piano. 

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Sammie

Senior Manager

Level 6, holding a BA(Hons) in Special Educational Needs. Rest assured that on those rare occasions that I am away from the setting your children are in excellent hands. 

Samantha's main responsibilities include, managing the team at all three settings, arranging the Registers and Rotas ensuring we have the right number of staff at the right place at the right time. 

She is married to John and they have a daughter Rosemary-Belle.

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Gemma 

Manager

@ Newgate Street

Gemma Holds a Level 4 Early Years Qualification & is Paediatric First Aid Trained. 

She is a mother, of Harrison (5) & Florence (1)

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Helena 

Office Manager

@ Oxlease House

Helena has been a PA for many years [She won't tell us exactly how many]. 

Helena handles the office responsibilities, including Invoicing, HR and Care Plan Quotations.

 

She has two children (who are more or less grown up and two British blue cats.

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Alison [Ali]

 Manager

@ Lemsford Hall

NVQ 3 Cache Child Care Learning and Development.

Peodiatric First Aid.

Level 2 Food and Hygiene.

Designated Safeguarding person. 

She has worked at Apple Daycare for just over a year and is a most energetic practitioner with tremendous skill particularly with the birth - 4 age group.

Enjoy spending time with my family; going for meals and the theatre. 

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Abbie 

Butterfly Manager

@ All Settings

Abby holds a Level 3 in Early Years and is Paediatric First Aid trained.

Abbie is a Manager and Staff Trainer. She visits all the settings and supports the managers so they can take holidays and days off and whilst she is at each setting she develops an understanding of how she can help to develop the teams skills and practices.

 

She is organised and particularly interested in the Art, which she puts to great effect with the children. 

She is our real ray of sunshine in the room.

Hair colour is prone to change!!

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Harriet

Practitioner

@ Dhoon House

Harriet holds a Level 3 in Health & Social Care and is Paediatric First Aid trained.

She joined us in January 2020 and has developed into a real asset to the team.

Harriet is training towards her Foundation Degree in Early Years.

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Emily 

Trainee Practitioner

@ Newgate Street

Emily is  training for a Level 3 Early Years Educator.

 

She Joined us in October 2019 and is very active with the children, she loves the outdoors and in her spare time can be found down at the stables, looking after her Horse "Zara" She is never normally to far away from Lola her Jack Russell.

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Olivia ['Liv]

Substitute Manager

@ Dhoon House

'Liv holds: 

Level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care 

Level 3 Early Years Education 

Extensive Understanding Autism training 

Level 3 in Emergency Paediatric First Aid

 

Also worked closely with Social Services and Child Protection since I was young

 

Training towards Level 5 in Early Years Education

She has been at Apple Daycare

since May 2019

 

Help my mum with our foster children

Socialise & disappear on random weekends

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Tammy

Manager

@ Oxlease House

Tammy has a Masters in Education [L7] she is our most qualified member of Staff. She is studying towards her Qualified Teacher Status.

 

Tammy enjoys reading. 

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Sadiye 

 Forest School Teacher

@ Newgate Street

Sadiye has a Bachelors Arts in English with Creative Writing.

Horticulture Level 1

Countryside Management

& Conservation Level 3

First Aid

Sadiye is studying towards

Forest School Level 3

Early Years Childcare Level 3

I teach yoga, run Forest School sessions, travel, and tend the gardens & allotment. I also spend lots of time with animals, especially with my cats :-) 

She joined us as our Forest School Teacher in January 2022

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Katie

Dept Manager

@ Lemsford Hall

Katie holds a Level 3 Early Years Educator

Paediatric First Aid Trained. 

Spend time with family and friends and my pet dog Ted!

She's Bonkers.... in a very nice way!!

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Georgeta 

Level 3 Practitoner

@ Oxlease House

Georgeta Joined us in November 2021 and speaks Romanian and English 

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Jasmine

Level 2 Practitioner

@ Dhoon House

Jasmine has a Level 2 in Children & Young People'sWorkforce. 

Jasmine first worked for Apple Daycare before we incoirporated 

She has a daughter.

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Darcy

Cook

@ Lemsford

Darcy Holds a

Bachelor of Arts in Film

Paediatric First Aid 

Level 2 Food Hygiene 

Became cook in January 2020 when Lemsford opened.

Although I'm a cook I have over 20 allergies! So your children's food allergies/dietary requirements are in good hands with someone who understands! 

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Cath

Supply Manager

@ Newgate Street

Cath works at a School in Cheshunt as Special Needs Teaching Assistant [Autism]

And covers Manager holidays during School Holidays at Apple.

Cath was a full time manager for Apple Daycare at Newgate Street between 2015-2019.

When not at work Cath loves to be at the Stables looking after her horse.

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Emma

Cook

@ Dhoon

Emma has a Level 3 in Children & Young Peoples Workforce.

Emma likes to visit the beach with her Children.

I'm always singing at work... which isn't at all annoying for her colleagues

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Emmie

Angel Practitioner

Paediatric First Aid

Studying towards L3 Early Years Educator

Emmie joined Apple Daycare in 2021 and works at the House and at Oxlease House.

If it's singing or whistling you hear.. it's me! I sing a lot for someone who can't do either well

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Donna

Angel Practitioner

Paediatric First Aid

Donna has worked at the House most recently

In her spare time Donna likes to walk her dog, loves spending time with her grandchildren and loves baking.

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Millie

Angel Practitioner

Paediatric First Aid

Training towards a Level 3 in

Health and Social Care

Millie works mainly at Newgate Street

and in her spare time Millie Cheerleads.... when they don't drop and injure her...

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Danielle 

Angel Practitioner

Level 3 Health and Social Care; First Aid 

Danielle joined Apple Daycare in November 2021 and works at the House and at Oxlease House.

You'll only ever see me in my spare time in London, at a theatre or cuddling my dog.

I enjoy singing but no one ever enjoys listening

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Tilly 

Apprentice

@ The House

Paediatric First Aid

 

I like to walk and look after my two dogs, baking and beach walks on the South Coast.

 

I once played a rat in my school Christmas play 

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Jacqueline

Angel Practitioner

Paediatric First Aid

Angel mainly Newgate Street and Lemsford

Enjoy cooking, gardening and going walking 

Joined in June 2021

Like to sing to my cats, they love it!

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Shannon

Level 3 Practitioner

@ Lemsford

Level 3 Early Years Educator

Paediatric First Aid

Shannon Joined Apple Daycare in the Summer of 2019 and She based at Lemsford.

I love to coach gymnastics to my squad at Hertford and going out with friends.

My hair length tends to change just as much as my lash length.

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Katie 

Practitioner

@ Newgate St

Paediatric First Aid

Training towards Level 3 Early Years Educator

Katie joined in January 2020

and am situated at Newgate Street Hall.

I have three daughters and enjoy spending family time with them & Jamie

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Becci

Level 3 Practitioner

@ Oxlease

Paediatric First Aid

8 years childcare experience, Level 3 Early Years Education, Safeguarding Children, Prevent duty, Food Hygiene.

Becci joined Apple Daycare

in September 2021

& is  based at Oxlease

I love walking my Staffy, Max and now enjoy doing home workouts and going for runs.

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Amy 

Angel Practitioner

Paediatric First Aid

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for

Health and Social Care and

Children and Young People's Services

I enjoy spending time with my children and going on spontaneous adventures. 

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Jane

Angel Practitioner

Paediatric First Aid

Hobbies include Reiki and Bach Flowers. Dog walking. Seeing family and friends.

I love parasailing

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Lauren

Angel Practitioner

Paediatric First Aid

Training towards a Level 3 in

Early Years Educator

Works mainly at Newgate Street

A mum of two boys.

 

Enjoys art and design, & sewing.

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Sophie

Apprentice Practitioner

@ Oxlease

Paediatric First Aid

Studying towards L3 Early Years Educator

Joined Apple in January 2022.

I like to get my nails done [Especially with my Mum]. 

Emily

Angel Practitioner

Paediatric First Aid

Level 3 Early Years Educator

Emily did her Apprenticeship with Apple a few years ago & has now returned.

She enjoys park and forest walks with her girls 

Ann-Marie

Angel Practitioner

NCFE Cache Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care 

Works mainly at Oxlease 

She enjoys reading or university work 

& I do a lot of random dances