Get to Know Us


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.


Lawrence Baker


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.

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

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Samantha Pleasant

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.


Gemma Morrell


@ 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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Jo Harris


@ the House

Jo holds a Level 3 in Nursery Nursing & is Paediatric First Aid Trained

Jo has a particular affinity with the babies and has an excellent practical knowledge which she uses to great effect.

Jo has a daughter Mimi who also works at Apple Daycare in the Holidays

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Maisey Quinn

Trainee Assistant Manager

@ Newgate Street

Maisey has a Level 3 in Health & Social Care

She has worked at Apple Daycare for over 2 years and is a most energetic practitioner with tremendous skill particularly with the 2-4 age group.

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Abby Gates

Practitioner @ Newgate Street

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


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!!


Harriet Brown

Practitioner @ Newgate Street

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

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


Emily Faldo

Trainee Practitioner @ Newgate Street

Emily is about to start training for a Level 3 in Early Years.


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"