Our Staff

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Our team of staff are dedicated, enthusiastic and caring. They are fully qualified with Early Years qualifications and have updated training in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They are all experienced in and have ongoing training in first-aid, food hygiene and safeguarding children.  We also accept college students and apprentices throughout the year.



Rachael Wilkins- Manager

Rachael is N.NE.B qualified with over 20 year's experience. She has a BA (Hons) in Early Years Care and Education. She gained Early Years Professional status in January 2012. Rachael is the senior person for behaviour management and fire safety. She is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

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Natalie Selwood - Senior Deputy Manager


Natalie is the Yellow Room  Supervisor. Qualified with a DCE in childcare. Natalie is trained with the TOPSTART physical education program, introducing children to new activities for movement.  Natalie has worked at Dell Cottage since 2006. Natalie is also SENCO and DSL


Ruth Wilkins - Nursery Supervisor


Ruth  is qualified NVQ 2 & 3. Ruth works with Natale in the Yellow Room as a room supervisor. Officer. Ruth has experience working with children with speech and behavioural difficulties


Stephanie Brice - Nursery Supervisor


Stephanie - Supervisor Yellow Room. She is qualified with a Level 3 in childcare . Stephanie works with children in the Yellow Room. She is also the preschool supervisor. Stephanie joined our team in 2015.



Charlotte Edney - Nursery Supervisor


Charlotte- Supervisor Purple Room. Level 3 in childcare. Charlotte works in the Baby Room helping Rachael run the room. She joined our team in 2016

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Rena Pearson - Nursery Assistant


Rena- Nursery Assistant Purple Room - Qualified Level 3, Rena works in the baby Room with Charlotte and Rachael


Emma Higgins - Nursery Assistant

Emma - Nursery Assistant Yellow Room -  Qualified Level 3 in childcare and education. Has experience working with all age groups. Emma  also has Level 3 in First Aid and safeguarding.


Mandy Rodgers - Nursery Assistant


Mandy is an Early Years qualified teacher and personal home tutor. Mandy is one of the Twinkletoes music team and has now joined our wonderful staff - working part time.


Lucy Eaton - Apprentice


Lucy joined our team on September 7, 2020. Lucy recently passed her level 2 and will start her level 3 apprenticeship  shortly.

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Lois Sewell - Student


Lois joined the team on February 7th, 2022. Lois will be helping in the nursery while studying for her GCSEs

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Maurice and Sara Wilkins- Directors


Maurice and Sara renovated the nursery in 2006. They are the owners and Directors of Dell Cottage and currently reside in North Curry, Somerset