Gemma Maxwell

Early Years Strategic Lead

The Oak Partnership are delighted to be welcoming Gemma Maxwell to the Early Years team this September as Strategic Lead for Early Years.

Gemma will work within the Two settings to co-ordinate a shared strategy for EYFS across the Oak Partnership Trust. She will also provide support to schools in delivering the EYFS element of the Excellence Strategy, including the development of phonics, training and School Improvement consultancy.

Gemma has an extensive range of professional experience including having recently been the manager of Little Herons Nursery.

Mrs Stacie Anthony-Phillips

Nursery Manager

Our Manager, Stacie Anthony-Phillips , has worked for Little Herons since 2016 and during that time has progressed from Practitioner to manager.

Stacie is passionate about providing the very best care for all of our children, every day. Her knowledge and experience allows her to support our management teams and train our staff. Her role also allows her to work in our nurseries, sharing best practice ideas and helping us to constantly review and improve the care we provide.

Adele Maxwell

Deputy Manager

Adele started with us In March 2021 and has been a fantastic edition to the Nursery and has many years of experience working with young and vulnerable children.

As Well as being the Nursery Deputy Manager Adele is also the Nursery SENDco and is very commited and passionate about supporting children with additional needs and helping them to reach their full potential.

Emily Walker

Nursery Practitioner

Emily Joined Little Herons in September 2017 as an apprentice. Emily has since completed her apprenticeship and gained her NVQ level 3 Early Years educator qualification.
Upon completing her NVQ, Emily became a permanent member of the team.
Emily brings with her a very passionate, nurturing, calm and caring approach to support children further their development and ensure that they make the most out of their little Herons experience.

Clarrie Jones

Nusery Practitioner

Clarrie joined the Little Herons team during the first lockdown in 2020.
Clarrie demonstrated a natural ability to understand, support and work with young children and with her calm and fun approach she has been a fantastic and valuable edition to the Nursery

Lucia Baker

Nursery Practitioner

Lucia joined Little Herons when it first opened in 2016 and has had over 9 years experience of working with young children.
Lucia is such a fun, warm, caring and helpful member of our team and is always striving to help and support both children and adults and as such has become a very key member of our team.

Roxy Depledge

Nursery Practitioner

Roxy is our newest member of the team and is currently an apprentice undertaking her NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification.
Roxy is a natural when caring for children and offers such a vibrant presence with the ability to create some wonderful continuous provision activities.
Roxy is very passionate about ensuring that children make the most out of their time here at Little Herons and has quickly become a very valued member of the team.

Rachel Woolvin

Nursery Practitioner

Rachel started with Little Herons in 2017 and has many years experience in caring and supporting young children's development.
Rachel is very passionate in supporting children in all aspects of their development but particularly strives to support and nurture children to make them feel safe and secure during their time here at little Herons.

Emily Cham

Nursery Practitioner

Emily started with Little Herons in 2020 and brings with her lots of experience in childcare.
Emily is very passionate and is always in search of ideas on how to support children and the setting alike.
Emily is extremely creative and is always thinking of new creative ways to further development.

Nadia Conner

Nursery Practitioner

Nadia has been a member of The Oak Partnership for a few years starting her journey with our sister Nursery Woodlands Nursery in Ruishton.
We were lucky to be able to appoint Nadia during lockdown where she became a permanent member of Little Herons.
Nadia has quickly become a key member of the team and has since been appointed the position of Room leader.
Nadia is currently studying for her foundation degree and is very passionate in supporting children achieve their full potential.

Christine Haynes

Nursery Administrator

Chris joined The Little Herons Team in 2019 as our Nursery administrator, as our Trust has expanded so has Chris's role where she now administrator for both Little Herons and Woodlands Nursery.
Chris oversees the funding, fees and billing for both settings.