Meet the Team

Meet the Appletree Nursery Team!

At Appletree Childcare we have a mature, well established team, many of which have been with us since we first opened in 1994. We believe in working within the community, promoting personal development and allowing our staff to have a positive work-life balance. Most of our team have flexible contracts, which in turn allows us to offer flexible childcare.

Our team are well experienced and have qualifications covering Childcare, Playwork, First Aid, Food Hygiene, Safeguarding and regularly attend training courses. We also have an Early Years Teacher in post.

Many of our staff are involved in the charity outside of their work time, as Trustees, fundraisers and helping out with projects.


My name is Janet Parkin and I am the manager at Appletree Childcare.

Appletree opened in September 1994, and since then I have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of wonderful children and their lovely parents and carers. It should be noted that we have the very best children at Appletree!

There have been lots of changes in childcare over the years and sadly theses changes have taken me away from the children and their families, but I insist that my office is in the nursery so that the children can come and visit me – this is the best part of my job.

Since opening it has, and continues to be a pleasure to work with our wonderful staff team, who are not only skilled in all aspects of childcare, they always have the children and their families needs at heart.

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Hi, my name is Barbara.

I am the Assistant Manager and Senco at Appletree.

I started working here in 1995, initially as a student on placement, then I worked on supply until I gained my qualification (NNEB/CACHE Level 3). I took on a permanent contract in 1998, working part time until my own children were older, now I work full time.

My role is varied, I work in Breakfast club and After school club, holiday playcare, with the babies, 2 year olds and also the 3-4 year olds. My main role in nursery now is SENCO, supporting children with special educational needs and over the years I have had the pleasure of supporting many children and families with a wide variety of needs.

Highest Qualification: Cache Level 3 in Early Years.

Hello, my name is Mel

I am the finance manager at Appletree Childcare.

I joined Appletree as a part time admin assistant in September 2012 but my role has steadily grown and today I oversee all financial matters.

During my time here I have completed my NVQ level 3 in Early Years and have worked as Co-ordinator at Grenoside After School club.

I live locally and both of my sons (now grown up) attended nursery.

Hi my name is Lucie

I joined the Appletree team as supply staff in November 2012 after a career change from the ambulance service. I was pregnant at the time with my little boy and worked through all of the Appletree settings covering holidays and staff absence. During this timer I completed my NVQ level 3 in childcare and became a permanent member of staff.

I was then able to work as Co-ordinator for our holiday and after school club, as well as making my way through all of the rooms in the nursery.

I am now a senior member of staff in our preschool room. I work with an amazing team of ladies and find it so rewarding spending my days with our wonderful children.


My name is Jess and I have worked for Appletree since November 2008.

I came to Appletree whilst undertaking an NVQ level 3 Playworker qualification, and subsequently completed a level 3 NVQ in Early Years. I am now qualified to work with children from birth to 19 years.

I have worked in all settings throughout the nursery, after school, breakfast and holiday club. During my time here I have had two children of my own who have also attended Appletree Nursery. I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to have my children and progress with my career at the same time.

I am now in the office full time doing HR work which I really enjoy. I do still get the chance to work with the children occasionally to cover holidays and sickness. It is always lovely to go back to work with the children.

Hello, my name is Steph

I first came to Appletree whilst I was on placement from college doing my NVQ level 3 Early Years qualification. Once I had finished my course I started to work supply and I then took on a maternity contract.

I now work full time and I am the Braeburns room leader, although I do work in the other rooms at times

I am also involved in marketing and I am on the Health & Safety team

I live locally and both of my children (now grown up) attended Appletree.

Hi, my name is Jane.

I joined the Appletree team 8 years ago as a volunteer after taking a break from Nursing to care for my children. I volunteered running the local Church Playgroup and at Appletree before becoming part of the team.

I am now the After School Club Coordinator, managing the day to day running of the Grenoside Club which I thoroughly enjoy. Each day is different, all the children are individuals and its great to get to know them and see them develop through their school life. I am also the Resource Manager which means I am responsible for buying everything Appletree needs to run its Nursery and Clubs. I have gained many qualifications in Childcare and Appletree continually encourage me to progress and develop.

Highest Qualification: NVQ 3 in Childcare and Qualified Nurse.

Hi, my name is Rebecca.

I have been working at Appletree for over 10 years. I wanted a career in Health and Beauty but didn’t enjoy it, so I came to Appletree to try working with children and loved it! I work across all areas of the business: Breakfast Club, Nursery, After School Club and our Holiday Club.

I  love working with all children, from babies to the big kids in After School Club. I enjoy seeing the them grow and progress through nursery to school and then into our clubs, it is very rewarding.

Highest Qualification: NVQ Level 3 in Playwork and Early Years