Our lovely people

Each of our 3 centres is led by a level 6 practitioner with Early Years Professional Status or Early Years Teacher Status. We employ a broad range of staff with both teaching and childcare qualifications - and because children are happiest when the people looking after them love what they do, staff are selected for their passion and enthusiasm, as well as their experience and qualifications. Most importantly, all our practitioners understand how to prepare and adapt activities based on a child’s readiness – rather than applying blanket learning, they all take a responsive approach to each and every little individual.

As well as being fully trained in health and safety, first aid, food handling, child behaviour, special needs, music & movement and child protection, all senior members of staff have specialist knowledge areas that the rest of the team can tap into. The majority of staff have, or are working towards an Early Years qualification. Knowledge and expertise is also shared across our 3 settings through regular in-house training, which means all our practitioners have a broad and constantly evolving skill set.

Margaret King, Director
Co-founder Margaret has a wealth of experience in Early Years. She’s undertaken a lot of research in Italy, and as a result has introduced the very best of the Italian Reggio Emilia Approach, a hugely successful model that promotes a reciprocal learning relationship between teacher and child (based on the idea that children co-construct their theories and knowledge through the relationships they build with other people and their surrounding environment), in which the expressive arts play a central role. Margaret has also visited and been influenced by pre-schools in Denmark, where nature and the great outdoors are at the heart of learning.

Rod King, Director
Rod has been involved in the Rosebank nurseries as a co-founder since 1991. His role has been in administration and management.  He has seen the nurseries grow from a single location for sessional care  to the current 3 locations and staffing of the 70 professional practitioners. Rod is also keen on the outdoors both within the nurseries and in his recreation. For the last 10 years he has been a voluntary worker in road safety and in 2013 was awarded an MBE for services to road safety.

Sadie Hopley MBA, Educational Director
Previously a Reception and Deputy Head teacher, Sadie studied at Pen Green Children’s Centre. As well as having ‘Advanced Skills Status’, Sadie is also a music specialist. Her skills, qualifications and general approach to childcare have helped to craft a tried and tested (and continuously evolving) curriculum for our nurseries that develops the ‘whole child’ – physically, mentally and socially. Sadie also runs workshops for parents on topics such as Getting Ready for School and Reading & Writing.

Shelley Bretherton BA (Hons),
Company Management Advisor

Based at The Lakes Centre, Shelley has a BA Hons in Early Years Leadership and has Early Years Teacher Status. With over 28 years’ experience of working with and observing children and families, Shelley has worked at The Lakes Centre since 2004 and continues to develop outstanding practice across our 3 settings. She is passionate about supporting families and securing children’s well being. Shelley enjoys fitness, supporting Warrington Wolves and spending time with her family.

Julie, Manager of The Rosebank Centre
Julie first qualified in 1997 and joined Rosebank in September 2007. She holds a Foundation Degree in Early Years, and has Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).  Julie is a very hands-on manager and supports all age groups on a daily basis. She is excellent at promoting parent partnership and involving parents in their child’s learning. Julie has a daughter and enjoys reading, wildlife and family time.


Claire, Day to Day Manager of The Lakes Centre
Claire qualified in 1997 and joined The Lakes in 2017. She holds a BA Hons with Qualified Teacher Status and has achieved Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Claire has spent 14 years teaching children with English as an additional language. Claire believes that strong parent partnership enables us to provide the best support to children. Claire likes to spend time outdoors walking, running and camping. She also enjoys baking cakes and reading.

Rebecca, Day to Day Manager of Naturegarten
Rebecca joined Rosebank Naturegarten in 2007. She holds a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and has Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).  She's passionate about providing a quality early education for children, and giving them the best start in life. Rebecca enjoys noticing the small milestones she sees the children reaching daily.  Learning through messy play is something she thoroughly enjoys, and you will often find her creating as much mess as the children themselves. Rebecca’s hobbies are spending time with family and friends, and cricket.