CareLoveLearn at St Oswald’s staff team

CareLoveLearn at St. Oswald’s has a strong team of highly qualified, motivated Nursery Practitioners who will develop secure relationships with you and your child.

Each child is assigned a Key Worker. It is their role to develop close bonds with your child, share information, observe and track your child’s development to ensure individual needs are met.

We have a robust staff development and appraisal programme to ensure the team is up to date with current developments and qualifications. All staff are First Aid qualified, hold a food hygiene certificate and receive regular Safeguarding training.
All our staff have full DBS checks.

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Emma Berry
Acting Manager

Emma is a level 3 qualified nursery practitioner. She is a kind, caring and patient person who enjoys working with children. Emma believes that early childhood is the most crucial stage in a child’s life and says, ‘I want to make a real difference so I can offer support at this important stage and help children learn and grow as they interact with the world around them’.

Emma has worked in local authority nurseries and private day nurseries. She has also supported vulnerable children and adults as a support worker to support them to live happy, independent lives. Emma took a career break so that she could look after her 3 children at home and support and care for her disabled son.

Emma enjoys spending quality time with her husband, her 3 sons and friends. She enjoys travelling, walking her dog, reading, visiting museums, watching documentaries and watching comedians.

Ashton-in-Makerfield Staff

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Emma Jeffrey
Curriculum Coordinator

Emma has a first class honours in criminology and a qualified teaching status. She has had over three year’s experience in supporting adults with autism and other disabilities as well as supporting children with autism and educational needs within primary schools. She has had experience teaching Y2 and Y5 and was recently a reception class teacher where she gained valuable knowledge and experience which helps her to prepare our nursery children so they are ready to start school and the transition from nursery to school is a smooth one.


Whilst working with your children Emma will ensure that their education is challenging and inspirational so that their little minds will grow through a happy, loving and fun learning environment. ‘My passion is to provide quality first teaching in order to embed a love of learning for all children to take into the wider world with them on their learning journey’.


Emma enjoys reading, going on little trips away and taking her two little crazy dogs out for long walks with her partner. She loves spending time with her family and enjoying having lots of laughs together.

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Jade Kirkham
nursery & out of school practitioner

Jade is mum to five children aged from 5 to 12 years, her middle son has special educational needs and is supported in mainstream school. Jade has lots of work experience with children from nursery age up to 19 years. She has worked in early years settings and then went on to work for Cherish UK supporting vulnerable adults, teaching them skills to enable them to live as independently as possible. Jade loved this work and felt that she was making a difference in the lives of young adults. After working there she had the opportunity to work as a caregiver, the majority of this work was to provide end of life care. Her role involved administering medication, stoma and catheter care and as it was in the patient’s own home she cooked and cleaned for them.


Jade continued in the caring profession and started a new role as a support worker helping adults with complex needs and disabilities. During this time I gained lots of work experience, undertaking a vast amount of training and extending my knowledge.


‘As well as working full time and being a mum to five energetic children I feel I have a lot to give and am currently loving my role at Care Love Learn at St Oswald’s. I am a kind, fun and passionate person and I thrive from making a difference in people’s lives and ensuring everyone’s needs are met. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to be able to play a part in the development of children’.

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Steph Harrison
Out of School club supervisor

Steph is mum to Noah aged 2 years. Steph has an NVQ level 3 in Childcare and Playwork and has been working with children and families for 16 years. During this time she has worked in a nursery setting and also was the Supervisor of a busy out of school club where she gained an Outstanding Ofsted inspection.


Since becoming mum to Noah she has taken some time off from work to take care of him full time. Their days have been filled with visits to the park, family time and Noah loves Disney films, and they have evenings cosied up on the sofa watching Noah’s favourite films before bedtime.


In her spare time Steph has taught herself how to bake cakes and learned the art of cake decoration, and now makes cakes to order for special occasions. During her time working with children and because of her love for art and crafts, Steph has taught herself how to face paint which she has used on many occasions, children’s birthday parties for friends and now she face paints all the time in afterschool club, teaching our older children how to face paint on our younger children.


‘As my son Noah has embarked on his journey into nursery life, I have been fortunate to start work with Care Love Learn at St Oswald’s and I realised just how much I have missed working with children. I am passionate about my work and at the end of a school day I recognise that when children have been in a classroom learning all day they are ready for some free time. So planning the out of school is vital to ensure children have a variety of activities to choose from both indoors and outdoors which are fun and meet their individual likes. I love engaging with children so that they can be part of the planning and together we plan for holiday clubs. I believe that all children have the right to access out of school clubs and I am enjoying being part of the creation of a SEND provision at St Oswald’s. Watch this space!!

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Molly Roby
nursery & out of school practitioner

Molly is 18 years of age and is currently studying a degree in Children & Young People & Family Services at UCLAN University to further boost her advancing skill set in working with children. She has previously worked at ABC day nursery where she developed her skills and became an impeccable member of the team.


Molly’s hobbies include dancing, which she is very passionate about and utilises her skills to teach children dance which develops their mental health and social well-being. Molly thrives on undertaking new adventures and challenges and loves meeting new people especially children.

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Gill Jackson
Out of school practitioner

Gill is a level 3 teaching assistant who works at St Oswald’s Catholic primary school during the day and has worked there for 17 years, which can only prove just how much she loves the job she’s in and helping children to achieve their best potential.


Gill has two children, a daughter Melissa who is 26 years old and a son Lewis aged 23 years. In her spare time Gill loves to spend time with her pets, a dog called Tilly and a cat called Casper who adore each other. Gill likes nothing better than a walk in the fresh air with Tilly.

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Lindsey Vievers
Out of school practitioner

Lindsay is mum to two boys Scott and Jake who she devotes all her spare time to. She has a level 3 qualification in Early years education. Lindsay’s specialism is children and young adults with additional needs and she has many years’ experience in this line of work.


Lindsay is a familiar face in Ashton as she has worked in this area for many years and her boys both attended St Oswald’s catholic primary school and currently Edmund Arrowsmith.

Cook, Finance and Driver

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Debbie Preston

Debbie is our very own in-house cook. Having run her own news agency in Lowton for 17 years with her husband, it was whilst working in the shop that she started to prepare and sell food. When they sold their shop she decided it was time to pursue a new career and she started work as a kitchen assistant at Carlsberg UK. With their help and funding she flourished and carried on achieving ending up as catering and events manager with Level 3 qualifications in Supervising in Catering and Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.


When they closed she decided to reduce her hours and started working in various primary schools as kitchen manager. In February 2022 Debbie applied for the post of cook for care Love Learn and the rest is history. Debbie is a great asset to our team making hot meals daily for our children who attend afterschool club and during the school holidays she makes lunches and teas.


Debbie says, ‘It’s great to work in such a friendly environment with the children meeting me on the playground shouting, ‘What’s for tea Deb?’ I can honestly say I love my work at care Love Learn and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made!’ In my spare time I love walking my two German shepherd dogs Zandor and Zeena.

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Mary Parkinson
Finance Officer

Mary is mum to two boys, Connor and Lucas who both go to St Oswald’s. She moved Lucas to the Care Love Learn pre-school in January 2022 which she says was the best decision she could have made. Mary says Lucas thrived while he was there and loved every minute and was definitely ready for his reception start this year.


Mary worked in the Construction Industry for nearly 20 years before moving into school finance. She started working for Care Love Learn in March 2022 and says, ‘I love my job’.


‘I think family time is very important and all my spare time is taken up with my boys, taking them to football, karate and swimming lessons. Then when we aren’t doing the extra sports and activities we enjoy going out for family walks, bowling, going to the cinema and little trips to Southport to play football on the beach and of course we love our family holidays’.

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Dave Fairhurst
our afterschool pickup driver

Dave is a well known face to the children and families of Nicol Mere primary school where he was caretaker for many years. He retired to look after his wife who sadly passed away last year. During his years at Nicol Mere Dave continued to deliver hot meals to the elderly around the Wigan and Leigh district 7 days a week 52 weeks per year, even Christmas day. Dave says, ‘for some of my clients, I am the only person they see and they wait for my arrival, so seeing them on Christmas day is very important to me’.


Dave now drives for Care Love Learn, collecting children from Rectory primary, St Thomas and RL Hughes. The children adore him as he sings on their journey to St Oswald’s. They’ve learned quite a few new songs!!