Mrs Jackson is the nursery owner Manager and Head Teacher of the nursery and has been working in childcare since 2005. She has a level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development, Level 3 in Play work and a diploma in Montessori Pedagogy 0-7yrs. Mrs Jackson is currently working towards a level 5 in Leadership and Management. Mrs Jackson is the nursery safeguarding officer alongside Charlotte. She lives with her husband Ian, son George, two cats and of course Coco the nursery dog. She also has a daughter Lauren, 21, who lives in York.
Mrs Jackson enjoys spending time with her family, house renovations, walking and occasionally running as long as there is a medal at the end!
Mrs Jackson is a keyworker for children in both the Caterpillar and the Butterfly Room.
Nicola has a lot of experience working with nursery children, taking on the role as a senior leader at her previous nursery.
Nicola moved to Thirsk from Chester with her husband. Nicola enjoys taking her dog for a walk and spending time with her family and friends, as well as enjoying a good film and a take out.
In 2011 Nicola travelled to Siberia representing Guiding UK. She managed to raise funds in excess of £2000 in 10 months by organising charity cake sales, car washing, helping at the local half marathon and a sponsored 15 mile hike. Whilst in Siberia, Nicola taught children between the ages of 7 and 10 to speak English, through various activities she had planned before travelling.
Nicola thoroughly enjoys working with children and thrives on watching them grow and develop.
Charlotte joined the nursery in 2015 working alongside her mum helping out occasionally. Charlotte soon realised that she had a passion for childcare and began working full time. In 2019 Charlotte obtained a Level 3 diploma in Childcare and is our nursery Safeguarding officer alongside Mrs Jackson.
Charlotte lives with her boyfriend Andrew and her two cats Gizmo and Minnie and in her spare time she enjoys riding her horses Henry and Barney and travelling abroad with her friends and family. Please beware that Charlotte loves glitter.
Holly is Level 3 qualified and has previously been a room leader for 2 and 3 year old children. Holly lives in Ampleforth with her boyfriend Adam. Luckily for us Holly loves cooking and baking! Her favourite things are spending time with family and friends and helping out on the farm. Holly also has 2 horses and 2 dogs!
Holly is brilliant at making up new songs for the children, cleaning and mopping and very rarely stands still unless she is eating!
Madam Pattison has been teaching the nursery children French since 2004 and comes to visit the nursery every Monday morning.
She was born in France, in a little village called Morbier, on the border to Switzerland. Before teaching she was a horse trainer in Switzerland. She now lives locally with her husband. Her children have grown up and Madam Pattison speaks French to her grandchild and spends a lot of the summer visiting her mother in France.
Madam Pattison is the highlight of our week and brightens up our Monday morning with her French songs and stories. When she is not teaching the nursery children she also works at schools and offers private French lessons. She quite often teaches Mrs Jackson so that she can help her son with his homework!
Coco, the Cocker Spaniel is our very own nursery dog and she came to live with Mrs Jackson and her family in 2019. She is very soft and loves a stroke from all the children especially when we are reading stories. Coco comes on our walks around the grounds and accompanies the children in the bike garden. She is great at helping he children settle in.
Coco’s hobbies include running like a lunatic in her fields at home and having cuddles on the sofa on an evening.