Introducing our wonderful team!
Why did you decide to open a children’s nursery?
So that every day I would enjoy going to work
What is the best advice that your grandma gave you?
Your health is your wealth
What is your least favourite household chore?
Cleaning my 15 yr old’s bedroom - Yes I know she should do this herself!!
If you were a politician for a day and could pass an act, what would it be?
I would invest more money into childcare to help working parents.
What is your favourite childhood film?
I love Labyrinth, with David Bowie as the Goblin King and all the Jim Henson puppets!
What is your favourite food?
All kinds of seafood and cheese!
What qualities do you bring to nursery?
Inventiveness, enthusiasm and kindness
What was the best holiday you have taken?
I adore Cornwall, in particular Falmouth and St. Ives. The scenery is breathtaking!
Who is your favourite comedian?
Jason Manford never fails to make me laugh. I've been to see him on tour many times!
What celebrity chef do you admire?
Jamie Oliver for all he's done to improve school dinners.
What is your favourite food?
Pasta Carbonara even though it's bad for me!
What was the best holiday you have taken?
I had some wonderful experiences travelling across Australia
What is the best way to challenge boisterous boys?
I find that physical activities outdoors are the best.
What is your favourite book?
The Harry Potter Series
What is your happiest childhood memory?
Playing in the park with my sister and grandma
What is your favourite way to relax after a busy week with the children?
They keep me on my toes all day so I like to soak my feet in a nice hot bubble bath!
What is your favourite board game?
What is the best holiday you have taken?
A trip to the Caribbean where I swam with sea turtles
What in your opinion is the world’s greatest invention?
Treasure basket, heuristic play for babies- they just love it (and hair straighteners!)
What is your best way to spend £100?
A day out with my best girl friends, going to the cinema and out for a meal
What is your guilty pleasure?
My closet addiction to The Only Way Is Essex!
What do you miss about living at home?
Being waited on hand and foot by my mum, having all my washing and ironing done and my tea made for me!
What is your favourite film?
All of the Shrek films
What is your favourite animal?
I think penguins are really cute and funny!
What 3 items would you take to a desert island?
My water paints, a selection of brushes and a canvas to capture those beautiful sunsets.
What is your favourite colour?
Turquoise, the colour of my wedding dress!
What is your favourite pastime?
Anything creative, painting or working with material
Why do you love outdoor play?
It’s great for children to burn off energy and explore nature.
What is your favourite tv show?
X factor (especially now Gary Barlow is a judge!)
What is your motto in life?
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today
What was the last new year's resolution you broke?
To visit the gym more.
What's the best thing about having a sister?
She is my best friend (and I can steal her clothes!)
What is your number one asset?
I can get along with everybody.
What is your favourite local beauty spot?
Ogden Water. It's so pretty, but take your midge spray!
What couldn't you live without?
My family because they're always there for me. Them and chocolate!
What is your top tip for reading to a small child?
Always choose a quality author with good illustrations.
What personal qualities do you bring to the team?
Youthful exuberance and a loving nature
What three items would you take to a desert island?
A hairbrush, a snorkel and my kindle - there's wifi right?!
What's your favourite activity to do with children?
I love showing them new, interesting things
If you had one wish, what would it be?
To gain my degree and become an Early Years Professional.
What was your favourite subject at school?
English, I loved writing short stories!
What is the most important thing you could teach a child?
To have respect for themselves and others.
Describe your outlook on life in six words
I always see the positive side
Which person in your life do you most admire?
My dad. He's been through so much, come out stronger and made me the person I am today
How would you spend the perfect afternoon?
A walk in the sunshine with family and friends followed by a lovely meal.
What are the personal qualities that you bring to nursery?
My sense of fun and patience
How do you like to relax
A nice soak in a bubble bath does the trick!
What's your best money saving tip?
Walk to work and resist store cards!
When is it OK to wear pyjamas outside?
Popping to the co-op for a pint of milk and hoping I don't see anyone!
What is the best way to flatter a boyfriend's mum?
Admire her recently purchased outfit!
How do you get over-excited children to sleep during a sleep over?
Just accept that there won't be much sleep!
Are you lucky in raffles?
No. My name never comes out of that hat!
What do the children love about you?
I always follow their interests.
Ambitions for next year:
I'd like to pass my driving test
What is your favourite part of the nursery day?Watching the children as they engage in activities and develop new skills.
What would you like people to know about you? That I am kind and caring and would help anybody in their hour of need.
How do you recharge your batteries? I put my pyjamas on and snuggle up on the couch watching a good movie with lots of goodies!
Name one skill that you bring to the team at Triangle House? I am full of fun and very energetic. I love planning outdoor activities for the children!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Somewhere sunny, lying on white sands next to a crystal blue sea.
What is the one thing you have always wanted to do? Jump out of an plane!
What's your favourite part of the human face and why?
The eyes, they're the window to the soul
What school teacher had the most impact on you and why?
My highschool maths teacher really helped when I was struggling
and supported me to get my GSCE
What's the worst haircut you've ever had?
A bowl cut aged four. How embarassing!
What's your favourite sport or physical activity?
I absolutely love Zumba!
What's your morning ritual like?
I can't wake up properly without a nice cup of coffee.
What's the best thing about working with children?
Making a baby giggle is the best feeling ever!
What superpower do you wish you had?
To travel through time, there are never enough hours in a day!
If you won the lottery, what's the first thing you would do?
Donate to Save the Children (and call my mum!)
How do you help a child to settle into nursery?
Lots of one to one, reassurance and cuddles
What's your favourite time of day?
I feel most energised first thing in the morning
Describe the perfect afternoon
A picnic in a scenic spot, on a sunny day with
my favourite people around sounds like bliss
What's your most rewarding experience?
Volunteering to help to build a school in Uganda;
the children were inspirational
What recent achievement are you most proud of?
Receiving a distinction in my childcare qualification.
In 40 years what will people be nostalgic for?
Face to face catch ups with friends, social media is taking over!
How do you feel about pineapple on pizza?
It's just wrong!
Our practitioners are the very best resource that we can offer to your child and we value their great work through investing in their qualifications and careers
Every morning, no matter who is there to welcome Will into nursery, the team are always smiling and scoop him up into their arms. Everybody gets the same attention. Will is always happy to be there and waves happily from the window as I drive to work. I don't have to worry about him all day because I know he is being looked after by people he loves.
Catherine Hankinson, mother of William 2 yrs