Our team


The aim of our staff at Sunrise is to be a group of caring practitioners who work as a team, accepting and practicing an agreed educational philosophy, and collectively expressing one clear concern; the total welfare of all the children in their care.  We aim to create an environment where continuity for children and parents is priority and, therefore, we operate a ‘key person’ system. The key person works with parents/carers to plan and deliver a personalised plan for your child’s well-being, care and learning.

Every member of our staff are carefully selected to ensure their suitability to work with children; all key staff are first aid trained and we, therefore, have a minimum of 1 first aider in every room at all times. Our team is fully committed to the Sunrise ethos; some staff have been with us for more than 5 years and some as long as 10 years. We also support the development of new practitioners and provide the opportunity for apprenticeship vacancies.


Emma Taylor is our full time Baby Room Leader. Emma holds a BTEC level 3 in Childcare and Education. Emma is supported full time by Neve Eversfield. Neve holds a Level 2 qualification and is currently working towards her Level 3.

Holly Knight and Sarah-Louise Byfield currently staff the toddler room whilst we are recruiting a room leader.  Holly is a Level 3 practitioner and Sarah is working towards her Level 3. We have a pool of additional staff who assist us during lunch periods and are available to cover in the event of staff absence or holiday to maintain continuity of care.


Rebecca Creed (Becky) leads our Nursery class.  Becky originally came to Sunrise under the Modern Apprenticeship scheme in 2011; in this time, she has qualified to level 3 and gained valuable experience working as a senior practitioner in our pre-school room and at our Harrietsham setting overseeing our Over Two’s children.  The second full time member of the team is Lauren King; Lauren also joined us under the Modern Apprenticeship scheme and has gained a Level 2 qualification. Lauren is due to complete her Level 3 in March 2017.  Nicola Springett has been at Sunrise since 2010. She holds a Level 3 qualification in Pre School Practice. Nicola now brings her valuable experience to the Nursery Room, following her return from maternity leave, working part time along with Juliette Allen. Juliette has previously worked as a Teaching Assistant and is now a permanent part time member of our Nursery Room; working towards her Level 3 Early Years qualification.

Judith Robinson completes our team as a qualified support member of staff who is deployed throughout the setting as required.

Mandy Withers joined the pre-school room in January 2017.  She is currently our Acting Room Leader covering maternity leave.  Mandy has been at Sunrise since 2007 working within our Toddler Room until 2016; she has 20 years previous experience as a nanny. Mandy is supported by Maia Cox; Maia joined us in September 2017 and has a Level 3 qualification and has worked in early years settings since 2013 whilst completing her training. The team is completed by Kayleigh Fuller who also joined in September 2017 and is training under the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme.



The nursery office is open Monday to Friday and is run by Joanne White, PA to Julie Starns, Nursery Director. If you have any queries, please visit the office between 8.30am and 5.00pm.  Out of these hours, you can send an email and out of nursery hours you can leave a voicemail message on our landline.


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