Our Team

Rhianna Davies - Nursery Manager

Rhianna has such a warm and friendly personality making her perfect for a career in childcare. She has a natural flair and ability with the children and believes that all children deserve the best start in life. She understands that each child is unique and if you take the time to build strong relationships and provide them with great opportunities you will create happy, confident children. Rhianna began her childcare career in 2007 working in the toddler room here at Apple Tree. She made the move to the Baby Room and continued to progress her career where she completed her NVQ Level 3 and 4 and became Deputy Manager in 2010. Rhianna’s childcare career progressed further as she is now the Nursery Manager of Apple Tree!

Rhianna loves being a Mummy to her 2 boys and says it’s the best job in the world. They enjoy nothing more than going on little family adventures (especially to hot countries with lots of sunshine!)

Favourite activity to do with the children: Rhianna loves to spend time with the children in the Mud Kitchen!

Harriet Lambert – Deputy Manager and Head of Pre-school room (2 ½ -5 years)

Harriet (also known as ‘Ha-ee-ut’ by the children!) began her childcare career in 2006 where she completed her NVQ Level 2 at college. Harriet instantly knew that childcare would be her ‘forever career’ as it compliments her bubbly, excitable and happy personality. Harriet has progressed with the Nursery and is now a fully qualified level 3 Nursery Practitioner. Harriet says ‘Apple Tree is my second home’.

Favourite activity to do with the children: Harriet loves to bake with the children and hopes that all children grow up to become keen bakers!

Charleen Francis – Assistant Deputy Manager- Nursery Practitioner /SENCO

Charleen always knew she wanted to work with young children and began her childcare career in 2006. She has a vast amount of knowledge and experience with all children ranging from six weeks to five years Charleen’s gentle, caring nature make her the perfect Nursery Practitioner. She is always happy and her arms are always open for a cuddle from the children.

Favourite activity to do with the children: Charleen loves to spend time exploring and getting ‘messy’ with the children with gloop and glitter!

Chelsea Loxley – Head of Baby and Toddler Room (0-2 ½ years)

Chelsea knew from a young age that she always wanted to work with children. She watched and admired her cousin as a Childminder and thought this would be the chosen path for her. However, when Chelsea completed her NVQ at college she was given a Nursery Placement and realised that she loved working as part of a team in a Nursery setting. We are lucky to have Chelsea join the Apple Tree team back in 2013!

In her spare time Chelsea loves to get stuck into a good book and enjoys spending time with her family watching Disney films.

Favourite activity to do with the children: Chelsea loves to have a good sing-song and boogie with the children!

Jess Jones – Nursery Assistant

Jess has always known that a career in childcare was the perfect choice for her. Her natural ability and passion mean that the children here at Apple Tree warm to her immediately. After completing work experience and a student placement here at Apple Tree Jess joined our team and is undertaking her Level 3 qualification. Jess’s happy, smiling face mean the children know they can always rely on her for reassuring hugs.

Favourite activity to do with the children: Jess loves to go on bug hunts and welly walks with the children!

Kayleigh Collins – Nursery Cook

Kayleigh loves being a Mummy to her 3 children and often goes on long walks with her family and their dog Buddy. Kayleigh loves to cook healthy, nutritious, home-made meals for the children at Nursery and her own family. Kayleigh has plenty of experience and has added her own delicious recipes to our menu using her in depth knowledge of Healthy Eating in Early Years.

Favourite food to cook for the children: Kayleigh loves joining the children in the rooms to bake delicious chocolate-chip shortbread with them!

Wilbur and Elvis – Apple Trees Guinea pigs

Wilbur and Elvis have been at Apple Tree since 2017 and live in their very own beautiful ‘Apartment’ in our garden.

Elvis is a very sociable guinea pig and loves having cuddles with the children his favourite thing to do is snuggle up on his friends lap and eat carrots.

Wilbur is a little shy but loves to be fed fresh cucumber in the morning and have cuddles from his friends. He also enjoys chasing elvis!!