Meet the Team

Helen Williams

Early Years Manager

Helen manages our Early Years department. With a Foundation Degree (Level 5) in Early Years, Helen leads our Nursery provision following a 30 year career in childcare. From working as a practitioner in a number of settings and now being Manager, Helen feels this has helped her to gain a range of skills to support children, staff and parents.

Laura Callacher

Early Years Deputy Manager and Senior in Ladybird Room – Level 4

Laura is our Language Champion and has completed Elklan training to add to her experience and ability to support language and communication throughout the Nursery. Laura has worked in childcare for over 10 years and she says she loves it more and more every day! She enjoys being able to watch children grow and develop and move on to Primary school.

Michaela Rusby

SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator) – Level 4

Michaela is our SENCO and has been in childcare for over 10 years. She has enjoyed gaining knowledge and experience to develop children’s skills and help them to have the best experiences during their time at nursery. Michaela is also ELKAN trained which helps to support and develop children’s social communication and communication and language skills.

If your child has any identified needs Michaela will be happy to discuss these with you and support you and your child to join us in Nursery.

India Banks

Senior Early Years Practitioner in Bumblebee Room – PGCE with QTS

Before starting at YMCA Sefton Nursery India worked with children in primary schools during her PGCE year. She says she has discovered a love for working with pre-school aged children during her time in Ladybird Room and now Bumblebee Room and enjoys providing activities that are both fun and educational for young developing minds. India was part of an NCETM initiative in our area and took part in workshops and training to’Develop the Leadership Capacity for Early Years Mathematics’ This has been embedded throughout Nursery, resulting in a stronger provision of Maths in the setting.

Megan Summerfield

Senior Early Years Practitioner in Babyroom – Level 3

Megan has been in childcare for  5 years and has become Senior Early years Practitioner in Baby room. Megan is also our Parent Champion and is enjoying the training to gather new information to share with our parents.

Janet Wright

Early Years Practitioner in Ladybird Room – Level 3

Janet has been in childcare and part of the YMCA team for over 13 years. She took a year and a half out but joined us again in February 2018.

Janet has experience of working with all ages across Nursery. She says she enjoys supporting and watching the children grow and develop and preparing them to move on to ‘Big’ school!

Katie Wignall

Part time Early Years Practitioner in Ladybird Room – Level 4

Katie has been in childcare since 2012 and has enjoyed constantly learning new things to help the development of all the children.

Katie has worked with the 2 year olds in Bumblebee Room and is now working part time with the 3 – 4 year olds in Ladybird Room.

Charlotte Gillespie

Early Years Apprentice

Since joining YMCA Sefton Nursery as an apprentice Charlotte says her fellow staff are very helpful and supportive. She feels every day is a new adventure and she is proud to be part of the team.

Charlotte Newnham

Early Years Practitioner in Babyroom – Level 3

Charlotte has been a qualified Early Years practitioner since 2018. Charlotte enjoys singing, messy play and outside activities with the children to enable the best for each individual child and to help them develop.

Claire Fyles

Part time Early Years Practitioner in Ladybird Room – Level 3

Claire was a student with us in 2005 and became a member of the team in July 2006. Claire has experience with all the age groups. After time off to have her 2 children Claire is now working part time and works 2 days a week. After being in childcare for over 10 years Claire says she still enjoys watching the children grow and develop.

Zivile Juodeikiene

Early Years Practitioner in Bumblebee room

Zivile started in Nursery as an Early Years Apprentice, she gained Apprentice Star of the Year from Southport College and is a valued member of our team. She says she is very grateful to have had an opportunity to gain her qualifications working with an amazing team and to work alongside and help young minds to grow and develop. Zivile is originally from Lithuania and also speaks Russian, which she hopes will be useful to some families in our Nursery. Southport is now her family’s home.