Our Senior Team

Angela O’Sullivan, Manager

As well as overseeing the running of the nursery, a key part of my role is to provide new and creative ways to help the staff teach and support the children’s learning.  I am always looking at new activity ideas to help with the children development.  I enjoy enhancing both the practitioners and the children’s learning opportunities through reflective practice and positive role modelling to a high standard.

I gained my Early Years Professional Status in September 2013 following my Early Years Degree.  I also hold a Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification and I am a designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)for the nursery. 

Angela O'Sullivan

Karen Reynolds, Deputy Manager

I have been at this lovely nursery since July 2000 and have cared for the children across the different age groups from 3 months to 5 years.  I joined as a float nursery nurse and then became a group leader of the 2-3 year olds for eight years before moving to the 18 months – 2 ½ year room, which I ran until December 2014.  In May 2006, I was promoted to Deputy Manager and in January 2015 I came out of the rooms and have been office based since.  I am responsible for overseeing staff and the running of the nursery.  I am NNEB qualified and have kept my training up to date with a number of Early Years courses.

The most enjoyable part of my job is having fun with the children when covering rooms and helping with their development. I believe in building strong relationships with the parents, as well as the children, so that parents know that when they leave their children with us they will be safe and well looked after.  We have great staff at the nursery that all get on well.

Karen Reynolds

Charlotte Briley, Deputy Manager

I love working with the children, teaching them new skills and watching them develop.  Every day is different – but wonderful in its own way.  I am a mum myself so I know how hard it can be to leave your child with people you don’t know well, but I do know that when children are left at Appletree Day Nursery they are in the best possible hands.

I have been with the nursery for 10 years and am the nominated SENCO Safeguarding Officer working closely with the behaviour management team.  I have studied the Foundation Degree in Childcare and am level 5 qualified. I am also a designated deputy Safeguarding Lead for the nursery.

Charlotte Briley

Holly Tanner, Group Leader Badgers (2.5-5 years)

I love running the preschool room. Being part of the children's learning is so important and I find my role very rewarding. I joined Appletree in February 2005 (qualified level 3) and I can't imagine being anywhere else. It is a warm and loving environment and we try to provide the best learning experiences for every child. My team and I pride ourselves on helping the children become school-ready and prepared for the next chapter in their lives.

I am the nursery's cooking officer and the Stay and Play officer, a scheme we use to encourage new families to come and experience the nursery. I am also a designated deputy Safeguarding Lead for the nursery.

Holly Tanner

Suzi Walker, Group Leader Moles (2/2.5 - 3 years)

Working with the children at this period in their development is very exciting and rewarding. I believe in that having lots of fun with them and helping them develop holistically.  One aspect of my job is toilet training.  It is a very special moment when I know I have helped a child to become more independent in this area and that they have taken another great step in becoming school-ready individuals.  I also believe in giving lots of cuddles and finding a balance when they are here helps build confidence in a secure environment.

I joined Appletree in September 2007 and am Level 4 management and Level 5 Childcare qualified.  I am a multicultural officer at the nursery.  I also mentor staff to help them further in their careers.  I am a student, volunteer and NVQ officer and enjoy seeing others develop and achieve.

Suzi Walker

Liz Granger, Group Leader Hedgehogs (3 months - 2 years)

I have worked in childcare all my adult life including the baby room in Social Services Day Care, childminding and for the last 15 years I have been managing a pre school setting.

I am NNEB qualified and have just completed my degree in Early Years (Bed Hons) in teaching and learning and I am a designated Safeguarding lead (DSL)for the nursery.

Liz Granger

Karen Hornsby, Senior Cook / Housekeeper

I have been at Appletree as a senior cook and housekeeper for 8 years and have an NVQ 2 and NVQ 3 in Catering and Hospitality. I also hold a Food Hygiene Certification. Providing the children with nutritious meals so that they have the energy to enjoy all the activities going on at the nursery each day is a key part of my role. I am also experienced in catering for children who have food allergies. I have two grown up children of my own, so it is lovely spending time with the younger ones on a regular basis. The staff and children all call me ‘Kitch’ - a nickname that started years ago. It is wonderful watching the children grow and become independent little people.

Karen Hornsby

Sheree O’Callaghan, Office Administrator

I joined Appletree Day Nursery in January 2013. I come from an advertising and media background and can honestly say I really enjoy the nursery environment. All the staff here are lovely and I have grown attached to many of the children. I like that no two days are the same. My project management skills, honed in my previous jobs, are very useful in helping me to fulfil my role in the nursery office. I am a mum I can understand how difficult it can be for parents to leave their child at nursery but Appletree does a wonderful job in looking after them. I am also a designated deputy Safeguarding Lead for the nursery.

Sheree O’Callaghan