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Learning through experience


Yvonne Thompson

I opened Lollipops in August 1988 originally as a hobby; I already had experience of running a variety of businesses and wanted my next venture to allow me to have good quality time with my grandchildren.

Opening a nursery seemed the perfect opportunity. Over the years I have seen my family grow to four Grandchildren and I’m now a Great Nan of 8 beautiful children.

Opening Lollipops started me on a fantastic journey of fun, discovery and learning.

My family are the core of everything I do and my children have been a great support over the years, as Lollipops grew more established they took on a variety of roles to make the nursery successful.

Lollipops offers a support network to children and their families, we offer an environment that is fun, happy and nurturing with a motivated, skilful, knowledgeable team that have a passion for lifelong learning.  

Senior Manager

Lisa Thompson

BA Early Years

Forest School Leader

I joined Lollipops originally just to help support my mum’s new business establish whilst I looked for a shop to open a beauty salon. As time went by I grew to love working with the children so I decided to stay. Children really are infectious, there’s something about a child’s intoxicating laugh!

As years went on I gained many childcare qualifications, Lollipops grew to two nurseries, a breakfast / after school and holiday club. Over the years I have had some fantastic trips and adventures with the holiday club and was sad to see it go. Within my years here I have become a mother and have two wonderful children both of which have come to work 

with me and both have enjoyed the benefits of nursery. Being a mum brings many challenges of which have made me a stronger practitioner. As a vegan and animal lover and a lifelong love of the natural world I have always valued the importance of children’s learning in the outdoors. I went on to train as a Forest school Practitioner, forest school was enlightening, and it echoed all my values. I finally found an ethos that had a child centred approach with the ever changing moods and marvels, and challenges of the natural world. At Lollipops we have a large on site Forest school and mud kitchen so our children get to enjoy the inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland / natural environment. We have now downscaled Lollipops to one nursery, making the decision to dedicate all of our attention to creating one early years setting of excellence. We have an incredibly skilful, knowledgeable and nurturing team whom I am very proud of and who continually strive to improve and raise the standards. Lollipops offer children and families a home from home environment with an amazing outdoor space giving children endless possibilities in play. I look forward to the future of Lollipops and our amazing team.


Angela Eade

BA Early Years

Forest School Leader

I joined Lollipops when it first opened having gained my NNEB qualification in childcare. I quickly learnt family values were the essence of Lollipops. I hadn’t just joined a nursery; I was welcomed into the “Lollipops family” like everyone who comes through our doors. Over the years I have continued to gain further qualifications to keep my knowledge and training up to date from Forest school Leader to my most proudest achievement a Bachelor of Arts in Early Years. Forest school has totally changed my approach to outdoor learning ‘I now love mud’!! My BA had a huge impact; it challenged me as a Manager. 

I learnt how to be a leader, giving me leadership skills enabling me to empower my team and enthuse them to all have a passion for the outdoors and a love of learning. During my time at Lollipops I became a mum and now have two amazing boys. Motherhood was a huge learning curve, it also changed my perspective and as a manager I now have two perspectives a manager and a mother. Both my children came to Lollipops and have fond memories of their time with our amazing dedicated team. Over the years I have cared for many children and their families. I have had the privilege of caring for 2 and 3 generations of families. It has been a pleasure to be part of many children’s lives that we have cared for and I hope they look back at their journey at Lollipops with happy, fun memories of their early years with us as I do. I believe children only get one childhood and it should be full of fun, exploration, and discovery and learning with a little bit of magic.

Baby Unit

Lauren A

Lead practitioner

I joined Lollipops in 2012 embarking on my level 2 qualification joining the nursery team, soon I progressed with training gaining a Level 3 in Early Years.

I gained experience and knowledge of special educational needs and disabilities learning and how to meet a variety of children’s needs, working in partnership with a variety of professionals and learning how to advise and support individual children and their families.

After several years I was given a new roe - Baby unit deputy and joined the team caring for our under two's.

At first it was a challenge! Now I love working with the babies and have become Lead Practitioner of the baby unit.

I am passionate about giving our babies a loving, nurturing and safe place to grow. Each of the four rooms have been carefully created to stimulate young minds. We have created a rich, friendly accessible environment that will meet every child's individual needs, from cosy corners for young ones needing a rest between play to vibrant and sensual play areas for our babies on the go.

I believe babies need routine and we are able to follow individual babies routines planning for their needs, nurturing their development and safeguarding their learning helping each individual baby become a competent learner.

Soon I will be completing my SENCO cert 1 training and look forward to taking over the role of nursery SENCO.

Bethany - "Betty"

Early Years Practitioner

I joined Lollipops just after I left school, since being here I have gained my Level 3 childcare qualification along with confidence, knowledge and a very good relationship with the team and children I have worked with.

Lollipops is a very happy, fun and loving place to work and I enjoy everyday that I'm here helping the children learn new things and develop. I originally started on the nursery floor but recently I have joined the baby unit and taken on a new role as second in charge and I love it just as much as the nursery floor.

Each day I aim to bring lots of fun, excitement and nice activities as well as a loving and nurturing feel for the children.

Lauren M

Early years Practitioner

Having experience as a Scout leader I decided to join Lollipops and start my apprenticeship Level 2 joining the baby unit team.

A year on and I have qualified Level 2 and I'm embracing on my level 3 to expand and deepen my childcare knowledge.

I have learnt so much already, not just from the team but the children too!

I enjoy supporting the children to achieve and watching them learn a skill for the first time, their whole face lights up with pleasure and pride and being part of that is really rewarding.

Olivia Bateman

Apprentice Practitioner

I have recently joined Lollipops starting on an apprenticeship Level 2 in early years and have learned loads already.

Working in the baby unit is fun. I am looking forward to developing my relationships with the children, their families and the team.

Nursery Floor


Lead Practitioner

Since joining Lollipops in 2016, I have blossomed as a practitioner, growing in confidence, ability, skills and knowledge.

I started as a practitioner in the baby unit and progressed to Deputy. Now I am taking on the role of Nursery Lead Practitioner.

I am very passionate about making a difference, creating warm supportive relationships with our children and families and creating an environment for the children that is safe, fun and full of wonder and discovery. I believe children need opportunities to take risks, have fun, learn and to be challenged. Children need to be listened to, they have so much to say.

Within our team we have a listening ethos that teaches children that what they have to say is valued.

At Lollipops our children have fantastic spaces indoors and outdoors that support and challenges them to become competent learners with the nurturing and support of our skilful team.

I am looking forward to the many challenges my new role will bring along with supporting our older children prepare and transition to school.


Early years Practitioner

Before I joined Lollipops I worked as a carer for children with special needs. Since joining Lollipops I have been able to continue with my love of working with children. I am now qualified. I enjoy supporting and meeting the needs of my key children. Working in the baby unit gives me the opportunity to be part of an amazing team helping children achieve.

Now I have gained my Level 2 in childcare I am embarking on Level 3 and look forward to deepening my knowledge to improve my practice so that I offer the best possible care for your little ones.


Early Years Practitioner

I have previously worked in other nurseries and love working with children. It is a delight to watch the children grow into happy and healthy individuals. Children have a wonderful sense of imagination and can observe the world from a completely different perspective. I want to support children to become confident and happy individuals and help them to learn and observe new experiences. I am working towards my level 3 in childcare and look forward to getting to know the children and parents at Lollipops.

Milly OToole

Apprentice Practitioner

My name is Milly and I joined Lollipops in January 2021, before Lollipops I worked in lots of nursery's doing agency work but I am very happy to of found a full time job here at Lollipops. I am working towards my Level 2 in childcare. I enjoy working with children and helping them to learn and grow. I hope to bring lots of fun to the team and children. I am very bubbly and friendly and love to take part in fun activities and games. 

Clarice Wickham

Apprentice Practitioner

Since recently joining Lollipops I have gained knowledge for childcare and the importance of a child future from a young age. I'm working towards my level 2 childcare which I should gain after a year. In my short time here I have gained strong relationships with both my team and the children. I have enjoyed every minute of my time here so far and can't wait to see what the future holds.

Jade Fitzgerald

Apprentice Practitioner

Hi my name is Jade I've been at Lollipops since the middle of April 2021. I am currently working towards my NVQ level 2 in child care. I am really enjoying my time here at the nursery and look forward to see what the future holds.

Lollipops Nursery has truly gone above and beyond my expectations. The level of support, care and help my family has received has literally moved me to tears. Not only is my son well cared for at the nursery, he is loved. That is something money just can't buy. Children are happy here. The garden is awesome, the forest school and mud kitchen are just fab. Staff are superb. My son has special medical needs, we have been rejected for that reason at another nursery. It's easy to suffer from the consequences of being different and "inclusive" is often a word more spoken and less acted on.

Lollipops has welcomed us with open arms and not just taken us on but arranged it so that my son feels like everyone else. He has developed so well not even the educational psychologist could pick him out from the crowd. That is a massive achievement. But most importantly he's happy going to Lollipops, we are happy to have him there. If you're looking for the best place for your child to thrive whilst you do your thing, look no further. This is it.

Evelyne Brink

Executive Coach (I.e. Channel 4)

Author "it takes Guts"

Passionate Mother