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Our Staff

Katie Gittins – Trainee Manager – Older Bay

I have been part of Best Friends Childcare Centre since February 2017, previously working as a nanny and Trainee Assistant Manager at our sister nursery “Best Friends Childcare Ltd”.

I have a NVQ Level 3 in childcare and my NVQ Level 3 in Management and working at Best Friends Childcare Centre I am able to put the knowledge I have gained into practice. I am always looking at continuing my development and am currently studying for my Level 5.

I really enjoy my job, it gives me a great sense of achievement to know that the hard work and commitment that I offer enables the children to grow and learn a wide range of skills to prepare them for life after nursery. I am to build and develop the children’s all round Holistic development and I gain so much achievement knowing I have been part of their development and achievements.

Emma Blanchard – Assistant Manager – Baby Room

I have worked at Best Friends Childcare Centre for eight years. I initially joined as a student before being offered a full-time position. I began my career here working in the Older Bay which I thoroughly enjoyed, I now work in the Baby Room which is an enjoyable new challenge as well as my promotion to Trainee Assistant Manager, I am currently expanding my qualifications doing my Level 3 in Management.

I enjoy planning new and fun activities to encourage the children to explore and engage in, and love to see the children learning new skills every single day. I will continue to work with both staff and parents here to ensure that Best Friends Childcare Centre is a happy, safe and secure learning environment for each child.

Charlotte Blackwell – Assistant Nursery Practitioner – Butterfly Room

I have been a part of the Best Friends Team since June 2015, completing my NVQ Level 2 in Childcare. I am now currently doing my Level 3 qualification in Childcare. I look forward to learning more and bringing this into the nursery to develop the children to their full potential.
I love being a part and watching the children grow and develop and being part of their development watching them grow into bright individuals.

Charlotte Blackwell


Lacie Blackwell – Assistant Nursery Practitioner – Baby Room

I have worked at Best Friends Childcare Centre nearly 2 years now. I have completed my Level 2 and am currently training to complete my NVQ Level 3 in Childcare.

I enjoy putting my new-found knowledge in to practice every day in the Baby Room. I love each day that the setting brings, I like to watch the children grow and learn as individuals. I work with a great team who are committed to ensuring that the children always have fun and learn. No day is the same here at Best Friends there is always fun activities and lots of laughter which is why I enjoy my job so much.

Amina Khan – Nursery Practitioner – Older Bay

I have been working at Best Friends Childcare Centre since August 2016, I have a Level 3 in NCFE Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and learning in Schools as well as NCC in Childcare Level 3.
Since joining Best friends I have also done further qualifications First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and Basic Food Hygiene.

I enjoy working with the children and facilitate their development through fun and exciting activities, whilst planning to each child’s holistic needs.

Paige Burr – Assistant Nursery Practitioner – Older Bay

I have recently joined Best Friends Childcare Centre. I am currently working towards my Level 3 qualification to become a Nursery Practitioner.

I love learning new things so I can help, support and develop the children with in the setting further and on a daily basis. Every day I come to work, is different, exciting and rewarding as the children bring so much joy and happiness.

Gemma Watt – Assistant Practitioner – Older Bay

I joined Best Friends Childcare Centre September 2017, I have found the team really supportive with the transition of learning new ways. I have 2 children of my own and have a wide range of experience from other nurseries I have worked.

I love helping the children develop and explore their surroundings on a daily basis, being part of their learning styles and process brings me so much joy.
Each day is different and full of fun, laughter, excitement.

Holly Mccharg – Apprentice – Working towards Level 2/3 – Older Bay

I have recently joined Best Friends Childcare to do my apprenticeship in Childcare. I am looking forward to learning and developing the children through the new knowledge I will be learning as well as teaching them. Since joining Best Friends, it has shown me that childcare is the career for me and I look forward to growing with the team and children.