Rachel Critchley

Rachel Critchley

Proprietor of the Nursery

Rachel became the owner of the nursery in November 2016.  Rachel loved the nursery as soon as she stepped through the front door.  She fell in love the warm and welcoming feeling our nursery offered.  Rachel used to be Head of faculty and Head of PE at Tarleton Academy.  She has always valued the importance of family time and understands how important it is that we offer each individual child the best possible start in life.

Rachel has two little girls of her own and enjoys spending as much quality time with them as she can.  This was one of the main reasons Rachel took the big step of leaving her job and making a new start with her new exciting adventure at nursery.

Becca Speakman

Becca Speakman


Qualifications: BA honours in Childhood studies.

Started working at the Nursery: 2005

I am a qualified DCE practitioner with over 18 years of experience working in nursery settings.  I completed my Degree in Childhood studies in 2009 and loved every minute of it.  The knowledge of child development that it gave me helped to put in place the planning process that we now have within nursery.  I have been at Tender Years Day Nursery for 13 years.  I started nursery as a room leader in Sunflower room and have worked my way up to manager.

I work at nursery Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  I am on hand for any parental, staff or children queries that might arise during the day and oversee the day to day running of the nursery.

When not at nursery I am at home with my partner and two children- Eliza 5 and George 2.  George attends nursery 2 days a week and Eliza has now left go to School.

Lynsey Sim

Lynsey Sim

Deputy Manager

Qualifications: NVQ level 3 in Child Care and Development.

Started working at the Nursery: February 2006

Hello, my name is Lynsey.  I am Deputy Manager of Tender Years.  I am enjoying engaging with the staff, parents and children and managing the Nursery on a daily basis.

In my spare time I like to watch my son play football and spend time with my daughter.  I also enjoy socialising with my friends.

Nikki Smart

Nikki Smart

Sunflower Room

Qualifications: NVQ 3 in Childcare and Education.

Started working at the Nursery: September 2008.

Hi, I am Nikki and I am a qualified level 3 nursery practitioner and I have been at Tender Years Day Nursery for 10 years and I still love coming.

You can find me on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Sunflower Room, where I work alongside Kadie and Chloe.  Together we plan, prepare and love caring for all our Children.

Together we have a lot of fun with the children getting messy, painting, singing, role play, dancing and exploring the great outdoors.

The girls and boys love teaching me how to use our Interactive Whiteboard in our learning room.  I also enjoy our weekly Thursday Swimming lessons to Sharples Pool.

When I’m not in nursery I am at home along with my husband and two children.  Millie 8 Years and William 4 Years.  We love to watch films, read stories, baking, taking long walks through Rivington, swimming, camping and watching our football teams together.

On the rare occasion I have time to myself I enjoy baking and getting creative, colouring, crafting or painting.  I also enjoy going back home to visit my family in Essex.

Stacey Hewitt

Stacey Hewitt

Level 3 Room Leader

Qualifications: NVQ level 3 in Childcare.

Started working at the Nursery: March 2013

My name is Stacey, I am a level 3 Room leader within the setting.  I really enjoy working at Tender Years Day Nursery, it’s such a lovely homely loving, safe environment.  I have a little boy named Layton who is two years old.  I have recently achieved my Level 3 Diploma in Team Leadership and Management.

In my spare time I enjoy being a mum and doing lots of family fun days and socialising with my friends.

Kadie Wolfenden

Kadie Wolfenden

NVQ Level 3 (Sunflower Room Leader)

My name is Kadie, I am the room leader in Sunflower Room.  I started work at Tender Years Day Nursery in April 2017.  I have 10 years’ experience working with of all ages, in nursery settings before moving here.  I love working in Sunflower Room, preparing our young Children for their next journey in to Primary School.

In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends and enjoy attending the gym 3 times a week.  I have recently started to work at my local Sports Centre on a Sunday for my own Career Professional Development.

Sophia Smith

Sophia Smith

Level 2 Qualified Nursery Practitioner

My name is Sophia and I am an apprentice at Tender Years Day Nursery.  I am a Level 2 Qualified Nursery Practitioner and currently working towards my Level 3.  I am based in Bluebell Room which is our baby room, I have gained qualifications in working with babies, Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid.

In my spare time I study dance and I am working towards my teaching qualification in this area.

Chloe Wiseman

Chloe Wiseman

Apprentice Level 3 (Bluebell Room)

Hi, I’m Chloe, a Level 3 Apprentice Nursery Practitioner.  I am fully Paediatric First Aid trained and have gained Level 1 Safeguarding qualification.

When I’m not in Nursery I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, dancing and shopping.  However, my biggest success is the confidence that I have gained in myself by losing over 3 stone on the Slimming World Programme; I am so proud of this achievement.

Aimie Tomkinson

Aimie Tomkinson

NVQ Level 3 (Bluebell Room)

Qualifications: CACHE level 3 in Childcare.

Started working at the Nursery: July 2012

Hi, my name is Aimie, I’m currently room leader in Bluebell Room.  I have a little girl who also attends Tender Years.  I am a Level 3 qualified Nursery Practitioner; other qualifications I have are Paediatric First Aid, Understanding Babies and various other childcare qualifications.

Away from Nursery I enjoy going out for dinner with my family and friends, going to the gym and spending time with my little girl.

Caillie Strickland-Dignan

Caillie Stickland-Dignan

Level 2 Childcare Apprentice

Hello, I’m Caillie.  I have just recently finished the first year of my Level 2 Child Care Apprenticeship.  I have passed my Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene qualifications.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends especially my 3-year-old nephew.

Gabby Dainton

Gabby Dainton

Level 3 Childcare

Hi, I’m Gabby, I have worked in nurseries for 4 years now and gained my Level 3 Childcare qualification.  I am also fully Paediatric First Aid trained.

Outside of Nursery I am a Beavers Scout Leader and I enjoy walking, dogs, knitting and art.

Megan Cunliffe

NVQ Level 3 Nursery Practitioner (Tulip Room Leader)

My name is Megan, I am room leader of Tulip Room.  I am an NVQ level 3 Qualified Nursery Practitioner and have 13 years’ experience of working with children.

I am a mum of two little boys, so my spare time is spent having lots of fun with them.

Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott

NVQ Level 3 Nursery Practitioner (Poppy Room)

I have two son’s Ben 13 years and Sam 7 years.  I have been working with children for over 10 years.  I am a qualified Level 3 Nursery Practitioner and have qualifications in Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and Food Hygiene.

I enjoy spending time with my family going to the cinema and taking our dog for walks.

I have been at Tender Years since March 2018 and I enjoy every minute I am at work.

Sara Cullen

Sara Cullen

NVQ Level 3 Nursery Practitioner (Bluebell Room)

Hey, my name is Sara, I am a qualified Level 3 Nursery Practitioner who has attended Safeguarding training and achieved my Paediatric first Aid qualification.

Away from Nursery I enjoy spending time with my son, Albie.

Angela Scott

Angela Jones


Hi, I’m Angela the cook at the Nursery.  I have Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications in Food Safety and Hygiene.

I have always liked to cook but love to bake.

I like to read and eat out with family and friends.  I also help raise money for children with Cancer through my love of the Northern Soul Music and Dancing.