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Meet the Little Explorers Team

Amanda Halstead
Nursery Manager

My name is Amanda and I started as Manager at Little Explorers in January 2021. I qualified as an Early Years Practitioner, Level 3 in July 1994. Over the years I have gone on to complete an NVQ level 4, NVQ Level 5 in Early Years Management, Certificate in Professional Practice in Children’s Care, Learning & Development and the Early Years Professional Status. I have managed nurseries for over 20 years and I am committed to professional development and continually improving the quality of care and education for young children and their families.  I am passionate and enthusiastic for the Early Years and want all the children and practitioners at Little Explorers to develop to their full potential, while being happy and healthy along the way. 

Sam Johnson
Deputy Manager

I started with Little Explorers in June 2021. I have a BTec Level 3 in childcare and have over 10 years experience working in childcare and i am very passionate about child's learning and development, helping child receive the best start in their journey and support staff in their professional development. In my role as Deputy I support Amanda in the day to day running of the nursery ensuring we provide the best care for our children and families. 

Linda McCann
Finance/ Admin

I have worked at Little Explorers since 2016. I work 2 days a week at the our Barrow branch and 2 days a week at our Chorley branch. My job is to oversee the finance, including fees. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any help with payments or funding. 

Sammi Rea
Early Years Teacher & Pre-School Room Lead

I joined the team at Little Explorers in January 2022 as Early Years Teacher in Pre School. I gained my level 3 in Children's Care Learning and Development in 2014, I then went straight on to university and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Primary Mathematics Education with QTS. During my studies I worked with early years with a registered childminder and worked with summer schools. After graduating I went straight into teaching and have loved working with children seeing the grow and progress. I am passionate and enthusiastic about my career in Early Years and helping children develop and grow in their first years of life, ensuring the have a happy and healthy start to their education. 

Sharon Hodgkinson
Ladybirds Room Lead
Rebecca Culican
Butterflies Room Lead
Frankie Hurst
Fireflies Room Lead