Meet the team

It’s our brilliant team that makes LGF the great place it is…

We thought you might want to meet the people who spend most of their days with your little ones.

Adelie Westhead
B.A. Hons Advanced Study of Early Years with Qualified Teacher Status Early Years Professional Status
I am a mum of two boys, both of whom came to The Little Green Frog.
Before becoming a mum I worked as a nursery teacher and then as a teacher in a children’s centre.

I love watching children explore their environment and develop their own learning style. I believe that the role of the adult is integral to this and it is a privilege to play my part.

Being the manager at The Little Green Frog gives me chance to help practitioners develop their skills too, adults need many of the same things as the children do: space, nurturing, challenges and satisfaction – that’s how we like to work at The Little Green Frog!

Things I like outside of the nursery: Dancing, climbing and lego (with my boys!)
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Chenice Bentley
Cache Level 3 diploma in childcare and education
I studied at Park Lane College and then worked with a child-minder before starting work here in 2012.

I work in both rooms of the nursery and I enjoy the variety of this, I love watching the children grow and develop but my favourite thing about working with children is getting to know all of their individual characters.

It’s really rewarding to find ways of supporting each child in the way that they need.

Things I like outside of the nursery: Cinema, babysitting for my family, baking and playing pool
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Abbie Longthorn
NVQ 1 Child care learning and development
Working with children is something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s fun rewarding and the most important job in the world!
I love the children at The Little Green Frog, they are all so different and that’s what makes it so interesting – I enjoy finding out ways to involve each of them in our play.

Things I like outside of nursery: meeting up with friends for shopping, camping or country walks.
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Sabina Rai
I am from Nepal and came to England in 2010. Before working at The Little Green Frog I did voluntary work in England and Nepal.
I love supporting children’s learning through play and also by teaching them letters and numbers. It’s really rewarding to know that I am helping the children develop their skills for the future.

Things I like outside of the nursery: Cooking, painting, tennis and traveling.
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Margaret Quince
I came to work as the administrator at The Little Green Frog in 2010. Before that I had worked in administration jobs in a variety of businesses and had trained for a career in horticulture in 1996, which I also enjoyed.

Having never worked in a nursery before I didn’t know what to expect and I find that I rarely go through a day without the children putting a smile on my face! I like it when they pop into the office for little chats…

Things I like outside of nursery: Singing, walking and cooking
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Ruth Johnson
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary)
Early Years Professional Status
I started babysitting and running children’s parties at 14 and have worked with children ever since, in holiday clubs,
nurseries and as a teacher in schools. This is what I have always wanted to do.

I opened the nursery in 2005 and in the beginning I ran the nursery with my husband and both of our children attended the nursery. But the children have graduated to school and my husband has his own business manufacturing and distributing U-NU, a creative construction toy that was invented for this nursery!

Now I spend time teaching the children, which is my favourite part of my work because it is a very creative and rewarding process. It’s a fantastic feeling to build a great relationship with a child and facilitate their learning. I am always learning from them!

I also spend time each week running the business which can be anything from meeting other nursery providers to altering our website or interviewing staff. I am lucky to have such a great team to work with.

The nursery day is extremely varied, very occasionally it can be exhausting but there is never a dull moment and I absolutely love it!

Things I like outside of the nursery: Dog walking, camping, playing the violin and singing

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Laura Bower
BA Hons Childhood Education and Culture, Early Years Teacher Status
I have worked in nurseries since I graduated in 2011 and joined the team at The Little Green Frog in 2015,
following a move back to Yorkshire and my home town.

I love my job and I really enjoy getting to know each child and their families. The best part is knowing that I am helping them to develop and gain independence.

Things I like outside of the nursery: Looking after and walking my little dog, Freddie, practising yoga and spending quality time with my friends and family.
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Mark Jenkins
City and Guilds: General catering, Cooking for the Catering Industry, Food hygiene
I have been a chef for over 30 years and have worked in hotels, hospitals and schools.

I really like the creative side of my job and I get a lot satisfaction from making sure the children have good nutrious meals, it’s so important for their>
Things I like outside of the nursery: Football, pool, taxi-ing my teenage children around.
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Jayne Parkyn
My son came to The Little Green Frog and is now off to school so I have experience of the nursery both as a parent and as a member of the team here. Before having my son, I worked in a nursery and have experience of working with children across the 0-5 age range.
I love the variety in this job, no two days are the same, as children are always learning and developing so what I do has to always develop as well.

Things I like outside of the nursery: I am doing an Open University course in English Literature and so do a lot of reading. My little boy and I love to be outdoors so we have a lot of days out together.
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