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Stacey is our Nursery Manager and she has worked at Ryhope since January 2018. She is also the Designated Lead for safeguarding.

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Lynda is our Deputy Manager. She is also our SENDCo and is passionate about supporting children with additional needs. She is also the Deputy Designated person for safeguarding.

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Leanne is our nursery cook. We have a 3 week menu which Leanne is currently revising in the light of new Government guidance to ensure we are offering the children a healthy and balanced diet.

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Gillian works with our babies in the Stars room. Gillian also has a degree in Childhood Studies.

Jackie usually works with our toddlers in the Moon room as they move through from the baby room.

Carol works in the Sun room with our older children to prepare them for school. 

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Leah works in the Sun room with our older children to prepare them for school. She is currently studying for her Childhood Studies degree.


Michelle works in the Moon room with our toddlers.


Sharon works in the Moon room with our toddlers.


Kushada works in all areas of the nursery. She is also studying for her Childhood Studies degree.

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Caitlin usually works in the Sun room but can be found working in other rooms  in the nursery.

Jasmine works in all areas of the nursery, she has just qualified as a level 3 childcare practitioner.

We also have staff who may work with us on a supply basis to cover during staff absence and holiday periods.

We also have students from Sunderland College who work with us during term time. They can be identified as they wear a purple polo top supplied by the College.

We see ourselves as educators and are an enthusiastic team who love helping the children learn and seeing them grow as people!


We believe that it is very important to provide staff with training and development opportunities so that they, in turn, can provide the children with effective learning and teaching. Staff receive training in Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid and those preparing food are qualified in Food Safety and Catering. In addition to this, we have been training as a team on developing learning environments and child initiated play. A number of our staff are working towards or hold higher level qualifications. All staff have their own interests and specialisms, with many of the staff being interested in Autism and the development of early communication. 


Our staff also work hard to work with parents as partners, as we believe children are best supported when staff and parents work together. 

                   Meet the team!

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