We are here for your child and you

Our work has one clear focus: your child's individual needs. In order for us to support your child's development in the best possible way, we employ people with different educational training backgrounds. They all attend regular further training courses, which enable them to bring new ideas and proposals to their daily work - ideas that will also benefit your child!

 

Find out more about our staff.

 

Ellen Lloyd-Wilson

Director and Owner of Little Stars Deeside Ltd

 

Joined Little Stars Deeside Ltd in

2008

 

E-Mail: ellen@littlestarsdeeside.com

 

A Note From Ellen

I qualified as a Nursery Nurse at Yale College in 1998 and started work in a nursery with 2-3 year olds. I enjoyed my role and enjoyed watching the children play, learn and develop. I progressed to Team Leader then Manager. I stayed with the same company for 9 years, then decided I would like a change. I worked in a school for a year as a teaching assistant, but missed being with the younger children. Then an opportunity came along to take over this nursery. I went into partnership with Julie in July 2008, and we aimed to have a purpose built yet homely setting. I believe we have a strong, caring team that encourages the children to participate in a variety of activities, where they develop and learn in a safe, secure environment. I am very proud of what we have achieved at Little Stars since taking over in 2008 and feel we have a strong team who work well together. I thoroughly enjoy my role at the nursery and have a good bond with the children, staff and parents. Our aim is to provide a homely setting where children can develop in all areas, where children's needs come first and parents needs are met by offering as much flexibility as is needed for the parents to return to work with complete trust and confidence in knowing their children are happy and safe. 

Kelly Louise Davies

Nursery Manager

 

(MATERNITY - FEBRUARY 2015 - JULY 2015)

 

Joined Little Stars

July 2008

 

E-Mail: littlestarsdeesideltd@googlemail.com

 

A Note From Kelly

I am a founding member of the Little Stars team. My journey began in the Red Room where I worked as part of a team with my own keychildren. I loved watching the children grow and develop, taking part in fun activities.

 

I was given the opportunity to move to Yellow room with my key children. This enabled me to continue to watch the children grow and develop. I thoroughly enjoyed my role whilst gaining knowledge of a different age range and planned daily routine. I enjoyed planning for the individual needs of the children and caring for them on a day to day basis.

 

In 2010 I started my training alongside Ellen to take on a more senior role to which I am established in today. Although managing the day to day running of the nursery took me away from the direct care of the children I still like to keep involved and up to date with the development of all the children and of course see their characters :-) I feel I have an excellent rapport with parents, staff and children within the nursery. I’d like to think of myself as an approachable person. I enjoy gaining new knowledge by going on courses. I have gained my NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for children’s learning and development, which has contributed to my confidence in delivering the best possible care to the children whilst motivitating a strong team of nursery nurses and being involved in their care and development on a daily basis. 

 

I am the main responsible individual for the children's rotas and I am always around for queries on fees and invoices. I monitor the care that is being offered at the nursery on a daily basis and ensure each child is welcomed and cared for to a high standard.

 

Tina Bentley

Finance Administrator

 

Joined Little Stars

July 2008

 

E-Mail: tina@littlestarsdeeside.com

 

A Note from Tina

I joined Little Stars when they took over. I'm the finance administrator who looks after all the payments, fees and invoicing. If you have any queries, get in touch with me here! I work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am - 3pm. I am often the voice on the other end of the phone if you call to see how your little ones are doing. I am based in the office but often go for a peek around the rooms to see the children having fun. I thoroughly enjoy my job and as a plus, the children make this a fun place to be.

 

Becky Medenica

Deputy Manager

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars 

July 2009



A Note From Becky

I have worked throughout all the rooms here at Little Stars. However I have been based in the Blue Room since 2012. I have a great relationship with all of the parents and children at nursery. I bring many qualitites and years of experience to the nursery. I am a naturally caring and hardworking individual who thrives on watching the children learn and develop to the next stages, I build good relationships with the children and parents in my care. I love messy, creative play and really enjoy circle time with the children, singing songs and reading stories. My little boy Michael came to Little Stars from 9 months old and stayed until he went to big school in September 2013. I loved picking him up at the end of the day. He couldn't wait to tell me what he had been up to during his day at nursery. He grew in confidence and formed a very close relationship with both staff and children whilst he was at Little Stars. Bringing Michael to Little Stars was the best choice for us. My daughter Isla-Mae also attends Little Stars, some would say she certainly is the boss here, she is full of character and all the children know her name! She is like a member of the team as she loves being the helper.

 

I was previously the Blue Room leader but I have recently handed over my role to my deputy room leader Jodie. I now support Ellie & Kelly in their role as the nursery managers. I am responsible for ensuring all of the nursery policies and procedures are kept up to date and contribute fully to ensure we keep to the highest standard of care that is being offered. I conduct the staff recruitment process and in house staff training. We have developed a training manual to ensure any new members that joins the Little Stars team have support in all areas of training during their trial period. In the absense of the managers I take overall responsibility for the running of the nursery and ensuring the children are happy, stimulated and well cared for in our safe and homely environment. I am always available should any parents need any help or support. Although I am not included in the room ratios, I do cover within all of the rooms when required to ensure staff ratios are met. I love to be within the nursery working in the rooms and being able to be with all of the children.



Laura Hughes

Senior Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

July 2010

 

A note from Laura

After qualifiying as a nursery nurse at Deeside College, I got my first job at Little Stars. I had been to Little Stars on placement and really enjoyed it. I got on really well with the staff and made some good bonds with the children and parents, the nursery was very welcoming and a happy environment to be in. Initially I started to cover part time hours, I worked in all rooms but was then based in Blue Room. I then worked in the Red Room and then moved on to Yellow Room full time with the pre-school children. I love  singing songs and rhymes, dancing to the music with my crazy dance moves, the children just love my exercise classes. My naturally caring personality means I create strong bonds with the children. I have strong relationships with parents and keep in touch with lots of Little Stars who have now left to go to big school.

 

With my experince in all rooms I have gained confidence in my role. I offer support when settling in new team members and in Septemnber 2016 I became team leader in Red Room with the support of Lara. I was lucky enough to have a strong team that worked well together. We all had our strengths and utilised them to ensure the children were offered quality care in a fun environment. I support Ellie and Kelly in their role and I am often the person who opens up each morning to greet the children and parents.

 

In September 2017 I passed over my team leader role to Lara as I enrolled on to a college course to further my development and career opportunities. I am still the person who opens up each morning, it just means I will not be at nursery one day a week. My role is now a senior nursery nurse who continues to support the managment team with training new staff and the general day to day running tasks at the nursery.

 

Louise Williams

Team Leader

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars 

April 2012

Maternity July 2016 - Jan 2017



A Note From Louise

I joined Little Stars in April 2012 and I was based in yellow room. As the room leader I was responsible for delivering early year’s education and preparing the children for big school. I worked closely with the early entitlement team to ensure the children in our care are working towards the early year’s curriculum.

 

After returning from maternity leave in January 2017 I transferred from yellow room to baby room and now I am baby room team leader. I work full time meaning I am always available to speak to parents should they need any help or advice. I am very passionate about delivering quality care and strive to work well settling in new parents and babies into nursery life. In baby room we work hard to meet your individual needs as well as having plenty of snuggles and singing lots of nursery rhymes. I am supported by Karralynne and Shelley in the baby room.

 

I am very lucky to have my little boy at Little Stars. Jacob loves his time at nursery. He joined the nursery in January 2017 and is now in the blue room. He has made so many friends and has so much each day. He loves to get stuck in with messy activities and I love to receive pictures of the messy he has been making hehe.

 

I also support the managers with their duties and staff recruitment and training.

Karralynne Barber

Nursery Nurse

Part time - 32 hours

(MATERNITY - JANUARY 2012 - JANUARY 2013)

(MATERNITY - MAY 2013 - MAY 2014)

 

Joined Little Stars 

May 2009

 

A Note From Karralynne

I have over 10 years' experience of working and caring for children and have worked here at Little Stars for 9 years. I have been lucky enough to have 3 of my very own children, all of which make me a very proud Mummy. My children attended Little Stars and were so happy here. They made so many memories that will stay with them forever. They often come to visit in the school holidays so they can see all of their friends and staff for a catch up and a play date. I work 4 days a week Tuesday to Friday. During my time at Little Stars I have been on maternity leave twice and on my return I increased my days from 2 days to 4 days. Whilst working 2 days a week I worked in all rooms, when working in pre-school I used to like helping the children become ready for ‘big’ school, but since increasing my days I am now based in the baby room working alongside Louise and Shelley. I love having a sense of belonging in the baby room and enjoy helping them grow and develop into confident movers before transferring to the blue room. I really enjoy planning lots of sensory activities for the babies and getting a little messy! My favourite is jelly play, watching them explore the textures and smell, whilst having a little taste too.

Shelley Murray

Nursery Nurse

Part-time

(MATERNITY - MAY 2017 - Feb 2018)

 

Joined Little Stars

July 2008 - September 2011

March 2014 - To Date

 

A Note from Shelley

I joined Little Stars originally in July 2008 where I gained my NVQ level 3 in child care. I worked in the baby room up until September 2011 as I left to go to university to further my knowledge in education and childhood studies. I returned to Little Stars in March 2014 as I missed being with the younger children and being part of their development. I have worked with children from the age of 16 and it is something I very much enjoy. I get great satisfaction in planning activities that will benefit your child’s learning and development as well as having a great time. I also like to take these fun filled activities outside for the children to enjoy in the fresh air. I like to think of myself as a caring person and I enjoy making sure all children’s needs are met and that they enjoy their time at nursery. I helped to set up a new baby room at Little Stars to meet the needs of the younger babies who join us. I am a naturally caring individual who hopefully helps parents to have a smooth transition when returning to work and leaving their precious children in our care. I work 3 days a week. I work in the baby room every Monday and Friday where I have my own key children. On my third day I support other rooms throughout the nursery.

 

I have a little boy now who also comes to Little Stars. Jaxson loves the baby room. He has so much fun each time he is here. He has made lots of friends and made lovely bonds with the staff. Jaxson will always greet people with a big smile whenever he sees anyone and likes to help new friends settle in by showing them the ropes.

 

Jodie Postlewhite

Team Leader

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

February 2016

 

A Note From Jodie

After qualifying from Deeside College in 2013 with a level 3 BTEC qualification in childcare I applied at Little Stars nursery because I enjoy working with children and helping to ensure they are happy and nurtured. I enjoy planning and implementing a variety of activities with the children and enjoy getting messy with them too. I am based in blue room and have my own key children. I supported Becky in her role whilst she was the room leader and in January 2018 I took over as the blue room team leader. I have a great team that supports me. Together we ensure the children have lots of fun every day and have a large variety of stimulating and messy activities to enjoy. I am always here for the parents if they need any help or support and am always happy to help.

 

Amy Dobson

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars 

September 2008



A note from Amy

When I first started at Little Stars they had not long opened, although a quiet nursery at the time I was excited to be part of the team and contributing to their growth. I have loved watching the nursery go from strength to strength and feel proud to be part of its success. In my service time I have indeed become a Mum myself to my beautiful daughter, who also attends Little Stars. I went from full time, returned part time from maternity leave, and now I am back to full time and based in Blue Room.

 

I just love making storytime enjoyable at nursery. I love hearing the children join in with the stories, they especially enjoy my character voices and animal noises.I enjoy songtime and encouraging the children to join in by missing words out and the children filling in the blanks. You should see how all the children enjoy joining me in my crazy dancing, jumping all around the room. Sometimes I even dress up in the children's fancy dress outfits! I love getting the puppets out and making all sorts of different noises to encourage the children to join in. I always put the children's needs first and I am sensitive to the children's feelings and like to feel I put the parents minds at ease when leaving the children in our care.



Natasha Fleming

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

March 2015

 

A note From Tasha

I am excited to be part of the Little Stars team. I have always enjoyed working with children ever since my high school placement. All the staff at the nursery were really welcoming and helpful which helped me to settle in straight away. I love seeing the children enjoying themselves whilst playing, which makes me happy as I have contributed to their fun. I was based in Red Room and enjoyed my time there. I love outdoor play, and teaching the children to have fun playing in the water. I love seeing the children enjoy themselves; I always ensure they have smiles on their faces. I have had so much fun working here at Little Stars. I have gained so much confidence since I first started, this is because we have such a great team at Little Stars. I love being creative and getting the messy activities out. I consider myself to be a kind hearted, caring nursery nurse who always considers the children's needs. In September 2017 I transferred rooms to Blue Room where I felt an instant bond with the younger children. I like to think I offer reassurance to the parents whilst they leave the children in our care. My calming manner comforts the children when they need an extra cuddle and my patient character means I have a lot of time to teach the children new skills.

 

Rebecca Powell

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

October 2017

 

A note From Becca

 

I have not long joined back at Little Stars after leaving to look after the elderly but I realised my heart lay with looking after children. Once I had my little boy I decided I would like to return to childcare. I’m sensitive and attentive to the needs of each child. I’m creative and really enjoy making special cards for the children and their families. If the craft has lots of glitter, don’t blame me hehe. I’m like a glitter fairy. I’m a big kid at heart and love to dance around with the children.

Rebecca Henry

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

 

I qualified in 2011 and have my level 2 and level 3 qualifications. I joined Little Stars in October 2017. I have been based in the blue room since I began. I feel this age suits me the best although I have and enjoy working with all age groups. I enjoy helping children develop and thrive. I love to plan fun and very messy activities and enjoy being outdoors in all weathers especially in the sun! I always have the sand and water out. I have my own key children now which I love. I really enjoy being part of the blue room team.

Lara Davies

Team Leader

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

September 2014

 

A Note from Lara

After volunteering at the nursery, I was delighted when a full time position became available. I felt I had become part of the nursery's team and I decided to officially become a member of staff. I worked towards completing my childcare qualification, first in Level 2 then quickly moved on to complete my Level 3, which I feel was a great achievement. I have always been told I have a good personality to be around the children and have always been interested in gaining the qualification; I was made up when this opportunity came along at Little Stars as I already felt part of the team. I bring fun and laughter to the nursery setting. I love spending time with all the children in each room and enjoy their interaction from the littlest to the biggest. I have a good personality to be around the children. I love getting involved in all activities and watching the children enjoy themselves while learning and developing new skills and experiences.

 

 

In September 2017 I became the team leader in the Red Room. I have a great team that support me. Their all very bubbly and energetic which is perfect for our age group.

Siobhaun Lovelock-Rule

Deputy Team Leader

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

October 2015

 

A Note from Shauny

I studied childcare for three years before qualifying with a Level 3 qualification. I have been on numerous placements whilst training but my first job is here. I love being part of the Little Stars team. I enjoy getting to know new parents and most of all the children during their earlier stages of settling in. I am a confident, friendly individual who always brings fun and laughter in to the room. I create strong bonds with the children in my care. I am based in the Red Room full time and have my own key children. I've always been willing to learn and expand on my experiences. I always have a smile for every staff member, parent and child I see. I now support Lara in her role as the team leader. Together we make sure that the staff and children have everything they need to enjoy their day.

 

Amber French

Nursery Nursery

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

March 2016

 

A Note From Amber

I qualified in 2011 and over the last few years I have worked in a care home looking after the elderly but my main goal was to get myself a full time position in a children’s day nursery. After visiting Little Stars for a walk around, I instantly took a liking to the nursery and after being successful at interview, I was offered a position here. I work full time in Red Room and have my own key children.  I get involved in all the planning and activities within the room and my kind nature means the children trust me and form good bonds with me. Not only do I have great relationships with my key children but also with all the children in my care.

 

 

Alex Peters

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

October 2017

 

I have 4 years’ experience working with children. I’m based in red room full time. I have a very caring and sensitive nature. Children love to come to me for a cuddle and quiet time when they need. I love to read stories to the children and can do some every good impression’s. I enjoy creating sensory play activities and the children really enjoy them too. I am easy to talk to and happy to help any parents with potty training and settling them into nursery.

Jessica Shore

Team Leader

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

February 2015

 

A note from Jessica

After finishing my qualification in Deeside College, I got offered a full time job at Little Stars. I thoroughly enjoy being at Little Stars. The nursery, staff and children are all lovely to work with. The staff were all so helpful which enabled me to settle in easily. Being a happy friendly person I feel I build good relationships with the children. I love seeing the children laugh and have such a happy time within the nursery. I enjoy getting stuck in with the children and seeing them grow and develop through the activities that are set up within the nursery. I bring lots of fun and laughter to the nursery. I am based in Yellow Room with the pre-school children and work closely with the early entitlement team to ensure the children are offered good quality care and education. In April 2017 I took over the role as team leader for the yellow room after covering this position for Lou who had been on maternity leave. I am very approachable and fair and guide my team positively to providing consistent care to the children in Yellow Room. My team and I work very well together and together form a strong unit to help support and teach the children in our care.

 

Jess Smallwood

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars 

March 2012



A Note From Jess

I have been at the nursery for many years and love watching it grow and develop. I really enjoy my time at Little Stars, so much so that I'm not a big fan of taking time off!! I enjoy making up different games for the children to play. I love going outside and looking for bugs with the children and getting involved in lots of different activities. We often like to pretend we are going on a bear hunt, or we go in search of the Gruffalo. I love art and craft, the messier the better!! I like seeing the children having fun with paint and seeing each child's different personalities. My speciality is organising spontaneous activities as well as planning fun filled creative ones. I create strong bonds with all the children in my care. I love watching the children play and see then interacting with each other. For four years I was based in Red Room, when my key children were on the move to Yellow Room I thought I would try transferring with them to spend some time in the next room. I enjoyed it that much that when an opportunity came for me to transfer in there full time I went for it. Although at first I was apprehensive, because I had always enjoyed my time in Red Room, (and I'm not a big fan of change), I now feel that I made a good choice. I enjoy working with the pre-school children and love being part of the forest school planning and developing the outdoor area. I feel privileged to be part of the children's final months before they transfer to ‘Big School’ and hopefully contribute positively to ensure a smooth transition to their next big adventure.

 

 

 

Emma King

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

November 2015

 

A note from Emma

I studied childcare for two years before qualifying with a Level 3 qualification. I have been on numerous placements whilst training and have done some maternity cover in another nursery before finding myself a full time position here at Little Stars. I am excited to be part of Little Stars. I am based in the Yellow Room and enjoy spending time with the children. I have formed strong relationships with all the children and parents in the room especially my key children and their parents. I enjoy planning craft activities and teaching the children the skills they require to create their masterpieces. I am a naturally helpful, caring and very approachable person. With my kind caring personality, I hope to make the children feel at ease with me, especially when on a transition from Red Room.

Marie-Louise Williams

Nursery Nurse

Part-Time

 

Joined Little Stars

October 2017

 

A note from Marie-Louise

I have NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care, learning and development and have worked with children for over 9 years. I have lots of experience in children's day nurseries and children's clubs in holiday destinations. I took some time out when I had my little girl. After this I did some relief work covering in schools and pre-schools.

 

I am based in Yellow room supporting the team in there on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and covering lunches 11-2 on a Monday and Friday. I have my own key children in yellow room which I love.

 

I love working with children. Helping to develop their abilities further and encouraging them to play and join in with our fun filled activities.

 

Neve Flavin

Nursery Apprentice

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

October 2017

 

A note from Neve

Hi! I'm Neve. I joined Little Stars to begin my career in childcare. I have begun working towards my NVQ Level 2 in childcare. I cover in all of the rooms within the nursery to help develop my knowledge and understanding. I really enjoy covering all of the different age groups however pre-school is my favourite room. I spend more time in yellow room with the younger children who are transferring from red room supporting them through their transition of rooms. I really enjoy fine motor skills activities. Play-dough is a favourite of mine. I like to teach the children how to model and create different things using tools and their imagination. I am a very caring and comforting person. The children will always come to me if they need a cuddle. I work well with the parents to give them quality feedback about their child’s day and keep them informed of their development. I look shy at first but please come and say hello, I am very friendly and talkative. Once I have completed my Level 2 qualification I will then be progressing onto my Level 3.

Chloe Postle

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

April 2018

 

A note from Chloe

I have recently joined the Little Stars team. I have my level 3 qualification in childcare. Whilst I am completing training, you may see me in different rooms throughout the nursery as I build my knowledge and understanding of Little Stars; however I will be mainly based in red room. At the moment I assist the girls with all the children’s daily care. I enjoy craft the most, I love getting messy especially painting and making beautiful pictures to go home. I also enjoy water play. I would describe myself as bubbly, friendly and fun. If you see me, feel free to say hello. I am slowly getting to meet of the parents but if I haven’t met you yet then hopefully we will get to meet soon. I am always happy to help.

Liza Powell

Nursery Nurse

Part time - 30 hours

 

Joined Little Stars

April 2010

 

A Note From Liza

I first started work at Little Stars as dinner time cover, but enjoyed my time here so much I enrolled onto a child care course to gain a qualification in something I love doing. I am a fluent Welsh speaker and love to encourage the language here at the nursery. I help and support the staff with their knowledge of Welsh to promote to the children throughout the whole nursery. I always talk to the children in Welsh who are fluent Welsh during play activities and everyday conversations. I also like to talk to the parents in Welsh too. Little Stars is the first nursery I ever worked at. Before deciding to become a nursery nurse I was a full time stay at home Mum. I have 3 beautiful daughters, who make me very proud. I cover within all of the rooms throughout the nursery.





Georgia Hesketh

Nursery Assistant

Bank Staff

 

Joined Little Stars

August 2017

 

A note from Georgia

I joined Little Stars to gain and develop my experience for my health and social care qualification. During my time here I loved it so much that I didn’t want to leave. I was asked to join the bank staff team whilst completing my qualification. I didn’t hesitate in saying yes. I have mainly covered in the blue room however I have worked within all of the rooms. I am a very happy, bubbly, loving person who is very attentive to all of the children’s needs. The staff here are all so welcoming and make me feel at home in any room I work in. I love to be active and busy with the children. My favourite activities are messy ones hehe.

Sian Batt

Head Chef

 

Joined Little Stars

December 2015

 

A Note From Sian

I have many years’ experience working in this line of work. I am happy to be part of the team at Little Stars. I make sure the nursery provides delicious, healthy and notorious meals for the children. Together we have made a great menu that caters for the children’s dietary needs. I cook all the children’s meals on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I like to talk to all of the children when they come through for their meals. The older children all know my name and always like to stop me and ask what is for dinner and tea hehe. The younger children get excited and point to me when they see me as they think it is dinner or tea time hehe.

 

Kasia Foit

Nursery Cook

 

Joined Little Stars

November 2015

 

A Note From Kasia

I am the Nursery cook within the nursery and I work every Monday and Thursday full days and Friday afternoons. I ensure I cook fresh meals for the children each day and I am happy to see all the children enjoy their meals. Feel free to pop  in to the kitchen to say hello.

Carol Massey

House Keeper and Kitchen Assistant

Part Time

 

Joined Little Stars

January 2018

 

A note from Carol

As well as my housekeeping duties I assist the rooms with mealtimes. I love interacting with the children, helping them to use their cutlery and having conversations with them at meal times. I like the feeling of knowing I have helped a child to develop a new skill through encouragement at meal times. I am a very caring person who likes to take out to speak to the children and listen to their lovely stories about how their day has been and what they have been doing. They do make me giggle at times. I also assist the chef’s in the kitchen, covering for holidays and preparing the children’s snack teas. I enjoy preparing yummy meals for the children.

 

Contact Us:

Tel: 01244 280020

 

E-Mail: info@littlestarsdeeside.com

 

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Opening hours

 

Monday  to  Friday.

7.30am - 6.00pm

Address

Unit 69

Third Avenue

Zone 2

Deeside Ind Park

Flintshire

CH5 2LA

 

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