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 this nursery with mainly the 2-3 year olds in Yellow Room. I thoroughly enjoyed my role, being part of supporting and encouraging the children at play, whilst learning and developing. I observed and planned for their individual needs and built strong bonds and good working relationships with the parents. I progressed to Team Leader then shortly after to Manager.I supported the company with the opening of three other nurseries which gave me invaluable experiences and opportuninties. I stayed commited and loyal with the same company for over 9 years, before deciding I would like to try a new challenge with different experiences. I worked in a small village school for a year as a teaching assistant, with children from infants through to juniors, I had amazing experiences, 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. We believed we had a strong, caring team that encouraged the children to participate in a variety of activities, where they developed and learnt in a safe, secure environment. We believed we acheived what we set out to do. Julie then sadly left the company in 2012 to start a new venture and I was very proud of what we had achieved together at Little Stars and since going solo feel we continue to have a strong team who work well together with their child's best interest at heart. I thoroughly enjoy my role at the nursery and I am well supported by loyal , dedicated team members, we create good bonds with the children, and their 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. 

Rebecca Medenica

Nursery Manager

Full Time

 

E-Mail: littlestarsdeesideltd@googlemail.com

 

Joined Little Stars 

July 2009



A Note From Becky

Since joining Little Stars in 2009 I have worked throughout all the rooms in the nursery.

I gained a lot of experience from working in each of the rooms and in 2012, I settled into Blue room and took over as the team leader.

 

I have always had a great relationship with all the parents and children at the nursery. I bring many different qualities 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 strong, positive 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.

 

I have always been passionate about supporting staff to develop to the best of their abilities and in 2018, I moved from my team leader role to join the management team to support staff training and induction full time. From here I began to use my knowledge to help and support other staff throughout the nursery to ensure they had the best possible training in childcare.

 

In 2020 I took over the role of Nursery Manager. I am so proud of this achievement.

 

I am very passionate about ensuring the children are happy, stimulated and well cared for in our safe and homely environment.

 

I have an amazing team that supports me and together we make Little Stars the family unit that we are.

 

Although I am not included in the room ratios, I love to be in the rooms with the children spending time with them all.

 

I am always available should any parents need any help or support.

Rebecca Powell

Team Leader & Management Support

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

July 2008 - October 2013

October 2017 

 

A note From Becca

 

I always enjoyed helping out at Little Stars from when I was a teenager, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to join the team at 18. I always feel it’s important to encourage and support the children to develop the best they can, this inspired me to gain my qualification as a nursery practitioner. I stayed at Little Stars for 5 years mainly working in the Blue Room.

 

Then after 5 years at Little Stars and at a stage in my life I looked in to a change of career to gain further experiences in another area I felt passionate about which was caring and protecting the elderly. So, in my break from Little Stars I gained more experience on protecting vulnerable people whilst working in a residential home, this taught me compassion and respect but I missed the smaller children and the sense of satisfaction and achievement from seeing them grow and develop with confidence.

 

I 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 in 2017 I decided I would like to return to childcare. My little boy joined back at Little Stars with me in 2017. I love to see how much he has grown and developed since he joined. He is so friendly and you will often hear him shouting 'Hiya!' to everybody he sees. He now enjoys nursery as much as I do. He loves everything about nursery and the team have been amazing helping him to develop.

 

What I bring to the team mainly is, I like talking (a lot!) and hope I make the parents feel welcome and at ease whilst building trusting relationships for them to feel comfortable leaving their children in our care. I’m  sensitive and attentive to the needs of each child. I’m creative and really enjoy making craft cards for the children and their families. If the craft has lots of glitter, don’t blame me hee hee. I’m like a glitter fairy. I’m a big kid at heart and love to dance around with the children. I support Jodie in her role as Team Leader and have now progressed to Deputy Team Leader.

Kelly Louise Davies

Management Support

 

Joined Little Stars

July 2008

(MATERNITY - FEBRUARY 2015 - JULY 2015)

 

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

Admin Manager

 

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.

 

Marie-Louise Williams

Team Leader

Nursery Nurse

Full-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 was originally based in Yellow room where I supported the team in there on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and covering lunches 11-2 on a Monday and Friday. I had my own key children in yellow room which I loved.

 

When a full-time position became available in the baby room I knew this was the position for me. I love to work with all age groups but I wanted to experience a different age group. I am really enjoying working in the baby room and have my own growing list of key children who I love watching grow and develop every day.

 

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

 

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 spent the past 6 years caring for the children in Yellow room. I really enjoyed being part of the pre-school room and supporting the children with their transition to school. I formed strong relationships with all the children and parents in the room especially my key children and their parents. I enjoyed planning craft activities and teaching the children the skills they required to create their own masterpieces.

 

I am a naturally helpful, caring and very approachable person. With my kind caring personality, I made the children feel at ease with me, especially when on a transition from Red Room.

 

In October I transitioned into the Baby room to support Marie-Louise. I am very excited to be joining Baby room and know that my naturally kind and caring personality is perfect for supporting the babies and their parents. 

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 childcare. 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 now work supporting all of the rooms in the nursery 3 days each week.

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 have always been based in Blue room and supported Becky in her role whilst she was the room leader. 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.

Lois Dale

Deputy Team Leader

Nursery Assistant

Full-Time

 

Joined Little Stars

September 2019

 

A note from Lois

I have a level 2 childcare qualification in Childcare. I completed my qualification whilst working in a preschool with 2-4 year olds. I enjoyed my experience at the preschool; it really allowed me to develop my skills as a nursery assistance. My role within the preschool was to look after the children and to make their experience enjoyable. I enjoyed carrying out creative activities with the children and being able to help them to learn and experience new things. I have also carried out work experience working alongside children with additional learning needs and that was such an amazing experience for me. My time in the preschool ended once I completed my level 2 qualification and that was how I came across Little Stars. I haven’t been at Little Stars for long but I am loving every minute of it. I have enjoyed working in all of the rooms and getting to know all the children and staff. I have mainly worked in Blue room but you will see me covering in all of the rooms as I complete my training. I am looking forward to finding my place within Little Stars over the next few years.

 

Shannon Brockley

Nursery Nurse

Full-Time

 

Joined Little Stars

February 2019

 

A note from Shannon

Hello, my name is Shannon but I prefer to be called Shan. I have my level 3 Childcare qualification. My favourite activities to plan for and carry out are creative activities. During my first three months at Little Stars I covered in all of the rooms to complete my training. Once I had completed my training, I joined the Blue room team full time. I have I really enjoyed my time in all of the rooms but decided Blue room was the room I would like to work in.

 

Emma Collister

Nursery Nurse

Full-Time

 

Joined Little Stars

September 2021

 

A note from Emma

I have been a nursery nurse since 2006. I used to work in a nursery in Runcorn but have recently relocated to Deeside.

I enjoy looking after children aged 0 – 8 years. I love to see the children grow and develop into their own unique personalities.

Since joining Little Stars, I have been spending a lot of time in Blue room. I have really enjoying getting to know all the children and the staff.

During my training I will be spending in time in the other rooms in the nursery so I will get to meet of the parents and children.

 

 

Siobhaun Lovelock-Rule (Shauny)

Nursery Nurse

Full-Time

 

Joined Little Stars

July 2019

Maternity Leave October 2021 - Present

 

A note from Shauny

I qualified from Yale College with a level 3 in Childcare and Education in 2015.

 

I was originally based in Red Room since I started at Little Stars but transfered to Blue room in May this year.

 

I have a basic understanding of the Welsh language and Makaton.

From a very young age, I knew I wanted to look after children; it was always in my nature.

 

I’m funny, caring, creative and bubbly. I have amazing bonds with all the children, staff and parents from each room in Little Stars.

 

I did leave for 4 months to explore a career change but realised my heart is looking after children and my home is here at Little Stars.

Lara Davies

Team Leader

Nurery Nurse

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. 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 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. They're all very bubbly and energetic which is perfect for our age group.

Chloe Postle

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars

April 2018

 

A note from Chloe

I joined the Little Stars team back in 2018 and have my level 3 qualification in childcare.

 

After I completed my training at Little Stars, I knew Red room was the room I wanted to join. The team and the age group met my personality just right. I work full time in Red room and I am responsible for my own keychildren. I have a great relationship with the children and their parents.

 

My personality is very bubbly, friendly and outgoing. I enjoy craft activities the most and I love getting messy, especially painting and making beautiful pictures to go home.  

Lauren Johnson

Trainee Nursery Assistant

 

Joined Little Stars

August 2021

 

A note from Lauren

Hi, I’m Lauren. I am about to start working towards my Level 2 Childcare qualification. I have been part of the Little Stars family for many years but have been helping over the last year or so in the rooms.

When a position became available, I applied straight away as I knew childcare was what I wanted to do. I have been in each of the rooms over the past few months and have quickly learnt each rooms routine and enjoyed learning about how each room does planning and observations for the children.

Once I have completed my level 2 qualification, I will be progressing on to my level 3.

Out of all of the rooms in the nursery, I knew Red room was the room I wanted to be in fulltime. I will be taking on my own key children in the new year in Red room, I can’t wait.

I love playing with the children. My favourite activities are messy play and anything that creates smiles on the children’s faces! Then I like getting together with a book and having cosy time.

 

 

Georgina Allan

Nursery Nurse

 

Joined Little Stars

May 2021

 

A note from Georgina

Hi, my name is Georgina however I like to be called Georgie.

I am a level 3 qualified nursery nurse. I love spending time in Little Stars nursery with the children doing lots of messy play. I love to play with sensory materials like flour, gloop and jelly. I’m normally decorated in one of these from the children hehe. We have so much together getting messy.

During my training period I worked in all of the rooms in the nursery, but I knew I wanted to join Red room and that’s where I am based now with my own key children.

I am a very friendly and approachable person so please feel free to say hello to me if we haven’t met yet and you see me around.

 

Yvonne Ecob

Team Leader

Nursery Nurse

Full-Time

 

Joined Little Stars

October 2018

 

A note from Yvonne

Hi, my name is Yvonne. I am the team leader of the Yellow room. I have over 20 years' experience working in childcare. I am very passionate about helping and supporting the development of children in their early years. I enjoy setting out exciting activities for the children and watching them play, enjoy and learn. I look forward to meeting all the parents in the Yellow room and parents of the children in the surrounding rooms. If you see me please say hello, I would love to introduce myself and get to know everybody more. 

 

Jess Smallwood

Team Leader

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars 

March 2012

MATERNITY Nov 2018 - May 2019



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.

 

Kaye Edwards

Nursery Nurse

Full-Time

 

Joined Little Stars

November 2018

MATERNITY LEAVE - MARCH 2021 - PRESENT

 

A note from Kaye

I have recently joined Little Stars and feel very welcomed by all the staff and children. I have a CACHE Level 3 in children’s care, learning and development and, have studied 2 years in primary education. I have worked in a nursery and school setting before but enjoyed being with the younger children and watching them explore and learn new things. I have also worked in an outdoor activity centre so love taking the children outside regardless of weather, as long as they’re wrapped up warm. I’m a really caring and thoughtful person who puts the children’s needs first. 

I currently spend time in all the different rooms watching and learning how each room works. If you see me around please say hello, I’m trying to get to know all of the parents and the children. 

 

Helen Grogan

Nursery Nurse

Full-Time

 

Joined Little Stars

March 2019

Maternity Leave December 2020 - October 2021

 

A note from Helen

Hi, My name is Helen. I have been a nursery nurse for 11 years now working in different locations with all ages of children from babies to an after school/holiday club. I enjoy working with all the older children and after spending time in all rooms since I started in February 2019, I was very pleased to be offered a permanent position in Yellow room in November 2019. I love doing arts and crafts and apply lots of ideas and inspiration into planning and display boards. I am happy to be outdoors in all kinds of weather and have lots of fun in the mud kitchen with the children. I also like reading with the children putting on different voices and making the story as fun as possible allowing the children to join in too. Feel free to say hi if you don’t already know me. 

Amy Price

Nursery Nurse

Full Time

 

Joined Little Stars 

September 2008

MAT Leave April 2019 - Janaury 2020



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 story time enjoyable at nursery. I love hearing the children join in with the stories; they especially enjoy my character voices and animal noises. I enjoy song time 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 parent’s minds at ease when leaving the children in our care.

 



Ellie Cartwright

Trainee Nursery Assistant

 

Joined Little Stars

May 2021

 

A note from Ellie

Hi, my name is Ellie. I joined Little Stars in May to build up my experience working with children. I had completed my level 2 core at Coleg Cambria earlier this year and was due to go back to college in September to complete my level 2 & 3 practical.

It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to stay at Little Stars instead of going back to college, so Becky set me up to complete my practical qualifications through a work based NVQ.

Since joining Little Stars I have supported and trained in all the rooms. I am so adaptable that I can fully support any room I work in. I know all the children throughout the nursery and many of the parents. The children get very excited when I am in their room.

I am a very fun and caring person and have a natural ability to care for all the children. 

 

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.



Sian Batt

Head Chef

Part-Time

 

Joined Little Stars

December 2015

 

A note from Sian

I am the head chef here at Little Stars. My children used to attend Little Stars when they were younger. I have many years’ experience being a chef and managing a kitchen. In the kitchen I am supported by Kasia and Carol. Together we are the Kitchen team. I work Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

Carol Massey

Kitchen Chef & Housekeeper

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 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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