Here for you and your child
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 Leadership Team below
Claire Ainscough - Munchkins Owner
“On becoming parents in Dec 2007 & Sep 2010 we discovered how difficult it was to find a nursery that was local and provided us with essential reassurance that while we worked our ‘babies’ were in the best possible care. We credit our sons with giving us a new perspective on life and have cherished every second of parenthood. Munchkins, became the result of not only wanting to be more involved in their early development but also every child who is entrusted into our care. Since the 2013 opening of our nursery we then welcomed a beautiful daughter (May 2014) and we’re proud that she has also directly benefited from our nursery and experienced everything Munchkins had to offer. As business owners we consider being parents of young children a significant strength, as we wish to provide the same level of care to our nursery children that we come to expect for our own children”
Munchkins Nursery Manager
Has over 24 years’ experience in childcare. Joanne has a BA (Hons) in Nursery Management, is an Enhanced Baby Practitioner and has achieved the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), which is the gold standard in childcare for those working with children under the age of five. Alongside Jo’s experience and qualifications is her overwhelming passion and enthusiasm for her profession and the children in her care.
Deputy Manager and Baby Room Leader Gezz Finch
Holds an NVQ Level 3 and over 18 years’ experience. Gezz has had the benefit of successfully working within all the age-related rooms before moving into a management position. Gezz’ key role is to ensure the baby room runs smoothly and to support staff throughout the nursery in their daily activities.
Baby Room Supervisor
Holds a Level 3 NVQ in childcare and is an experienced room supervisor. Gemma has spent over 12 years as a nursery practitioner, many of which in the baby room, giving her the skills and necessary experience to ensure the baby room meets the standards required at Munchkins.
Toddler Room Supervisor Charlotte Stretch
Holds a level 6 having completed her BA (Hons) from UCLan in ‘Children, Schools & Families’ as well as an NVQ in Speech and Language. Charlotte has more than 9 years’ experience within childcare and has been a central part of the Munchkins Team from the very first day we opened in 2013.
Pre-school Supervisor Kerry Branwood
Holds an NVQ Level 3, with additional qualifications at Level 2 in ‘Team Leading’. Since joining Munchkins in 2014, Kerry has spent most of her time within pre-school; an age group she truly loves, and has successfully worked her way up from Nursery nursey to Room Supervisor.