Staff – Clifton Lodge

Management Team

Lisa – Area Manager – M.A. Hons Early Years Education & Leadership, B.A Hons Early Childhood Studies, EYT

lisaLisa began working with the Learning Curve Nursery Group as a student at Shepherd Lodge Nursery. She worked her way up, and became Manager of Shepherd Lodge in May 2000. In January 2005 Lisa helped to set up Clifton Lodge Nursery, and took up the role of Manager there. In 2008 Lisa took up a new role of Area Manager. As Area Manager of all five Learning Curve nurseries, Lisa ensures that high standards of care are maintained in a loving and friendly environment.

Natalie – Nursery Manager

natalieNatalie has worked at Clifton Lodge since 2011. Natalie initially worked within our 2-3’s room, coordinating the unit for four years. Natalie holds a level 3 diploma in Childcare, and has completed her foundation degree. On returning from her maternity leave in 2015, Natalie was promoted to deputy manager, and began working in our Pre School Unit. Since then, Natalie has been promoted again within the company to Nursery Manager at Clifton Lodge. In her spare time Natalie enjoys spending time with her son and family, and socialising with friends.

Laura – Curriculum Manager – B.A Honours in Early Childcare and Education, EYT. Currently working towards Masters

lauraLaura began working at Shepherd Lodge in February 2005 as an early years practitioner after completing her cache diploma in childcare and education. Whilst leading the Pre School room, she then went on to complete a BA honours degree in early childcare and Education and gained her Early Years Professional status. Laura’s current role at the nursery is leading and supporting the education and teaching throughout all five sites.

Helen – Office Manager/Early Years Professional

helenHelen has worked at Clifton Lodge since August 2006. Helen worked as the Baby Unit Coordinator for 3 1/2 years, before becoming our Early Years professional in January 2012. Helen works within all rooms of the nursery, observing and enhancing practice, and will be overseeing the assessment, observation, and planning within nursery. Helen has a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education, gained at North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, and her Early Years Professional Status gained at Lancaster University. Helen is originally from Congleton in Cheshire, but now lives in St Annes with her Mum. In her spare time Helen enjoys dancing and, taking tap, ballet, Irish tap, and jazz lessons at The Dance and Fitness Warehouse.

Baby Room

Jenny – Baby Unit Coordinator, B.Sc Honours Degree

jennyJenny has worked for the company since July 2008. Jenny started by working at Shepherd Lodge Nursery. Jenny particularly enjoyed working within the baby unit and took on the role as Baby Room co-ordinator in May 2009 at Bluebell Lodge Nursery. Prior to working for the company Jenny studied Psychology at Lancaster University.

Sasha – Early Years Practitioner

sashaSasha says: “I have been working at Clifton Lodge Nursery since April 2017, being based in the baby room. Prior to starting here at Clifton Lodge I completed over 1,000 hours work placement within the company. I gained my ‘Level 3’ qualification at Lytham Sixth Form College and I am now studying at Blackpool and the Fylde University to complete my ‘Foundation Degree’ in ‘Early Childhood Studies’. In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends.”

Isabelle – Early Years Practitioner

isabelleIsabelle has worked in social care for many years, she enjoys spending time with her husband and granddaughter in her spare time.

Toddler Room

Danni – Deputy Manager & Toddler Room Coordinator

place holderDanni says: “I have worked at Clifton Lodge since November 2016. I love working in the Toddler Room. At college I completed a BTEC in Childcare and then gained my BA Hons in Working With Children & Families at The University Of Cumbria. During my free time I enjoy spending it with family and friends.”

Nicole – Early Years Practitioner

abiNicole is currently at university studying teaching and learning support, Nicole has been with the company for a few years as holiday cover and is now a member of out Toddler team.

Nicola – Early Years Practitioner

nicolaNicola is currently at university working towards her foundation degree. Nicola is based in our Toddler room and is keen to put her knowledge into practice.

Valentina – Modern Apprentice

place holderValentina has moved over from Genoa Italy, last year she is currently working towards her NVQ level 3.

Lower Pre-School

Rebecca – Lower Pre-School Coordinator – Level 3

beckyRebecca began working at Clifton Lodge Nursery in May 2014. Previously to this Rebecca was working for 2 years in another nursery setting. Rebecca holds a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and in Health and Social Care. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys baking cakes, and spending time with her son.

Charlotte – Early Years Educator

charlotteCharlotte has worked in primary schools while completing her teaching course at university, Charlotte Is passionate about early years.

Lindsay – Nursery Practitioner

lindsayLindsay says: “I have worked at Clifton Lodge since July 2017. I am based in the Lower Pre-School Room but I have had previous experience working in a pre-school as an administrator. I enjoy lots of arts and crafts including costume making and painting. I spend my free time with my 3 boys, playing out and camping.”


lisaLisa will be working within our lower Pre-school. Lisa is currently working towards her Cache Level 3.

Nathan – Sports Development Officer

nathanNathan has complete his teaching and learning support, and currently working toward his NVQ level 3.


Sandra – Early Years Practitioner – Safeguarding Officer

sandraSandra is an Early Years Professional working in Pre-School. She has a degree in Science and an M.A. in Childhood and Youth Studies. Sandra likes to read, bake and visit the theatre in her spare time.

Curtis – Early Years Practitioner

curtisCurtis has worked for the company for the last 5 years, starting as a modern apprentice progressing and completing his level 3 and starting his foundation degree this year.

Agata – Early Years Practitioner

agataAgata is a qualified teacher and will be working within our Pre-school unit.

Kieren – Sports Development Coordinator

kierenKieren is the Sports Development Coordinator for both Clifton and Shepherd Lodge Nurseries. Kieren has an Honours Degree in Sport Studies and a HND in Sport Coaching with Development. Kieren enjoys watching Glasgow Celtic play, going to the gym and playing golf. He is currently studing his Level 3 in Child Care. He is also currently working on publishing his first book.


Bev – Early Years Practitioner

bevBev has worked for the company for the last 10 years, she supports all the rooms within Clifton Lodge.

Abbie – Early Years Practitioner

abbieAbbie has worked at the company for many years, moving over from our sister nursery Bluebell Lodge.

Amy – Early Years Practitioner

amyAmy began working for the company earlier this year, Amy supports all the rooms within Clifton Lodge.

Maternity Leave

Abi – Early Years Practitioner

abiAbi began working in our Toddler Room last year, she is currently at university completeing her BA honours. Abi is also our nursery SENCO.

Ailsa – Deputy Manager

ailsaAilsa Mackay started at Shepherd Lodge in June 2016. Ailsa has just graduated with a HND in Early Education and Childcare.