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Our Team.

The Caterpillars Nursery team is made up of a super bunch of people who genuinely love their jobs. They have all the necessary statutory requirements for working with children (paediatric first aid training; child protection training; DBS checks – please ask if you’d like more information about any of these) and so much more besides.


One of these lovely people will be your child’s key worker, which means they’re the person who will spend the most time getting to know your child, settling them in and then observing and supporting their journey through the Early Years. However, everybody works so closely together than you’ll find any one of them ready and willing to chat to you about your child or about any aspect of nursery life.

Julie Byrne
Nursery Manager

Julie is the manager of Caterpillar Nursery and has worked here (in two different stints) for 11 of her 18 years in childcare. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of three and she also enjoys sewing, reading and foreign travel. Her favourite thing about working with children is nurturing them and making a difference in their lives, watching them grow and develop into confident children. Julie not only manages the nursery, but is constantly looking for ways that she and her staff can learn and grow themselves. As such, she holds an Early Years degree in Childcare and she is an advanced practitioner of the ‘Time to Talk’ programme (and the nursery holds an enhanced certificate for speech and language specialist training)

Michelle Hardy
Deputy Nursery

Michelle took on the role of Deputy Manager at Caterpillar Nursery in September 2019. She brought with her 15 years of experience and her enthusiasm for helping children to learn and progress through sustained shared thinking. Michelle has her own areas of responsibility within the nursery, such as parent partnership within the management team. She has a BA in Early Years Education plus holds Early Year Teacher status and uses her expertise and knowledge of different approaches to learning to enrich curriculum planning at the nursery.

Kally Middleton
Key Worker

Kally joined the Caterpillar Nursery team in 2014, though she has worked in childcare for over 13 years. She is qualified to NVQ Level 3. She enjoys baking at home with her own children (aged 3 and 6 years old) and her favourite thing about working with children is sharing creative activities with them and seeing their delight at the wonderful masterpieces they produce.

Life at Caterpillars

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