All the staff at EllyTotts are fully first aid trained, have fully enhanced DBS checks and attended yearly safeguarding courses. All staff who are involved in the preparation/serving of food have level 2 food hygiene. Staff regularly attend courses to aid their professional development and in the past 12 months at least one member of staff has attended the following course: Messy Play, Manual Handling, Mud Kitchen, Football in Education, Parental Communication, Early Years Foundation Stage Update, Managing Behaviour, Dealing with Bereavement, Outdoor Play and Observation Assessment. The information from all courses attended is passed on to the full time staff so that all of us can gain some knowledge from the courses attended.

Our personal bios are currently being amended and will be updated soon!! 


I registered as a childminder in September 2012 when I started up EllyTotts. I had previously worked in a nursery where I gained my NVQ level 3 in 'Childcare Learning and Development'. I also worked in a school as a one-to-one teaching assistant for an 8-year-old girl where I completed my Teaching Assistant NVQ, MaKaTon to level 8 and various other education courses. I then taught abroad for a year where I learnt that my passion is to educate. I thought about training to be a teacher, but decided that the British education system is too confined and wanted a way to help children learn in a more practical way. I attended the homebased childcare course, enabling me to register with Ofsted, and then started my plans to turn the old Barn into a setting thriving in ways to educate. Once I was happy with all the ways the Barn could help children learn and develop, I decided to continue my proffessional development by doing my NVQ level 5 - 'Leadership in the Children and Young People's Workforce' - and in July 2019 graduated with a 2:1 in Educational Studies. I am now studying for my masters and to gain teaching status. I love every hands on moment with the children who attend and find their interest and enjoyment in learning so fullfilling. I love the opportunites to have fun, particularly through music and dance, and find it so rewarding watching all the children develop great confidence and character. 


I started working in nurseries in 2015, whilst studying level 3 childcare and development at college and then going on to do my foundation degree at Selby College. I have always wanted to work with children as it has been a passion for me to help them learn and thrive and become the great little person that they should be. I have also had experience in childcare with having my own son born in April 2016, having a younger sibling and doing various placements which then led me to working in one full time. I graduated from my foundation degree in 2019 and I hope to do my top up at university in social working, so I can help the children and families who need it the most. The thing I enjoy most with working with children is that no day is the same as the last and seeing those happy little faces means that we are doing our job as we should be.


I am currently employed at Ellytotts as an Early Years Practioner. I qualified as Level 3 in December 2019.  I have been around kids most of my life with having two younger brothers and also lots of younger family members. I have always enjoyed playing with children and looking after them. I love teaching the children new things and helping them to develop new skills. I love watching them grow into their own person and develop their own personalities. 


I have worked in childcare for over 35 years in a variety of positions and settings ranging from hospitals to schools and most recently nurseries. I am currently the general manager of a nursery in York 4 days a week and use my 5th day and evenings to help around the Barn.

I registered as a childminder in January 2016 so that my support to the Barn could be more permanent.

The years of experience I have from both working in childcare and being a parent myself ensure I bring a variety of activities and ideas to the table.


Parker is our resident dog and probably the children's favourite member of the staff team!

Parker came to EllyTotts in May 2018 to train as a therapy dog and although he now volunteers at many places throughout Yorkshire, EllyTotts is his favourite!

He enjoys lying down to demonstrate good listening skills at story-time, but his favourite thing is playing outside with the children - especially when they play ball games, go on the trampoline or set up obstacle courses!

We are located at:


The Barn
70 Sherburn Street

Cawood Selby


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