Meet the team

At Blossom Lodge Day Nursery we are extremely lucky to have a dedicated team who have worked with us for a long time providing high quality childcare for ages 0-5 in Cheltenham.

Our nursery team consists of 20 wonderful staff members 80% of our team are qualified childcare professionals varying from NVQ Level 2 to 6. In addition we have students currently training for a degree in Early Years Education and apprentices working towards a level 2 NVQ. To discuss our team in detail please contact us today. 

Staff training and development is extremely important at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery. Both aspects remain at the front of our minds ensuring our team is constantly and consistently up-to-date. We hold regular in-house training and the team also attend external sessions held by Gloucester Council. This ensures employees remain up to date with the latest techniques in Early Years Development. Because we take training so seriously we use an online training system for refresher courses. Each member of our team has an individual training plan ensuring they reach their full potential.

Every single member of the Blossom Lodge team is vetted by the DBS: Disclosure & Barring Service. This is updated automatically on an annual basis.

Here’s an insight into the team.

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Management Team

Zara

Hello, my name is Zara. I am the Nursery Manager & Group Operations Director at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery, and designated Safeguarding Officer. I have worked in childcare since I was 17 years old and have been at Blossom Lodge since 2008. I have previously worked at 2 other nurseries and as a health care assistant for Cheltenham General Hospital. I am qualified in Early Years and Education NVQ Level 4, Business Administration and management NVQ’s. I have two daughters, Verity and Hallie that take up all of my free time but I love it. I enjoy meals out, cinema and theatre trips. Both my girls attended nursery with me and loved this nursery, not as much as I loved walking to work on my own now after having a pushchair in tow for 11 years.

 

 

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Chef

Sergio

My name is Sergio and I have been the Chef at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery for six years. I love to provide healthy and nutritional meals for the children, food is an essential part of children’s growth and development. Outside of work I love to do outdoor activities with my two children, Lillian who is 11 years old and Oscar who is 8 years old.

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LadyBirds Room

Babies - 0 - 1 Years Old

Natalie

Hello, my name is Natalie. I am the Ladybirds Room Leader at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery. I have worked here for 13 years, during this time I have gained my Early Years Care and Educations NVQ’s Level 2 and 3. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my friends and spending time with my family and our daughter Ruby.

Sue

Hello, my name is Sue. I work in the Ladybirds room and started here in 2020. During my 33 years in childcare I have worked with all age groups In various setting but for the last 13 years I have worked with babies. In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading and travelling.

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Bumblebees Room 1

Toddlers - 1 - 2 Years Old

Ellie

Hello, my name is Ellie. I am the Room Leader of Bumblebees 1 Room. I am qualified with my Bachelors in Primary Education qualification and have previously been a nanny and worked in another nursery setting before attending university. I love travelling to different countries, baking and listening to music

Briony

Hello, my name is Briony. I work full time in the Bumblebees 1 Room. I have worked in childcare for 7 years. I returned to Blossom Lodge in 2020 after completing my apprenticeship here in 2015. I am qualified with Early Years Care and Education Level 3. In my spare time I like to listen to music, play on my playstation, go travelling, go to concerts and sending time with my family and friends.

Kelsey

Hello, my name is Kelsey. I work part time in the Bumblebees 1 Room. I have worked at Blossom Lodge for the last 10 years and I am qualified in Early Years Care and Education Level 3. In my spare time enjoy every minute with my two children Finlay and Layla.

Rachel

Hello, my name is Rachel. I work part time  in Bumblebees 1 Room. I have worked at this nursery for 12 years but overall 20 years in childcare. I have my Early Years Care and Education Level 3 and have previous experience at another nursery, as a nanny and volunteering at an African School. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my two boys Harry and Reggie, socialising wit my friends and watching tv documentaries.

Kacey

Hello my name is Kacey and I have just started my apprenticeship at Blossom Lodge. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my family and friends. I have one bunny rabbit at home.

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Bumblebees Room 2

Toddlers - 1 - 2 Years Old

Kim

Hello, my name is Kim. I am the Room Leader of Bumblebees 2 Room at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery. I have worked at Blossom Lodge day nursery for the past 9 year and previous to that as a nanny to twin boys. I am qualified in Early Years and Education NVQ Level 3. In my spare time I enjoy visiting my family and friends and watching our little boy Reuben grow up.

Kellie

Hello, my name is Kellie and I work full time in the Bumblebees 2 room. I am qualified with my Early Years Care and Education Level 3 and have worked in childcare for over 11 years, most recently at another nursery.

Sam

Hello, my name is Sam and I work mornings in the Bumblebees 2 room to complete my apprenticeship in Early Years Care and Education. I like to sped time with my family and my son. I also like to paint. My son is 20 months old called Alexander.

Jess

Hello, my name is Jess and I work afternoons in the Bumblebees 2 room to complete my apprenticeship in Early Years Care and Education.  I really enjoy spending time with my friends, shopping, bowling and going out for meals.

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Caterpillars Room

Early Learners 2 - 3 Years Old

Georgia

Hello, my name is Georgia and I work full time in the Caterpillars Room. I have my Early Years Care and Education Level 3.

Clare

Hello, my name is Clare and I work in the Caterpillars room. I have worked at Blossom lodge Day Nursery since 2008 and have my Level 3 qualification in Early Years Care and Education. In my spare time I enjoy meeting up with friends, meals out and watching our little boy Kaiden grow up.

Lauren

Hello, my name is Lauren and I work in the Caterpillars Room whilst I am studying for my Level 3 qualification in childcare.

Holly

Hello, my name is Holly and I work in the Caterpillars Room whilst I am studying for my Level 2 qualification in childcare.

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Butterflies Room

PrePrep - 2.6 - 3.2 Years Old

Sophie

Hello, my name is Sophie I am the Room Leader of the PrePrep Room at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery. I have worked in childcare fro around 10 years and here at Blossom Lodge since 2017. I. have a BA Degree in Early Education Studies. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my family and friends, walking my two Pugs Reggie and Maya

Jennifer

Hello, my name is Jen and I work in the Pre-Prep room. I have worked in childcare for the last 3 years, previously at another nursery where I completed my Early Years Care and Education Level 3 qualification. I enjoy fashion and beauty as well as lots of online shopping. I love to walk my dog Lola and spending time with our cat Charlie

Katie

Hello, my name is Katie and I work in the Pre-Prep room. I have worked at this nursery for 3 years, firstly as an apprentice to complete my Level 2 NVQ and I am now working towards my Level 3 uni Early Years Clare and Education. In my free time I enjoy playing games, singing, watching documentaries.

Katie D

Hello, my name is Katie, I am an apprentice in the Pre-Prep room. I am currently studying for my Level 2 in Early Years Care and Education. I enjoy going out with friends, spending time with my family and cooking. I have one dog called Rosie.

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Butterflies Room

Pre School - 3 - 5 Years Old

Pam

Hello, my name is Pam and I am Pre-School Room Manager I have been involved in childcare for 13 years and have worked in multiple nurseries. In my spare time I enjoy gaming on my switch/ PS5. I am also currently spending time planning my wedding. I have two cats: Alfred and Uhtred.

Hannah

Hello, my name is Hannah and I work in the Pre-School Room. I am qualified with my Post Graduate Early Years Teacher Status. In may spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and especially my little boy Alfie.

Emma

Hello, my name is Emma and I work in the Pre-School Room whilst I am completing my apprenticeship in Early Years. I enjoy watching Netflix and hanging out with friends. I have two dogs.

Helen

Hello, my name is Helen. I work part time in the Pre-School room and joined Blossom Lodge in March 2021. I have worked in childcare for 15 years, originally I started as a childminder and then moved in nurseries. I love to sing, do water colour and amateur dramatics. I have one daughter who is nearly 18. I have two dogs Holly and Peppa.

Betsy

Hello, my name is Betsy. I am currently working towards my Early Years Teacher Status. I have previously worked at summer holiday camps and as a Au Pair. I love to draw, watch friends and be on pintrest looking at interior design.

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Hazel

Hello, my name is Hazel and I work as a Bank Nursery Assistant. I enjoy working in all of the different age groups here. I have worked in childcare for over 30 years. In my spare time I enjoy shopping, walking my dogs, looking after our cats, gardening and looking after our grandchildren.

Judy

Hello, my name is Judy and I work part time with the older children at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery. I have worked here for over 15 years and prior to that at Holy Apostles School. I am qualified in Early Years Care and Education Level 3. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

Zoe

Hello, my name is Zoe and I work part time between the 0-2 years age groups………………

Louise

Hello, my name is Louise and I work at Blossom Lodge as a Lunch time assistant. I have worked in childcare for over 25 years with the majority as a teaching assistant in a local primary school. In my spare time I enjoy going for walks with my family and our two dogs, socialising with my friends and going to Zumba classes

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Blossom Lodge Day Nursery FAQs

How do I arrange a viewing of the nursery?

It’s straightforward to book a visit at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery in Cheltenham. Our team is more than happy to show you around each of the rooms and our facilities whilst answering any questions. Book a visit here, directly through the nursery website, call us on 01242 525374 or even just pop in.

Do you offer any extended hours?

Our day nursery aims to provide the very best in care whilst working around your childcare needs. With this in mind, the answer is yes, we provide extended hours. We offer an early start at 7.30am and a late collection of 6.30pm. Extended hours can be booked as part of your weekly sessions or on an ad hoc basis.

How many staff will look after my child?

In line with statutory requirements the following staff to child ratios apply:

  • 0-1 years is 1 member of staff for every 3 children
  • 1-2 years is 1 member of staff for every 3 children
  • 2-3 years is 1 member of staff for every 4 children
  • 3-5 years is 1 member of staff for every 8 children

Do you offer settling in sessions?

Yes absolutely. Every child is offered a settling in session that takes place two weeks before their actual start date. Children usually attend between 2-4 settling in sessions depending upon age. During the initial session you will stay with your child and spend time together meeting staff and discussing specific needs and routines. Settling in sessions after the first depends on age, booking pattern and how your child adapts to nursery. This will of course be discussed with you prior to arranging suitable dates together.

Can I use Government funded hours at Blossom Lodge?

Yes, every 3 and 4 year old child can claim 15 hours of funded nursery education. This increases to 30 hours based upon eligibility and begins from the term after their third birthday. Some 2 year old children may also qualify for the funded 15 hours and this is based upon meeting certain criteria. For further information parents can call and we will be happy to discuss how funded childcare is applied at our Cheltenham based nursery.

Do you allow payments through the Tax Free Childcare Scheme?

Yes, we are registered to accept payments through the Tax Free Childcare Scheme. To learn more about how the Tax Free Childcare Scheme supports families visit Childcare Choices.

Do I need to pay extra for meals and snacks?

Meals and snacks are included within fees so you are not required to pay extra. Our menus are healthy, consisting of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and tea. If your child has specific dietary requirements or is a 'fussy' eater, our team will work with you ensuring your child's needs are met. Unfortunately due to allergies within the nursery we are unable to accept food or packed lunches brought in to replace our menu.

What else is included in your nursery fees?

Included in our day nursery fees are nappies, wet wipes and nappy creams. Cow's milk is provided for children over the age of 1 but we do ask parents to provide any formula milk required throughout the day.

Do you have a car park and pushchair storage?

You will find our car park to the rear of the day nursery building. This is for parents to access alongside a pushchair storage cupboard if required. Here you can leave pushchairs and car seats whilst your child is in nursery.

Do you offer any discounts on your nursery fees?

At Blossom Lodge Day Nursery we offer the following discounts:

  • 10% NHS employee discount
  • Discounted daily rate for full time places
  • 10% Sibling discount for the youngest child*

*Please note this will not apply if the older child is in receipt of Government Funded Hours.

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