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.

We have a wonderful team of dedicated staff, 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 Gloucestershire County 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 - Manager

Hello, my name is Zara. I am the Operations Director and Nursery Manager 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.

Justine - Deputy Manager/Room Leader

Hello, my name is Justine and I the deputy manager at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery and the Room Leader in  the Pre-School Room. I have worked in childcare for over 10 years, previously at another nursery in Cheltenham where I was the room manager for the last 6 years there.

I have my Early Years Level 3 qualification and currently studying for the Level 5 Lead Practitioner role.

I love spending time with my family and adventures with my little girl Winnie and our French Bulldog Millie who Winnie absolutely adores giving cuddles and fuss too.

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Kitchen

Sergio - Chef

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 - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Natalie. I am the room leader in Ladybirds.

I have worked here for over 13 years, during this time I have gained my Early Years Care and Education 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 and son Jaxon

Sue - Nursery Practitioner

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.

Martyna - Nursey Practitioner

Hello, my name is Martyna and I work full time in the LadyBirds room.

I started working at Blossom Lodge in August 2023 and I have my Level 3 qualification in Early Years and also a Degree in Early Childhood Studies.

Ellie D - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Ellie D and I work in the Ladybirds room.

I have worked in childcare for the last 8 years and have been at Blossom Lodge since September 2022.

I have my Early Years Care and Education Level 3 and I enjoy volunteering with the Air Cadets teaching life skills

Tanya – Apprentice

Hello, my name is Tanya and I work part time in the Ladybirds room. I am currently studying for my apprenticeship in Early Years

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Bumblebees

Toddlers - 1 - 2 Years Old

Kim - Room Leader

Hello, my name is Kim. I am the Toddler Educational Leader Room Leader of Bumblebees Room at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery. I have worked at Blossom Lodge day nursery for the past 10 years 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 - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Briony. I work in the Bumblebees room I have worked in childcare for 8 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 and sending time with my family and friends.

Kelsey - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Kelsey and I work part time in the Bumblebees 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 I enjoy every minute with my two children Finlay and Layla.

Briony - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Briony. I work in the Bumblebees room I have worked in childcare for 8 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 and sending time with my family and friends.

Izzy - Nursery Practitioner

Hello my name is Izzy and I work full time in the Bumblebees room and I have currently studying for my apprenticeship in Early Years. I have previous experience of working in a children’s holiday club whilst at Sixth Form and caring for children of family and friends. In my spare time I love to read and walk my dog Lola, and run my page on TikTok about fashion and lifestyle.

Sammie – Apprentice

Hello, my name is Sammie and I work in the Bumblebees room. I am currently studying for my apprenticeship in Early Years

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Caterpillars Room

Early Learners 2 - 3 Years Old

Jess - Room Leader

Hello, my name is Jess and I work in the Caterpillars room full time as the Room Leader.

I started working at Blossom Lodge in June 2023.

I am qualified with my Early Years Care and Education Level 3. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my family and friends, going for meals out, visiting the cinema.

Pam - Team Leader

Hello, my name is Pam, I am the Room Leader of Caterpillars.  I have worked 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.

Rachel - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Rachel. I work part time in Caterpillars 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

Clare - Nursery Practitioner

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.

Hannah - Nursery Practitioner

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

Robyn - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Robyn and I work part time in Caterpillars.

I started at Blossom Lodge in August 2023

I have my Early Years Care and Education Level 2 and I am currently studying for my Level 3.

Lacey - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Lacey and I work full time in the Caterpillars Room.

I have worked in childcare for the last 7 years working in an other setting and have been at Blossom Lodge since April 2022.

In my spare time I enjoy going for walks, meeting up with friends and reading curled up with our cat Belle.

Ellie - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Ellie. I work part time in Caterpillars. 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.

Leah - Apprentice

Hello, my name is Leah and I work in the Caterpillars room part time and I am currently studying for my Level 2 in Early Years Care and Education.

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Butterflies Room

Pre School - 3 - 5 Years Old

Chloe – Room Leader and Curriculum Lead

Hello, my name is Chloe and I am the Room leader for Butterflies and the Curriculum Lead.

I started at Blossom Lodge in August 2023 and I am excited to use my qualification as a Primary school teacher where I specialised in Early Years in my new role.

 

Rachel - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Rachel. I work part time in Butterflies 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

Mandy - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Mandy and I work in the Pre-School Room.

I have worked in childcare for the last 25 years. I have my level 3 qualification in Early Years and I am also the nursery wellbeing officer with qualifications in counselling.

In my spare time I like to cook, travel, eating out and spending time with my son and granddaughter.

 

Lesley - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Lesley and I work in the Pre-School Room.

I have been at Blossom Lodge since September 2022. I have previously worked as a teaching assistant at a local Cheltenham school for many years.

In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and travelling.

Karen - Nursery Practitioner

Hello, my name is Karen and I work part time Blossom Lodge Day Nursery in the Pre-school Room

I started at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery in June of 2022 and I work over the lunch time periods with the children and staff.

I my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, my 3 children, watching movies, meals out and walking our dog Marylou.

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Hazel - Bank Staff

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 - Bank Staff

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.

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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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