Stewart Birchall

Managing Director

Hello, I am Stewart Birchall and the owner of the Netstar9 Childcare group of nurseries. My reason for entering childcare in 2001 was because of my daughter Holly and wanting to provide her with the best possible childcare in a home from home setting which I could personally help influence and shape. Since 2001, Netstar9 Childcare has aspired to be the nursery provider of choice across the North West, delivering continually improving childcare excellence in the communities it serves, Blackburn School House, Preston Busy Bears and Lytham St. Anne’s Summerfield. I am continually proud of my teams that have your trust to nurture, develop and grow your children, with the best possible care in a safe and secure home from home environment. We can never stop improving and I encourage your feedback as parents as our partners to help us continue to deliver childcare excellence that makes a difference.

Gillian Robinson

Area Manager

I am the area manager for Netstar 9 childcare. I have worked in childcare for over 20 years. My experience has been gained by working over 10 years in a preschool setting as a nursery practitioner, deputy manager and setting manager. My knowledge has also been gained from completing my BA Hons in early years. During my time with the Netstar 9 group I have further developed my management experience moving onto Area Manager for all of the settings in the Netstar 9 group. As an Area Manager I believe that success comes from within and that commitment, passion and dedication are all essential when working in a challenging and changing environment. Children are at the heart of everything I do within the nurseries and I believe that all children deserve to experience the very best childcare possible, making learning both educated and fun.

Sonia Smith

Manager

Hello, I am Sonia Smith. I am the manager at Summerfield Day Nursery. I have worked in childcare for 20 years. My experience has been gained from working with ages 0-5 years and worked with children with special educational needs. I have worked as a nursery practitioner, room leader, deputy manager and nursery manager. Working within all roles has given me lots of experience that I am able to use to support my role and my staff team. I believe that having strong management and leadership skills and being passionate and committed to my role helps to drive the nursery team to provide an excellent service alongside giving friendly professional advice to all our families. I believe that the team at Summerfield Day Nursery are outstanding and we strive to ensure that every child’s individual needs are at the heart of everything we do. We pride ourselves on being fully inclusive and providing an exciting and inspiring environment in which all the children in our care can learn develop and flourish.

Adrienna Taylor

Accounts Manager

I have worked at Summerfield since 1977. In my time at Summerfield I have been a nursery practitioner, deputy manager and setting manager. I have a BA Hons in early years and hold my EYP Early Years Professional status. I retired from the nursery in 2017 but came back in 2018 as I missed working at the nursery and in the early years! My role is to support in the office as the accounts manager and I now work part time in this role. I am here to help and support with the nursery accounts and I am on hand to help families with payments and invoices.

Chelsea Thompson

Deputy Manager

Hello, I am Chelsea Thompson I am the Deputy Manager, SENCO and Speech and Language Co-ordinator at Summerfield Day Nursery. I have worked in childcare for 6 years gaining my experience working with ages 0-5 years. I have had previous managerial experience in childcare settings and feel confident in my role at Summerfield Day Nursery helping to support the Nursery and the Team. I am very motivated person and enjoy what I do. I live locally with my husband and son who is 6, I feel that you learn a lot in childcare from personal experience. My Role at Summerfield Day Nursery is to support the team within the nursery on a daily basis to ensure that we are all providing outstanding care to the children in the setting. I have good knowledge and understanding of the EYFS, planning and safeguarding. I have formed good relationships with key children and parents within the setting. I am a passionate and enthusiastic in my work and love being involved in the development of the children.

Emma Winning

I have worked in childcare for over 12 years and I started at Summerfield in 2014. I hold a foundation degree in professional practice in early years, which is a level 5 qualification, I partake in regular training within my role such as safeguarding, paediatric first aid and any other training that is relevant to my role. I have a special interest in communication and language in the early years, and I am the lead professional with this in our setting, I am able to guide and advise families and support with referrals, I work alongside other professionals to ensure that all children are getting what they need to develop their communication and language. I also have a special interest in outdoor play, I especially like to plan activities for our forest and beach school sessions. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and taking care of my young daughter.

Kerry Sharp

I have worked in childcare for over 10 years and I started at Summerfield in 2015. I hold a level 3 childcare qualification as well as a level 2 qualification in children’s mental health. I have up to date training in Paediatric first aid and safeguarding and continually like to develop professionally, partaking in inhouse training and online training, keeping my early years knowledge current. I am a room leader in the 0-2 year unit, within my role I support my staff team and management to ensure we are providing the best possible care for your little ones. My special interest in early years is outdoor play and planning trips into the local community with the babies, I feel this provides greater learning experiences for the children. In my spare time I like to spend time with family and friends.

Chelsea Brannan

I have worked at Summerfield since 2016, during my time at Summerfield I have completed my level 3 childcare qualification. I also have my Paediatric first aid qualification and current safeguarding training, I also have regular inhouse training to ensure my knowledge is kept up to date and current. I thoroughly enjoy messy play and like planning a wide range of messy play activities that the children will benefit from, I find the children learn so much through the exploration of messy play activities and I like to keep the activities exciting and interesting. I hope to go to university to further my training and career working with children. In my spare time I like to spend time with family and friends.

Emma Hardy

I have worked at Summerfield since 2011. I hold a level 5 childcare qualification. I have up to date training in Paediatric first aid and safeguarding and continually like to develop professionally, partaking in inhouse training and online training, keeping my early years knowledge current. My special interest in early years is sensory play.

Paula Dillon

I have worked in childcare for over 18 years and I started at Summerfield in 2001. I hold a level 3 qualification in early years and have worked with all ages from 0-5 years, I partake in regular training within my role such as safeguarding, paediatric first aid and any other training that is relevant to my role. I have a special interest in creative activities and I really enjoy planning activities to celebrate special events throughout the year. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and taking care of my daughter. I support my daughter in dance classes and competitions and really enjoy doing this.

Rose Platts

I have worked at Summerfield since 2018 and I am currently working towards my level 2 in childcare. I have up to date training in Paediatric first aid and safeguarding and continually like to develop professionally, partaking in inhouse training and online training, keeping my early years knowledge current. My special interest in early years is communication and language.

Sarah Parsons

I have worked at Summerfield since 2002. I hold a level 3 childcare qualification. I have up to date training in Paediatric first aid and safeguarding and continually like to develop professionally, partaking in inhouse training and online training, keeping my early years knowledge current. I also have additional training in understanding autism and Makaton. My special interest in early years is outdoor and messy play.

Louise Critch

I have worked at Summerfield since 2013 and have worked in childcare since 2006. I have had experience as a nursery practitioner, room leader and deputy manager. I hold a level 3 childcare qualification. I have up to date training in Paediatric first aid and safeguarding and continually like to develop professionally, partaking in inhouse training and online training, keeping my early years knowledge current. My role at Summerfield is to drive the mini bus for outings and partake in these outings also. I work across all three netstar 9 nurseries.

Sharon Cox

I have worked at Summerfield since 2002. I hold a level 3 childcare. I have up to date training in Paediatric first aid and safeguarding and continually like to develop professionally, partaking in inhouse training and online training, keeping my early years knowledge current. I have a particular interest in outdoor learning and like to plan outdoor activities and outings for the children to participate in.

Anna Waterton

I have worked at Summerfield for many years as a lunch time assistant. My role is to clear the nursery rooms and kitchen.

Ellen Staff

I have worked at Summerfield since 2018. I hold a level 3 childcare qualification. I have up to date training in Paediatric first aid and safeguarding and continually like to develop professionally, partaking in inhouse training and online training, keeping my early years knowledge current. My special interest in early years is special educational needs.