Kellie Claiden-Smithies

Pre-school room leader - Nursery Manager/ Deputy DSL (designated safeguarding lead)

My name is Kellie Claiden-Smithies and I am the Nursery manager. I have worked within the industry for many years now and have built up a vast range of experiences from working with children aged three months right through to 19 years. I love working with all age groups to help them achieve their milestones and fulfil their potential. Within my roles I have had a great deal of experience in leadership and management and Special Education Needs. I have gained a BA HONS in Early Childhood Studies in July 2014. In my spare time I enjoys working for the White Lodge Centre and spending time with my family and friends. I also have two children of my own.

Sue Sharp

Baby Room Leader/ Deputy Manager/DSL (designated safeguarding lead)

My name is Sue Sharp and I am the deputy manager at Footprints Pre-School. I joined the team in 2014 as bank staff. I hold a NVQ Level 3 in childcare, I have over 10 years experience in working in nurseries and early years settings. I have been married for 38 years, and have two grown up children and a grandchild.

Ella O'Hare

Toddlers room leader

My name is Ella O'Hare, I have been working for Footprints Pre-School since 2014 and have completed my NVQ level 2 through the company's Apprenticeship programme in 2015. Following this I completed my NVQ level 3 in childcare. Shortly after receiving my qualification I was promoted to Toddler Room Leader. I enjoy working in childcare as it gives me great satisfaction watching the children develop and learn.

Abbey Tingley

Toddler Apprentice

My name is Abbey Tingley and I am an Apprentice at Footprints Pre-School. I chose childcare as my future career because I love the idea of supporting children during the early years and believe that nursery years are important in shaping each childs development for the future. I look forward to working and learning more about childcare throughout my apprenticeship.  

Danielle Forrester


My name is Danielle Forrester and I am the special educational needs co-ordinator for Footprints Pre-School I joined the team in 2015 as a 1:1 staff member to help those with SEN. I completed my NVQ Level 3 whilst working at Footprints Pre-School to further my development and understanding of early years. I enjoy working with all ages throughout the nursery as I get to watch the children develop and grow. I have a child of my own.

Evy Clifford

Pre-School Practitioner / SEN Support

My name is Evy Clifford and I am a special educational need support worker for Footprints Pre-School. I have a NVQ level 3 in childcare, and enjoy doing arts and crafts and playing outdoor games with the children. I have a child of my own.

Mairi McClelland

Pre-School Practitioner

My name is Mairi McClelland and I work in Pre-School, I joined Footprints in 2018, I have a NVQ level 3 in childcare, I have experience working with SEN children. I consider myself as a creative

person and really enjoy arts and crafts and getting messy! My favourite part of the job is to see the children's progress and them reach their milestones.

Chloe Bedford

Pre-School Apprentice

Hello my name is Chloe Bedford, I joined the team in 2019. I am currently working towards my NVQ Level 3 Childcare through the Footprints Pre-School Apprenticeship programme. I enjoy caring for others. My favourite part of the job is being able to play and get messy with the children, while watching them learn and develop.