Staff

Our Nursery team is led by Manager, Alison Timbey and two Deputies: Sarah Morris and Rachel Williams

We place an emphasis on employing experienced and highly qualified practitioners.  As a result, all members of staff are qualified to at least level 3, with several holding Qualified Teacher status. We encourage and support staff to continue their studies where appropriate.

Alison Timbey
Manager

BA, QTS, NPQH

Alison is the Nursery Manager and is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.

Most of my career has been spent teaching or in school leadership based in Stoke-on-Trent. Before taking on the role of Nursery Manager I worked as a Family Support Worker for New Life Church. I am passionate about supporting families and as such am I licensed facilitator for Care for the Family’s Positive Parenting Courses. I have four children of my own, the eldest is 15 and the youngest 5; they keep me very busy when I am not a nursery.


Rachel Williams - Deputy - Photo

Rachael Williams
Deputy

BEd, QTS

Rachael is our Deputy Manager in the Rainbow Room.

As a teacher I’ve taught from two year olds through to adults, but working with preschool children and their families is where my heart lies. My husband is called Mark and we have two grown up children and a little dog called Jack. When the children were younger we spent three years in Sweden through Mark’s work. It was a fabulous experience and we still miss the snow! In my spare time I love curling up with a book, supporting Macclesfield Town FC with my husband, cooking for my family and friends and knitting socks.


Sarah Morris - Deputy - Photo

Sarah Morris
Deputy

Level 3 NVQ (Childcare)

Sarah is our Deputy Manager in the Preschool.

I have worked in childcare for over 16 years, 14 of them at New Life Nursery. Working at New Life Nursery doesn’t feel like a job, it feels more like a calling and where I feel I should be. I have worked my way up from an apprentice to Deputy Manager and I am currently studying for my NVQ Level 4 in Early Years. Some of my hobbies include going to live gigs/shows and socialising with friends. I enjoy sports such as Formula 1 and wrestling, spending time with family and walking my dogs.


Yvon Degens - Photo

Yvon Degens
Key Worker – Preschool

Level 3 NVQ (Childcare)

Yvon is one of our key workers in the Preschool.

If there is anything I like most it will be outdoor play. Mud kitchen, building dens with all kinds of different materials and I like physical development in all areas. I can speak several different languages and have lived in many different countries.


Libby Godding - Photo

Libby Godding
Key Worker – Preschool

BEd, QTS

Libby is one of our key workers in the Preschool.

I trained as a primary school teacher and worked in schools in the West Midlands and Gloucestershire for 11 years. My family moved to Congleton 20 years ago and, after a career break to raise my two daughters, I worked in learning support in a local high school. At home I enjoy cooking, reading and walking my Labrador dog.


Helen Green - Photo

Helen Green
Key Worker – Rainbow Room

NNEB

Helen is one of our key workers in the Rainbow Room.

I qualified as an NNEB thirty years ago and have worked in many different roles throughout my career from a private nanny to managing nurseries and a leisure club creche. In my spare time I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my family.


Fern Hammersley - Photo

Fern Hammersley
Key Worker – Rainbow Room

Level 3 NVQ (Childcare)

Fern is one of our key workers in the Rainbow Room.

I have worked at New Life for 6 years in both the preschool and the Rainbow Room. I also work in a pub part time. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and renovating my house which I have recently bought.


Lin Steventon - Photo

Lin Steventon
Key Worker – Preschool

Cert Ed

Lin is one of our key workers in the Preschool.

I have been a qualified teacher since 1980. I feel so blessed to enable our nursery children to play and discover. I love sparking their interest in how things work.