Meet the Team


    Patsy Millen

    Co-Founder & Nursery Manager

    With a degree in Early Years Practice, Patsy has over 25 years experience working in a variety of early years settings including day nurseries and managing preschools. Patsy is the founder and writer of What A Hoot Stories, Songs and Imagination – she’s thrilled to implement this aspect of her work to the nursery. As well as managing the daycare, Patsy is actively involved in working with the parents and children on a daily basis. She is passionate about her work, offering a total commitment to the parents, children and staff of What A Hoot with the aim of providing an outstanding service to the Blyth community and beyond.

        Nichola Barnes

        Cramlington Manager

        Nichola has a BA Honors degree and Early Years Professional Status.She has experience in day care and working with a variety of age groups. Nichola has undertaken a vast amount of training within the early years sector and is innovative, highly motivated and passionate about working with children. Nichola has  managed our Cramlington nursery since September 2017.

        • Location: Cramlington

          Danielle Slater

          Blyth Deputy Manager and SEND Coordinator

          Danielle has been a qualified Nursery Nurse Level 3 since 2004 and is always looking to continue her professional development. She holds a wealth of experience working with children of all ages and has had experiences of working in Day Nurseries and school settings. Danielle has also worked closely with children who have additional needs and has fully supported them to be included in the setting and access the early years curriculum. She enjoys creating stimulating environments, being creative, getting messy indoors and outdoors and helping children develop to their full potential. Danielle is our joint Deputy Manager she leads the 2-3 years room and is our joint Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator.

          • Location: Blyth

            Deanne Cook

            Bedlington Manager

            Deanne Cook is our joint deputy manager and leads the Pre-school. She is a qualified teacher has a vast amount of experience working in education settings and day nurseries. She is enthusiastic and passionate about early years, and is also a whizz with technology. Deanne is our joint Special Educational Needs and Disabilities coordinator and one of our designated people for child protection.

            • Location: Bedlington

              Briony Wilson

              Senior Nursery Practitioner

              Briony holds a Level 4 qualification and is a senior nursery practitioner.She supports Danielle in the 2-3 year old room and has a very good knowledge of child development. Briony has a fantastic enthusiasm and a real flair for childcare. She has supported closely some of our children with additional needs and has shown great expertise in this field helping children reach their full potential.

              • Location: Blyth

                Suzanne Wilson

                Senior Nursery Practitioner

                Suzanne supports Claire in the baby room and has plenty of experience working in schools and nurseries. She’s qualified to Level 3 in childcare and is very hardworking and passionate about early years. Suzanne is keen to further her knowledge and experience at What A Hoot.

                • Location: Blyth

                  Abby Wilson

                  Senior Nursery Practitioner

                  Abby joined us in 2016 - having trained as a student with us for 6 months. Abby is a very knowledgeable and hard working practitioner. Abby loves bringing her creative skills to the nursery. She also loves football – and particularly enjoys playing in goal!

                  • Location: Blyth

                    Julie Pye

                    Nursery Practitioner

                    Julie joined the Cramlington team January 2017.She is qualified to level 3 and has had lots of previous experience working in a day care setting. Julie enjoys new challenges and loves to try out new things with the children.

                    • Location: Cramlington

                      Becky Coates

                      Nursery Practitioner

                      Becky joined the team last summer and supports Nichola at Cramlington. Once a student at What A Hoot Becky is qualified to level 3. She has a calming effect on the setting and is very methodical in her role. She loves trying new activities with the children and enjoys the challenges a nursery brings.

                      • Location: Cramlington

                        Chloe Day

                        Nursery Practitioner

                        Chloe joined our Cramlington team in June 2017. Chloe is working towards her level 3 childcare qualification and is gaining lots of experience working under the guidance of Nichola.

                         

                        • Location: Cramlington

                          Chloe Saul

                          Nursery Practitioner

                          Chloe joined us as an apprentice last January. She supports Danielle in the 2-3 year old room and has learned many new skills since starting with us. Chloe is full of fun and she prides herself on knowing the children in her care really well.

                          • Location: Blyth

                          Learning opportunities for our staff

                          As well as gaining qualifications in early years care and education, all staff take part in further training to help them to keep up-to-date with current practices regarding early years care and education. We have regular team meetings to ensure continuity and consistency across the whole service.