Meet the Team


    Patsy Millen

    Co-Founder & Director

    Founder and Director of What A Hoot Day Nurseries from September 2013.Patsy has a foundation degree in early years Practice and over 30 years experience in childcare. She loves the great outdoors, music, playing the piano and long walks with Sadie her cockapoo. She really dislikes wasps and animal cruelty.

        Nichola Barnes

        Cramlington Manager

        Joined What A Hoot January 2014 and manages our Cramlington nursery. Likes cooking. Dislikes Liquorice!

            Danielle Slater

            Blyth Deputy Manager and SEND Coordinator

            Danielle is our Deputy Manager at Blyth and is our SEND Coordinator supporting staff in all of our settings with children who have additional needs. She holds a Level 3 qualification in childcare and education/level 3 Send qualification and has over 15 years experience in childcare. Danielle joined What A Hoot Blyth in September 2014. She loves live music and hates Spiders!

                Deanne Cook

                Bedlington Manager

                Deanne is our Manager for Bedlington and joined the team in November 2015. She has a full teaching degree, loves anything Harry Potter and hates spiders!

                    Briony Wilson

                    Blyth Senior Nursery Practitioner

                    Briony joined the team in October 2015 holds a Level 4 qualification and is a senior nursery practitioner. Briony leads the Pre-school at our Blyth nursery she loves holidays and dislikes cold weather!

                        Suzanne Wilson

                        Blyth Senior Nursery Practitioner

                        Suzanne is level 3 qualified and leads the baby room. She joined What A Hoot blyth in April 2015. Suzanne loves her caravan but hates moths!!!

                            Abby Wilson

                            Blyth Senior Nursery Practitioner

                            Abby is a senior nursery practitioner and leads our two year old room. She also loves football, sunny holidays and dislikes bananas!

                                Chloe Saul

                                Blyth Nursery Practitioner

                                Chloe joined us as an apprentice in January 2017 and is now fully qualified at level 3. Chloe works in the baby room at Blyth. She loves keeping fit and spending time with her family and friends. She dislikes wasps!

                                    Becky Coates

                                    Cramlington Nursery Practitioner

                                    A former student with What A Hoot, Becky joined the team in May 2017. She is qualified to level 3. Becky loves Unicorns and dislikes slugs!

                                        Julie Pye

                                        Bedlington Nursery Practitioner

                                        Julie joined the team in January 2018 is level 3 qualified and is a nursery practitioner at our Bedlington Nursery.

                                            Chloe Day

                                            Cramlington Apprentice Nursery Practitioner

                                            Chloe joined our team in October 2017 as an apprentice at our Cramlington Nursery. Chloe loves family time, reading and new challenges. She dislikes cheese, wasps and mess!!!

                                                Gillian Martino

                                                Bedlington Deputy Manager

                                                Gillian is our Deputy Manager at Bedlington and is qualified to level 4. She joined the team in May 2018. Gillian loves anything Disney and dislikes anything not to do with Disney!

                                                    Sonia Spencer

                                                    Blyth Nursery Practitioner

                                                    Sonia is a nursery practitioner and joined our Pre-school team in September 2018. Sonia loves Autumn walks and spending time with her family. She dislikes mess!!

                                                        Hollie Million

                                                        Blyth Nursery Practitioner

                                                        Hollie is a nursery practitioner in our two year old room at Blyth. Hollie loves anything Disney and does not like spiders!!

                                                            Rachel Moss

                                                            Blyth Nursery Practitioner

                                                            Rachel is a nursery practitioner  based in our Pre-school in Blyth. She joined the Pre-school team in September 2018. Rachel loves family time and dislikes peas!!

                                                                Emma Morton

                                                                Blyth Nursery Practitioner

                                                                Emma is a nursery practitioner in the Twos room at Blyth. She joined the team in August 2018. Emma loves shopping and spending time with her family. She does not like the dark or moths!!

                                                                    Shannon Cheatham

                                                                    Blyth Nursery Apprentice

                                                                    Shannon is an apprentice nursery practitioner at our Blyth nursery and is currently in the Pre-school. Shannon loves cream cakes, dancing and dislikes spiders!!!

                                                                        Amy Sprott

                                                                        Cramlington Senior Nursery Practitioner

                                                                        Amy is our Senior Nursery Practitioner at our Cramlington Nursery and joined the team in October 2018. Amy loves listening to music and walks to the seaside. She dislikes dark chocolate and horror movies!

                                                                            Danielle Fullback

                                                                            Bedlington Nursery Practitioner

                                                                            Danielle is a nursery practitioner at our Bedlington Nursery. She joined the team in March 2019. Danielle loves anything Disney, anything cute and fluffy and dislikes spiders!

                                                                                Amy Ridley

                                                                                Bedlington Nursery Practitioner

                                                                                Amy loves spending time with her family and travelling to different countries.
                                                                                Dislikes mess and bugs!

                                                                                  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.