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Baby Bear Staff 


Marnie Nixon.

Baby Room Leader.

"I have been working at stepping stones since September 2021. I have a level 3 qualification and have been working with children for the past 5 years. I love being a part of each child's developmental journey and helping them to reach their goals. I enjoy watching the children flourish into individual little people as they progress through the nursery."

Emelia Cyphus


Emelia completed her work placement with children, and decided to turn this into a career and complete her training with us. 


Little Bear Staff 

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Sarah Duester.

Little Bear Room Leader.

"I have been at Stepping Stones since 2002 and worked predominantly in Little Bear room for 19 years. I hold an NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Early Years Care and Education and also currently hold Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Prevent Duty and FGM certificates. I enjoy helping the children to reach their developmental milestones as well as encouraging them to be happy, confident and independent". 

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Sarah Kitching.

Early Years Practitioner.

"I have worked with children and in Early Years Settings for over 17 years and been at Stepping Stones Nursery for the last 7 years. I have a Level 3 diploma in Childcare and Early Years. I love to see the children learning and exploring the wonders of the natural world and believe that all children are special and individual and deserve the best possible start in life".

Josie Ogle.

Early Years Practitioner.

Josie has had experience working with different aged children, she has also worked with disabled children and is a very arty practitioner who makes lovely things with the children. 

Paddington Bear Staff 

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Shannon Turner

Qualified Teacher & Deputy Manager.

"I started at Stepping Stones in May 2022 and worked with Pooh Bears and Paddington's. I am a qualified teacher and currently doing a masters degree in psychology. I have Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, and Prevent Duty certificates. I enjoy helping the children to reach their individual goals as well as ensuring they are happy mentally". 

Silvia De Martini

Practitioner & Food Prep.

"I joined Stepping Stones in April 2014 and hold a Level 2 certificate in Food Hygiene training. Before becoming the nursery chef, I started working in the Baby Room and was an early years practitioner for 3 years. I love that I can share my food with the children and can happily say that everyone can now speak some Italian."

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