Claire Oldroyd – Proprietor/Manager

I qualified as a nursery nurse in 1991 and since opening the nursery in 1999 I have been the full time manager. As a mother to 3 children myself, I fully understand the importance of confidence and trust that is needed when placing your child in the care of other people.

I know how important it is to maintain a good team of nursery nurses, and we pride ourselves at St Lawrence’s nursery on having a very low staff turn over, with some staff still working for me from when the nursery first opened 16 years ago. All staff employed hold a recognised childcare qualification, along with relevant experiences and we ensure they all hold an up to date first aid certificate. When recruiting staff, they are carefully selected not solely on their professional qualifications, but on their dedication, enthusiasm and ability to lovingly care for the children. Staff are responsible for providing a stimulating and fun environment as well as catering for the individual needs of each child at every stage of development.

Our aim at St Lawrence’s Nursery is to provide your child with the best possible start in life by providing the highest standard of childcare and education.


Vicky Percival

Vicky works in our Pre-School room on a full time basis. She has an up to date safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid certificate. Vicky supports our children who have special educational needs. 

Fran Hutchins

Fran is an experienced Deputy Manager, she works in the Lions room with our 2-3 year olds. Fran is our SEND co-ordinator. She is up to date with Safeguarding training, Paediatric First Aid and Mental Health Awareness in both children and staff.  

Cassie Evans

Cassie works between all the rooms in our Nursery, Cassie works on a part time basis. She is Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding trained. 

Simon Downs

Simon is our Trainee Nursery Practitioner, he joined the team in 2023. Simon works in all the rooms to support both staff and children on a full time basis.

Elisha Bolton

Elisha joined the team in 2021, she works between all the rooms to help and support where needed. Elisha likes to get creative with the children, she has completed her paediatric first aid and safeguarding training. 

Debbie Peate

Debbie works full time in our Pre-school room. She has worked in childcare for a number of years. Debbie ensures our Pre-school children have a full filled day with lots of learning and fun.

Rachel Baxter – Nursery Manager

Rachel joined the team as a Nursery Manager in 2020, she joins us with 13 years experience in Early Years including 6 years in a managerial role. As well as having extensive experience in Early Years she is also a Mother herself. 

Victoria Webb

Victoria is a qualified and experienced Room Leader who started working with us in 2018. Victoria oversees the baby room and our Tigers room 1-2’s. She has completed baby training for 0-2’s, paediatric first aid and safeguarding. Victoria ensures she gives the babies the best start to their nursery journey.   

Hayley Cropper

Hayley is a qualified and experienced nursery nurse who started working at the nursery in 2003. Hayley works part –time in the Lions room.

Zoe Podmore

Zoe is a qualified and experienced nursery nurse who started working at the nursery in 2013. Zoe works part time in the tigers room.