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    Our Team

    Karen James – Whole Nursery Team Manager, Penrith and The Meadows and wider agency Liaison Officer

    Kiddlywinks was first founded by Karen in 2003. Karen has gained an Advanced Diploma in childcare and education, NVQ level 5 in management, Early years professional status and a First Class BA (hons) in early childhood studies. Karen is the designated person for Child Protection, Special Needs, Looked After children and is the nursery “Communication Champion”. Karen manages , supervises and oversees the development and running of the nursery. She enjoys working  and chatting with the children  so that she can then ensure that their little voices are heard and the nursery is a very special place that they  love and enjoy. Karen has also been a Freelance Ofsted inspector. In her free time Karen enjoys spending time with her ever expanding family and enjoys taking much needed breaks when time permits. She also believes that there is no such thing as having too many dogs ,cats or any animal for that matter and soon persuades Pops with just a little bit of  persuasive  pressure.



    Kelly is one of our nursery Duty Managers and has recently completed eleven years service with Kiddlywinks. Kelly has an Early Years Foundation Degree and works closely with Natalie. Their strong management partnership ensures that the Foundation and Pre School group children’s needs are fully met within a caring and highly motivated environment. When not in nursery, Kelly enjoys socialising with her family and a wide range of friends. Kelly will never make a ballet dancer as she is extremely heavy footed and can be heard stomping around like a baby elephant. Kelly’s secret talent is reciting the story the Gruffalo from start to finish whilst dressed in a full Gruffalo outfit!


    Natalie James is one of our Duty Managers and is mainly based at The Meadows. Her expertise is early years education and she works closely with all our team as a Mentor and Educational advisor.

    Natalie gained Qualified Teacher Status with a specialism in early years in 2008. Natalie has worked at Kiddlywinks for over 8 years and she manages and coordinates the teaching and learning experiences for the children across both of the nurseries. Natalie is our ‘resident story teller’ and uses her highly imaginative character to support the children in their creative productions such as the Christmas nativity and the annual graduation ceremony. In her spare time, Natalie likes to sew, knit, bake cakes and make jam. In fact, she is our very own Mary Berry!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                natalie james


    Pops (Karen’s husband Philip)

    Pops is our resident maintenance manager and he turns the children’s wishes for new outside resources into reality, such as the creation of the pirate ship and the development of our outside mud kitchen. Pops also occasionally supports the staff and children in the development of their DIY skills by planning and providing wood working projects, for example making bird boxes, benches, dens and large scale collages. If we need something made or repaired good old Pops will do it! He is Kiddlywinks Nursery’s number 1 fan and can always be found supporting the staff and children at our annual events. Pop’s hobbies are cars, making things and drinking and eating too much. So if you ever hear your child talking about Pops or shouting out  his name when they spot him when you are out shopping , you now know who he is !



    Kayleigh Crook

    Kayleigh started at Kiddlywinks on her student placement whilst studying for her level3 Childcare and Education qualification in 2004. Kayleigh has gained a great deal of experience and knowledge whilst working with our under three children. As a result Kayleigh was promoted to Deputy Manager at The Meadows where she ensures that the team work in partnership to plan and coordinate motivating and inspiring activities for our young children. Kayleigh can always be found with someone on her knee while they enjoy a cuddle and a one to one chat. Kayleigh works extremely closely with Lisa and Rachel and ensures that they are both organised which is always a challenge! Kayleigh’s hobbies include trying every ‘Big Boy’ muffin from Asda as she stalks the cake counter. She has recently taken up running to try to counteract this activity.  Kayleigh also gains huge pleasure from long walks on dark, wet nights searching for her disloyal cat.






    Krissi Pickering

    Krissi joined the Kiddlywinks team in February 2012 after previously working in another nursery in Cumbria. Krissi was promoted to Deputy Manager at Kiddlywinks Penrith in 2015. Krissi has gained a level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education and uses her skills and knowledge to ensure the children are provided with imaginative and inspiring activities to support their individual learning interests and to support the next steps of their development. Krissi enjoys socialising with her friends most weekends and enjoys attending muddy music festivals. She also enjoys being waited on, hand and foot, by her parents and her favourite time of day is lunchtime when she enthusiastically gets to eat the amazing meals her mother consistently and lovingly provides for her!


    Natalie Graham

    Natalie works closely with Jo as one of our baby room co-ordinators. She has been part of the Kiddlywinks team since Christmas 2009. Natalie’s three young children have all attended Kiddlywinks and as a result, Natalie has a true empathy with parents and knows what is important to them about having children in nursery. Natalie spends most of her time working in the Nurture Group and Moovers rooms, taking care of our little babies and working with the team to ensure that the babies’ emotional and developmental needs are identified and met. Natalie has a level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education and enjoys working closely with parents to ensure that she develops strong and trusting relationships with her key families. Natalie’s hobbies include getting up at 3 in the morning to go to the Next sale, jetting off to spend time with her parents in Cyprus and working as an apprentice chocolate taster so she can fulfil her childhood ambition of working in a sweet shop when she retires.

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  • Contact Details

    The Meadows, Tel: 01768 210500
    Eamont House, Tel: 01768 864000
    Email: karenjames2000@btinternet.com

  • OFSTED Registered

    Register Number: EY388855 Kiddlywinks Day Nursery is an OFSTED registered provider and admits children aged from three months to school entry age.
  • Opening Hours

    Opening hours: 8.15am – 5.45pm, however we can offer an early start or late finish between the hours of 8am and 6pm,