Meet the Team

Find out about the team that makes this nursery so special

Our Team

We are a family here at Horizon Childcare; this is particularly reflected through the team as many of us have our own children attending the nursery. We give our team some free childcare to allow them to continue their career as well as having a family if they want to.

As a team, we are dedicated to continually reflect and improve on our professional practice. All our staff are vigorously vetted and checked before and during their employment with us. They are first aid trained and have a wealth of knowledge and experience between them.

As an employer, we strive to support staff through continuous professional development opportunities and we exceed the minimum qualification requirements set out by Ofsted. We focus on respectful interactions which we role-model to each other and the children to promote positive behaviour.

Many of the practitioners also adopt an additional role to research and enhance the practice of our setting as a whole. The impact of these additional roles reverberates through the team to improve the service we provide.

Our manager is proud to be an Apprentice Ambassador with Exeter College and Horizon Childcare won 'Small Employer of the Year' in 2018 for the work to support apprentices.

Meet the Senior Leadership Team

Lydia Wright

Lydia Wright

MANAGING DIRECTOR - BA (HONS), EYT, BATD

Lydia has been working in Early Years Education for 13 years and has overseen the management side of things across 4 different early years settings over the past 10 years. She has always enjoyed working with children to watch them develop, achieve and thrive. She is also passionate about working with members of the team to offer career and training opportunities to enhance their practice. Her passion lies in continuous improvement and she is always looking for new and innovative ways to strengthen the nursery as a whole to benefit the children and families in attendance.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and son in Exmouth where they live. On weekends you can often find her family enjoy walks, meeting friends and supporting the Exmouth RNLI of which her husband is a crew member. She also loves to dance and is a trained ballet teacher.

Kim Heale

Kim Heale

CHILDCARE MANAGER - LEVEL 3

Kim has over 14 years’ experience working in early years and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience over the years. She enjoys working closely with families to get to know them and how the nursery can support them effectively.

Kim is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her first child, Lily, in February 2022. The team will look forward to welcoming her back later in the year.

Lucy Goodfellow

Lucy Goodfellow

DEPUTY CHILDCARE MANAGER - LEVEL 5

Lucy started working in Early years when she was just 17 years old; starting as an apprentice and working her way up all the way to Deputy Manager. Although she works in the office, she is always in and out of all the rooms interacting with the children.

When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time exploring the area with her Fiancé and dog (a fluffy little cockapoo called Oscar who likes to get up to no good!)

Susanna Goffe

Susanna Goffe

Teaching, Learning and Phonics Lead

Susanna started working with preschool aged children about 3 years ago; she loves working with this age group and coming up with fun and challenging activity ideas. Last year, she completed Early Years Teacher Status (EYT post-graduate qualification) which furthered her knowledge and experience across the early years age ranges. Susanna has previous experience working in schools which helps her to understand what children need for their next stage of learning.

In her spare time she enjoys running (a lot!) with Teignbridge Trotters Club in Newton. Susanna mostly functions on coffee!

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Sophie Tickner

ACORN ROOM LEAD (2.5 - 4 YEARS) - BA, EYT

Hello, my name is Sophie and I am the room leader of Acorns. I am Level 6 qualified having studied Early Childhood Studies at University and I have worked with children for over 6 years. I love working with children and am passionate about providing them with the best care and learning experiences possible. In my spare time I love to bake anything from cakes to brownies, and since covid, I have taken the plunge and started my own cake business on the side. In my spare time I enjoy meeting up with friends and family and going on long dog walks with my dog Hugo.
Chloe Bradshaw

Chloe Bradshaw

DAISY ROOM LEAD (1.5 - 2.5 YEARS) - LEVEL 3

Chloe started working in early years with us 5 years ago as a level 2 apprentice. She then went on to a level 3 apprenticeship, during which time she became deputy room lead due to the huge amount of skills and experience she had gained. She is now proud to have been given the opportunity to be Room Leader and is enjoying adapting the curiosity approach in Daisy Room with the support of her team. Chloe finds early years so rewarding and enjoys how every day can be so different and exciting.

In her spare time, Chloe enjoys spending time with her two house bunnies (who you may have seen visited nursery in the past) and going to the gym.

Olivia Bloxsom

Olivia Bloxsom

PEBBLE ROOM LEAD (BIRTH - 1.5 YEARS) - LEVEL 3

Olivia (lovingly known as Liv in nursery) qualified with a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare; having previously completed a BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Childcare, and a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

She has worked at Horizon Childcare since 2018 and has always had a passion for working with children; she feels it is an extremely rewarding career watching the children develop and grow. She cares for each and every baby in Pebble room with such warmth and care; many of the children still go back for cuddles with Olivia even when they’ve moved up to the next room!

Olivia recently bought her first home with her boyfriend and has really enjoyed spending time settling into the house. She also enjoys spending time with her family who also live close by.

Each room has further members of the team who will be introduced to you when your child starts:
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Staff Deployment

Each of our three rooms has a dedicated and consistent team. Each team consists of a Room Lead and Deputy Room lead to make sure there is always someone running the room. The rest of the team help to meet or exceed national legal staff-child ratios to ensure all children are given the very best care and education each day.

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Recruitment Information

As a nursery rapidly growing in popularity, we are always looking to hear from inspiring individuals looking to join and enhance our team. If your values fit our ethos and you want to provide outstanding education and care to children, please get in touch with us.

Our team has been consistently voted as our greatest asset by the parents. If you want to be part of an inclusive and welcoming environment with opportunities for further training and career progression, follow the link below to fill out an application form. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Careers at Horizon

Passionate about childcare, continued professional growth, or interested in an apprenticeship?