The team

At Topsham House Day Nursery our staff have always been our greatest asset. They are chosen for their integrity of character, enthusiasm and a sincere wish to care for and guide your child. We achieve the high standards we have set ourselves through vigorous selection procedures and training programmes. All staff are thoroughly vetted which includes the Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The staff team includes a Nursery Manager, a Senior Lead Practitioner, Senior Nursery Practitioners, Nursery Practitioner and Apprentice Nursery Practitioners.

All staff are encouraged to further their education and Topsham House is committed to training staff at all levels. Staff undertake regular training sessions both within the nursery on internal courses and on external courses.

All our staff hold or are working towards Basic Food Hygiene, Paediatric First Aid and Child Safeguarding qualifications.

Staff are identifiable through their uniform and name badges.

Susan Maxted, Owner

The owner Susan, takes ultimate responsibility for the nursery, its staff and children. After completing her B.Ed (Hons) in 1990, Susan taught in primary school for 6 years before opening Topsham House Day Nursery in 1996. Susan recognised the need for a day nursery that provided not only quality care but also pre-school education. Susan has 3 grown up children.

Karen Haylett, Nursery Manager

The Nursery Manager Karen, manages the nursery and works closely with the owner to ensure that the quality of care and professional organisation of the nursery is maintained. Karen is responsible for the day to day running of the nursery and ensuring that it adheres to Ofsted regulations. Having qualified in 1993, Karen joined Topsham House when it opened in 1996 . Karen completed her BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies in 2011 and the Early Years Teacher Status in 2012. Karen has a primary school aged son.

Katie Payne – Deputy Manager

Katie – Deputy  Manager, joined us in September 2023

Qualification level 3 in Children’s Care, learning and development.

Katie assists Karen with the day to day running of the nursery and Manages the setting in Karens absence.

First Aid and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Amy Cole – Office Manager

Amy – Office Manager, joined Topsham House in 2023.
Amy runs the administration side of nursery and is the go-to lady for all fee’s and funding questions. Amy has 2 daughters.

Catherine Connolly, Senior Practitioner

Catherine Connolly – Senior Practitioner, joined Topsham House in 2018.
Catherine is one of our Senior practitioners and has some management responsibilities, she is also the setting SENCO.
Qualification Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Early Years.
First Aid and Safeguarding
Catherine has a daughter.

Nikki Johnson, Senior Practitioner

Nikki Johnson – Senior Practitioner, joined Topsham House in 2019.
Nikki is one of our Senior practitioners and has some management responsibilities.
Qualification Level 5 BTEC HNC Early Childhood Studies.
First Aid and Safeguarding
Nikki has a primary aged daughter and 2 sons in secondary school.

Sue Tebbutt, Practitioner

Sue Tebbutt – Practitioner, joined Topsham House in 2017.
Qualification Level 3 NCFE Children and Young Peoples Workforce.
First Aid and Safeguarding
Sue has a grown up son and a daughter at University. She has 2 grandchildren.

Rebecca Burton, Practitioner

Rebecca Burton – Practitioner, joined Topsham House in 2018.
Qualification Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Early Years.
First Aid and Safeguarding

Gavi, Practitioner

Gavi joined Topsham in October 2023.
Qualification level 5 in Children’s care, learning and development.
Gavi has many years’ experience of working in childcare, First Aid and safeguarding

Neve Wright – Practitioner

Neve joined Topsham in September 2023
Qualification level 2 in Children’s Care, learning and development
First Aid

Claire Allsopp – Practitioner

Claire joined Topsham in September 2023
Qualification level 3 in Children’s Care, learning and development
First Aid

Karon Herbert, Nursery Cook

Karon Herbert – Nursery Cook, joined Topsham House in 2020
Qualification NVQ 2 in Food preparation & cooking, Food Safety & Hygiene and Food Allergy training.
Karon has over 25 years of catering experience.
Karon has 3 grown up children.

Carolyn Browning, Practitioner

Carolyn Browning – Practitioner, joined Topsham in January 2023.
Qualification level 3 in Children’s care, learning and development.
Carolyn has over 25 years’ experience of working in childcare, First Aid and safeguarding

Megan Taylor, Apprentice

Megan Taylor – Apprentice, joined Topsham in October 2022
Megan is an Apprentice working towards her level 3 in children’s learning and development as an early years educator.

Leah Poyser, Apprentice

Leah joined Topsham in July 2023

Leah is an Apprentice working towards her level 2 in Children’s learning and development as an early years educator.

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Robyn Lovett, Senior Practitioner

Robyn Lovett – Practitioner, joined us in February 2023
Qualification level 3 in Children’s Care, learning and development
First Aid and safeguarding

Amelia Palmer, Practitioner

Amelia Palmer – Practitioner, joined Topsham in 2023
Qualification level 3 Children’s Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) 

Courtney Green, Practitioner

Courtney Green – Practitioner, joined Topsham in 2023
Qualification level 4 in children & Young People services (Early Years).