Our caring, creative, and observant staff are our greatest resource at Lake Street Nursery. The children benefit from having a small team of passionate caregivers, each bringing unique perspective, skills, and personality. We have an ongoing programme of staff training and career development opportunities to support our staff to really build on their particular areas of interest within the Early Years framework.

Catherine Morey


PGCert in Education (PGCE) Systems Leadership
Level 6 qualification in Child Care.

Catherine has been the manager at Lake Street since 2000, and before then was involved as a parent and and committee member. She lives in South Oxford with children at local schools.

Catherine has lead in transforming Lake Street to a five day a week nursery setting, and registered charity, from its beginnings as Lake Street Playgroup. She is a valued leader in Oxfordshire Early years community and offers peer-to-peer support of other independent early years settings in Oxfordshire.

Catherine is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator, SENCO.

Ben Haydon

Key person, Green group

B.A. (Hons) Outdoor Education
Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Workforce as an Early Years Educator.

Ben joined us in 2015. He takes the lead on development of the outside area with an eco-literate approach to learning outside.  He deputises when Catherine is absent.

Ben was and was previously a Forest School Teacher, before re-training as an early years practitioner. He is an active member of the local community and runs the Hogacre Eco-Park in Grandpont.

Saira Afzal

Key person, Red group

Level 3 Diploma, Child Care and Education

Saira joined the team in 2006. She has a special interest in developing cooking activities for the children, and introducing children to foods and experiences from a variety of cultures.

Saira has had experience as acting deputy and running sessions. She is looking forward to further study in Early Years Education, alongside her work at Nursery.

Jess Filer

Key person, Yellow group

Level 3 Diploma, Children and Young People’s Workforce
Level 2 Diploma, Food Preparation, Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Jess is an enthusiastic and experienced early years practitioner, and joined Lake Street in 2015.

Jess loves helping the children learn signs alongside their rhymes and songs, and has championed signing at Lake Street. She also has experience in supporting children with autism spectrum disorders.

Shikha Christopher

Key person, Blue group

Level 3 Diploma, Child Care and Education.

Shikha joined the team in 2016. She especially enjoys reading to the children, and bringing stories to life with puppets and props.

She has several years experience as an early years educator, and has training in signing.

Caterina Bower


Cat joined our team in 2012. She’s our friendly and efficient administrator, and the person you’ll probably meet first when you contact nursery.

The children enjoy ‘visiting’ Cat in her office, and love it when Cat sometimes pops in to join them for story time, cooking or playtime too.

Cat lives locally in South Oxford, and has special interest in cooking and catering.

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