Meet the Team

All our staff are experienced in child-care. There is a training programme in place so that all key persons will hold a Level 3 in childcare. Our Manager has Early Years Professional Status: a level 6 qualification in Child Care.

There is at least one member of staff with a current First Aid certificate available at each session. Our staff are our greatest resource and we have an ongoing programme of staff development and training

Catherine Morey

Manager and Early Years professional


Catherine has been the Setting Manager since 2000 and involved with the Nursery as a parent and committee member since 1995 when the group, then known as Lake Street Playgroup, was based in the South Oxford Community Centre. She has a level 6 qualification as an Early Years Professional.

She is the Special Educational Needs Coordinator, SENCO.  She also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Early Years: Systems Leadership. Catherine is a resident of South Oxford with children at local schools. She has been able to offer peer-to-peer support of other settings in her role as a Leader of Early Learning with Oxfordshire County Council (a scheme that ended in 2018) and continues to be involved in various professional support schemes with the County, such as network meetings.  

Ben Haydon


Ben began working as a key person at the Setting in Spring 2015. He is a member of the community with children at local schools and runs the Hogacre Eco-Park in Grandpont. He has a BA (hons) in Outdoor Education and was previously a Forest School Teacher. 

He has completed his Level 3 Diploma for the Eary Years Workforce as an Early Years Educator in 2016.  He takes the lead on development of the outside area with an eco-literate approach to learning outside.  He deputises when Catherine is absent.

Shikha Christopher

Shikha joined the team in Term 1 2017 and has over five years childcare experience in a large nursery chain. She is qualified to level 3 and is a member of the local community, her children attended Nursery.  She has training in signing and is interested in promoting cultural understanding.  She speaks Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi as well as English.

Jess Filer

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Jess began working as a key person in Spring 2015. She has several years experience having worked in Early Years for a number of years. Jess has completed levels 1, 2 and 3 qualifications for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, and also level 1 and 2 in Food Preparation and Cooking, and Nutrition and Healthy Eating.

She has experience in supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disability. She also heads up the Early Birds session.

Saira Afzal

Saira has a Level 3 qualification in childcare and works as a key person. She has been a member of the team for a number of years. She has a special interest in engaging children with food and cooking experiences. Saira is also a keen gardener, and helps to implement eco-literacy at Nursery, with an interesting in growing fruit and vegetables with the children.

Caroline Bushell

Caroline has offered supply and SEN cover since 2014 and prior to that was a member of the Setting’s Committee. She has supported a number of children at the setting, supporting their social interactions and communication and language development as well as assisting with creating a rich and varied learning environment for the children.