Meet the staff

Mrs Nicola Bateson (Manager)

Hello everyone, my name is Nicola and i joined Cottam Nursery in 2016. I have worked within childcare for over 16 years, after attaining a Foundation Degree in Early Years and BA Hons in Education and Professional Studies. I have two grown up children and when they permit I enjoy many sports and walking my Dalmation Rooney!!

MAZ_8600 Mrs Wendy Castle

Hi, I am Wendy. I am married and have a son, daughter and one wonderful grandson. I have worked at Cottam for 16 very happy years. Working on Tuesdays and Thursdays the days are filled with fun times and the children’s individual characters and personalities make each day very special. Hope to see you soon.

MAZ_8445 Mrs Heather White (Administrator)

My name is Heather, I live in Longton and I am married with 3 children. I originally studied and then worked as a nursery nurse for a number of years until I had my family. On returning to work I took a slight career change and have chosen to work in Administration and do book keeping instead! I have worked at Cottam Nursery School for nearly 5 years and love being part of such an enthusiastic and conscientious team.

Mrs Jane Blackburn

Hello, my name is Jane and I really enjoy working as part of the team here at Cottam. I am a mature, experienced practitioner with a good knowledge of the EYFS and enjoy planning to suite individual children’s needs. I have a Teaching Assistant Level 2 qualification and Early Years Childhood, Learning and Development Level 3. I am married with two grown up children. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, light exercise at the gym and new challenges at home or at work.

Miss Rakesh Kaur 

Hi, my name is Rakesh. I have a 7 year old daughter and I started at Cottam Nursery School after completing my level 3 qualification in 2015. I enjoy working at Cottam and enjoy providing all the care each individual child needs and I am continuing to develop in my career. When time allows, I like socialising with friends and family and spending time with my daughter.

Mrs Rachel Yates

I have worked at Cottam since 2012 and I enjoy every fun-filled day! I have three sons of my own and it was my experience of their ‘pre-school’ years that prompted me to move to work at Cottam. I look forward to meeting you and your child(ren) very soon!

 Mrs Susan Oakes

Hello, my name is Susan. My two sons, now aged 19 & 23 used to attend Cottam Nursery School. They learned so much and had such a good experience, I was delighted when I was offered a position! I love my job which involves helping children with speech and language difficulties, putting my qualifications and experience to good use.