Our Team

Passionate, dedicated, and loving, all Abacus Nursery practitioners love their work and it shows in everything they do. Our goal is to make a positive difference to all of the children who come to our Nursery.

Manager - Claire Kevan

Deputy - Emma Haines

Baby & Toddler Room Supervisor - Sophie Poole

Senior (room supervisor) - Michelle Keane

Pre-school Room Supervisor - Ellie Finlayson

Senior Practitioner - Nikki Lee

Practitioners - Teresa Stuckes, Lisa Harris, Mia Ganniclifft, Clare Smokum, Naomi Nichols, Mia Phillips.

Apprentices - Katy Tasker,  Olivia Newman, Charlene Huish, Ella Davis

Supply - Milly Putt

Claire Kevan

Claire Kevan


Possessing enthusiasm, Claire Kevan has a nurturing personality and with Emma supports the team of nursery practitioners at Abacus to ensure all of the children are given a high-quality childcare experience. Claire has worked with children for nearly thirty years and brings a huge amount of experience to the team. She is a dedicated Safeguarding lead and is also the Special Educational Needs and Disability lead at Abacus.

Emma Haines

Toddler & Preschool Room Supervisor - Deputy Manager

With a warm personality and hands-on approach towards learning, we are thrilled to have Emma as our Deputy. 
Emma is committed to helping children and babies explore and develop in a nurturing environment. She has been with Abacus for 15 years and has always been an inspirational member of the team. Emma shares the Safeguarding Lead and SENCO role with Claire to ensure that we always have a trained Safeguarding lead/SENCO at nursery (or contactable).

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Sophie Poole

Baby & Toddler Room Supervisor

Sophie has been with Abacus for many years. Having recently studied her degree in Early Years she has a huge amount of current knowledge, this reflects in her practice. She is a fun and energetic individual and is a valued member of the Abacus team. Sophie is also our Medical Officer at Abacus.

Michelle Keane


With a nurturing personality and hands-on approach, we are thrilled to have Michelle Keane as a part of our team. At the present time Michelle is at home on maternity leave but will be back with us later this year.

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Ellie Finlayson

Pre-school Room Supervisor

Ellie is highly committed to helping the children at Abacus explore and learn. She has been with Abacus for almost five years and is an asset to the team. Ellie leads the pre-school sessions and is also our EAL (English as an Additional Language) Officer.