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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 & Safeguard Lead - Shel Vaughan

Baby & Toddler Room Supervisor - Sophie Poole

Pre-school Room Supervisor - Ellie Finlayson

SENCO - Jordyn Jarvis

Senior Practitioners - Charlene Huish & Mia Ganniclifft 

Practitioners - Clare Smokum, Dyharny Brumbill, Abbie Knight, Ella Davis, Mia Phillips & Olivia Newman.

Apprentice - Sophie Matthews

Supply - Milly Putt & Katy Tasker


Claire Kevan


Possessing enthusiasm, Claire has a nurturing personality and with the deputy 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 over thirty years and brings a huge amount of experience to the team. She supports both the Safeguarding lead and Senco in their roles at Abacus and is trained in both areas.

Shel Vaughan

 - Deputy Manager

Shel is committed to helping children and babies explore and develop in a nurturing environment, she has many years experience and is an asset to the Abacus team. Shel is the Safeguarding lead at Abacus.


Sophie Poole

Baby & Toddler Room Supervisor

Sophie has been with Abacus for many years. Having recently completed her post grad 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.

Ellie Finlayson

Pre-school Room Supervisor

Ellie is highly committed to helping the children at Abacus explore and learn. She leads the room with enthusiasm and loves to learn! Ellie also leads the pre-school sessions and has been with us for many years.

Our Team: Our Team
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