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

Pre-school Room Supervisor - Amy Cruwys

Senior Practitioners - Lisa Harris & Mia Ganniclifft 

Practitioners - Clare Smokum, Naomi Nichols, Charlene Huish. 

Assistants - Abbie Knight, Mia Phillips & Olivia Newman.

Apprentices - Katy Tasker, Ella Davis

Supply - Ellie Finlayson, Milly Putt & Teresa Stuckes,

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 also supports Emma with Special Educational Needs and Disability 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 supports Claire with Safeguarding and is the SENCO lead. Both Emma & Claire have full training in both areas to ensure 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 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.

Amy Cruwys

Pre-school Room Supervisor

Amy is highly committed to helping the children at Abacus explore and learn. She has recently returned to Abacus after being a Deputy in another local nursery. She was previously an apprentice here so knows the nursery well, she missed our routines, standards and team spirit so has returned in this senior role, we are delighted. Amy leads the pre-school sessions and is passionate about Early Years.