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Moorgate, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4RY

01695 573470

Moorgate Nursery School and Munchkins Childcare

Meet the Team

Nicola McDonagh - Head Teacher

I am honoured to have been appointed to the post of Head teacher at Moorgate Nursery School in September 2015.

I hold a BA Hons in Psychology and Language Studies. P.G.C.E in Primary and Early Years Education and National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers.

I have worked throughout the primary age range. However, over the past 12 years of my career I chose to specialise in Early Years and worked as a Foundation Stage leader in a primary school.

I then worked for 8 years as the Deputy Head Teacher, at a large Children’s Centre and Nursery School in Wigan, where my main responsibilities involved, SEND co-ordinator, Assessment and Intervention Co-ordinator and Curriculum lead.

I am passionate about ensuring that all children have the best possible start in their early education, through quality early years provision.

Claire Tjaveondja – Deputy Head Teacher, SENCO and Nursery School Forest School Leader

Hello! I am Claire Tjaveondja and my background is in the Arts. I am also passionate about the environment and equality. I love working with children and have worked within the Early Years for 20 years (since I was about 12!).

I started my career as a Reception teacher in London and worked as a Nursery teacher in Burscough and Southern Spain. I returned to England as a Reception teacher in Preston and then worked in a Foundation Stage unit in a primary school in Skelmersdale.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Degree), I have the National SENCo Award, I hold Forest School Trainer Level 3 and I am very proudly awaiting my graduation for my Masters in Education this December!

I am now loving my position as teacher and SENCo at Marvellous Moorgate Nursery and Children’s Centre!

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Hannah Taylor - Teaching Assistant

Hello I'm Hannah Taylor, I have 15 years experience of working in childcare and I hold a BTECH National Diploma in Early Years and a BA Hons Degree in Childhood and Youth Studies.  I have worked in private nurseries as room leader in ages 0-4 years and volunteered in SEN schools, nurseries, mainstream schools and I also have forestry school experience. 

I live locally with my little boy and we love being outdoors and walking our dog.

I am really look forward to having lots of fun with the children.  I love planning exciting and challenging activities, arts and crafts, reading stories and being outdoors, particularly forest school.  I am very passionate about ensuring every child grows an learns through their interests and their own individual selves and most importantly that they are happy in our care.

Nicola Laurie - Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Nicola Laurie, I live locally in Ormskirk with my husband and my three boys.  I trained as a nursery nurse straight after leaving school at Southport College where I gained my diploma in childcare (NNEB).  I have worked in many different settings along the way from a private nursery to a boarding school!

I was really happy to be offered the part time job at Moorgate as this is were I came as a three year old and I also did some of my training here through college and later as a parent with my youngest son, Harrison.  I love to be outside and I'm particularly looking forward to Forest School as I really enjoyed helping out when my son was here.

Amanda Bell - Teaching Assistant

Hello my name is Amanda Bell I have worked at Moorgate for around ten years. I qualified in 2000 with a BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies.

I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and work two days.

I am a mum of two boys so I see things from a parent’s point of view! – The first day you leave them at nursery alone..... I’ve done it .... They will be fine as I found out in our fantastic setting and with brilliant staff.

Jane Rimmer - School Administrator

I am the Nursery school’s administrator and work part time at Moorgate three days a week. I sit on reception and enjoy meeting everyone as they arrive.

I am kept very busy maintaining all the children’s records, keeping account of school funds and dealing daily with general enquires and administration to ensure the smooth running of the nursery school.

I am here to help with any queries you have and I look forward to meeting you and showing you round Moorgate.

Billy Hindle - Site Supervisor

I am Billy Hindle. I joined Moorgate as Site Supervisor in June 2015 and I previously worked in maintenance. I am responsible for cleaning nursery and carrying out small maintenance jobs. I start work very early in the mornings to clean the premises before everyone arrives and you will probably see me about outside as you come into nursery as I look after the building and grounds...