Meet the Cheddar Team

Clare Little (Head of Education) 

Hi my name is Clare and have recently joined the Little Adventures nurseries as Head of Education.

I qualified as an early years educator in 2002. I was lucky enough to get a job in a nursery as soon as I qualified and worked across all ages and, over the years, progressed to a senior role where I helped to support a team of 34 staff and over 200 families. I also took on the role as health and safety coordinator which gave me the opportunity to widen my knowledge in risk assessing and training. In 2012 I took on the role as Manager which is a job I loved, not only supporting families but also having to use my experience to lead a team which went onto achieve an outstanding OFSTED in 2016. I have 2 children and in our free time we love to explore our local national trust houses and get creative (the messier the better!) the are always giving me ideas to use in the nurseries.

Bobby Baldwin (Manager)

Hi, Im Bobby and I’m the Nursery Manager at Little Adventures Nursery. I I hold a level five foundation degree in early years and I have 11 years experience working with children aged six weeks to 5 years.  I have experienced a variety of job roles within the early years sector and worked my way up from an Apprentice to Manager as well as safeguarding officer inclusion coordinator , first-aider and fire officer. I believe all children learn through play and benefit from a stimulating and exciting environment where they are given plenty of opportunities to develop and progress. 

I live in Wedmore with my partner and dog. In my spare time I enjoy dog walks, shopping and watching films. 

Abbie Slater (Assistant Manager)

Hi I’m Abbie; I have a Level 6, BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies with seven years experience. I have a deep passion for teaching the Early Years Foundation Stage, especially Expressive Arts & Design and have always had the desire to help shape happy, healthy minds of all children during the most crucial, early years of their lives. I adore being creative through all kinds of arts and crafts. I LOVE all animals (I have two dogs, two South African land snails and thirteen chickens!) In my spare time I love to explore and listen to music and also have a passion for face painting and anything that sparkles!


Sharon Waters (Room Manager)

Hi. I'm Sharon and I am a qualified Nursery Nurse with over 20 years experience working in Early Years. I am especially passionate about the importance of supporting children's speech and language development so that they can become effective communicators. I also have a love of literacy and storytelling. 

I live in Cheddar with my husband, two teenagers and two cats. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching movies, knitting and crochet. I love learning new skills and I am currently learning to play the banjo and studying Welsh.


Jodie-Marie Rutter (Level 3 Practitioner)

Hi, I’m Jodie and I live in Burnham-On-Sea with my Mum, Stepdad, Sister, Brother and my little dog Frankie. I am a qualified Early Years Pracitioner that holds a Level 2 and Level 3 in Early years. I have had 7 years experience in lots of different settings and jobs roles in the Early years sector; I have worked in many nursery’s and childminders I’ve also been a nanny and was lucky enough to assist the family on a holiday out to Lanzarote during my job. I am very passionate about children learning to be confident and supporting them to be able to do anything they want to do and help them to believe in themselves that they can do it.

Ceri Jenkins (Level 3 Practitioner)

Hi, my name is Ceri I am currently based in baby room at Little Adventures nursery. I hold a Level 3 in Early years education and have worked within the industry for the past 6 years. I have worked in a variety of childcare settings including children with special educational needs. I believe that all children have right to learn, I am passionate about making all activities accessible to all.

I enjoy supporting children to explore a range of sensory and messy play experiences as well as singing and signing to support individuals' communication and language.

Chloe Harbury (Level 3 Apprentice)

Hi, I’m Chloe and I live with my mum, stepdad, brother and my two cats. I’ve recently started my apprenticeship at little adventures nursery. I have just finished my first year of college gaining my BTEC Level 2 award in employment responsibility and rights in health, social care and children and young peoples setting. I did my work experience in year 10 at a nursery for a week gaining lots new skills, I also did a further 120 hours which was required to complete my first year at college. I am very passionate of about interacting with all the children making sure they get involved in trying to new skills and becoming confident to do things independently. 

Aimie Russell (Chef)

Hi my names Aimie and I am the nursery chef. I am qualified in level 2 and 3 professional cookery and have over 6 years experience in the hospitality industry. This is my first time working in a nursery but I have always loved doing cooking activities with my little nephews and niece. I live in cheddar with my mum, step dad, step brother and my beagle, Pepper. In my spare time I love to go on dog walks, watch Netflix and spend time with my family and friends.

Louise Lockyer (Room Manager)

Hi, I’m Louise and I live in Weston-Super-Mare with my mum, dad and four brothers. I first discovered my love for childcare when I did work placement in school for a week in year 10, when leaving school I went on to do an apprenticeship and since then I have been working with children for the last 7 years.I am a qualified Early years practitioner and I hold a Level 3 in early years.I’m currently studying in Bath spa university on my second year to complete my level 5 foundation degree. I’m very passionate about my job and supporting children to become confident young people in every aspect of their development and also have a love for arts and crafts and encouraging children to explore their creative side.

Molly Derham (Level 3 Apprentice)

Hi, I’m Molly and I am a level 3 Early years Educator Apprentice at Little Adventures nursery. I have a level 3 extended diploma in Health and Social Care and I have been working with children for 3 years, in preschools, nursery’s and SEND schools.
I live in Winscombe with my Dad, Step-mum and my partner. I have 2 rabbits and 2 dogs and in my spare time I help support my parents squirrel sanctuary.