Our Staff

Magna Minors staff are highly qualified, with a wealth of experience in the fields of childcare and early years education.

The manager responsible to oversee the recruitment of new staff has attended and achieved the Safer Recruitment award from BANES local authority.

Through our stringent recruitment policy, including a rigorous and detailed interview procedure, vetting through the Disclosure and Barring Service, police checks and identity and personal information checks, we ensure that the suitability and competency of staff caring for your child is of the highest calibre.

Under supervision, potential staff are invited to spend a session in the setting, to be assessed to view their natural interactions with children and staff and their ability to plan and implement a simple activity.

Our Early Years Development Manager carries out regular supervision sessions and appraisals on all staff which enables us to regularly identify ongoing updates to training needs. We also celebrate achievements which promotes morale and ensures a well trained happy team of professionals.

Mrs Marlene Broad


Certificate of Education – Specialising in Early Years

Mrs Broad qualified from Bristol University, specialising in the primary sector. She has a great deal of experience and knowledge in this field and opened her first day nursery in the early 90’s. She particularly enjoys the arts and has a keen interest in interior design. She enjoys socialising, spending time with family and grandchildren and holidaying abroad. Mrs Broad plays an active part in the day to day running of the settings. With a wealth of expertise, she is well respected by staff and families alike.

Helen Carreyett

Business Manager/Proprietor

DMS Business Studies – West of England University

BA Honours Degree Early Years Care & Education – with Early Years Professional Status

Bath Spa University

Helen holds a Diploma in Management Studies. Her training enables her to take responsibility for the administration of the nursery and pre-school, specifically admissions, invoicing and the implementation of the early years entitlement scheme. She has a strong liaise with many local authorities & childcare voucher providers. She also holds a BA Honours Degree in Child Care & Education and has achieved Early Years Professional Status. This training supports her in managing the overall childcare ethos within the business. She is married with two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog, reading and going to the theatre and music gigs.

Sadie-Jayne Tucker

Pre-School/Early Years Development Manager

NVQ 5 Business Management / NVQ 4 Early Years Care & Education  – City of Bristol College

Child Protection Officer & Lead SENDCO

Sadie-Jayne joined Magna Minors in August 2004, but has been working in the care sector since leaving school. She has undertaken a number of roles within the setting and now holds the position of Early Years Development Manager, overseeing the nursery & pre-school managers. Sadie holds an NVQ 4 Early Years Education and an NVQ 5 Business Management, along with 1 & 2 Makaton Certificate and Paediatric 1st Aid Certificate. She enjoys reading, cooking, walking and spending time with her husband, three daughters and granddaughter. Sadie is also interested in football & speedway.

Katie Faulkner

Day Care Manager

City & Guilds – NVQ 4 Childcare & Education

Katie joined Magna Minors in February 2004 as a Nursery Assistant. She achieved her NVQ 2, moving on to qualify as a Nursery Nurse NVQ 3 through Weston College in 2007. She has gone on to gain her NVQ 4 Childcare & Education in 2011. She is a Paediatric 1st Aider and holds Health & Safety certificate. She is experienced in supporting children with additional needs and is trained in Makaton levels 1 & 2 training and is knowledgeable in the Early Years Foundation stage. Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Katie has been DBS checked through CAPITA Education Resourcing.

Margaret Wells

Pre-School Teacher

Certificate of Education – Specialising in Advanced Early Years – Kings College London

Margaret joined the pre-school team in 2014 as our Pre-School Teacher. She has extensive experience within the early years sector. She is a keen gardener, enjoys travelling and opera and is heavily involved in her local amateur dramatics group.

Lorraine Skralskis

Senior Nursery Nurse

City & Guilds – NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing

Lorraine is lead practitioner  in the 0 – 2 yr group. She gained her diploma at Filton College and has extensive knowledge as a nursery nurse She has been employed at Magna Minors since 2008 gaining the prestigious Baby Quality Scheme Award presented by BANES local authority. She is a Paediatric 1st Aider and holds a Health & Safety certificate. Her interests are drawing, reading, walking, watching films and spending time with her daughter and family.

Jade Monaghan

Pre-School Deputy Manager

CACHE Level 3 Diploma Childcare & Education – Norton Radstock College

Jade trained at Magna Minors whilst undertaking both her level 2 & level 3 qualifications and joined us as a full time member of staff in August 2011. She particularly enjoys doing creative activities with the children especially cooking and messy play. Her main interest is with the pre-school age children and she was promoted to Deputy Manager in 2013. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with friends, spending time with family and babysitting locally. She holds Paediatric 1st Aid and food hygiene certificates.

Katie Lyons

Nursery Nurse

NVQ III in Childcare & Education – JHP Training

After leaving school, Katie joined Magna Minors on an apprenticeship in February 2002 and gained her NVQ II certificate through YMCA training, She has since extended her training to an NVQ 3 in Childcare & Education through JHP Training in 2012. Her main focus is working with the babies aged 3 months – 2 years. She holds Paediatric 1st Aid, Food Hygiene, Health and Safety, Makaton level 1 & 2 certificates. She is heavily involved in the Young Farmers Association, and her interests include horse riding, working on her fathers farm and showing livestock at many of the agricultural shows held in the area.

Emma Brimson

Nursery Nurse

CACHE Diploma in Childcare & Development – Norton Radstock College

Emma joined Magna Minors in January 2014 after working as a Supply nursery nurse gaining experience across many aspects of childcare and education. She trained at Norton Radstock College and gained her level 3 qualification in June 2013. In her spare time Emma enjoys spending time with her family and particularly her young goddaughter & her hobbies include going to the cinema.

Skye Kingston

Nursery Nurse

NVQ II in Childcare & Education.   

Skye is continuing her training to Level III in Childcare and Education. Skye herself attended Magna Minors Pre-School as a child when Magna Minors first opened. It is therefore exciting to have her return as a member of staff.  Skye enjoys shopping, family life and going out with her friends.

Ellen Faulkner


Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

Ellen joined us as our full time nursery cook in September 2010. She has a wide range of experience in the food and restaurant trade and is knowledgeable in regards to the nutritional needs of children. She is an avid Bristol City fan and enjoys spending time with family. She was highly commended in the 5* recent Environmental Health Inspection.

Jessica Monks

Senior Nursery Nurse

CACHE Level 3 Diploma  – Childcare & Learning

Jess joined Magna Minors in September 2015 as Senior Nursery Nurse, leading practice in the 1 – 2yr age group, after holding a similar role in another setting for the last five years. She enjoys spending time in the countryside, spending time with friends and family. She qualified in Early Years childcare  in 2009. She holds a Pediatric First Aid certificate. Jess has been DBS checked through Capita Resourcing.

Sophie Pearce

Nursery Nurse

CACHE Level 2 Certificate.

Sophie joined Magna Minors in July 2015 after spending her placement from college with us where she gained her Level 2 certificate in Childcare. She is beginning her level 3 Diploma Training through Learn Direct. She is a member of a Jazz Dance Troup and participates in many festivals and shows. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Sophie has been DBS checked by Capita Resourcing.

Tess Bendon

Trainee Nursery Nurse

Trainee Nursery Nurse

Tess joined Magna Minors in September 2015 after many years travelling through Europe and Australia as a private nanny. She gained much experience and after returning to the UK decided to pursue a career in a childcare setting. She will commence her training to achieve her level 3 Diploma through Learn Direct. Tess has been DBS checked through Capita Resourcing.

Megan Taylor

Nursery Assistant

Megan is qualified with a BTEC in Health & Social Care gaining a Distinction*

She is working within Magna Minors Nursery as a Nursery Assistant and wishes to explore the exciting world of Early Years Childcare, with a view to further training within the profession. Her hobbies are playing netball, keeping fit, swimming and jogging. Megan has also volunteered for North Wiltshire Play scheme providing day respite care for children and young people with learning difficulties.

Pre-School Assistant


We employ a Pre-School Assistant who works with the Pre-School Teacher enabling exciting and stimulating activities to be planned, and ensuring your children are encouraged to explore their learning surroundings in their full capacity.