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Catherine has a First Class Honours Degree in Early Years Education, She has Early Years Professional status and is a Forest School leader.


Catherine Fergus

Nursery Manager

Catherine joined the nursery in December 2003. She previously worked at Acomb pre-school in 1993 then moved to Riding Mill in 1994 to lead Riding Mill pre-school.


She returned to Acomb to help establish the nursery as she believed that her children had been fortunate to have an excellent start at Acomb First School and she wanted the same opportunities for all children in the Acomb area.

Catherine is married and has three grown-up children who all attended Acomb pre-school and then Acomb First School.


She now has a grandson, a dog called Bella and many hens. Her interests are reading, rugby, the WI, the cinema and being involved with her local community.

Lynne has a level 3 NVQ qualification in Early Years Education and is a Forest School leader.


Lynne Taylor

Deputy Manager

Lynne joined the nursery in 2004. She is the deputy manager of the nursery and has worked with Catherine for 24 years.


Lynne has two children who came to Acomb pre-school and then Acomb First School. She has two dogs called Beryl and Dave, a rabbit and an albino hedgehog.


Her interests are her local community, her animals, reading, the cinema, visiting the theatre and the outdoors.

Clare is NNEB qualified. 


Clare Shorey

Clare joined the nursery in 2005 after her children came to the nursery. She liked it so much she wanted to stay. Prior to 2005, Clare was a nanny in Northumberland. Clare is married with two daughters and a dog called Pippa.

Her interests are swimming, walking, her local community and going to the cinema.

Lisa has a level 3 Cache qualification in Early Years Education.


Lisa Connolly

Lisa is the longest standing member of Little Oaks as she joined the nursery in 2002. She has two children who attended Little Oaks and then Acomb First School. 


Her interests are walking her dog, her local community and her children.

Cristina is Cache level 3 qualified in Early Years Education.  She is currently studying towards a level 5 in Early Years.


Cristina Knox

Cristina joined Little Oaks in 2015 after her son had attended Little Oaks. Cristina came in to help at nursery bringing her Romanian culture to life with the children, she was then persuaded by staff to do a qualification in Early Years.


Cristina offers a range of cultural activities including Romanian cooking, dancing, stories and rhymes. Cristina is married and has two children who attended Acomb First School. She has hens.

Her interests are her family, reading, travelling, the WI and her local community.

Caroline has an NCFE Cache level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services

Caroline Watson

Caroline joined Little Oaks in 2012 after her two sons had been at the nursery. Caroline asked if she could do a placement at Little Oaks and when she finished her qualification, we employed her.


Caroline is married with four children, two boys and two girls. She has a dog called Tyke.

Her interests are her family, the outdoors and her local community.

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