Our mission statement: To provide high quality childcare, a customer driven service and above all, ensure "happy children" Andrea Webster, (Owner, Bright Skies Nursery)
Our mission statement: To provide high quality childcare, a customer driven service and above all, ensure "happy children"  Andrea Webster, (Owner, Bright Skies Nursery)

Meet the team


Our work has one clear focus: your child's individual needs. In order for us to support your child's development in the best possible way, we employ people with different educational training backgrounds. They all attend regular further training courses, which enable them to bring new ideas and proposals to their daily work - ideas that will also benefit your child!




Bev Phillis

Junior Deputy Manager


Hi, my name is Bev. I have worked at Bright Skies for 10 years now. I started working in childcare when the youngest of my three grown up children started pre school, where I helped out as a Mum. It was here I found I liked working with children and from that I went on to gain my Diploma in Pre-School Practice. I worked at the pre school for 13 years before joining Bright Skies in 2006. 

Fiona Taylor

Early Years Professional and SENCO

My name is Fiona and I have worked at Bright Skies since November 2014, although as a teenager I helped here during the school holidays as my mum worked in the preschool room, so it was lovely to come back!
Prior to this I have had 13 years experience in looking after children. I have a BSc (Hons) in Science and technology with primary education and I am an NQT. After finishing university I started working with a before and after school club run by a nursery. I then moved into working in the preschool room and spent several happy years watching the children grow and develop. I completed my Early Years Professional Status in 2007 which helped me to develop my skills as a reflective practitioner. I was the head of the preschool room for eight years before taking on the deputy manager role. I have an ILM Level 3 award in first line management and Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management. I have a good knowledge of the early years foundation stage. I am committed to providing a stimulating environment to enable the children to meet their full potential. 
In my spare time I am a brownie leader and I have worked at Guiseley Music Centre for the past 20 years. I also enjoy reading. 

Ruth Birkett

BumbleBee Room Supervisor

Level 3 Nursery Practitioner


Hi my name is Ruth. I qualified with my N.N.E.B in 1990. I worked at a nursery in Headingly for 8.5 years, had 6 years with my family and then graced Bright Skies with my presence 10 years ago! I am currently working towards my foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies.

I am married with two teenage boys, so yes, I LOVE to come to work!

I danced from age 3 and at 19 and I was going to take my dance teachers exam but decided to focus on my nursery nursing instead. I still get involved in local pantos and I love to sing and dance, often incorporating this in to my planning for the Bumble Bees. 

I love my job with a passion and I'm constantly learning different approaches to help the children develop.

Danielle Burke

Caterpillar Room Supervisor

BA Hons Early Childhood Studies


Hi, I'm Danielle. I've been at Bright Skies two years now and I hold a degree in Early Childhood Studies from the Unversity of Chester.

I have known for a long time that I wanted to work with Children and I worked at summer camps before starting at Bright Skies.

As a child and a teenager I was absolutely horse crazy and spent most of my time on the back of a pony! Sadly, when I went to uni I had to give my ponies up so I decied to take up womens football instead. I wasn't all that good and only lasted one season but I enjoyed the team aspect of it!

I love my job and especially love key person time and wtching as the children learn new thngs. 

Gemma Hesp

Level 3 Nursery Practitioner


Hi, my name is Gemma. I first started working at Bright Skies in 2010 and passed my Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce in January 2016.I like working as part of the Bright Skies team, bringing my ideas to the everyday planning of activities and learning. I believe as well as helping the children grow and develop through EYFS, we can also learn a lot from them.

I love to spend my spare time visiting other countries around the world, but I don’t stop there! I try to bring back with me their cultures and beliefs and  implement this knowledge in to the nursery and planning where ever I am able.

My aim is to help the children in my care reach their potential so they are ready for the next stage of their development. 

Stephanie Hesp

Nursery Assistant


Hi, I'm Steph. I'm 23 and have worked at Bright Skies since November 2015. I am lucky enough to work in all the rooms and I am really enjoying gaining experience of all the different age groups. In the future I hope to work towards my childcare qualifications. 

Lorraine Smith

Level 3 Nursery Practitioner


Hi, I am Lorrraine. I am one of the older members of the Bright Skies team but young at heart! I have worked here for over 11 years and I have CACHE Level 1,2 and 3 Teaching Assistant Certificates. I have done many courses during my time at Bright Skies including Baby Signing, Child Behavior, Story Time and First Aid. 

I am currently based with the morning school club which I enjoy very much.

I have two grown up children and a grand daughter. My house consists of 2 dogs and 7 cats, I am a big animal lover!  

Abbie Pearson

Level 3 Nursery Practitioner


Hi, my name is Abbie and I'm 20 years old. I qualified with my level 3 in 2014 from Leeds City College. 

I started at Bright Skies 2 years ago I have experience of working in three of our four rooms. I am currently based in the Bumblebee room with the 3 years + children which I really enjoy. 

I love working with children and in my spare time on an evening and at weekends I baby sit too. 

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