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Dawn Naughton-Nursery Proprietor


Dawn has over 15 years’ experience in the childcare sector.
Mrs Naughton and her family have lived in the Saddleworth area for over 16 years and with previously owning a successful Nursery in Burnley decided to open Diggle Day Nursery closer to home. Having two children herself Dawn knows the importance quality childcare means to busy working families in the area.
“ I am extremely passionate about the service that we provide and committed to providing the most rewarding environment for children and their families”

Stacey Hesford-Nursery Manager

BA in Professional development and Foundation Degree in Early Years


Stacey has over 15 year’s experience in the childcare sector and is extremely passionate about the role quality childcare plays in the lives of our younger children.
Stacey has a son at the nursery, so understands what parents expect from their childcare provider.

“I am extremely proud to be working with a team that is so passionate about the individual needs of the children and their families. Our surroundings here at Diggle Day Nursery really support the development of each child. Providing them with modern resources in a down to earth, homely environment.”

Leanne Thornton - Assistant Manager

Level 4 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development


Leanne has over 15 year’s experience in the Childcare sector.

‘I am part of a very committed management team. We work together to support the staff and ensure they are providing quality care and education”

Jo Cunningham


Julie Kennedy - Deputy Manager

Foundation Degree in Early Years, Bachelor of Arts in Professional Development, EYPS


Julie is a qualified EYP with 12 years experience over various roles within the childcare sector.

“I am passionate about my work, and find it really fulfilling seeing the children develop and grow in confidence, and move on to the next stage of their learning.

Our pre-school children are stimulated and excited to learn, whether they are planting seeds in our vegetable garden, or telling stories in our role-play areas, the starting point for learning at Diggle Day Nursery and Education Centre is always catering for the interests of each child.

Every day is new, filled with challenges, lots of explorations and action."

Linda Coady-Preschool Room

BTec Level 3 In childcare


Linda has over 25 year’s experience in the childcare sector.
As Pre-school room supervisor Linda aims to support and motivate both the children in her care and also the staff team.

“I regard partnerships with parents as an extremely important part of my role here at the nursery. I gain so much information from them and this helps me to plan for their interest’s and build on what they already know.”

Elise Bourne-Ladybird Room Supervisor


Jenny Hogan


Jessica Bown


Natalie Potter


Rachel Travis


Heather Smith-Butterfly Room


Jessica Buckley-Nursery Practitioner


Kath Jones-Preschool


Laura Jones-Ladybird Room


Aimee Oldham - Nursery Practitioner


Karen Hine-Nursery cook


Emma Taylor-Nursery Practitioner

Level 3 qualified in Childcare studies