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Meet the Small Wonders Team

Mike Andrews - Nursery Manager

In 2008, Mike decided to volunteer at his daughter's nursery and immediately fell in love with the Early Years environment. A year later he was studying to be an Early Years Teacher and it became his dream to open his own nursery.

Mike and his wife, Emma, found the perfect location in Newquay: an old hotel with a big garden, and set about converting it into a home away from home for their little customers, opening for business in April 2011. 

Mike's main passion is outdoor learning and has completed the practical aspects of Forest School Leader training.

“I’m never happier than when I am in the outside with the little ones. There’s something incredible about the wonder on a child’s face when they see a carrot come out of the ground for the first time!”

Emma Andrews - Nursery Nurse

As a mum of 2, Emma had always been fascinated by children's development so opening a nursery and working with children provided the perfect opportunity to learn more. Emma studied at Truro College and completed an Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 in Children and Young People’s Workforce.

Emma has developed the Nursery Menu and recipes in line with the Nippers Nutrition Programme. With Emma’s hard work and determination the Nursery achieved Level 5 status in 2015.

 “I love working with children, getting to know each personality and watching them develop into fascinating little people, all so unique!”

Izzy Parkes - Deputy Manager

Izzy is an experienced nursery nurse working within childcare for 10 years. Izzy studied at Truro College for 2 years and completed a level 3 diploma in Child Care and Education with a grade A. Izzy has gained a wide range of knowledge over the years and has previously worked as a room leader before joining Small Wonders. Once Izzy had joined our team, she soon progressed into successfully running the Red Butterfly room. After a short time, she worked her way up to senior supervisor and then became Deputy Manager.

Michelle Batson - Blue Butterflies (Pre-School) Room Leader

Michelle joined us in 2017 with a wealth of experience and talent. Michelle gained her NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education at Lancaster University over 20 years ago and has been a room leader for 16 years. "I feel proud of my achievements when I see happy, confident children leave us to start school with a passion for learning".

Nic Bailey - Caterpillars Room Leader


Muddy Puddle Walk

On our 7th birthday, our children and staff raised money for 'Save the Children' by taking part in Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk!