Meet the Team

Jay Sparkle, Lead Manager

My name is Jay, My journey started at The Honeytree in January 2013.

I started as the Preschool Room Manager at our Weston site. I previously worked in nurseries in Wales. In January 2014 I was promoted to Deputy Manager and in October 2015, I took over as Manager at our Weston nursery.

In 2017 my Managing Director, Mr Weston, promoted me to Lead Manager. My role is to visit each of the settings and support the teams in enhancing their practice. I work closely with the managers and also our Head Office to ensure the smooth running of our settings.

I hold a BA (Hons) in Early Years Education and have also completed my Foundation Degree in Early Years. I hold a basic food hygiene certificate and a paediatric 1st aid certificate. In addition to these I hold an Advanced Safeguarding Certificate. My experiences within settings include behaviour management and also Inclusion and SEND coordinator.

Laurie Cottrell, Manager (On maternity leave)

I started working at the Honeytree Day Nursery and Preschool in November 2006, having worked as a year one teacher for a year.

My training includes a BA (Hons) in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status, I completed my Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year and have gained my Early Years Professional Status.

My role within the nursery includes ensuring good practice is key to nursery life, supporting and mentoring staff to ensure that the children's learning is the best it can be and overseeing the day-to-day running of the nursery. I also liaise with the other Honeytree Day Nurseries, Bristol City Council, local Schools, Nurseries and Children Centres, through the good relationships and links we have made we are able to share good practice, train staff and deliver family support for our families. I am passionate about giving children the best start in life, which is why I work hard to keep myself and the nursery staff up to date with current best practice. I am keen to make the nursery the best it can be along with the staff team and to ensure the overarching principles from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are shaping practice.

My qualifications and training include:

  • Child Protection
  • Food Hygiene
  • Makaton
  • Baby Signing
  • Characteristics of Effective Learning
  • First Aid
  • Management & Leadership Training
  • Communication Friendly Spaces Training



Anna Fayers, Manager (Maternity cover)

I started working at the Honeytree in April 2015 after completing my Early Years Teacher Training.

I am a qualified teacher with 18 Years of experience of working in education in a range of schools and education provisions.

I studied at Canterbury Christ University gaining a BA Hons in Child and Youth studies and went on to gain a Post Graduate Certification in Autism (children).

After completing my degree I worked as a volunteer in Uganda in a centre for understanding autism, supporting staff in developing their training program. I spent 2 years in Uganda working with children from 3-16. Since returning from Uganda I have had a little boy who has sparked a passion in Early Years education. I am committed to improving educational provision for children moving into school age, supporting their developmental skills which will support them in their academic years.

My qualifications and training include:

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
  • Post Graduate Certificate I Autism (children)
  • Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • Makaton Level 1
  • First Aid


Kate Smart, Deputy Manager (Maternity cover)

I have experience of working with all ages and worked in all rooms across the nursery.

I have progressed from Nursery Nurse to room manager. I have completed my foundation degree in Early Years.

I currently work 4 days a week and in my spare time I like to go shopping, to the cinema and going on day trips. I love travelling and holidays abroad with my family and friends. My favorite place is Marmaris in Turkey. I have very close family unit and love to spend time with them. I enjoy spending time with my friends.

My qualifications and training include:

  • Foundation Degree in Early Years
  • CACHE Certificate in Child care and Education Level 2
  • NVQ 3 in Child care and Education
  • Letters and Sounds in the outdoors
  • Forest School Level 1
  • Makaton Level 1
  • First Aid
  • Attachment/Settling In Training
  • Communication Friendly Spaces Training


Sonia Vidal Forte, Graduate Leader (3-5's)

I started at the Honeytree in March 2017.

I am working in the preschool as graduate leader, Children have a strong desire to learn, my job is to empower this desire and extend children's thinking.


My qualifications and training include:

  • Qualified Early Years Teacher

Tessa Davies, Graduate Leader (0-3)

Since completing my degree I have been working in both schools and nurseries.

I spent 2 years in New Zealand where I worked in a Montessori Nursery. Before coming to The Honeytree I worked as a nanny.

I love to travel and have had the fortune of visiting many countries whilst travelling. In my spare time I like to watch and try my hand at surfing also I am currently learning to play the drums.

My qualifications and training include:

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies


Hiba Yusuuf, Joint Room Manager

I have worked at the nursery for over a year. I have worked in pre-school room as an apprentice and when I qualified became room manager in the 2-3’s room, Little Bees.

I am currently studying Health and Social Sciences at Cardiff University.

I enjoy reading books and watching Anime as well as drawing Manga characters.

My qualifications and training include:

  • NVQ Level 3


Melanie Michael, Early Years Practitioner

I have been working for Honeytree since 1997.

I have experience of working with all ages, but currently I am a key person in Little Bees (2-3’s).

I enjoy socialising with my family and friends, shopping and visiting new places.

My qualifications and training include:

  • NVQ Level 3
  • Caring for Children 0-7 (City & Guilds)


Rhianne Rogers, Early Years Practitioner

I completed my Level 3 Diploma at SGS College in June 2015 and joined Honeytree in October 2015.

I began working in the 2-3’s room and from August 2016 moved into 0-2’s which is a role I am enjoying.

In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, shopping and spending time with my niece and nephew.

My qualifications and training include:

  • Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Childcare (0 – 16)
  • Pediatric First Aid


Amy Sansom, Room Manager (0-2's)

I started at Honeytree in 2011 where I was training towards my NVQ3.

Since completing my level 3 I became a keyperson in the pre-school room where I am still currently working. I left to have my daughter in 2015 and returned back to work in bringing Lilly with me. In my spare time I like to enjoy family time with my partner and children, taking them on lots of day trips and adventures.



My qualifications and training include:

  • NVQ Level 3

Melisa Williams, Early Years Practitioner

I started working at the Honeytree in 2007.

I have experience of working with all age groups in the nursery. I have 3 children, all of whom have attended the Honeytree. I am currently a keyperson in the 3-5’s room. I enjoy messy play, dancing and singing with the children and love to see a smile on their faces.

My qualifications and training include:

  • NVQ Level 3

Katy Gill, Early Years Practitioner

I’ve completed a 5 day work experience in a pre-school and joined Honeytree in February 2016.

In my spare time I teach and train in Kickboxing. Also, I like exploring the world and spending time with family and friends.

My qualifications and training include:

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator


Jade Burge, Apprentice

I have gone to many nurseries for work experience and worked with all ages.

In my free time I enjoy going to concert with my friends. I love textiles and drawing and occasionally reading books when I have spare time.

My qualifications and training include:

  • Working towards Level 3 Early Years Educator

Belle Mogg, Apprentice

I have worked at the Honeytree since November 2016.

I am currently an apprentice in the busy bees room 3-5’s where I am studying my NVQ3. I started my NVQ with Honeytree once leaving school. Childcare has always been my interest.


My qualifications and training include:

  • Working towards NVQ Level 3