Meet the Team

All our staff have full and current DBS checks in place.




Early Years Provider

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead



Jacqui's career began in Textiles and Ceramic Design following studying Business Studies and Surface Pattern Design, whilst Brian had an eclectic career from farming, haulage, oil industry and the residential care sector. However, after having children of their own, Jacqui and Brian's focus changed and they became heavily involved with their children's schools, running the PTFA and Jacqui became a School Governor. As their own children became teenagers, Jacqui and Brian felt the time was right to focus their career path into Early Years Education and set up Cats Whiskers Day Nursery. 

Felicity (Fizz)

Early Years Manager

Designated Safeguarding Lead




Fizz is Brian and Jacqui's daughter. She has a degree in Performing Arts and Music from RWCMD and Coventry University and a post-graduate qualification as an Early Years Professional. 

As a qualified percussionist and trained in Musical Theatre and Dance, Fizz brings her passion of the Arts into the nursery, to enable the children to have diverse and exciting creative opportunities.


Deputy Manager


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

CACHE Level 3

Caroline has been a part of the Cats Whiskers Team since we opened in October 2000. Her love of science experiments, story-telling and singing with the children make her a much loved member of staff. 

As the nursery SENDCO, Caroline supports a number of children and families with their child's development, to enable them to reach the best of their potential.



Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

CACHE Level 3

An integral part of the management team, Carol supports all the staff in managing ratios, funding, health and safety, deployment and keeping on top of paperwork. Carol loves a spreadsheet!

She is also a qualified nursery practitioner and the children love when she plays the piano for them to sing along to. 


Under 3's Team Leader

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Foundation Degree in Early Education

Clare has worked at the nursery for over 10 years, working her way up the team. She loves to cook and the children are able to join in with these activities regularly, which gives them lots of learning opportunities.

Clare oversees the Under 3's Team and supports all the youngest children and their families.


Baby room Team Lead

CACHE Level 3 Childcare and Education

Simon joined the team and quickly settled so well into the team she took on the additional role of Baby room Team Lead. Simona's calming nature, organisation skills and friendly personality make her the perfect addition to the team.


Nursery Practitioner

NVQ 3 Childcare and Education

Hazel has been at the nursery for over 14 years and is much loved by the children. Her caring nature helps children to warm to her quickly.

Hazel currently works in our baby room 'Apples', but has much experience across the whole nursery.


Nursery Practitioner

NVQ 2 Childcare and Education

Megan joined the team a couple of years ago and her confidence has flourished in that time. Trained in patisserie, she regularly bakes with our toddlers, which not only helps them to develop their gross and fine motor skills, but means they have something yummy and home made for tea too!


Nursery Practitioner

CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator

Training for Foundation Degree

Rudi is the newest addition to the Cats Whiskers team, joining us on a permanent basis since the first Lockdown. 

Rudi did her final placement with us for her Level 3 course before joining us permanently. She is currently working towards her Foundation Degree at Brockenhurst College.


Nursery Practitioner

CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator

Laura qualified as an early years educator before having 4 children of her own! 3 of Laura's children came through Cats Whiskers and Laura was keen to join the work family now they are all at school.


Nursery Assistant

Pam has joined our bank team having run playgroups in the past. She now has grandchildren of her own! The children at Cats Whiskers love nothing more than cuddling up in the book area with Pam for a great story.


Nursery Practitioner

CACHE Level 3 Childcare and Education

Shannon has been with us for approximately 3 years. She has a bubbly personality and a 'can do' attitude, which helps the children to have the same. Shannon is very organised and loves to give the children fun challenges throughout the day. She is a committed and dedicated member of the Cats Whiskers Team.


Nursery Practitioner & SEND support

CACHE Level 3

Suzzi has a wealth of knowledge and experience in supporting children and adults with additional needs. She is also a qualified football coach and is looking forward to starting'Little Kickers' at Cats Whiskers.


Music Specialist

Royal College of Music and Drumtech - London

Greg is Brian and Jacqui's son and, like Fizz, is a trained musician. He is a professional drummer, freelancing for many bands and theatres around the country, but has also done a vast amount of teaching.

Greg, when his timetable allows, provides the nursery with fun and exciting African Drumming and Drum Kit workshops throughout the year.



Morgan is in charge of cooking all our delicious and healthy meals in nursery. Her food is absolutely delicious and keeps the children energised for a full day of play and learning.