Clare Saphier

Mrs Clare Saphier


Hollie Dennis

Mrs Hollie Dennis


Julie Norcombe

Mrs Julie Norcombe

Hi! I am Sodbury Vale’s manager. I’m married to Steve with two lovely grown up children. My journey with Sodbury Vale started as a dinner lady in 2001 working my way up through qualifications to gain a Ba Hons degree in Early Childhood Studies and an Early Years Professional Status in 2012 of which I am very proud. I also am Sodbury Vale’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer.

I enjoy watching the small steps that children make every day as they learn through play and I am fully committed to providing high quality education and care for all the children whilst treating each one as an individual.

I consider myself very lucky to be a part of such a talented and dedicated team.

Nic Bennett

Mrs Nic Bennett

Hello! I’m Sodbury Vale’s manager. I started work here in 2006 after both my sons had left Sodbury Vale to go to school. I was qualified as a level 2 teaching assistant and have since completed an NVQ level 3 in Early Years and Childcare.

I am the deputy safeguarding and child protection officer and the e-safety officer. I take pride in preparing our children for their next steps on to ‘big school’ – patience and consistency is a strong point of mine.

I’m happily married and we enjoy spending family holidays and weekends together.

I have a passion for photography and love socialising with my girly friends.

Anita Chard

Mrs Anita Chard

Hello! I have worked at nursery since 2003 and I am NVQ level 3 qualified . I worked in child care for most of my career

including being a nanny in London, an au-pair in Paris and then running my own business as a child minder. I like to

encourage the children to be creative and imaginative both indoors and out. I love my job and look forward to coming into work.

Mrs Julie Youell

Hello. I am NNEB qualified and have been working at Sodbury Vale since 2001. I really enjoy doing craft activities with the children.

When i am not in nursery i work in a local junior school as a Special Educational Needs teaching assistant.

Nicola May

Miss Nicola May

My journey with Sodbury Vale started as being a one to one support for a child with additional needs and then became a permanent position in September 2018.

I am working towards gaining my level 3 qualification in child care whilst working two and a half days at Sodbury Vale. When I’m not at work I look after my two young children and I like to do arts & crafts.

I really enjoy these types of activities with children at nursery.

Tracy Ball

Mrs Tracy Ball 

I joined Sodbury Vale in 2013. I am Mum to two lovely boys and am married to Steve.

I work every day as the Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator and lunchtime supervisor.

I am qualified as level 3 Early Years Educator and have a level 2 qualification in Understanding Autism.

I enjoy working with the children and helping them grow in confidence, ready for going to school.


Lucy Newland

Miss Lucy Newland

Hello, I’m Lucy. I was new to the Sodbury Vale team in September 2017 and I’m really excited to get to know everyone.

I’m just completing my NVQ 3 in childcare and will be continuing my studies while expanding my experience at Sodbury Vale.

I’ve already gained some experience working with children as a Brownie Leader, a Saturday helper at a local baby ballet class and as a baby sitter.

I’m looking forward to building on my experience and knowledge to benefit the children here.


Rachel Sawyer

Mrs Rachel Sawyer

Room Leader 
Hello! My name is Rachel and i joined the team at Sodbury Vale in January 2018. I had seven years experience working in childcare before i had my little boy and little girl.

I am level 3 qualified and love helping children to develop and learn.


Jessica Harris

Mrs Jessica Harris

Speech & Language Champion
Hello, I started Sodbury Vale in January 2022 working towards my level 3 in childcare. I have a BTEC National diploma in art and design and love to get creative with the children.

I am happily married with two young boys. I find childcare magical and I love watching and helping children grow and develop to their greatest potential.

Jaya Tyler

Miss Jaya Tyler

Hi. I’m Jaya and I joined the team in January 2022 straight from college. I completed a week’s work experience at Sodbury Vale and loved it so much I was grateful to be given the opportunity of an apprenticeship.

I have real interest in special educational needs and I am looking forward to developing my knowledge and understanding in this field. When I’m not in work I enjoy looking after my younger cousins.

Aimee Townshend

Aimee Townshend

Behaviour Officer 
Hello, My name is Aimee and I joined Sodbury Vale in November 2022.

I am a Level 3 qualified practitioner and have worked in childcare for several years. When I’m not at work, I look after my little boy and love to get creative and go out exploring.

I love baking with the children and providing exciting new activities where the children can imagine, learn and create in a stimulating environment. I love tailoring activities to a child’s individual interests and developmental needs to support them. The best part is seeing each child learn and develop over time and helping them prepare for the transition to school.

Kelly Symon

Kelly Symon

Hi, I’m Kelly and I joined the Sodbury Vale team in November 2022 after my maternity leave finished. I am level 4 qualified and have been working in childcare settings since 2002 holding different roles and responsibilities.

I am married and I am a mum of two lovely boys. We enjoy the outside and having adventures every day.

A fun fact about me is that I am Australian! I enjoy children’s curiosity and honesty! Each day is filled with fun!