Rachel Danielson

Nursery Manager

My name is Rachel and I’m the manager of YMCA Day Nursery. I have a degree in Childhood Studies and a level 5 in Leadership and Management. I have 4 years management experience and really enjoy my career in childcare. My passions in childcare are outdoor play, there’s nothing better than being outside exploring the natural environment with the children and getting muddy! I am also passionate about staff development and believe that all staff should have further opportunities to develop their skills to enable their personal progress which in turn helps to develop the setting and the opportunities we provide the children. I am new to YMCA North Tyneside and have found working for the charity to be very inspirational.

Ian Pearson

Deputy Nursery Manager

My name is Ian and I am the Deputy Manager at YMCA Day Nursery. I have a passion for working with young children, providing a positive environment and helping them as individuals to develop. I have been fortunate enough through my experiences to work with children in some of the poorest parts of the world which has inspired me to ensure children have the best start in life. I have been involved with YMCA movement for many years and believe the YMCA approach to inspire children and young people can make a difference to society. I really like that YMCA North Tyneside works with some of the youngest and oldest members of our community. In my spare time, I love spending time with my wife and two children.


Baby Room Lead

My name is Anna and I am the Baby Room Lead. I have a BA Honours Degree in Working with Children and Families. I have worked with children for over 7 years and I am passionate about creating a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow in. I enjoy the leadership and management aspect of my job and YMCA North Tyneside have given me the opportunity to lead the Baby Room. In my spare time, I love to travel.


Pre-School Room Lead

My name is Beth and I am the Room Lead of Pre-school. I have always had a passion to work with young children, ever since my mum was a childminder. Knowing I can help the children to have the best start in life inspires me to do so. I left school and went to college to further my knowledge and understanding of Early Years and to gain experience in childcare.  Working with children is the most rewarding job I could imagine. Working for YMCA North Tyneside is amazing, everyone is so friendly and they work together to achieve the best, they are like a big family. In my spare time, I love seeing my friends and family and I enjoy weekend breaks.


Nursery Practitioner

My name is Kirsty and I’m a nursery practitioner in the Toddler room. I have always wanted to work with children as I have dreamed of playing such a vital role in supporting and guiding children through the first crucial stages in their lives. Having an Early Years professional Status has provided me with great knowledge and understanding of early years and child development, meaning I can help to support and provide the best care and education to help shape the minds of little people. I enjoy being part of the YMCA family as it is a positive friendly community to be a part of. In my spare time, I love to shop and spend time with my family and my boyfriend. I also love weekends away and exploring new places.


Nursery Practitioner

My name is Sally and I’m a nursery practitioner in the Baby Room. I have a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education and 4 years experience working in childcare. I am very passionate about my job and enjoy helping young children to grow and develop to their full potential. I understand the importance of giving a child the best start in life. I feel that YMCA is an amazing charity and has given me the tools, training and support that is required for me to achieve this. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with the people I care about the most.