Meet the Little Adventurers Team


Little Adventurers, Astley Village

Owner – Heather Lomas

Hi, I’m Heather, I am our Early Years Teacher. I have come to early years later in my career, previously working in logistics and marketing alongside raising my own family.

I have a passion for Early Years education. I believe that high quality education and care can really give our children the building blocks they need for life. I have successfully completed my Forest School practitioner qualification and love sharing my passion for the outdoors with our children.

Manager – Rachel McHugh

Hi, my name is Rachel and I am the area manager, overseeing Astley Village and Rainford nurseries. I am so excited and proud of this role and I love meeting new people, families and children.
I have been working with children for over 16 years and there is nothing I would rather do. I love watching each and every child grow, develop confidence and most importantly have fun!

In my spare time I watch a lot of rugby. I love spending time with my friends and family and I have a little dog called Yobo!


Deputy Manager-  Charlotte Johnson 

Hi my name is Charlotte! I am the deputy manager here at Little Adventurers and have been working in childcare since the age of 15! I have my level 3 and also completed a foundation degree in early years education and care before going on to do my degree in children, schools and families.

I love working alongside the children, watching them learn and my favourite activity is anything that involves a bit of mess! In my spare time I love reading, spending time with my family and baking!

Deputy Manager -Becky Sanderson

Hi my name is Becky and I am the joint deputy manager here at Little Adventurers. I am level 3 qualified and have been working with children for over 16 years!
I love getting messy with the children, whether that be with paints, playdough, inside or outside jumping in puddles. I love the outdoor aspect of nursery and when I am not at work I love spending time with my daughter, paddleboarding and going on long walks in the countryside with my dog Rose!

Early Years Practitioner – Jenny Laidlaw 

Hi, my name is Jenny! I have been awarded a BA HONS in primary education and music and I started my educational journey in 2002 where I was working in a local primary school. I had a short break and had 2 wonderful children, now aged 13 and 10 and I discovered that I love the early years here, at Little Adventurers. Creating imaginative and expressive teaching activities is my passion.
I volunteer with cubs and scouts in my spare time and love going on adventurers and making memories in the great outdoors. I also play the organ and I love singing and running.

Early Years Practitioner – Lindsey Butcher

Hi I am Linsey and I am level 2 qualified and working towards my level 3 as an apprentice. I have worked with children for over 10 years and I love nothing more than seeing the children I work with grow and develop.

I love planning messy activities, from playdough to shaving foam and giving children experiences they may not get at home!
In my spare time I love baking with my 2 children, going on walks and spending time with my friends and family.

Forest School Lead/ Outdoor Practitioner – Wayne Platt

Hi, my name is Wayne. I am currently the Forest School lead / outdoor practitioner here at Little Adventurers. I am currently undertaking my qualification in Forest School alongside my level 3 apprenticeship in childcare.

I have been working with children and young people for many years. I also teach first aid across the north west, specialising in the outdoors and early years.
In my spare time I volunteer for mountain rescue and teach and guide young people through their Duke of Edinburgh award.