Meet the Team

Manager – Rachel McHugh

Hi My names Rachel and I am very proud to be the manager of Little Explorers, I have been working here for almost 5 years, and I have loved every minute.
I am level 3 qualified and have been working with children from the age of 17 which is over 10 years! – I am so lucky to work and live in a lovely village where I can watch all the children that have been in my care grow up before my eyes.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my 3 nieces and my nephew, socialising with friends,  and I have a season ticket for Saints Rugby League.

Deputy Manager- Under 3’s  – Amy Fairclough

Hi  I’m Amy and I have been working at Little Explorers  for 7 years, alongside being deputy manager, I am level 3 qualified and based in the under 3’s room alongside Jane where I care for children aged 3 months to 3 years, throughout my time in Little Explorers I have worked within all rooms and I must say watching the babies develop and reach special milestones is such an amazing job.
I am the proud mummy of  a 5 year old daughter which takes up most of my time and I  enjoy going out with friends and I have a season ticket for Saints Rugby League.

Pre School – Kirsty Barlow

Hello, I’m Kirsty and I am based in Pre School ,ages 3 to 5 years – I am level 3 qualified and have been working Little Explorers for nearly 3 years and I absolutely love what I do. My aim is to provide a little more structure to a nursery day; have group learning times to recognise letters, colours and numbers. Writing our names and counting.
I am the proud mummy of 2 little girls and I live with my husband in St Helens. In my spare time I enjoy going for fun family days out, camping trips and I’m hoping  to go back to Disneyland in America next year!

Under 3’s– Jane Duffy

Hi! My name is Jane and I have been working at Little Explorers for 6 years – I started as bank staff and now I work alongside Amy in ‘The Nest’  with the youngest members of our nursery. I am level 2 qualified and have experience within all rooms at Rainford and I couldn’t imagine ever being anywhere else –  having cuddles and seeing our children grow is a wonderful feeling. I also work alongside Wendy during lunchtime and ensure healthy meals and safe eating at mealtimes.
I live in Rainford with my husband and am a proud mum of 2 teenagers – in my spare time I enjoy walking, having lovely family days out and taking trips to wales.

Lunchtime Cover / Bank Staff – Wendy Cropper

Hello I am Wendy and I am lunchtime supervisor – I have been working at Little Explorers  for 6 years and I am currently the nursery cook providing healthy meals for under 2’s. I am level 5 qualified and I supervise children, ensuring safety and healthy eating during mealtimes alongside Jane and I love coming in every day to hear from the children all the exciting things that have happened during the morning!
I live in Upholland with my husband and I am proud mother of 2, in my spare time I travel with my daughter Caitlin to various football matches across the borough, socialising with friends and taking family days out on our boat!