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 since 2015, and I have loved every
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
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  – Amy Fairclough

Hi  I’m Amy and I have been working at Little Explorers since 2011, alongside being deputy manager, I am level 3 qualified. 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 8 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.

Adventurers – Kirsty Barlow

Hello, I’m Kirsty and I am based in Adventurers ,ages 3 to 5 years – I am level 3 qualified and have been working Little Explorers for nearly 5 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!

Explorers – Jane Duffy

Hi! My name is Jane and I have been working at Little Explorers for 8 years – I started as bank staff and now I work with the Explorers 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 8 years
and I am currently the nursery cook providing healthy meals. 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!