Hugo & Holly Staff

Sarah Scott and Russell Steel, Owners of Hugo and Holly Nurseries

At Hugo & Holly Day Nursery we are immensely proud of the staff who care for the children, many of whom have been with us since we opened our first nursery in Brunswick Square.   Each member of staff adds a different dimension to our team which has a wealth of experience and a specialised knowledge of development.

Hugo & Holly Day Nursery has a high ratio of qualified staff which enables us to encourage the children to develop and learn as they play throughout the day.  With no restrictive timetabling, this allows staff the freedom to be creative and plan the day involving the children in decision making processes, a key aspect of our approach at Hugo & Holly Day Nurseries.  Also an important part of our approach at Hugo & Holly is the Key Person system, which we use to help parents keep in touch with their child's development.

Everyone at Hugo & Holly Day Nursery is fully vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and we are committed to staff training and continuing professional development.  We aim for all staff to have an up to date first aid and food hygiene qualification.  Meet the team below and learn more about the staff that make Hugo & Holly so special.

Sarah Scott has been a qualified teacher for over twenty years with experience across the Primary age range. She is also a mother of 4 children. These experiences and with her passion for Early Years development has been fundamental in the creation of the inspirational Hugo & Holly Day nurseries. She is involved on a daily basis in both nurseries, and with the aid of a superb management team and staff, ensures that the nurseries provide outstanding childcare as well as adhering to the basic ethos at the centre of the nurseries; at this vital time in a child’s development it is critical that their minds are opened and expanded.

Russell Steel has been running businesses for over 30 years. He is involved in all aspects of the business side of Hugo & Holly Day Nurseries but with a particular interest in the quality of service offered.

Carlie Hawkes, General Manager Hugo and Holly Day Nurseries

Carlie oversees both of the Hugo & Holly Day Nurseries in a practical hands-on manner.  She came to us in 2005 with 10 years experience of working with children.  A mum of 2, and with NVQ level 4, Carlie is instrumental in maintaining the high standards of the nurseries.


Emma Phillips, Nursery Manager, Brunswick Square

Emma has managed our Brunswick Square Nursery since the beginning of 2006.  She came to us with previous nursery experience and has an NVQ 4 in childcare.


Linda Turner, Deputy Manager & Baby Room Supervisor, Brunswick Square

Linda had 5 years of experience working in childcare prior to joining our Brunswick Square team in 2007.  As a mother of 2 and with a Diploma in Childcare and Education Linda has a wealth of knowledge that she brings to her role as Deputy Manager and Baby Room Supervisor.


Amy Green, Deputy Manager, and Baby Room Supervisor at Heathville Road

Amy joined us straight from school and was a member of our first team at Brunswick Square.  She is Deputy Manager at Heathville Road.  Amy is a key member of staff and has NVQ level 4.

Elaine Brooker,  Preschool Room Supervisor, and SENCO at Heathville Road

Elaine brings a wide range of experience to her role at Hugo & Holly Day Nursery and has a keen interest in gardening and art.  She joined our team at Heathville Road in 2010 and has Cache level 3.  Elaine is also a mother of 3.


Julie Howe, Chef, Heathville Road

Julie has been in catering since leaving school and joined Hugo & Holly Day Nursery in 2005 as our chef at Brunswick Square before moving to Heathville Road in 2011.  She has a lot of experience in working with children and is herself a mother of 2 children.  With a keen interest in sourcing locally produced food to use in our kitchen Julie is a great asset to our team.