Our team

Senior nurturers

Nikki Best
Director
With over twenty-seven years’ experience and knowledge in the childcare field.
Best Childcare Forest School Nursery is my passion and I knew that with my wealth of qualifications and experiences in the childcare field I would create a unique Nursery, yet responsive and tailored to meet the needs of the families within the Leeds area.
Prior to this I was an Ofsted inspector for five years, I have also worked in the private, voluntary and statutory sector as both Nursery Nurse, Deputy Manager, Manager and Registration and Inspection Officer.
I strive to deliver outstanding childcare to all our families and enjoy implementing my wealth of experience into our daily nursery life, ensuring children achieve the best possible outcomes on their individual learning journey.

Katrina Vaughan
Operations Manager and Nurturer
I am a highly qualified and passionate professional with over thirteen years childcare experience.
I am committed to providing the highest quality of care using my vast range of qualifications including a master’s degree in Childcare, BA Honors in Dance Performance, Early Years Teachers Status and Level three in Play work, Health and Safety. I am also a qualified Forest School Practitioner and recently worked towards being an advanced Safeguarding officer.
What I love most about my job are the children; they don’t judge you …love you as you are…make you smile every day and can make you laugh and cry in the same breath. Children enable you to remember how to have mindless fun and most of all it is one of the most rewarding jobs where every day is different.

Amy Bell
Assistant Manager/ Early Years Teacher and Nurturer
As the Assistant Manager I provide support in the overall leadership and management of the setting, and lead on all aspects of nursery provision, including the delivery of the EYFS.
I believe that every child has the right to play, and this is something which is at the heart of my practice since qualifying in a BA honors in Play work.
I have worked with Best Childcare in numerous settings, managing and leading the teams in outstanding practice to ensure thrilling, challenging and nurturing experiences are offered to all children from as young as babies to early teens.
As a qualified Forest School Practitioner, I love to build fires with the children in nursery and the local woods, to cook different foods, share stories and enjoy warm drinks together.
I believe that love and family matter, which is at the core of our nursery ethos and that every child and family feel this as they walk through our front gate.
All children are inspiring, and it is my role as the Early Years Teacher to support them in their continuous learning and progression whist recognizing the unique needs of every child.

Unique nurterers

The unique nurturers on our team at Best Childcare come with a wealth of qualifications, knowledge and experiences. At Best Childcare we ensure that our team are highly valued and supported with a wealth of opportunities to broaden their qualifications through external and internal training. Therefore, we have a unique team that have so much more to offer children and families from our qualified story massager, gardener, qualified Forest School practitioners, SENCO, PANCO and yoga nurturers.