Our team

Nikki Best
Director

With over thirty experience and knowledge in the childcare field. Best Childcare Forest School Nursery is my passion. 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.

Amy Bell
Nursery Manager/ Early Years Teacher

As the Manager at Best Childcare I deliver the overall leadership and management of the setting leading an outstanding team on all aspects of nursery provision.

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 over ten years ago.

I have worked with Best Childcare for many years 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 my qualification as an  Early Years Teacher enables me to support them in their continuous learning and progression whist recognizing the unique needs of every child.

Laura Kellett
Assistant Manager/ Early Years Teacher

It is my passion for children in their Early Years that has led me to pursue a career in the sector for numerous years. During this time, I have eagerly built my skills and knowledge and acquired years of management experience in the process.

With a degree in Childhood Studies and an Early Years Teacher qualification, I am committed to the highest standard of care and learning for all children. I love to instill a sense of awe and wonder into their day and want every child to love their time at nursery. Creating a home from home and a supporting environment for all children to thrive, to be confident learners with high self-esteem and self-worth.

Throughout my time spent working with children, I have developed a keen interest in supporting them as they learn through play. I love coming into work every day knowing I am making a difference to the lives of children. No two days are the same and no two children are the same. This is what makes our job so special!

Unique nurturers
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, qualified Forest School practitioners, yoga nurturers along with our own Artist who is qualified in art therapy for children.

Best Childcare cares for children from three months to five years.