Meet the team...

Kate Howarth



Graduating from Edge Hill University with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education and Child Development and Learning (with QTS) and then a Diploma in Early Years at Leeds Metropolitan, Kate is inordinately passionate about the care for, and development of our next generation. Kate is a Qualified Teacher and worked as a Reception class teacher at a ‘GOOD’ rated school in Halifax for 9 years, since becoming a mother to Frederick and Florence she has seen a gap in the market for play based, fun and educational activities within the pre-school setting.

Kate was born and bred in Todmorden, so alongside her desire to deliver the highest standards of care to 0-5 year olds, she is also passionate about her local community in the Calder Valley. Therefore, following her dream and setting up Harley Street Nursery and Vale Street Nursery has allowed her to create the educational and fun setting as well as creating jobs within the town that she is so fond of.


Lucy Evans

Nursery Manager & Safeguarding Lead

Lucy is our Nursery Manager and Safeguarding Lead of Harley and Vale Street Nursery. Having, four years experience initially as a Nursery Nurse, she was promptly promoted to Room Leader and then onto Management for the last eight years. She is highly qualified in all areas within the Early Years industry; her qualifications include 'SENCO',  ‘Safeguarding Level 2’, ‘Designated Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection in Early Years’, ‘How to achieve a GOOD with OfSted’ and ‘Observation, Assessment and Planning within the EYFS’.

Lucy is a hands on, dedicated and caring Manager who understands the needs of each child in the Nursery, from  communication and language, health and self care to fine and gross motor skills. Lucy’s ability to communicate effectively with staff, parents and children is exemplary, and this is her biggest attribute of all.  Finally, Lucy manages the setting through an online learning journey , EY Log, which allows the Nursery Practitioners to upload photos, daily diaries and updates of your child’s development that you can then view at work or at home on your smart phone, tablet or computer. It was Lucy’s and Kate’s aim to implement this before the nursery opens for the ease of every parent.


William Howarth

Director of Marketing & Operations

With over 12 years experience as a Director, William cares for the ‘finer’ details in the operation of Harley and Vale Street Nursery. William’s insight into running the Nursery is invaluable to us and he can often shed light on new ways of working whilst ensuring that everything we offer is delivered to the highest possible standard.

William is partly responsible for the clean, slick and contemporary design of Harley and Vale Street Nursery after his education at a Greater Manchester College in 2008 with BTEC National Diploma in Design with ‘Distinction’.

William manages all of the Nursery’s Accounts as well as the website and social media whilst also rolling his sleeves up and keeping Harley Street the fresh and clean Nursery that your children love.


Limara Dawson

Deputy Manager

Limara has worked herself up from room leader to deputy manager. She is a fully qualified level three with over eight years experience. Limara's role will help with the day to day running of the nursery. Limara is currently training to be a SENCO lead and has already completed her training in becoming a DSL.

Limara is fun, energetic, and enthusiastic and all of the Harley Street Children absolutely love playing with her whilst learning key techniques under her mentorship.


Chris Hill

Nursery Practitioner

Chris has many years experience working with children. He has a very big interest in Forest schools and enjoys being outdoors. Chris has some amazing ideas and always engages the children in his activities. 


Chris is passionate and engaging he is a very popular team member with all the Harley Street Children. 


Jenny Ashton

Nursery Practitioner

Jenny cares for the babies with the highest integrity, passion and love that they deserve. She is caring, gentle and thoughtful and always thinking about the child's development when making decisions on what they should be doing and when. Jenny works closely with our Chef, Gemma, to ensure that each baby is receiving the nutritional value that they require to grow into strong healthy toddlers.


Jenny has recently completed the 'Working With Babies' course via Harley Street Nursery and is also one of our First Aiders; just in case we ever need her expertise. She is currently expanding her team in the Baby Room and she is also full which is a testament to her hard work, dedication, and passion for the Harley Street Team. 


Gemma Causton


Gemma's kitchen is ran with precision and she prepares the freshest of foods for our children including Halal meats as well as catering for vegetarians and all other dietary requirements, including those who eat gluten free produce. Gemma's sole role is to cook freshly cooked meals for our children which means that our Nursery Practitioners can truly focus on caring for the HSN children without any distractions.
Gemma is Level 3 food hygiene trained, allergen trained, and in house trained in baby weening.

Tom Flynn

Nursery Practitioner

Tom is a highly seasoned level 3 qualified nursery practitioner with 6 years experience, specifically with toddlers and pre- school children. Since joining, Tom has made an outstanding impression on all of our toddlers and pre-school children, especially the boys who truly respect and look up to him. Tom has an array of qualifications including Safeguarding level 2, Prevent, First Aid, Positive Behaviour and Food Handling, which makes him a great asset to the Harley Street Team. 


Katie Jacques

Nursery Practitioner

Katie joined HSN on an Apprenticeship scheme plays a key role in our Baby Room.

Katie is now a level 3 practitioner. Katie also has qualifications in 'safeguarding and prevent' she will ensure that each child receives the best possible care and educational value from their sessions at the Nursery. Since joining us, she has created a great bond with the children and babies.

Sadia Sajjad

Nursery Apprentice

Sadia has joined us on an Apprenticeship scheme, although she also teaches at the local mosque on an evening. Sadia is an asset to our baby room.  She has qualifications in safeguarding and prevent along with food hygiene and British values. Sadia plays a key role with the children and has developed a great relationship with them all. 

Megan Lownds

Nursery Practitioner

Megan joined us on an Apprenticeship scheme and is now a fully qualified level 3 she plays a key role in our Toddler Room.

Megan will ensure that each child receives the best possible care and educational value from their sessions at the Nursery. Some of Megan's qualifications include safeguarding, prevent and British values which are key in her role.

Louise White

Nursery Apprentice

Louise is our newest member on our Apprenticeship scheme and is currently working on gaining her level 2. Louise's qualifications so far include safeguarding, prevent, British values and an introduction into the EYFS. Louise will gain some valued experience through her training here at Harley Street.

Louise is a committed and fun member of our team.