Our Team

John Tomlinson (Managing Director)

  • Diploma for the Children & Young Peoples Workforce Level 3
  • CeMap, Dip ACB FLHD

Following a 28 year career in asset finance, commercial and private banking John was offered the opportunity to run the family business, a children’s nursery in July 2015.

“Up until then I was always a frustrated entrepreneur, but didn’t have the idea or the opportunity.  I would never have imagined the business would be childcare, but very quickly became fascinated by child outcomes.”

“In November 2018, following three and a half fabulous years, I sold the family nursery and began the process of purchasing a building in order to be able to start afresh.”

“The perfect building was found in March 2019, the purchase completed in September 2019, Ofsted registration was received the following day and we opened the doors on the 23rd September.  Our vision for Broughton Cottage being to create the very best childcare provision in the area for children, parents and staff.”

Michelle Aston (Nursery Manager and Operations Director)

  • N.V.Q Early Years Children’s Care  Learning & Development Level 4
  • Forest School Leader Level 3
  • Designated Lead for Safeguarding

Having spent 25 years at a family-run nursery, Michelle relished the chance to open an independent childcare facility alongside John.

“Creating a stimulating and inviting environment that encourages children and staff to develop and grow is something I have become so passionate about during my time working in the nursery sector.”

“It is with pride I can say that my own children are testament to my drive for helping others reach their full potential with all three successful in their respective careers. As a grandmother too, I know I can help my grandson thrive as well.” 

“At Broughton Cottage, our quest to ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning extends far beyond the classroom. With climate change such an important issue today, our forest school aims to teach those in our care an empathetic approach to nature and the natural environment.”

Karen Parrott (Third in charge)

  • Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples’ Workforce Level 3
  • Designated Lead for Safeguarding

Karen joined us after having worked for many years at a local pre-school latterly managing the setting. She is mother to 5 children ranging from 21 years to 11 years and has a wealth of experience in the childcare sector. She has lived and worked in the local community for 19 years.

Karen is passionate about supporting children’s learning, helping them reach their potential under her guidance. She particularly enjoys watching them explore their environment outdoors.

Karen was delighted to join Broughton Cottage noting its homely charm and garden as an ideal environment for young children.

Paige Drew (Nursery Teacher)

  • Early Years Teacher Level 6

Paige is a Level 6 practitioner who is also a qualified Early Years Teacher. Her mum has been a childminder for about 15 years during which she has been her registered child minding assistant. This has helped to broaden her knowledge of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and her understanding of children’s development. Paige has received training and built up a wealth of experience in her time working in other local day nurseries.

Paige loves working with children and is passionate about providing a range of activities and opportunities to develop each area of their development. She particularly enjoys seeing the children improve their communication and language skills through stories, phonics and nursery rhymes.

In her spare time, Paige loves the outdoors. She particularly enjoys taking the children out for walks to explore and develop their understanding of the world.

Monika Podlasin (Nursery Teacher)

  • Degree in Early Years Childhood Studies Level 6

Monika has worked in the childcare sector for the past 5 years most recently as Head of Unit and has recently graduated gaining a degree in Early Childhood Studies.  She is passionate about the vitally important role that Early Years Education plays in helping to inform the development of young children.

In her spare time, Monika enjoys gardening and being outdoors where she and her 6 year old son Joshua spend much of their time.

Sarah Dixon (Nursery Nurse)

  • Early Years Educator Level 3
  • SENDCo

Sarah has worked for over 7 years in pre-school education and childcare with a brief break when she had her third child. 

Sarah is passionate about her vocation and has an excellent working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage making each day an exciting one for the children where they can learn through play.

When not at work Sarah is a busy mother of 3 children and has recently taken on parental responsibility for her niece and nephew. As a keen animal lover when not caring for her family Sarah will be found walking her two dogs.