Early Years Educators

Qualified to a minimum of Level 3, our Early Years Educators work together to provide the highest standard of physical and emotional care for all children.  They plan the day to make sure each one is full of fun, learning and new experiences for all age groups.

  • Bethany Lambert

  • Freya Bainbridge

  • Megan Hoskins

  • Vicky Smith

Bethany Lambert

Nursery Apprentice

'Little Miss Somersault'


Professional Qualifications:


  • Paediatric First Aid, Level 3 (booked February 2019)

Continuing Professional Development:

Currently Studying:

Key Areas:


Freya Bainbridge

Early Years Educator

'Little Miss Fresh Air '

Joined December 2018

Professional Qualifications:


  • Paediatric First Aid 
  • Makaton (May 2019)

Currently Studying:

Key Areas:


Tell us about your experience of working with Early Years children...

What is your favourite activity?

What do you hope you will learn through doing your Level 3?

What do you feel you will you bring to the Incy Wincy team?

Heather Jones

Early Years Educator

'Little Miss Top Tips'

Joined June 2018

Professional Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Pre-School Practice (2000)
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (2012)


  • Channel General Awareness (June 2018)

Continuing Professional Development:

Key Areas:

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy walking and doing jobs in the garden. I am a keen traveller and I like being exposed to, and learning, new languages. 

Tell us a little about your previous work with Early Years children... 

When I initially enrolled on a course to do a Diploma in Pre-School Practice, known as a DPP, I completed my placement at Bedale Under Fives when it ran from rooms in the Town Hall. I then went on to work as an assistant manager at a pre-school in Shipston-On-Stour, Warwickshire. Most recently I have been in Greece for six years working for a holiday company, caring for children of all ages and from all nationalities.

Why have you chosen to come and work for Incy Wincy's? 

Incy Wincy's has an excellent reputation, I can see that the care and nurturing of the children is their top priority. I feel very lucky to be invited to join a team that is so committed to the welfare of each individual child. I am excited to be a part of it all.

What is your favourite book? 

My favourite book is 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', with all it's lovely descriptive language. 

What makes you laugh? 

It is hard not to laugh at some of the comments children make, the thoughts in their heads can sometimes just tumble out in words.  There are always occasions though when it is better to hold the laughter in until out of sight of the children! 

Heather's top tips... 

  • A slice of soap in your socks at night stops leg cramps. 
  • If you get a pen mark on your blouse, place a piece of kitchen paper under the mark, squirt it a few times with                                       hairspray, pat it dry, squirt it again and wash. it works every time!

Jade Cooper-Dowling

Early Years Educator

'Little Miss Treasure'

How would you best describe your approach?

Other team members comment on how beautifully you set up the areas in the room. Why do you feel this is important?

Is there a particular activity you enjoy sharing with the children?

Tell us a little bit about life outside nursery...

Jade's top tip...

Megan Hoskins

Senior Early Years Educator

'Little Miss Comforting'

Joined October 2014

Professional Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Childcare and Education, Level 3 (2015)
  • Paediatric First Aid (2015)


  • ELearning Basic Awareness Child Protection (June 2015)
  • Sing & Sign (June 2015)
  • Paediatric First Aid Annual Refresher (September 2015)
  • NDNA, Working with Babies (October 2015)
  • HENRY (Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young) (January 2017)
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour (February 2017)


Currently Studying: 

Key Areas: 

  • Schemas
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my family, preferably at my favourite place - the beach.  I started cheerleading nine years ago, practicing and competing regularly.


You say you are particularly interested in working with children 2-3 years old; what is it that interests you about this age group?

The children in this age group are discovering and learning new things all the time and it is wonderful to see their enjoyment and wonder. There is something very special about sharing things with children for the first time and seeing how they react. I really enjoy building relationships with all my key children and supporting their developing interests.

What activities do you believe bring the most fun and laughter to the children?

Messy play always creates a lot of excitement in the Ladybird room. We are so lucky to have such a large art area where the possibilities are endless!  Gloop and painting are firm favourites for both the children and adults.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I'd love to go to Canada; it's a country of extremes, from cosmopolitan cities to vast wildernesses, and with hugely differing temperatures across the seasons. 

Megan's top tip...

"Children are not things to be moulded, they are people to be unfolded".

Vicky Smith

Early Years Educator

'Little Miss Bubbly'

Joined April 2007

Professional Qualifications:

  • Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, Level 3 (2012)


  • EYFS Incredible Learning Journey (January 2014)
  • Introduction to Forest School (November 2014)
  • Paediatric First Aid, Level 3 (January 2016)
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour (September 2014; updated February 2017)
  • Working with 2 year olds 


Currently Studying:

Key Areas:

Hobbies/Interests: Watching my son play cricket and football. We're both keen Leeds United supporters too.


What do you enjoy most about living in Bedale?

I moved to Bedale when I was a few months old, when my Grandad became the Postmaster. I lived in a very busy household as three generations lived together. It's a lovely town to live in as, after all these years, I have so many friends and family around.  Bedale is the perfect size to get to know everyone.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Incy Wincy’s?

The thing I enjoy most of all about my day to day role is the expressions on the children’s faces during our activities or when they are out and about; they really can’t disguise when they are surprised, amazed or completely absorbed in an activity.

I have stayed at Incy Wincy’s because it has such a lovely atmosphere, we really do all get along working together as a team to provide the best experiences we can. It is such a special job, I like everything - though playing is always more fun than the paperwork!

Where do you go to get away?

The east coast; the seaside always makes me feel calm and relaxed. I often go to Flamborough, and watching my son happily splashing around in the waves makes me smile. Anyone who knows me knows how important family is, perhaps because so many of us lived together when I was younger, so whenever we go to the seaside my mother comes along too.

What was your favourite toy when you were younger?

So many of the children at Incy’s arrive with something to snuggle during the day and I was no different when I was little. I had a yellow blanket with teddy bears on, known suitably as my ‘teddies’, and even when I was a teenager I would take it on sleepovers.  It's still in my wardrobe today, though a little the worse for wear from being so well loved.

At Incy’s, I like the large, wooden construction blocks in the Grasshopper room and really enjoy watching the children make all sorts of wonderful things from them. 

Vicky's top tip...

Always try and see the funny side of everything!

Stephanie Leech

Senior Early Years Educator

Joining the team 9.02.20

Jessica Jones

Early Years Educator