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.

  • Freya Bainbridge

  • Vicky Smith

  • Jessica Jones

  • Luci Metcalfe

Freya Bainbridge

Early Years Educator

'Little Miss Fresh Air '

Joined December 2018

Professional Qualifications:


  • Paediatric First Aid (September 2020)
  • Makaton (May 2019)

Currently Studying:

Key Areas: Millie's Mark Champion


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!

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!

Jessica Jones

Early Years Educator

Jessica Jones

Luci Metcalfe

Early Years Practitioner & OSC Play Ranger

Luci Metcalfe

'Little Miss [TBC]’

Joined October 2020

Professional Qualifications:


  • Paediatric First Aid (November 2020)

Currently Studying:

Key Areas:


How would your family describe you?

I hope they would say I was helpful, caring and thoughtful

Tell us a little bit about your childhood...

I was always outgoing and enjoyed taking on a challenge, even when I may not be too good at it I would give it a go. I enjoyed being outdoors and making up new games with my friends.

Why have you chosen to work at The Rangers, Out of School Club? 

I have recently completed a Level 2 Childcare and Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification. I was also lucky enough to complete a placement at Bedale Primary School, the out of school club will allow me to use the knowledge I have gained and to learn new skills too. Of course I am hoping to gain more experience with nursery aged children too and will happily help the team out whenever I am needed.

Do you have a favourite activity? 

Construction is my favourite, I think it is a great way for children to be creative using all kinds of different materials. They learn to control the materials, find solutions as they go and they have fun as they go.