Meet The Team

A wealth of childcare and early learning experience
  • “The manager provides strong and ambitious leadership. She is supported well by the provider and a highly-committed staff team. All share a clear vision and determination to give each child the best possible start in life.”
    OFSTED Report key finding, 2015
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  • First established in 1994, Ragamuffins can draw upon a wealth of childcare and early learning experience.

    Our accomplished and talented team have created and sustained a rich and stimulating environment, one in which your child will thrive and prosper on their voyage of discovery.

    We’d like to introduce ourselves in person and say why we love being here.

    • Stephanie Mahon
      Owner of Ragamuffins

      My role is to oversee everything we do. Ultimately it’s my responsibility to make sure all the children are happy, busy and engaged during their time with us.

      I’m very fortunate that the entire Ragamuffins team is so passionate, skilled and professional, and we all love what we do.

      It’s tremendously satisfying to know that we are making a positive difference in their lives as they grow and mature.

      We never rest on our laurels, we’re always exploring opportunities, undertaking training and applying new learning to ensure we’re providing the best possible service

    • Natalie Crawford
      Manager & Early Years Teacher

      Every day we come to work we share in the children’s excitement as they learn new things and have so much fun.

      Capturing such happy moments and witnessing their development is one of the biggest joys of my job.

      We’re constantly seeking ways to deliver even better outcomes for the children, so they’re fully prepared, ready and able to start school.

      We have a great sense of teamwork and all the staff get along really well.

    • Susanne Cartwright
      Manager & Early Years Teacher

      Children are naturally curious and a key element of my job is to stimulate their senses and help them explore new topics and areas of learning.

      We build up a rapport with them and treat them as little adults, always respecting each child’s individuality.

      It helps to not take yourself too seriously in this job – the children love nothing more than having a good giggle at my expense!

      It’s great to hear parents say that Ragamuffins is a ‘fantastic nursery’ – a real tribute to the professionalism and commitment of the entire team.

    • Kiki Towler
      Deputy Manager & Early Years Teacher

      It may sound like a bit of a cliché but we really are one big happy family. Seeing all the children’s faces light up with excitement on a daily basis is really nice.

      I always regard the children as our customers – they’re the ones entrusted to our care and the ones we want to help nurture and develop.

      No two days are alike – each presents its own challenges and brings its own rewards.

      It’s a very demanding job, but I don’t think I could work anywhere else and get the same job satisfaction as I do here.

    • Joanne Walker
      Deputy Manager & Early Years Teacher

      All of our teams work well together, from Mini Muffins to Mobile Muffins to Pre-School, always ensuring we share our knowledge and understanding of the children in our care.

      I like the diversity and variety that we all enjoy at Ragamuffins – that goes for the staff as much as the children.

      Knowing that they are well prepared for each step up in their learning journey through Ragamuffins is a cause for celebration.

  • “Staff work in close partnership with parents and other professionals to provide good support for all children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.”
    OFSTED Report finding, 2015