Meet our staff team



Paula Cowell

Diploma in Pre-school Practice - July 2005

Foundation degree in arts in Early Years Care and EducationSept - 2009

Early Years Teacher Status - May 2011

Level 2 Food safety in Catering  - Aug 2011

Degree of Bachelor of Arts in professional studies in Learning and Development - Oct 2012 






Laura Jackson

B.Ed (hons)  in Education & Drama- Aug 1979

Early Years Teacher Status - June 2007

Certificate for Safeguarding for Managers - May 2010

Food and Drink guidelines for Early Years - June 2012/ April 2017

Safeguarding for Lead Practitioners - April 2015 / September 2017

Paediatric First Aid - October 2016

GDPR - June 2018


About Me

Hello my name is Laura and I am proud to say that I have been a ‘big Pixie’ for 5 years now! 

Pixies is a home from home setting for all the Pixies, big and small! The children are happy and settled here, and the staff team are friendly, caring and enthusiastic people who take care and pride in their work!


I have worked in teaching and Early Years for most of my working life, being directly involved with the younger children for the last 25 years! I qualified as a teacher after leaving school, and brought my qualifications up to date by undertaking further training over the years and achieved Early Years Professional Status in 2007. From 1990 I managed several childcare settings in the South London area before moving to beautiful Sussex in 2012 when my husband decided to relocate due to retirement. 


But sitting around all day was not for me and I looked around for somewhere exciting to be. I found Pixies!    I joined the management team in early 2013 and over the past 4 years my role has developed and changed somewhat, being given the main responsibility for admin tasks and accommodating my requests to work part-time. I am a very proud parent and grandparent, which gives me yet more exciting and interesting times with plenty of experiences to draw from. 

I love being around the Pixie children and having the opportunity to share in their learning journeys and there is always something new and different each day.



Charlotte Earthey

Level 3 Early Years Care and Education - March 2006

Level 2 Award in Health and Safety at the Workplace - Jan 2009

Certificate for Safeguarding for Managers - May 2012

Developing Policy and Procedures supporting 2 year olds - June 2013


CACHE Level 2 certificate in Childcare and Education - Nov 2013

Paetriatic First Aid - April 2016 


About Me

Hi my name is Charlotte, best known as Char Char I am the Child Care Manager at Pixies Childcare. I have been working in child care for 14 years, during these many years I have gained a number of qualifications including my NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Learning and Development and a depth of experience. 


I have been fortunate enough throughout my career to have worked in a number of job roles from Nursery Practitioner to Nursery Manager, I have enjoyed all these great opportunities to learn and develop as a practitioner.


Three years ago I made the career choice to change path. I was in an active role as a Nursery Manager when I became very aware that I missed being hands on with the children and wanted to be in a position to support children and their development. 


I moved to Pixies in May 2013 and began studying for a BA honours in Childhood and Youth studies with the Open University to develop my skills as a practitioner and to gain a greater knowledge of child development. I have been studying for two years now and am enjoying the new challenge. Pixies has been a wonderful setting to grow in. 


The ethos of Pixies with the holistic approach to childcare, has given me a new passion for my job. I feel I learn from the children and my colleagues daily. The children are free to make choices that shape their own learning journey, and the voice of the child is paramount to all staff in this fantastic and diverse team. There is a real warmth and family feel to Pixies and I have fallen completely in love with the unique approach to childcare. I feel blessed to be a Pixie.



Emma Downs

CACHE Level 1 Key Skills and communication - Jan 2013 

CACHE Level 2 Certificate for Children and Young Peoples workforce - Aug 2013

Level 2 Food Safety - July 2013 

Intemediate Level Apprenticeship in Children and Young people’s workforce - Sept 2013

Level 3 Diploma Children and Young people’s workforce - Sept 2015

Paediatric First Aid - October 2016


About Me

Hello my name is Emma I have been at Pixies for almost 3 years and I love it here. I grew up with a large family being the eldest of 7 children with large age gaps, I loved looking after the little ones and as they got older doing activities with them. After school I attended college and worked in retail but always felt I wanted to do something else.


I found a job with an outdoors activity company and spent 6 years working in the outdoors industry where I took children (6-18 years) on activities such as rock climbing, fencing and hiking. When I was not with the children I was a ‘groupie’ one of a select number of staff with the responsibility of looking after children’s pastoral care from early morning wake ups through to dinner. Some of these children came to centres without guardians and were very dependant of ‘groupies’, though I worked with all ages it quickly became clear that I worked well with the younger age range and I made it my thing, you would often find me singing as we walked along with a group of children. 


After 6 years in the outdoors industry I decided to look for an apprenticeship to finally get me started on the career path I had chosen. After completing my Level 2 in childcare in a nursery setting, I knew that I wanted to obtain my Level 3 quaification. I looked for another setting to gain more experience and pursue my career. It was then that I found Pixies. From the moment I stepped through the door I knew it was the place I wanted to be, a happy, caring, fun setting with fantastic staff and children. I finished my Level 3 in 2015 and I am now a fully qualified practitioner, and I am truly loving everything about Pixies. 




Katie Bonner

CACHE Level 3  Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce: 2014
Level 2 First Aid at Work: 2014
CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce: 2015


About Me

My name is Katie, I first started at Pixies in October 2013, when I started my placement whilst attending college. I loved Pixies so much that I decided to continue my placement until my course had finished…and here I am 3 years later! At college I gained a CACHE Level 3 Diploma. I then continued my studies for a second year receiving another qualification CACHE Level 3 extended Diploma. I am completely in love with Pixies and thoroughly enjoy working closely with the younger children and getting incredibly messy.

Pixies is a fantastic setting and has allowed me to grow as a practitioner working alongside lovely practitioners and wonderful children.