All our nursery staff are qualified in the areas they lead in.

Our aim is for nursery to feel like an extension of home and family. Many of our staff have children of their own and ensure that the care and love they give is what they would expect for their own little ones.

Here at Dream Big Little One we put paramount importance on training and ensuring that everything we do keeps our little one safe. All our team members have up to date Paediatric First Aid qualifications and annual Safeguarding training.

Our training is lead by our nursery training consultant Katie Malley. As an NSPCC Associate and Accredited Safer Recruitment Trainer, Katie has a wide range of training skills and knowledge to support any organisation. A qualified Trauma Informed Practitioner and trainer with Trauma Informed Schools UK, Katie has a wealth of experience in trauma informed practice and safeguarding which enables her to support organisations to develop a culture of safety and support for all. With this in mind, Katie qualified as a 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher and Meditation Teacher so she could share the benefits Yoga can have on wellbeing. As part of her wellbeing work, Katie is also a Massage in School Programme (MISP) Instructor, which allows her to train schools to facilitate MISP for their children. Katie is also an Associate Trainer for Interface Enterprises Ltd.

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Team stood in front of the Dream Big Little One Building in Bury


BA Hons Early Childhood Education, QTS, NPQH, SLE, JP

Advanced Safeguarding. Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Paediatric First Aid.

Sonja is our Nursery Owner. Having worked in education for many years she is passionate about children getting the best possible start in life. Sonja works closely with Pam and the management team to oversee the whole nursery.





Level 3 Childcare

Designated Safeguarding Lead. Paediatric First Aid

Pam is our highly experienced Nursery Manager. Pam has been part of the team for over 20 years. She is responsible for all the nursery team and works incredibly hard to ensure standards are the highest they can be.



Level 3 Childcare

Level 5 Management

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Paediatric First Aid.

Hannah is our super experienced Deputy Manager. Hannah has worked in childcare for many years. Hannah is passionate about working with children and is our nursery’s Communication Champion. Hannah leads the Pre-School Room. Hannah and the Pre-School Team work hard on developing skills and fostering curiosity that are key to this age group. At Dream Big Little one we have great links with our local schools and Hannah ensures that transitions for our little ones to primary schools are as smooth as possible.





Legal Accounts Diploma. Paediatric First Aid

Christine is Sonja’s mum and finance lead for the nursery. Christine has many years’ experience in Legal Practice Management and Accounts Departments. Christine is passionate about children reading and can often be found in the nursery library or in the book corner leading Storytime sessions.




Level 3 Childcare

Paediatric First Aid

Grace is part of our Baby Room team and has worked at Dream Big Little One since she qualified. Grace’s caring and nurturing nature means that she is just perfect to give lots of cuddles and care to our babies.

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Level 3 Childcare

Paediatric First Aid

Kirsten is our lead for Explorers. Kirsten is super dedicated to the children’s development and with her team works hard to support the children in developing independence which is key to this age group.




Nursery Assistant 

Paediatric First Aid

Sam works in all of our nursery rooms, but often in our baby and toddler rooms. Sam is especially bubbly and loves getting creative with the little ones.




Level 2 Childcare

Paediatric First Aid

Sarah works across all of the rooms at Dream Big Little One so gets to spend time with all of our children. Sarah is super creative and loves spending time with the children making and building things. 




Level 3 Childcare

Paediatric First Aid

Jamie is in our Pre-School team; she is uber creative and loves developing her new ideas with the children. You will see lots of Jamie’s handy-work around all our rooms in nursery.

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Level 3 Childcare

Paediatric First Aid

Nicole is based in our Little Explorer Room and is a Key Person for many of our little ones. Nicole loves playing alongside the children and supporting them to develop their communication skills.






Ashleigh is on Dream Big Little One’s Apprentice Scheme. Most of the time Ashleigh works with our Explorers and is gaining lots of experience from the team.

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Nursery Assistant 

Batchelor of Science (Nursing) 

Paediatric First Aid

Elle is part of the Toddler Room team. Elle is a qualified nurse, she loves working with the little ones and is extremely creative. 




Paediatric First Aid

Level 3 Childcare

Charmaine is one of our Domestic Goddesses. Sue and Charmaine are the mum and daughter cleaning team that keep the building ship shape.



Paediatric First Aid

Level 3 Childcare

Sue is one of our Domestic Goddesses. Sue and Charmaine are the mum and daughter cleaning team that keep the building ship shape.

As cheesy as it sounds but Dream Big Little One isn’t just a nursery, it genuinely feels like a little family! I will forever be grateful for everything the nursery has done for me & Amelia and the thought of Amelia leaving next year breaks my heart!!

Amelia's Mummy

Beatrice’s Mummy

We have been absolutely blown away by how amazing Dream Big Little One Nursery is! The staff are all amazing, so friendly and lovely with the children.

Eadie and Felix's Mummy

The activities they do, the food they offer and the loving, caring environment is second to none and I never have any worries about leaving her even if she’s ever upset! It feels almost like a second home for her because she is so comfortable and happy there. I couldn’t recommend it enough!

Emilia's Mummy

Dream Big Little One are the best! They are always welcoming and make Emmie so happy. She’s always really excited for the extra things going on, like Jo Jingles coming in. She’s a big character and they keep up with her demands and help her grow everyday, while keeping me up to date daily with everything she’s been up to. We would be truly lost without them.

Emmie's Mummy

I pick my granddaughter up on a Thursday, she is happy and coming on so well, the staff are engaging and it’s obvious to all they enjoy their jobs. I admire their ethos; they have given her the best start for her next journey to primary school.

Evie's Grown-Ups

Is an amazing Nursery. My little boy has settled in so much and loves it so much all the staff are brilliant. And so good with him. Want to thank them all for being amazing highly recommended.

George's Grown-Ups

Fantastic nursery, staff are amazing. Would definitely recommend!

Halle-Rae's Mummy

I chose here as my son came here from 9 months old until he started school and he absolutely loved it. All the staff were amazing and with all that has happened during the pandemic I wanted to feel comfortable knowing my little one would be okay as some staff were still there 5 years after my son left.

Harper's Mummy

My daughter loves going to nursery and seeing her happy face at the end of the day is pure joy – sometimes I think she doesn’t want to come home! Sonja has completely transformed the nursery and I am confident that the practices she has put in place will ensure that Harriet has the very best start to her education.

Harriet's Mummy

Our little boy has been going for a few months now and loves it here. The staff are brilliant, and they are always being creative with the children. It’s a very friendly nursery and all the staff knows every child. Would definitely recommend!

Leonardo's Grown-Ups

Our little girl absolutely loves DBLO, she quite literally runs in through the door! She has formed amazing bonds with the carers and learns so much from them. It’s always hard to trust someone else with your baby but we know she is in the safest hands. We couldn’t ask for anything more.

Lydia's Mummy

I couldn’t recommend this nursery enough! It is amazing and has exceeding every expectation I had from a nursery. The staff are amazing, so friendly and caring! I asked my little one who his friends were shortly after he started and he told me all of the names of the staff, he loves them all so much.

Max's Mummy

Our little boy returned to nursery today after an extended period off due to the current climate. The service and safety measures are exemplary as always and we felt confident leaving him today. Can’t recommend DBLO Nursery highly enough and we are so glad to be back. Thank you all for the fantastic job you do.

Michael's Daddy

My little girl returned to Dream Big this week after a few months off and she literally ran in! As soon as she saw the building, she was excited to get inside.  I can’t recommend the place enough! Thanks for all your hard work!

Orlaith's Mummy

You really are a fantastic team. I can’t thank you all enough in helping my two boys grow and gain confidence as they enter the big wide world. I will be eternally grateful to each and every one of you.

Ryan and Luke's Mummy

My son started at Dream big in November. He is already so settled and loves going to nursery, all the staff have made a massive effort to get to know him, me and his mummy! It makes me feel so much more at ease leaving him while we both work full time. THANK YOU! You’re the best!

Teddy's Daddy

What an amazing bunch of staff. From management to domestics. Each and every one of them are dedicated to their job, always going above and beyond for every child and parent. Such a home from home feel with plenty of fun and engaging activities for all the children. I have viewed many nearby nurseries and this one is by far the best.


My 14-year-old attended this nursery and still a lot of the same staff as my 13-month-old boys now attend. the nursery is very clean and well equipped, the staff are all friendly I wouldn’t send the boys anywhere else.

William and Freddie's Mummy

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