Meet the team

Meet the team

It might be reassuring to know that the qualities you value in a person to look after your child, are just the kind of qualities that we value too! Warmth, sensitivity, confidence and understanding are characteristics we look for and value in our team at St John’s Childcare. We believe that when you have this alongside qualifications and experience, children can truly thrive in a childcare setting.

Ensuring good staff stay with us is a priority! Building a relationship with your child’s key person will mean a lot to you whether you want to discuss teething, behaviour, potty training or just find out how they’re getting on. We believe that this relationship is just as important as the one between your child and their key person. This is why we place great emphasis on staff continuity.

Michelle Canham

Michelle Canham


Hello, I’m Michelle Canham and I am one of the joint Childcare Managers of St. John’s Childcare.

I joined in 2014 as Deputy Manager, bringing with me almost 10 years of childcare experience. Since then I have been able to progress further in my career to Childcare Manager.

It is an honour to lead and be part of a fantastic team who are dedicated to providing a safe, stimulating learning environment for children aged between 12months – 12 years.

The team strive to ensure all children are treated as individuals, ensuring their developmental needs are met, along with providing the best possible love and care.

I would like to welcome you and your family to come and look round our OFSTED Good rated childcare setting and meet the warm, friendly team.

Theresa Cobbing

Theresa Cobbing


My name is Theresa Cobbing and I am the joint manager here at St. John’s Childcare. I have a wealth of knowledge from having worked over 16 years in the childcare industry.

I have progressed in various roles from Room Leader, Deputy Manager and now recently promoted to Manager. I like supporting the staff and ensuring high standards of care are always met. I enjoy seeing the achievements children make growing from babies to young children.

I am very passionate about St. John’s and proud to be the manager here. The staff are hardworking and always striving to deliver a high quality of childcare to all the children and their families.

I get a real sense of achievement form supporting the team and ensuring we provide the best care for our children. Every day is different which is why I find working at St. John’s so rewarding.

Joe Westgate

Joe Westgate

Deputy Manager

My name is Joe Westgate and I am the Deputy Manager at St. John’s Childcare. I have worked in Childcare for three years and I have experience of being involved in settings such as volunteering since the age of seventeen.

I studied Early Years Education (BA Hons) at South Essex University prior to beginning my career in Education. I have progressed through my career from Practitioner, Deputy room leader and now the Deputy Manager here at St. John’s.

I thouroughly enjoy being in the classrooms to both support our staff and to see the children grow and progress while being here at St. John’s. We have a brilliant staff team and I am proud of their hard work and dedication to supporting all of the children in our care.

I enjoy each day at St. John’s and I am looking forward to experiencing all of the exciting times ahead!”


Lisa Bater

Senior Supervisor (Badgers)

Sophie Folwell

Senior Supervisor (Rabbits)

Phillipa Kay

Senior Supervisor/Admin Assistant

Katrina Stallard

Senior Supervisor (Squirrels)

Sara Thurlow

Senior Supervisor (Foxes)