Our Learning and Development trainers will guarantee a unique and enjoyable learning experience in a friendly atmosphere. We are committed to delivering high quality training to practitioners who are at various points in their career to ensure that they build upon their knowledge and skills to deliver high quality childcare and a successful setting.




Sandy Silvester


I qualified in 1993 and have  a variety of experience within childcare from working in a small private nursery, nannying for two children and working in a crèche before I joined Busy Bees in 1999. Within Busy Bees I have experienced a number of diverse roles ranging from Nursery Manager, Regional Operations Manager, Deputy Manager of Childcare team to Learning and Development Manager. 


Becky Walker


I have worked within the childcare sector since 1999 when I first started my Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in childcare. I have worked within private day nurseries and have experience of working with children with various different needs as well as some with diagnosed SEND needs. I have completed my Level 5 in management and have helped support staff to aim high to become outstanding practitioners through various training.

Karen Fowler 


I have a Childhood Practice Degree which I gained in 2013 from Glasgow University. I have had an amazing seventeen years experience working in the early years sector. During this time, I have been a nursery manager for the majority of my career and for the past year and a half I have been working as a training officer for Busy Bees Training Academy delivering Learning and development courses to early years practitioners within our Scottish nurseries.


Katheryne Cobb


I have been working in the childcare sector for over seventeen years. I first qualified in nursery nursing and then completed a B.A in early childhood studies & a foundation degree in leadership and management.  I am passionate about lifelong learning and feel we all benefit from training and developing a PDP's

Paul Moore


My name is Paul and I’ve worked in the childcare industry for nearly twenty years.  In that time I’ve worked internationally as a room leader in a Sure Start Centre, a nanny to two amazing boys, a manager and an Operations Manager for a London based nursery group and a Childcare Consultant.  For more than nine years I’ve worked as a Childcare Trainer, my aim is to inspire staff to be the best they can be to ensure the best start for our children.


Zoe Brookes


"I am passionate about children's safety, mental & physical well being and supporting all children to learn and have fun. I believe that for babies and children to be fully supported in the Early Years Foundation Stage they should experience daily quality interactions and relationships with their Key Person.

In recent years this has meant researching, writing and delivering training courses about Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, Safeguarding Children including Designated Safeguarding Lead & British Values/Prevent Duty.

I have a first class Masters Degree in Childhood Studies, a level 6 in Business Management, a Level 4 SEND qualification, a level 4 Business qualification, hold an ACAS Level 3 certificate in Workplace Mediation, Level 3 in Safeguarding Children and am currently studying towards an Masters qualification in Special Educational Needs Provision alongside a Makaton Trainers qualification"


Annette Higgins 


I firstly joined Busy Bees in April 2012, working in a nursery as part of the management team, before moving to the training department in April 2017. I have many years’ experience within childcare, including working with family support and closely with children who have special educational needs. I have a degree in Educational Studies and am currently working towards my level five in Leadership and Management.


Abigail Court 


I have worked in childcare since leaving school in 1996. I completed a Pre-Diploma in care and went onto complete NVQ level 3 in childcare. I have gained a variety of experience whilst working as a manager of a private day care setting. I have completed level 5 in Leadership and Management and also have level 3 in Forest School which enabled me to be a Forest School Lead.

For the last 12 months I have been a Training Officer in Early Years and Management in Bristol. I have a real passion and believe that children deserve the best in there Early Years to enable them to go on and develop to the best of their ability and I love inspiring other work colleagues to recognise their potential in making a difference