Nicola Hare BA Hons Early Childhood Studies Play Leader and Manager

Hello, I’m Nic and I live in Axminster with my partner and son Dylan. I have extensive experience in childcare, having worked in this field for 14 years. I grew up in Lyme Regis then moved to Exeter where I was inspired to begin my work in childcare. I loved the challenges and rewards, and soon escalated my way up to the role of Manager and completed my degree. In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, reading and the odd bit of sewing.
















Meet Our Staff

Rachael Gartell NVQ Level 3 Childcare & Education Play Assistant

Hello, I’m Rachael and I live in Thorncombe with my husband and teenage daughter. 

It's a busy household, especially with the many extra curricular activities in which 15 year old Nicole is involved. We also have a dog and 2 cats. 

I have over 12 years experience as a level 3 play assistant and prior to motherhood, had 15 years full time experience in sales and marketing. 

I bring a wealth of experience of level 3 childcare having worked at other settings too.

Sarah Haskett NVQ Level 3 Childcare & Education Acting Deputy Manager

Hello, I’m Sarah and I live in Axminster with my partner and two beautiful children Casey and Toby. I also have three lovely stepchildren who visit us regularly.

I have worked in childcare for 18 years and have a wealth of experience in various aspects of the sector, including previously having been a children centre support worker.

In my spare time I love going for walks with my family and engaging with the Southern League Motor Cycle Club, of which we are all members.

Frances Wood NVQ Level 3 Dip Playgroup Practice Play Assistant

My name is Fran and I live in a small village near Axminster and I have been working here at Wise Owls since it was first established in 2003.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, doing puzzles, and looking after my grandchildren. 

I love all animals especially my dogs.

Tash Enticott Play Assistant

Hello, my name is Tash.

I live close to Axminster and in my space time i like to unwind by meeting up with friends and going on long family walks. Since completing my level 3 qualification, have a new love for cooking and reading.

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