Meet The Team...

Manager (currently on maternity leave)


Nicola Hare BA Hons Early Childhood Studies 

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 since 2004. 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.
















Acting Manager

Sarah Haskett NVQ Level 3 Childcare & Education

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 since 2000 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 Racing Club, of which we are all members.

Play Assistant


Frances Wood NVQ Level 3 Dip Playgroup Practice 

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.

Play Assistant


Rachael Gartell NVQ Level 3 Childcare & Education 

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 began working in childcare in 2007 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.

Play Assistant


Tash Enticott

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.