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Meet Our Team


Tor Walton

Hi my name is Tor, and I am the Manager at Little Rainbow Nursery. 

I started my career with children working in my Grandma's school 11 years ago. Since then I have been a Senior Nursery Nurse in a busy nursery in Leeds. I went on to achieve my Level 4 in Childcare and I worked hard to be a qualified NVQ Assessor delivering the Childcare and Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualifications.  I have just completed my BA(Hons) in Early Childhood and Education and I am working towards earning my Early Year’s Teacher status.

I love working with my family here at Little Rainbow, especially when my mum, Diane brings me a lunch time treat!!

I am so excited to get back to my roots and to be engaging with the two years old at Little Rainbow!

I am also a busy mum and evenings and weekends are often spent sharing our love of ballet, kick boxing, swimming and shopping with my eight year old daughter and six year old son. My husband and I have just gained our orange belts in kickboxing.

We have two cats at home called Teddy and Roxie and two fish called Buffy and Captain Barnacles!

Bex Cattley

Hi! My name is Bex and I've been at Little Rainbow Nursery since February 2018. I'm the Deputy Manager in nursery.

After having my daughter I was at a cross-roads with my career and joining the Little Rainbow family was the perfect solution! Plus I am working alongside my actual family, which is just lovely making this nursery all the more special to me.

I am a level 3 practitioner and in the process of completing Level 4 in Communication and Language for 2-4's. I am then going to start my Level 5 qualification in March 2022.

I enjoy spending time with my family and I'm quite a keen runner, taking part in several half marathons and races for charities.

I have a cat at home called Henry who is a big soft fluffball!


Kerry Hampshire

Hello, my name is Kerry. Before I became a parent I had a career in Administration. When my child was born I was fortunate to be able to have a career break, during this time it became obvious to me I wanted to work with children. I was fortunate to work in the nursery of an independent school for a year. I am now returning to be an Early Years Educator, helping nourish, educate and develop children as they begin their school journey.

I am also working on my Level 3 Early Years Educator award. When I have completed this I will be starting my level 5 in March 2022 along with Bex.

When I am not at work I am mum to wonderful teenager. As a family we enjoy getting out and doing various activities and visiting new and wonderful places.

Gilly Strickleton

Hello, my name is Gilly, my work is primarily focused on the three plus age group at Little Rainbow Nursery, but I enjoy being involved with all ages.

I have been educating children throughout their Early Years for thirty five years! First working in an Independent School, with children aged two to eleven, then now, thoroughly enjoying being in at the start of a new venture of Nursery education in Pontefract.

In my spare time, I enjoy walking our four Border Collie dogs. I am a qualified Kennel Club  Competitive Obedience Judge and most weekends are spent competing to Championship level or  judging dogs of all standards around Britain.


Diane Ross

Hiya, my name is Diane, I happily work with all age groups at Little Rainbow Nursery, but I have  most experience working with three year olds. I have worked in an Independent School for over thirty years, where I gained my CACHE Level 3 in Preschool Practice, and I particularly enjoyed the preparation of children ready for their transition to Reception Class in the school of their parents’ choice.

I am a doting Grandma, taking my work home at weekends to play with my three grandchildren, and I am also a keen caravanner, spending weekends relaxing away from home, often with my travelling cat Spike!

Robert Ross

Hi, my name is Robert. I have been a part of Little Rainbow Nursery since April 2021. It's a bit of a change for me, as I was an HGV driver for many years. You'll often find me doing odd jobs and small repairs around the nursery, but I'm also enjoying being with the children.

I'm married to Diane and step-dad to both Tor and Bex.


Kenny Walton

Hi, my name is Kenny. I am Tor's husband and I sometimes come to lend a hand at nursery and to visit the children in Little Rainbow Nursery. I am a Policeman in Wakefield and I enjoy kickboxing with Tor and our two children. I also play rugby on the weekend when I can.

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