Both of Sue and Ian's daughters have now joined the nursery in a Management capacity, with a view to Sue retiring…..or at least semi-retiring! Lydia has been part of the nursery for most of her life, qualifying to NVQ 3 before going to college, and working at Monkton during holidays while she completed her degree. She also worked at different nurseries in London while she was an actress. Despite having great fun and success in roles on television, at Bristol Old Vic and a year in New York, she wanted to return to Liverpool and settle down. Her skills in cooking are self-taught as she has always been a "foodie" and worked in many prestigious restaurants in London before coming home. Lydia is now Head Chef at Monkton and produces an amazing menu of healthy, home-cooked, delicious food for our children.
Eve studied Classics at Kings, London then took a Master's Degree in Bristol before converting to Law fifteen years ago. She then worked in Family Law in Liverpool for 15 years, specialising in Care Proceedings and Child Abduction. Despite enjoying the challenge of the job, Eve wanted to spend more time with her sons and decided to join Monkton. She has quickly come to love her new role in Early Years. At present she is responsible for the administrative management of the nursery, alongside Noreen. Eve has commenced her Early Years Teaching Qualification as she wants to be more heavily involved in leading practice at Monkton.
Monkton is a true ‘family’ business, Noreen is Eve’s mother-in-law, Eve and Lydia’s cousin Nikki works in our Cherries room, and Sue’s husband Ian is the popular handyman. The staff are also our family – Margaret Hill looked after Lydia when she was at nursery and many of the staff have been with us for 10, 20, even 30 years, so there are strong bonds of love between all of the staff.