Nicola MacGregor, Director, BAHons, Early Years Professional
Having had 20 years experience of working with children in various childcare settings, in the summer of 2004 I opened Dolphins. It was my aim then as it is now to provide the best care for each child. Although throughout the years childcare has become more and more about education and national frameworks, it is still my strong belief that before anything else children need love, care and respect. My team of early years professionals, many of whom have been with me since I opened, have the same ethos and belief. I opened Dolphins Adel in September 2014 and has the same ethos and principles running through it as at Horsforth. I have been married since 2007 and have a young daughter Maggie who is almost 6 years old and full of fun! In 2008 I graduated from Leeds University with a BAHons in Early Childhood Education. In order to maintain and sustain the high standards set at Dolphins I have recently undertaken my Early Years Professional Status.
Dr Geoff Parkes
Dolphins Day Nursery is a private family run business. Nicola’s Uncle is Dr Geoff Parkes. Geoff is a Non-Executive Director of Dolphins Day Nursery Ltd and has held a number of senior executive positions in industry, including 10 years as the Sales & Marketing Director of Aga Cookers. He is an advisor and consultant to a number of SME’s. He is Associate Dean and Head of Marketing Group at Aston Business School in Birmingham. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at VWA Studienakademie in Stuttgart. He is married to Caroline and has 2 children; his interests are cycling and most sports. He plays golf very badly!
Diane Cox, Bachelor of Education (Honours) Primary, Advisory Teacher
Before leaving full time teaching in 2012, I taught for 20 years in an “Outstanding” school in Stockton on Tees, where I was part of the Leadership team. I have taught across all age ranges gaining a lot of experience with children. I particularly enjoyed being involved in the Creative Partnerships projects, funded through the Arts Council for England. I was school co-ordinator for projects within my school working alongside artists and musicians. I also attended some Creativity workshops at various schools and also with the National College. In 2009 I taught in Kenya on an exchange programme for which I had gained funding for. I currently teach a Nursery class part-time, in a school in County Durham, and also offer my experience in a consultancy capacity.