Our Story

Our wonderful journey in childcare began in 1985 when Candy Don, the founder of Little Pickles, created her first nursery within her home, catering for just 8 children per day. Over the years Candy gained a wealth of experience and a wonderful reputation which has got us to where we are today.

Candy’s two daughters Clare and Julie were so inspired by her passion and motivation that they decided to come on board and share this magical experience with her. We are now proud to say we have our own purpose built, interlinking high spec nursery which has a wonderful outdoor free flow garden.

Little Pickles Management

Our Team

Warmth, sensitivity, confidence and understanding.

We hope that you will find it reassuring to know that the qualities that you look for in a person to look after your child are just the kind of qualities that we look for too. Warmth, sensitivity, confidence and understanding are the characteristics we look for and value in our team at Little Pickles Nursery.

We provide ongoing training for our team who comprise of a blend of experienced and professionally qualified practitioners and trainees. Our dedicated team members have an abundance of experience between them and each bring their own individual sparkle to our Little Pickles family.

The Management Team

Having been run for so many years by Candy, she finally decided to retire, entrusting her two daughters Julie Turner and Clare Amerio to continue the Pickles journey. Julie and Clare joint manage Little Pickles and between them have 35 years experience in childcare. Both play a key role in the success of the nursery. 

Together, the two sisters share a great sense of direction, pride, achievement & energy.

Julie Turner

Julie Turner


Julie being mostly office based, takes on the role as manager to ensure the smooth running of the nursey and delivering outstanding customer service to our parents.

Clare Amerio

Clare Amerio

General Manager

Clare; having graduated with a BA Hons in Early Years went on to complete the teacher training programme, and has been a qualified early years teacher for 6 years.

We are open:
Monday to Friday: 7.45 am to 6.00 pm, closing only on National Bank Holidays and one week over the Christmas holidays.

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