Our Staff










Angela Steward

Angela started at Clare Bears in 2006 and became the Setting Leader/ Manager in 2009 and Co-owner of Clare Bears in January 2018. Since 2006 Angela has studied and completed NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in childcare, learning and development. In 2013 she completed a Level 5 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce. Angela loves the 'family feel' at Clare Bears and particularly enjoys sharing children's 'first' experiences.


Jennifer Doherty

Jennifer is the Deputy leader and Co-owner at Clare Bears Pre-school. Jennifer is a qualified teacher whom uses her skills to ensure that all the children feel confident in their basic writing, number and phonic skills before making the leap to primary school. Jennifer is our setting SENDCO (special educational needs and disabilities co-ordinator) and provides extra support to any children that require it.




Aimee Helmer

Aimee joined Clare Bears in September 2020 having completed both her Level 2 and Level 3 childcare qualifications. Aimee enjoys supporting children to work towards and achieve their milestones and help them realise their potential. She has a passion for sports and is a member of a local cricket team.




Amy Steward

Amy joined Clare Bears in 2019 and has since qualified as a Level 2 childcare practitioner. She particularly enjoys getting to know the children then exploring and planning next steps building on their own special interests. Amy is looking forward to studying for her Level 3 in the coming year.




Ellie Carrington

Ellie joined our team in April 2022 as a Level 2 Childcare Apprentice. She loves discovering each child's individual strengths and using these to promote their development. She plans to go on to study for a Level 3 Childcare qualification next year.




Louise Smith

Louise joined Clare Bears in an apprenticeship role in September 2020.  She has a passion for young people’s development and care and would like to pursue a career in teaching the 'Early Years' age group. Louise works closely with Angela and gets involved in all aspects of the pre-school.

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