The Principal: Kate O’Connor BEd


Kate is a qualified primary school teacher with a degree from Durham University. She taught in the public sector for 13 years rising to head of music and science at the Grange School in Cumbria.


Combining her career with bringing up her own two children, Kate left full time teaching in 1994 to establish Saltway Day Nursery.

The Staff


Staff are appropriately qualified up to Level 7 in Childcare. Other support staff and volunteers have all received in-house training in childcare or have the experience of having brought up their own families.

All staff are encouraged to attend appropriate courses to update their knowledge and expertise in childcare.

Staff working at the nursery (including ancillary staff in the kitchen and cleaning) are subject to checks on their backgrounds from OFSTED and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


The Nursery will at all times be under the direct supervision of either Kate O’Connor Bed, her Manager Karen Day, BA in Educational Practice - Early Years or her Assistant Manager Jacqui Clark, Early Years Professional Status and BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies.


Saltway provides local nursery nursing students and secondary school pupils with work experience opportunities. Students are in addition to the normal staff and are closely supervised.