Inglenook Staff

Tracy Stokes

NVQ 3, Food hygiene, Paediatric First Aid and Designated Safeguarding Lead.

I started in childcare when I first joined Inglenook in 2000.

When not working I enjoy going for walks, going out for nice meals and spending time with my family, and having 6 grandchildren they keep me very busy. 

Why childcare – I enjoy helping children and guiding them as they explore, play and learn, seeing them grow and progress.

Diane Littlehales


I have been in childcare since 1998 and at Inglenook since 2000.

I am based in the Baby room and love seeing the little ones grow and learn though play, engaging with others, trying new activities and gaining confidence and independence.

 Outside of work I watch my son play football and love meeting with friends and family.


Rebekah McCrum

Early Years Educator Level 3

I have been in childcare since 2015 and recently joined Inglenook in April 2021. Outside of nursery life I enjoy spending time with my partner, family and friends, meeting for walks, trips to the park, and other outdoor activities such as mini golf. Also enjoy watching movies and occasional reading. Ever since I can remember I always wanted to work with children, and as my knowledge and experience within childcare has grown I am just more eager to help them develop to reach their full potential, and now enjoying this exciting time at Inglenook.

Shebu Ali

NVQ Level 3 in Childcare

I started in childcare in 2009 and joined Inglenook in August 2014. I work primarily in the Baby room and love the thought that I am helping give the children a helping hand in their first and valuable journey in life, watching as their social skills develop and they grow their own individual personalities. Outside of work life, I mainly spend time with my own family but do enjoy the gym, walking and swimming, and when allowed love travelling and exploring.

Rachel Cox

NVQ level 2 currently doing level 3

I have been in childcare since 2019 and recently joined the Inglenook team as apprentice in March 2021. When at nursery I love playing with the children and planning activities for them enabling them to learn through play. When not at work I enjoy playing football with friends and relaxing at home.

Nicola Deakin

Cache level 3

Food hygiene

Paediatric fist aid,

I started in childcare when I met Diane who persuaded me to join Inglenook in 2014 I love being around the children and seeing them have fun and and learning through play, and generally seeing them develop. Outside of work, I have a 3 year old who loves going to the park and playing, and spend time with friends and family

Samantha Griffin

NVQ level 3 in childcare

Food hygiene

Paediatric fist aid,

I started in childcare when I joined Inglenook in 2008 and although spent many year in the Toddler room, now work in the Pre School room Outside of Nursery I enjoy watching football even though I support Birmingham City! I chose childcare as a career as I enjoy being around them, watching them do the various activities set for them, watching them smile and laugh with their friends and generally watching them develop.

Violeta Xhakaj

I have been at Inglenook since 2016, where I first started work as cleaner but soon took over the kitchen and cook duties and have not looked back since. I love being around the children and seeing and hearing them smiling and laughing, and especially enjoying watching them enjoy my food ???? Outside of work I am very close with my family and spend most of my time with them and friends, and when possible enjoy travelling to my home country of Albania to visit my family and other friends.

Laura Jones

Degree in Education studies and Early Years

Food hygiene

Paediatric first aid,

I started working in childcare in 2010, joining Inglenook in 2017, and enjoy working with the children watching each develop and grow over the years. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with family and friends and travelling and shopping.

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