Meet The Team

These are the people who make every day an adventure for your child

Heather Lomas

Managing Director

Hi, I’m Heather, and I hold a level 6 Early Years Teacher status qualification. I have come to early years later in my career, previously working in logistics and marketing alongside raising my own family.

I have a passion for Early Years education. I believe that high quality education and care can really give our children the building blocks they need for life. I am undertaking my Forest School practitioner qualification and love sharing my passion for the outdoors with our children.

Rachel McHugh

Area Manager

Hi, my name’s Rachel and I am very proud to be the manager of Little Explorers, I have been working here for almost 5 years, and I have loved every minute.

My pedagogical (teaching style) approach is centred around child led learning, I believe children learn best when they are together, developing skills from their observations and surroundings. With children having a role model, they can learn individually and open themselves to wider educational opportunities.

Emily Glynn


Hi I’m Emily!

I am very proud to be the manager of Little Explorers Goose Green! I am level 3 qualified and have over 7 years childcare experience. I previously worked in Little Explorers Rainford and love the ethos of the nursery, It’s like home from home!

I believe children flourish when exploring and learning in the outdoors. Recently I trained with the Nomad Rangers and accomplished their ‘Outdoor learning and forest school principles’ course. This taught me lots of exciting new things such as den building, outdoor cooking, tool safety and much more!

I am a proud mum to two boys, who keep me busy! In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading and enjoying family days out with my children, my husband and our dog!

I am super excited to be a part of this new adventure and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Little Explorers Goose Green!

Amy Droughton

Deputy manager

Hi I’m Amy,

I’m super excited to have joined the Little Explorers Team as Deputy manager here at Goose Green, and proud to have my little boy Oscar alongside me on our new adventure.

With over 10 years of childcare experience, i can honestly say childcare is a passion of mine and have been lucky enough over time to further my skills within leadership and management.

I am a strong believer that Every child has their own unique learning style and pride myself in supporting and promoting exciting, enabling play opportunities and watch as they flourish and achieve to the best of their ability all whilst having the greatest fun.

Danielle McGowan

Early years Educator

Hi I’m Danielle

I hold a level 3 diploma in childcare and education and have been working in early years for over 10 years! I am based across both the Explorers and Adventurers rooms here at Goose Green. I am a big believer that children learn best by leading their own play and developing their natural curiosity to figure out how the world works. I love messy play and being outside with the children exploring the natural world!


Sarah Fallows

Ealy Years Educator

Hi Everyone, I’m Sarah! I have only just started my early years adventure, but it is something I have wanted to do for a long time! I am currently doing my level 3 apprenticeship to become an Early year’s educator. I am loving it and can’t wait for the rest of my journey here at Little Explorers  I have two children, who I love spending time with, playing board games is our favourite thing to do! I have three dogs who I love taking for long walks, I find lots of natural resources for nursery when I am out and about. I am based within the Explorers room and have had so much fun getting to know all of your little ones and cant wait to wait them flourish on their learning journey!

Gemma Smith

Chef/ Administrator

 Hi, My name is Gemma. I work in the kitchen at Little Explorers and also cover admin work for all three of our settings! I have many years experience working within the catering industry, my most recent being in a school kitchen. I really enjoy cooking , baking and looking after the Little Explorers over lunch time. I love thinking of new and exciting meals for the children (and Staff!) to enjoy, ensuring it is also healthy and balanced so that they are all ready to enjoy the rest of their day.  I love going on holidays in our caravan and going on walks with my dog, Rocky. I love to chat, so come on in and say Hello!

Jess Cowpland

Early Years Educator

Hi, I’m Jess and I am based in the Explorers room. I am currently working towards my level 3 qualification as an apprentice. I am a big believer that outdoor learning provides the children with a huge variety of rich learning experiences, all while they are exploring the natural resources around them. Giving children the opportunity to investigate  outdoors allows them to take more of their own managed risks and have fun at the same time! In my free time, I enjoy taking my dog, Darla, for walks and enjoy going for meals with family and socialising with my friends!  

Emma Burrows

Early Years Educator

Hello, I’m Emma!  I am a level 3 qualified Early years practitioner, I have been qualified for 10 years and have got lots of experience working alongside children. I have loved working in  children’s centres over the years but have had so much fun coming back into working in a nursery setting! I have a little boy called Oliver, who comes to nursery with me, we love spending time with our friends here and going to our favourite places, like the zoo! We have a cheeky dog at home, called Reggie. I am based within the Explorers room with Sarah and Jess and can’t wait to share my Little Explorers journey with you all.