At Clever Clogs Nurseries we place huge emphasis on specially selecting staff for their caring and loving nature, as well as making sure that they are highly professional and committed with recognised childcare qualifications.

We aim to provide a harmonious and happy environment for our staff which consequently creates a nurturing, supportive and caring environment for children and parents.

All of our staff must be Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) approved before employment begins, and all staff, at a very minimum, hold Basic First Aid training and Basic Food Hygiene certificates.  

Because of our great reputation we attract the highest calibre of applicants for every vacancy and our effective staff recruitment and selection procedures mean we are able to appoint staff that are of the highest possible standard and are an asset to the Clever Clogs family.

On starting with us, all staff undergo an intensive induction training programme to familiarise themselves with our standards and procedures and to get to know the parents and children they will be working with on a daily basis.

Training is continually provided to ensure that we keep up-to-date with the latest and best practices and regular personal development reviews give staff the opportunity to continually improve and grow.

We have an incredibly high staff retention rate which shows our staff are happy in their jobs and this reassures parents that their child’s care is at the forefront of our minds. 

Our team will go above and beyond to look after the children in our nursery and will work tirelessly to provide tailored care to suit each and every child.  We will work with parents to provide appropriate care and will happily accommodate needs and meet any special requirements.

We believe it is the combination of our passion and dedication that makes us different from other childcare providers – looking after children is not just a job, it’s our lives and it is the reason we jump out of bed in the morning! 

Andrea Townsley - Nursery Proprietor


As a mother of three young children herself, Andrea knows how important it is for parents to find nursery care they are comfortable with that offers a loving and supportive environment for children.  It’s her understanding, commitment and passion that led Andrea to building her first nursery in Belmont and subsequently running three successful nurseries.

All of Andrea’s children have attended nursery and it’s this experience that helps her shape her own business and company ethos of providing a home away from home for children who attend her nurseries.  Andrea’s youngest Lexie was even ‘site tester’ when she purchased the Bowburn nursery which led to more dolls being added and a sandpit being installed.

Although a very experienced businesswoman Andrea knows each and every child and parent in all three of her nurseries and regularly welcomes families in the morning, says hello during settling in sessions and joins tours.  Her friendly, loving and approachable manor means parents and children are comfortable asking her any questions they may have and they trust her instinct.

Andrea’s passion is to provide friendly, caring, supportive, learning environments for children to allow them to thrive and reach their full potential.  Andrea understands the needs of parents and children and wants each and every child to love their time at the nurseries and for parents to feel happy and secure in the knowledge that their child is being well looked after.

Lauren Straughair - Nursery Manager


Lauren has been a member of the Clever Clogs team from a very early stage, having joined the flagship Belmont nursery in 2009.

With vast experience in nursery care, Lauren joined Clever Clogs as a senior practitioner and was responisble for overseeing all age-groups' rooms within the nursery. Lauren is an exerienced manager having also acted as deputy manager of Belmont. 

When Clever Clogs Nurseries expanded in early 2011 Lauren's dedication, caring nature, organisational skills and natural passion for childcare made her the perfect choice for manager at the Hartlepool site. Since then Lauren moved to our Bowburn site as manager, before returning back to Belmont. 

Lauren is responsible for creating a loving, caring, colourful and educational environment within the nursery and has introduced areas such as reading zones, music, arts and crafts and a play house from children to enjoy and grow. 

Lauren's caring and approachable nature means parents are instantly at ease with her and she works hard to establish two-way relationships with all parents and children in her care. She is more than happy to answer any questions parents may have about the nursery or their child. 

Lauren also holds a foundation degree in Educational and Care and is currently working towards gaining Early Years Professional Status.