40 Years of Busy Bees

Busy Bees at Darlington

Meet the Team

Suzanne Cartwright-Powton - Centre Director

Suzanne Cartwright-Powton

Centre Director

My name is Suzanne Cartwright-Powton and I am the Nursery Manager for Busy Bees Nursery in Darlington.
I started working in the nursery in August 2000 as a nursery officer and in October 2005 I was promoted to Nursery Manager. I have seen the nursery grow and become an established nursery which offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere to the children parents/ carers and staff.

I qualified as a nursery nurse in 1992 and in 2011 I graduated from Northumbria University with a BA (hons) in Early Years Practice. I am also Portage trained and have Early Years Teaching Status. I enjoy studying and finding out about new research and studies that will extend my knowledge of the childcare field.

The nursery team is like a big family, many of the staff team have achieved long service awards for continued service; five year, ten year and fifteen year awards. Having such dedicated staff shows that they are committed to their work and are professional caring people. I am very proud to be part of this team and thoroughly enjoy my role in the nursery, watching children grow and achieve and develop their own personalities.

We have an open door policy so that existing parents can pop in for a chat at any time. We welcome visits for prospective parents and children, no appointment necessary, just come along and find out about all the exciting things we do.


Senior Staff

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Team Member Cassie Thompson

Cassie Thompson

Assistant Centre Director

Team Member Claire Pritchard

Claire Pritchard


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