Our Staff

Baby Ducks is a family business that has operated in the Brighton area for over 10 years. We have a small team of childcare staff that are committed to providing the best possible experience for your children.
Gary Cambell-Smith

OWNER

Gary has worked in Retail for most of his working life after leaving Brighton University in 1992. He has held many different management positions before opening his own toy and game shop in 2007.

 

Following the birth of their son in 2003 Gary and Zoe started to think about opening a childcare business that offered quality childcare at affordable prices. They eventually opened Baby Ducks Childcare February 2006 just weeks after the birth of their daughter.

Baby Ducks started with just 4 children (3 of which were the staffs) and has gone on to care for hundreds of children for over 10 years.

Gary is currently key person for the green team.

Leanne Downes

DEPUTY MANAGER

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce: Early Learning and Childcare Pathway.

Leanne joined Baby Ducks in November 2010 and is the key person for the yellow team. She has progressed to become the Senior Childcare Practitioner and Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

She has two children both of which attended Baby Ducks and have now moved on to school.

Leanne gained level 3 in April 2014.

Leanne has completed several training courses including Team Leading, Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid and SENCo.

Natalie Anscombe

CHILDCARE PRACTITIONER

Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development

Natalie joined Baby Ducks in June 2017 and is the key person for the blue team. 

She has three children one which attends Baby Ducks.

Natalie gained level 3 in 2009.

Natalie has completed several training courses including  Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid 

Zoë Cambell-Smith

MANAGER

EYPS

(Early Years Professional Status)

Zoë has worked in childcare for over 20 years. She started as a nanny and then joined Early Years Childcare before eventually opening Baby Ducks Childcare in February 2006 with her husband Gary.

Zoë gained her Foundation Degree in Arts in Early Years Childcare and Education in July 2012 at Brighton University and then completed her Early Years Professional Status in July 2013.

Zoë has completed numerous courses such as paediatric first aid, safeguarding for lead practitioners and food hygiene

Gemma Andrews

APPRENTICE CHILDCARE PRACTITIONER

Gemma joined Baby Ducks in May 2018 as a volunteer and then as a member of staff in September 2018. She is the key person for the red team. 

Gemma's daughter attended Baby Ducks.

Gemma is currently training as an apprentice for her level 2 in childcare.​

Gemma has completed several training courses including  Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid 

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