Our Team

Michelle Young

Nursery manager

My name is Michelle Young, I am the manager at Cotton Tails Nursery. I have worked at Cotton Tails since June 2000 where I worked in the Pre-School room and then later worked in the Tinie Room which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I became the manager in 2009 which was a completely new role for me but I really enjoyed the challenge. During this time, I went on to complete my NVQ3 in Leadership and Management which has helped me in the role.

Over the years, I have grown to love my role as a manager, especially seeing all of the children grow and develop, then move on to big school.

One of my biggest aims as the manager was to maintain our OUTSTANDING Ofsted grade as it was my first Ofsted as a manager. This goal was acheived in March 2014 when we were rated OUTSTANDING for a second time. I am enjoying the challenge and enjoy working with a great team.

Michelle x

Lynda Noon

Area Manager

My name is Lynda Noon, I am the Area Manager for Cotton Tails Nurseries Ltd. I joined Happy Days in 1998 having been on a work placement at the nursery during my NNEB studies. Throughout the years I have had various roles and predominantly worked with our 3 and 4 year olds.

In 2005, I became the nursery manager for Happy Days. Throughout my time with the company I have also been able to continue my studies and in 2010 gained a BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. My responsibilities then began to increase, taking on wider duties for the company rather than just my setting. I am very passionate about the company and everything involved.

In my years at Happy Days, I have seen so many children come and go, all leaving us with a great foundation for the future. I am proud of the nursery and everything we have achieved, particularly our Outstanding Ofsted rating in July 2013.

Lynda x

Nicola Cotton


Hello. My name is Nicola Cotton, I am the proprietor of Cotton Tails Nurseries Ltd which also incorporates Happy Days.

Happy Days was the first nursery that I opened in July 1991, followed by Cotton Tails in August 1996 and Cotton Tails Too in May 2001 with my husband David. Our fourth nursery Cotton Tails at Hagley opened in 2016.

We have our own family of 4 children, 3 of them are all grown up now, but we still have a primary age child. We opended our nurseries to provide a caring and safe envrionmemt where children could grow and develop into strong individuals. I have achieved  BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies. It has been a delight over the years to see so many children leave us with great foundations for the next big stage in their life.

Our ethos was to ensure all of our settings were homely and caring, providing close links with our children's families; excellent parent partnership is crucial to helping a child reach their full potential.

All the nursery practitoners are employed by our 4 excellent nursery managers, 2 have acheived 'Outstanding' in their Ofsted inspections.

Both David and myself are very proud of our team, they are all enthusiastic and have very special relationships with the children in their care.

Nicola x