Meet Our Family


Marziya Rasalie
Nursery Practitioner level 2

Qualifications: NVQ L2, Paediatric First Aid.
additional role: creative and cultural advisor.
Marzyia has been a part of Charlie Bear's family since 2015 and involved with the Mercread Centre for many years before that. She is currently studying for level 3 qualification. Marzyia loves cooking and lives in Seaford with her family.

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Zack Holmes
EYE Level 3 Apprentice

Zack has many years’ practical experience caring for children including his 4 siblings and many babysitting jobs. Zack has been part of Charlie Bear’s since we opened, often helping out at events and covering for staff as well as using his film & photographic talents for the nursery advertising and children’s portraits.

Recently competed Paediatric First Aid


Abigail Simpson

NVQ level 2 Apprentice

Abigail joined Charlie Bear’s in July 2020 as our first L2 apprentice after completing her A-levels. She is looking forward to learning all about being a nursery practitioner and has just completed Paediatric First Aid. Abigail brings energy, creativeness, and enthusiasm to her role and Charlie Bear’s family.

Abigail lives in Seaford with her family.


Anita Ryciak

Qualifications: NNEB, Paediatric First Aid, NLP Master practitioner, massage in schools instructor, forest school leader L3, 2 year lead, Level 3 Elklan Language and Literacy.

Anita created Charlie Bear's Nursery in 2015 and has continued to evolve the nurturing family environment of the nursery under our ethos of learning through play. Helping our bears to delight in development.
Anita lives in Seaford with her husband, 5 children and 3 dogs.


Chantelle Benton
Deputy Manager

Quaifications: NVQ L3, Paediatric First Aid. Beach school L3.
Additional role: SENCO. Healthy eating consultant.
Chantelle has been a huge part of Charlie Bear’s family since before we opened in 2015. She lives in Seaford with her husband, 2 daughters and Peaches the cat.


Sam Bennett
Nursery Practitioner level 5

Qualifications: NVQ L3, foundation degree in Early Years Education, Paediatric First Aid.
Additional role: Health and safety officer.
Sam has many years' experience in childcare, managing to achieve her degree whilst working as a fulltime childminder and raising her 3 children.
Sam lives in Seaford with her husband, 2 sons and a zoo of animals.


Certified Friend

Mia arrived in December 2019 she has become a favorite member of Charlie Bear’s family!

Mia is a Tibetan Terrier with non-shedding (hypo-allergenic) fur. She passed her level 1 puppy training in February. Mia loves playing and being brushed, but especially sleeping!


Ginger and Sunshine

Little Nibblers

Sunshine and Ginger our Guinea Pigs gets lots of strokes and juicy fruit and veggies from the Bears.