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Meet the Woodlands Team

Our staff at Woodlands Nursery exemplify all that is wonderful about Early Years educators.  Passionate about their work, constantly striving to create the very best environment and experiences for the youngest members of the Beechwood Family, and full of seemingly boundless energy, the whole school is incredibly proud of the special place that the Woodlands Team have created on the edge of the Beechwood forest….

Shirley, Head of Woodlands Nursery

I was invited to help create Woodlands Nursery when it was an empty, brand new and beautiful building on the edge of the woods. 7 years later we are a vibrant, joyful and visually attractive Nursery and the creativity and fun that young children experience in Woodlands is palpable when you walk through the doors. I have worked in Early Years Education since 1990 and whilst the role of leader has changed a lot, my passion for nurturing, engaging and inspiring young children remains central to my daily work. I relish the hours I spend with the Woodlanders. We sing, read, dance, count, paint, giggle, run, role play and talk. What a privilege.

Out of work, I think about work! But I also adore my 3 year old grandson who has an amazing life despite having a rare genetic condition. He has taught me so much. I am happiest when I am using the creative side of my brain, whether that be sewing, knitting, crocheting, planting seedlings, decorating my house or thinking up exciting, new activities for the Woodlanders.

I have always wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember and to complete what will be the final chapter of my career, here at Woodlands, is a blessing.

Meet Donna, Deputy Head of Woodlands Nursery

I have worked in an Early years setting for over 20+ years and have many years’ experience in educating children aged 2-5 years. I currently hold a Level 4 qualification and I’m working towards my Early Years degree after returning to studying. I enjoy seeing how children progress through their education and how they develop in all areas of our Early Years curriculum.

 

 

Meet Emma

Hello I’m Emma. I have been teaching for a number of years and I was drawn to work at Woodlands because of the clear love and excitement that the staff have for the children. There never seems to be a ‘typical’ day here… one day we are making up dances to pop songs, the next day we are rolling down the hill with pure joy and the following day we are creating bicycles from biscuits! There are endless experiences and opportunities for the children in all areas of the Early Years Curriculum. The care shown by the staff to the children is tangible and as a staff team we also care in the same way about each other. In my ‘spare’ time I am a mummy to my gorgeous son. We love playing board games, eating chocolate and meeting up with friends for adventures.

 

 

 

Meet Sophie

I enjoy cooking new recipes at home especially my favourite, pasta! I have a passion for fashion and I enjoy going to the theatre and watching people dance and sing.

I love working at Woodlands because its so inclusive to all children’s needs and interests. We do amazing activities which engage not only the children but the adults too. The environment that we work in is something you wouldn’t get everywhere and I feel very lucky to work here.

 

 

 

 

Meet Natalie

I have taught in Early Years for over 20 years and this is by far my most favourite place of work. Woodlands Nursery is a magical Early Years setting. The grounds are magnificent and we have great fun exploring them with our eager Woodlanders. As teachers, we are also given the freedom to follow the children’s interests, so every day takes us to an exciting place, full of creativity, investigations and fun.

Outside of school, I love to explore the countryside with my rather excitable cocker spaniel ‘Dottie’. I also like to bake cakes with my daughter and very occasionally they are almost edible.

 

 

 

Meet Catherine

I mostly enjoy spending time with my family and friends who are very important to me, as well as exploring photography and dance in my spare time. I feel honored to work in an amazing, high quality nursery full of fun and creativity. I really enjoy working at Woodlands Nursery and find it very rewarding. I appreciate creating relationships with children where they feel they can trust and rely on me. I love to laugh and have fun with the children as well as engage in conversations with them where I hear the most interesting things. I feel it is very important to listen to children and love to hear what they have to say. The mixture of personalities of the children is amazing to be around every day. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to look after young children as well as working with such a wonderful team who engage and inspire me daily.

 

 

 

 

Check our our daynurseries.co.uk profile to read more about what our parents have to say about the team at Woodlands.