Meet the team

‘Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.  A quality learning experience for children requires a quality workforce.’  EYFS 2013

The Springwood staff team is a culturally diverse group of highly motivated professional practitioners.  We ensure that everyone in the team is given opportunities to broaden their qualifications and all receive ongoing training to keep up-to-date with current practice, guidelines and legislation.

Caring for children requires a special disposition.  The team here at Springwood possess all the essential qualities.  Warm, loving, sensitive and responsive individuals, who have chosen a career in childcare through enthusiasm, devotion and dedication to the children that they care for.

We value the similarities between the individual team members and cherish and respect their differences, and all the unique qualities that they bring that help make Springwood such a special place.

Let’s meet them…

5Abbey
Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare)
Started: November 2015
‘Everyone at Springwood makes you feel welcome. I enjoy watching the children grow and being involved in extending their learning.’

 

Alysha-Dass_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsAlysha
Early Years Practitioner
Cache Level 3 Diploma Childcare & Education
Started: September 2013
‘Springwood is different to every other nursery that I’ve worked at,
the children here are nurtured.’

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Amanda Hill_Springwood Nursery LeedsAmanda 
Early Years Practitioner
Cache Level 3 Diploma Early Years & Education
Started: February 2009
‘I enjoy working at Springwood, there’s a warm and friendly ‘home from home’ feeling here every day. Whether you’re new or have been here for many years, Sarah and Lesley believe in giving the best experience to all the children, their parents and carers, and the staff.’
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Amarjit Chagger_Springwood Nursery_LeedsAmarjit 
Early Years Practitioner
NVQ2 Level 2 Children’s Care, Learning & Development
Started: November 1998
‘I love babies and little ones, and have good bonds with both the parents and the children.’
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1Carole
Catering Assistant
Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering
Started:  June 2015
‘I am really enjoying getting to know the team and love the different duties of my role.’

 

 

 

Claire-Whitaker_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsClaire
Early Years Practitioner
PGCE Secondary Education
EDI Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People’s Workforce
(Early Learning & Childcare)
Started: February 2011
‘I enjoy being a part of and watching the growth and development
of our children.’

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3Farhana
Early Years Practitioner
Cache Level 3 Diploma in Pre School Practice
Started: February 2016
‘I love working with young children as it is a rewarding career, watching children grow and learn.  I love Springwood because there are so many lovely and special people here.’
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Fiona-Rothery_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsFiona
Early Years Practitioner
Cache Level 3 Diploma Childcare & Education
Started: March 2013
‘It feels like I’m part of a family, I enjoy watching the children grow and being a part of that; and value the special bonds with the parents, carers and children.’
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7Jane
Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Started: October 2014
‘I really enjoy working at Springwood, it has a lovely warm caring atmosphere.’
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Julie-Hammond_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsJulie H
Early Years Practitioner
NVQ3 Level 3 Diploma Children’s Care, Learning & Development
Started: November 2004
‘I’m really happy in my work, and value the special bond you build with both the children and their parents and their families.’
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6Julie T
Early Years Practitioner
NNEB National Nursery Examination Board Diploma in Childcare
Started: January 2016
‘I love my role in caring for my babies and the Springwood team have made me feel so welcome.’

 

 

Kim-Holmes_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsKim
Early Years Practitioner
EDI Level 3 Diploma Children’s Care, Learning & Development
Started: August 2013
‘I enjoy the relationships that you build with the children, and their parents and carers.’

 

 

 

 

Lisa May_Springwood Nursery LeedsLisa 
Senior Early Years Practitioner
NNEB National Nursery Examination Board Diploma in Childcare
Started: November 2014
‘Springwood is a very special place to work; it’s a warm, caring environment with a lovely staff team, and a very ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere.’
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Elizabeth-Franks_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsLiz
Early Years Practitioner
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Childcare and Education
Started: September 2006
‘Seeing the children grow and develop, and knowing that I’m making a difference.’

 

 

 

 

4Nosheen
Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare)
Started: January 2016
‘I enjoy working at Springwood as working with children is my passion and to work with a team that are welcoming and helpful makes my job even more enjoyable.’

 

 

2Sami
Early Years Practitioner
Cache Level 3 Diploma in Pre School Practice
Started August 2015
“I enjoy working at Springwood as it is like a family. I also enjoy working somewhere where the children are so well looked after and I can see how happy they are.”

 

 

 

Sophie-Richards_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsSophie
Early Years Practitioner
NVQ3 Level 3 Diploma Childcare & Education
Started: August 2008
‘I love seeing the children happy and content in their environment, seeing their faces light up with a smile each day. Springwood is such a lovely place to work, such a homely environment and everyone is so welcoming and friendly here.’

 

 

 

Toochi-Offor_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsToochi
Chef
NCFE Level 2 Nutrition & Health
Level 3 Food Preparation & Cookery
Started: October 2010
‘Preparing healthy food gives me joy; I take pride in my work knowing that it helps aid the children’s development as they grow.’

 

 

 

Tracy-Amos_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsTracy
Assistant Early Years Professional
BA (Hons) Degree Early Childhood Studies
Started: February 2001
‘I enjoy working at Springwood, it’s like a family, a home away from home, interacting with the children and parents; and building partnerships with the parents and the children.  Challenging the staff to think outside the box, so that they’re open to new ways of working.’

 

 

All of our team have an Enhanced DBS check and have been subject to our own rigorous vetting procedure.