Meet the team

‘Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.  A quality learning experience for children requires a quality workforce.’ EYFS2017

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…

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.’

 

Ania

Early Years Practitioner

Skillsfirst Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce

Started: October 2018

‘When I wake up every morning I smile knowing I’m going to be spending my working day in such a lovely, happy and calming environment with colleagues who are like family and children who inspire me to have fun.’

 

Becca

Early Years Practitioner

CYPW level 1,2,3 (children’s + young people’s work force)

Started: April 2018

‘I enjoy most being given an opportunity to work with babies again. Very supportive staff. Lovely staff.’

 

Cathy

Administrative Manager

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Started: May 2016

‘I enjoy the team spirit and openness to new ideas’

 

Claire-Whitaker_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsClaire

Lead Practitioner and Assistant SENCO

PGCE Secondary Education
EDI Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People’s Workforce

Started: February 2011

‘I enjoy being a part of and watching the growth and development
of our children.’

 

Debbie

Early Years Practitioner

Foundation Degree in Supporting Learning and Additional Needs

Started: October 2020

‘I feel privileged to be a part of the amazing team here at Springwood. I particularly enjoy supporting children to grow and develop within this rich learning environment, enabling them to meet their full potential. Springwood is a nurturing, happy place built on positive relationships between staff, parents and children.’

 

Emily

Early Years Practitioner

Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development

Started: February 2020

‘It’s a wonderful feeling working for a nursery that has the children’s best interest as a priority. The bonds staff develop with the children at Springwood is what makes the setting feel so inclusive and homely. The best part of my job is certainly seeing the children so content in our care.’

 

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.’

 

Fern

Early Years Practitioner

Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development

Started: November 2020

‘I enjoy working at Springwood and building relationships with all the children. Watching them grow and develop and seeing smiling faces each day makes my role so rewarding’

 

Fiona-Rothery_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsFiona

Early Years Practitioner and Lead for Health and Safety

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.’

 

Jasmine

Early Years Practitioner

BA Hons Degree Early Childhood

Started: September 2020

‘I enjoy working at Springwood, everyone is so lovely and supportive. The care offered to the children is unique and special.’

 

Julie-Hammond_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsJulie 

Lead 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.’

 

Kay

Nursery Manager

EDI Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People’s Workforce

Started: January 2018

‘I enjoy working with a very special team of people who are so passionate about caring for children and give their best everyday. I love that we take pride in great customer care and build close relationships with all our families…’
“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

 

Kim-Holmes_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsKim

Lead 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.’

 

Kim B

Early Years Practitioner

BA Hons Degree in Primary Education: Early Years with QTS status

Started: April 2019

‘I love seeing the difference we make to children’s lives and the strong bonds we make with our children and their families! Springwood is a very special place, its a second home to the children and the staff.’

 

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.’

 

Lorraine

Assistant Chef

Foundation Certificate in food Hygiene. NVQ Hairdressing, Level Two

Started: May 2018

‘What do I like most about Springwood? The food!’

 

Rehana

Early Years Practitioner

Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Started: July 2011

‘I love working at Springwood, it’s a special place. I feel happy and have very special bonds with the children and the families I care for. Seeing the babies and children developing and happy makes me feel we make such a difference to their lives.’

 

2Sami

Lead 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.’

 

Shantelle

Early Years Practitioner

Cache Level 3 NVQ Children’s Care Learning and Development

Started: September 2020

‘Working at Springwood is amazing, not only are the team so loving and caring but so are the wonderful families that we see on a daily basis. Springwood is a warm, welcoming and well presented nursery with a constant flow of age appropriate resources to support children’s learning and development.’

 

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

Operations Manager

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.’

 

Vanessa

Lead Practitioner

BA Hons Degree in Primary Education: Early Years with QTS status

Started: September 2019

‘I love exploring and discovering the wonders around us alongside the children, I enjoy channelling my inner child and feeling care free and curious about my environment. I love that each day stretches and challenges me to be creative, innovative, organised and spontaneous. No two days are ever the same and the bonds I develop with the children, their families and the team certainly make each day fulfilling.’

 

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