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…

Allana

Early Years Practitioner

Started:  5th June 2023

“I love working with my team and watching the children grow. Springwood is a home away from home, a family.”

 

Amber

Early Years Educator

Started:  July 2023

“I love being part of the Springwood Nursery family. It’s such a welcoming, warm and homely environment, where children can express themselves freely.  Helping children grow and develop is such a big passion of mine, everyday is different but it’s always full of love.”

Ania

Early Years Educator

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.”

 

Avalon

Early Years Educator

Bachelor of Arts – Primary Education in the Early Years with QTS

Started: June 2022

“I have a Level 6 Degree in Early Years Education, with Qualified Teaching Status and have worked in childcare educational settings for the last four years, having previously worked with children in aquatic sports for Leeds City Council. I love working at Springwood because it is extremely clear that the children’s curiosity, wonder and awe are at the heart of all learning experiences.   It is a beautiful, homely setting that promotes independence, learning life skills, healthy eating, children’s expression and their outdoor area creates opportunities for physical challenges and exploration.”

 

Becca

Early Years Educator

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

Started: April 2018

“Springwood is a fun, loving and very friendly nursery. I love being in Hedgehogs to watch the children learn and grow, but also to work with a great team”

Caitlin

Early Years Educator

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners

Started:  December 2023

“I enjoy working at Springwood, it’s a wonderful nursery that has a lovely approach for children to learn and grow. I love being part of my team, the Springwood team are welcoming and caring. I enjoy watching the children grow, learn and accomplish new things within this setting”.

 

Cathy

Business Administrative Manager

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Started: May 2016

“I enjoy the team spirit and openness to new ideas”.

 

Debbie

Deputy Manager – Administration and SENCO

Foundation Degree in Supporting Learning and Additional Needs. L3 Diploma for the Children & Young Peoples Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF)

Started: November 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.”

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Ferhana

 Early Years Educator

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 Educator

Pearsons Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Childrens Learning and Development

Started:  October 2023

“I love being part of the Springwood family. Seeing the children’s happy, smiling faces makes each day worthwhile. Getting to know each family and watching their babies develop into their own little people.”

 

Georgie

Early Years Educator

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Started: August 2023

“I take pride in creating the best learning environment, full of fun, laughter and love. I’m so happy to have joined the Springwood family and can give the children the best possible start in life.”

 

 

Georgina

Deputy Manager – Operations

                                                                                                                                                            Started: October 2021

Edexcel level 3 BTEC national diploma in children’s care learning and development.

“I started working at Springwood in October 2021, where I joined the Woodland Animals team.

I was made to feel very welcome by all the staff,parents and children. I have enjoyed my time getting to know everyone and progressing to Management.

I am currently working as the Deputy Manager for Operations and I am loving the fact I get to spend time in each room, getting to know all the children as individuals”

 

Hassan

Early Years Practitioner

Started: May 2021

“I enjoy the creative and nurturing atmosphere.”

 

Julie-Hammond_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsJulie 

Early Years Educator

NVQ3 Level 3 Diploma Children’s Care, Learning & Development

Started: November 2004

“I’m really happy in my work. I value the special bonds 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.”

 

 

Kirsty

Early Years Educator

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Started: May 2023

“I am passionate about my job role and working in childcare. After 16 years I have now found my place and love being part of the Springwood team. It really is like a family, a place where everyone is so caring and nurturing. It’s a homely environment where children are able to express themselves in many ways. I love building bonds with children and their families, helping and seeing their child(ren) learn, grow and develop as individuals each day. Contributing to this process is really rewarding.”

 

Laura

Early Years Educator
Level 3 NVQ in Childrens care, Learning and Development

Started: April 2023

“I really enjoy supporting children and watching them grow. The Springwood Team are so welcoming and I’m so grateful to be part of that.”

 

Elizabeth-Franks_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsLiz

Early Years Educator

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!’

Medeya

Early Years Practitioner

Started: October 2022

“I enjoy working at Springwood, building and valuing special bonds with children and families. All the staff are lovely and caring, it’s like being part of a big family.”

 

Millie

Early Years Practitioner

IAO Level 3 in Early Learning and Childcare

Started:  August 2023

“Since joining Springwood, I feel like I have joined one big family, everyone has been welcoming. I can tell that the children come first at Springwood with their needs being the top priority, I feel like this is an important aspect in Early Years. I feel honoured to be a member of the springwood family and look forward to helping the children develop.”

 

Niamh

Early Years Practitioner

Started: November 2022

“I love working at Springwood because of the family feel that it gives off. The children all love it here, which makes it exciting to come and work here every day.”

 

Rehana

Early Years Educator

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

Early Years Educator

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.”

 

Sehrish 

Early Years Practitioner

Started: January 2022

“I work in the baby room at Springwood, I love watching the growth and development of the babies I care for. I also love the team I work with.”

 

Taybah 

Early Years Educator

Started: December 2023

“I love working here because I have always been passionate about working with children. What makes it extra special is that the staff and the management team are amazing. Working in childcare has always been a dream for me, as I feel connecting with children and seeing them learn and grow can be incredible.”

 

Toni

Early Years Educator

NCFE CACHE L3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Eary Years Educator)
ProQual L4 Diploma in Advanced Childcare Practice and Management

Started: March 2023

“I enjoy working with children, watching them grow and develop. Here at Springwood the staff are really welcoming and made me feel part of the team.

I am new to Foxes and am really enjoying being part of the start of their journey here at Springwood.”

 

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.”

 

Zeenat

Early Years Educator

Early years BA HONS

Started: November 2021

“I love working at Springwood it’s very rewarding watching our children flourish into their own identities we’re like one big happy family!”

 

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