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…

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

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

 

Cathy

Business Administrative Manager

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Started: May 2018

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

 

Claire-Whitaker_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsClaire

Early Years Educator and 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

Deputy Manager – Administration

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.’

 

3Farhana

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

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 Educator 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.’

 

Georgina

Deputy Manager – Operations

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

Started: October 2021

 ‘I started at springwood in October 2021 where I joined the Woodland Animals team and was made to feel very welcome by all staff and children. I have really enjoyed my time getting to know everyone. I am now working the operations deputy manager and I am loving the fact I get to spend time in each room and getting to know all the children individuals.’

 

Hassan

Early Years Practitioner

Started: May 2021

‘I enjoy the creative and nurturing atmosphere.’

 

Jasmine

Early Years Educator

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 

Early Years Educator

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.”

Keeley

Early Years Educator

NVQ L3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Started: May 2022

‘I really enjoy working at Springwood nursery, all the staff are very friendly and it’s a very caring team. I love seeing children learn and grow up. I enjoy building bonds with the children and her parents’.

 

Kim-Holmes_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsKim

Early Years Educator

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 Educator

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 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!’

 

Nella

Early Years Practitioner

Started: September 2021

‘Working at Springwood has the same warm feeling of being in a big family. Amazing and caring staff, everyone looks after each other making sure everyone is happy. The children and families are our main priorities.  Managers are supportive and available in any time for a chat with staff and families.’

Nyesha

Early Years Educator

IAO Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young Peoples workforce

Started: September 2021

‘I’m very privileged and grateful to be a part of the Springwood team. Working in an environment that supports the needs and development of all children on a daily basis, supporting them and watching them learn and grow with each passing day certainly makes all of our experiences from children to carer, an indisputably rewarding one.’

Rebecca

Early Years Practitioner

Started: December 2021

‘I enjoy working at Springwood as I feel loved and part of a family. I especially enjoy the newly refurbished garden as I can really get involved with the children’s play.’

 

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’

 

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.