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.’





Administrative Manager7

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Started: May 2016

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





Early Years 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.’





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.’

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.’





Early Years Practitioner

Started: March 2014

‘I enjoy working at Springwood because it is a setting that cares for their staff equally as well as they do for their children. I enjoy communicating with children of all different age groups and seeing them progress throughout their development’



Julie-Hammond_Springwood-Nursery_LeedsJulie H

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.’




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.’





Lisa M

Provision Manager and Lead Practitioner


Started: November 2004

‘I love getting to know the children and watching them learn and grow and develop their characters. It’s very rewarding.’





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.’






Assistant Chef

Foundation Certificate in food Hygiene. NVQ Hairdressing, Level Two

Started: May 2018

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






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.’





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.’






Lead Practitioner

BA in Education and currently working towards a level three in early years.

Started: December 2017

‘Apart from the children, I enjoy working in a setting that upholds the British fundamental values and whose sole focus is to provide the highest quality of care to both their children and staff.’






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.’




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.’



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