Our Staff


At WHF we have a friendly committed team with many years of experience and training. All staff are qualified to a minimum of level 3 with many up to level 6. Staff have a love of the outdoors and each bring their own personalities resulting in a loving holistic environment.

WHF Staff

For the best possible start

My name is Nicky, I am a mother of three children and have a degree in catering and institutional management. I retrained while my children were young to complete an NVQ in Early Years Education and childcare. I am actively engaged with all aspects of the nursery and particularly enjoy gardening with the children; giving them the opportunity to plant and grow their own foods which they can pick and cook with during the nursery day. I am the behavior co-Ordinator for the setting.


Accounts Manager & 11+ Tutor


My name is Bob, I am the accounts manager for the setting responsible for all accounts and invoicing. I am also the 11+ Tutor, I have a BSc Hons in Biomedical Technology, I have 25 years’ experience of coaching, mentoring and delivery of high quality teaching all of which have enabled me to develop skills needed to understand different learning styles and coaching techniques. More information on 11+ tutoring can be found on the 11+ link.


Nursery Manager


My name is Clare, I am the Nursery Manager, Forest School Leader, SENCO and Safeguarding coordinator for the setting. I first started Whitehouse Farm  on placement whilst completing my level 3. I now hold a BA Hons degree in Early Childhood studies which I completed at Bishop Grosseteste university. I have a real passion for providing children with real life opportunities and offer this through weekly forest school sessions. I completed my level 3 forest school teacher qualification in December 2016 and have set up a forest school in a local woodland.


My name is Helen and I am Deputy Manager for the setting and Preschool Leader. I am a Montessori trained teacher with experience of working with pre-school children. I enjoy doing project work and creative activities with the children. I enjoy spending time outdoors in the countryside walking my cocker spaniels, Bobbie and Benny.


My name is Laura, I have a BA Hons in Early childhood studies. I work with the Hedgehogs and believe children learn best in a safe homely environment and are given free choice over the activities they engage in. I enjoy being outdoors and engaging in art and craft activities.


My name is Lissa and I work with all groups of children within the nursery. I am married with 2 grown up children and have worked in childcare for 17 years. I am level 3 qualified in childcare. My hobbies include reading and Zumba and I also have 4 Guinea pigs at home. I enjoy reading stories, singing songs and playing role play with the children.


My name is Tracy I work with the Squirrels and have been qualified to NVQ 3 for the last 15 years. I enjoy introducing new role-play areas to expand the children’s imaginations and understanding of the community.


My name is Katie, I work in the Squirrel room. I have 2 young children and have been working in childcare for 5 years. I am a level 3 qualified practitioner and thoroughly enjoy teaching children new things. I am very bubbly and enjoy being creative and playing outdoors.


My name is Megan, I am room leader in the Squirrels and hold a BA Hons in early childhood studies. I like to get very messy in creative activities and spending time outside. In my spare time I like to walk my dog, Fergus.


My name is Sharon. I completed my diploma in childcare 12 years ago. I have been at the nursery since it opened 9 years ago. I like being creative and have good sense of humor, which is very important in my job. I am a key worker for the Squirrels and provide lots of art and craft activities.


My name is Fran, I am level 3 qualified in childcare and am the Bunnies Room Leader. I enjoy being outside and getting messy doing creative activities. I also enjoy drawing and socialising with my friends and family. I have recently completed my level 2 forest school assistant qualification and support clare with weekly forest school sessions.


My name is Helen, I work in the Squirrel Room and I hold an NVQ level 2 and level 3 in Children’s Care, learning and development. Outside of nursery I enjoy gardening, walking my Westie Dog and running. I am married and have 3 teenage children.


My name is April, I am level 3 qualified and work with the Hedgehogs. I enjoy engaging the children in lots of baking and creative activities and reading stories. I am married and have 3 grown up children.


My name is Emma, I have just finishing my level 3 childcare qualification which I carried out whilst working at WHF. I am married, and I have a daughter. I enjoy doing lots of art activities with the children especially painting as well as sensory play. When I’m at home I enjoy making and decorating cakes.


My name is Paige, I am a squirrels key worker and hold a level 3 early years educator qualification. I enjoy outdoor play and providing the children with real life objects which they can build and create with. Outside of nursery I enjoy spending time with the horses and socialising with friends.


My name is Aimee, I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and I have just obtained my Early Years Teacher Status. I am a key worker for the Hedgehogs. I enjoy taking the children outside and getting messy. I especially love watching the children’s confidence and independence grow during forest school sessions.


My name Is Mollie, I have a level 2 childcare qualification and am currently completing my level 3 early years educator. I enjoy doing messy play with the children and engaging them in stories and song time. In my spare time I enjoy being with family and helping to care for my nieces and nephews.


My name is Arti, I hold a level 3 qualification in Childcare Learning and Development. I am married and have two children. I enjoy all sorts of messy play, arts and crafts and reading with the children. I have recently completed my level 2 forest school assistant and support Clare with forest school sessions.


My name is Tina, I am a mother to two grown up girls. I have worked with children since leaving school. I went on to complete my level 3 childcare qualification whilst working at WHF. I am the nursery cook and work with all ages of children in the nursery hosting cooking/ baking sessions, providing lots of practical experiences to help children cook and prepare meals.


My name is Abi, I am currently working towards my level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. I work with all groups of children within the nursery and enjoy being outside in the orchard and reading stories with the children.


My name is Emily, I am level 3 qualified as an early years educator. I work with the Bunnies. I like doing sensory activities, messy play, reading and feeding the animals in the orchard with the children. In my spare time I like to walk my dog Buddy.


My name is Sue, I am level 3 qualified in childcare. I work with the Bunnies. I like doing music and movement activities with the children. I am married with 2 children and, in my spare time I like spending time with my family.


My name is Myrlen, I am level 3 qualified in childcare. I work with both the Hedgehogs and am also the Foxes Leader. I am married and have 2 young boys. I like doing art and crafts and imaginary games with the children. In my spare time I like going to park with my children.

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