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Meet the Team

Nursery Manager Carole Simpson 


Carole joined Woodlands in 1991 and worked along side Suzanne for over 20 years. Carole is a Qualified Nursery nurse, she has worked in all the units over her time at the Woodlands and all the age groups. Carole has 2 boys of her own so is both professionally qualified and practically. !! Carole has been working for the last 6 years behind the scenes in financial admin but has now return to the nursery as our new Manager. Carole is very approachable and is happy to be contacted at any time to support parents, children and staff. Carole is fun loving, very chatty and always smiling !!


Deputy Managers 


Sam Walker


Hi my name is Sam, I've worked at the woodlands for over 16 years, for me its home from home and has a family feel. I have worked with all the age groups over the years but mostly with the under twos. I am married with two children, my daughter is 7 she is loving school, very lively and a very talkative and independent young lady. She attended Woodlands and often talks about the staff and her memories. My son is 2 years old he also attends nursery, he too is very talkative and if you ask any staff member they will say he gets that from me !! He loves to explore and get involved, the messier the better.


My husband works away in the week so the weekends are very important to us, as National Trust members we like to get out and about and  explore. Our weeks are very busy with work, swimming lessons, dancing and soon cricket lessons !!

I take lots of photos which I use for my scrapbooking, its a great way to share your memories. 

(picture taken on world book day)


Michelle Clarke 


Hi my name is Michelle, I've worked at the nursery for over 10 years and I am deputy Manager working in the Badgers group with Marie ( pictured above)

The Bunnies Group 


Team Leader Becky Sadler 

Hi my name is Becky and I've worked at the Woodlands for over 10 years , I have worked with most age groups and am currently Team leader of the new baby unit. I am a qualified Nursery Nurse and first aider. 

The Squirrels 

Team leader Abbie Pearce 


Hi my name is Abbie I'm the one disguised as a giraffe !! This is me and some of my team enjoying World book day. 


I've worked at the Woodlands since 2015.  I went to college and achieved NVQ level 2 before starting at the nursery, which was one of my placements. After completing the qualification I was offered a job and started in the Hedgehogs team. I went on to achieve Level 3 in Childcare and Education. I joined the Squirrels Team in September 2018 as Team Leader. 


I'm a bit of a fitness freak and enjoy going to the gym and also playing netball. I'm a big fan of the outdoors and love to get messy with the children !!

The Hedgehogs Group 


Team Leader Alysha Hussain 



Hi my name is Alysha and I have worked at the Woodlands since 2016. I love watching the children progress and grow and I have recently taken on the role of Team leader of the Hedgehogs group, which I am really enjoying.  In my spare time I enjoy travelling to different destinations... I'm pictured here with my Team.

The Badgers Group 


Team leader Marie Fearn 


Hi I'm Marie, I have two children who are now both adults, my son still lives at home and my daughter lives in Egypt.


I brought them up on my own and when they started to get older I decided to re-train and become a Nursery Nurse, something I had wanted to do since school. I went to college and achieved a Diploma in Childcare and Education (DCE). 


I started Woodlands in July 2001, my first job after qualifying, for the first two years I worked in the owls group and then worked in the Hedgehogs as Team leader and  I then went to the Badgers as Team Leader. 


When I'm not at work, apart from the usual household tasks, I like to go out for meals and meet up with friends. My other main interest is football and I have a season ticket for Derby County, I also like to watch other sports especially tennis and athletics. I recently joined a walking group which is keeping me active and I'm enjoy meeting up with new people and taking regular walks. 

The Tawny Owls Group 

Team Leader Cherylene Brown

Hi my name is Cherylene and I'm the Team leader of the Tawny owls group. I have worked for the woodlands for over 10 years with the over 3 year olds. I would say I'm fun loving, caring and family orientated. I enjoy playing sports taking long walks, going on holiday, dancing and baking and being creative. I have NVQ level 3 and am a first aider.           

(picture taken on World book day 2019 )

The Wise Owls 

Team Leader Macauley Smith 


Hi my name is Macauley, I moved to Derby 4 years ago from South Yorkshire to study Child Education at Derby University. I have studied all aspects of childhood, birth, theories of development and learning, health and wellbeing, safeguarding and effective educational practice. 

My degree lead to the beginning of my journey at the Woodlands nursery when, in my first year, I completed 4 months of placement within the owls group. I loved my time here and I was eager to return, and became a relief staff member while I completed my degree. I have now gained a BA Honors degree in Child Education and a full time Wise owls Teacher. 

I love keeping active, spending nearly all my time playing football, watching football or thinking about football ...I'm football mad !!!

(picture taken on World book day 2019)



    Contact Details

  • The Woodlands Nursery,
  • 192-194 Duffield Road, Derby
  • 01332 346878

    Opening Hours

  • Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed