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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. 

Bunnies Team

Bunnies Team 1

Hi my name is Stacey I work in the Bunnies group I have been at the Woodlands for over 10 years and I'm am trained Nursery Nurse. 

In my spare time I enjoy dancing, drama and socialising with my friends. 

Hi my is Daria I'm on the right. I have worked with all age groups in the nursery and currently work in the Bunnies group with the babies. I have worked for the nursery for over 10 years and am NVQ level 3 trained.

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 !!

Hi I'm Beth I started at the nursery in 2015 after completing my NVQ level 3 in Childcare. I work part time in the Squirrels group with the under twos. I enjoy being outside and taking long walks with my dog, I am also a keen traveller who loves to visit new place.


Squirrels team

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Hi my name is Maise, I'm on the right ! and I started working at the Woodlands Nursery in May 2018. I have always wanted to work with young children so I really enjoy working in the Squirrels group. At home I have a daughter so most of my time is spent with her, going to the park, playing and doing arts and crafts.

 I also enjoy going to the cinema, reading and relaxing with a glass of wine!


Hi my name is Charlotte I'm on the left ! I started at the Woodlands in August 2018. I went to college and studied Early Years Childcare Level 2 and 3, before applying for a position here at the nursery. In my free time I like to catch up with friends and family and spend quality time together. I also love shopping and spending my well earned wages !!


Hi my name is Zoe and I'm in the centre of the photo! I stared her in July 2018, I have wanted to work with children from a young age. I went to Derby college where I did my NVQ level 3 Diploma in Early Years. In my spacetime I love to catch up with my friends, walk the dog on the park and go swimming. I am also obsessed with Harry Potter so like to rewatch the films and reread the books lots ...:) 

I am sadly leaving the Woodlands in September to train as a teacher but I have been asked to return in the holidays which I shall be doing so see you soon!.


Squirrels team cont.

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Hi my name is Angie, I have worked at the Woodlands since February 2006. I have worked with most age groups and the under ones for over 8 years. I now work in the Squirrels group where I have been for 3 years. I am married with two grown up daughters. In my spare time I love going walking with my dog and socialising with my friends.


Squirrels Team

Squirrels Team  1

Hi I am Sam I have worked at the Woodlands since November 2009. I am the mother of two lively boys who certainly keep me busy. I studied childcare at college and gained my NVQ level 2. I joined the nursery and continued my studies gaining NVQ level 3 in childcare and education.

In my spare time I enjoy sleeping and strolls in the park with my boys. 

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.

My name is Olivia I'm on the left, I am 21 and I've worked at the nursery for nearly 4 years. I've always wanted to work with children and I love to see them grow and develop throughout their time at nursery. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and walking my 3 dogs over the fields. 

Hi my name is Tabshira I've worked for Woodlands since February 2008.I have a BTEC National in Children's Care and learning and a supervisors qualification. I have worked with the over 3 years and was pre-school Leader for 6.5 years.I have enjoyed every moment of working with young children. I have 2 young children one of which is a 2 year old, he definitely keeps me busy; I love spending time with him and my recent born daughter and my family.



Hedgehogs Team

Hedgehogs Team 1

My names Leah and I have worked at the Woodlands for nearly 3 years. I have been training here and have nearly finished my NVQ level 3 in childcare. 

I really enjoy eating out and going on summer holidays. My favourite restaurant is Wagamamas. I also enjoy watching all the children grow and develop, it makes me so happy. I am hoping to continue my professional development by doing a course in leadership or management. 

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. 

Hi my name is Ellen and I have worked for the nursery for 4 years.I have worked with most age groups and am now with the Badgers group. I am married with two grown up children, my eldest son is 38 and works in London as a yoga teacher and  my youngest son is 34 and works as a joiner in Derby.

I moved from Glasgow when I was in my teens and I love living in Derby. My hobbies are playing darts and going to the movies. Most of all I enjoy getting together with my family and going for meals and bowling. 

The Tawny Owls Group 

Team Leader Leah Winfield 


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 



Hello I am Charlie I have worked at the nursery since 2016, my dream job was to work with children and support their needs.

Before working with children I volunteered with Rainbows, I am now working towards my NVQ level 3 and work in the owls group with the over 3 year olds. In my spare time I visit family and friends, I also enjoy nature and watching movies. 


Hi my name is Clare and I work in the owls group as a nursery assistant. I enjoy playing with the children, singing and craft activities. 

Hi my name is Linda and I work as housekeeper for the nursery. I'm the one on the left. 

My name is Lesley and I work in the kitchen I prepare lunch and teas for all the children. 

My name is Louise and I'm the cook at the Woodlands.

My name is Melody I'm one of the housekeepers at nursery, I also help out with lunchtime cover working with the children.

    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