About Us

Our Staff

Our aim is to provide children attending Great Wood Farm with the support of qualified, passionate and committed staff. We are proud to have such a highly qualified team, we have four staff who are Early Years Professionals/Teachers, seven with degrees, four with foundation degrees, creating a graduate led team across the nursery.

  • key person relationship

Ofsted commented ‘All staff have a thorough understanding of their roles and responsibilities to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Leadership of the nursery is exceptional. Staff are well qualified and experienced. This has a positive impact on the outcomes for children.’

A Key Person system operates in each room. A key person will be your main point of contact and help your child to become settled, happy and safe.  They will be responsible for your child’s care, development and learning and take note of your child’s progress, sharing this with you via Eylog.

The Team at Great Wood Farm


Kathryn Spence (Office Manager)

Charlotte Littler (Office Manager) - BSc (Hons) Countryside Management, Forest School Leader Level 3

Kate Robinson (Manager, Lead Practitioner, SENCO) - BSc (Hons) Countryside Management, Early Years Professional Status, Forest School Leader Level 3


Brian Spence (aka Farmer Brian!)

Deputy Manager      

Zoe Owen - BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Kindergarten Badgers              

Zoe Owen (Room Leader) - BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Totty Schofield (Early Years Teacher) - BA (Hons) Drama Studies, Early Years Teacher Status 

Claire Harrison - BA (Hons) Education Studies

Emily-Mae Lane - BTEC Level 3

Lyndsey Hollingworth - BTEC Level 3

Megan Winter- Apprentice Nursery Assistant

Robert Marlow  - Forest School Leader Level 3

Sammy Hawkins - Diploma Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 3

Sharon McGown - BA (Hons) Applied Studies (Early Childhood), Early Years Professional Status

Kindergarten Foxes  

Bec Chenery - (Acting Room Leader) - BA (Hons) Early Years and Educational Developement, Forest School Leader Level 3 (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Dee Forster - (Acting Room Leader) - Foundation Degree in Early Years, Forest School Leader Level 3

Emily Kay - BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

Harley Hurt - NVQ Level 2, Apprentice NVQ Level 3

Kindergarten Hares

Sheryl Schofield (Room Leader) - Diploma Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 2

Claire Hewitt - BSc Marine Biology, Qualified Teacher Status

Emily-Mae Lane - BTEC Level 3

Hayley Scaum - BTEC Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 3


Dawn Warren (Room Leader) - Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies / Childcare Leaning and Development - Level 3

Laura Whitford (Assistant Room Leader) - Diploma Level 3

Becca Watkin - working towards Diploma Level 3

Julie Edwards - DPP Level 3  

Lauren Elsey  - NVQ Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 3

Natalie Tudor - Diploma Level 3


Rachel Harrison (Room Leader) - Foundation Degree in Children, Families and Community Health, BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies

Fiona Warren (Assistant Room Leader) - BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, Forest School Leader Level 3

Becky Hurt - NVQ Level 3, Foundation Degree in Children, Families & Community Health, BA (Hons) Evaluating Practice: Working with Children

Charlotte Mortimer - Apprentice Nursery Assistant 

Emma Thorp  – Diploma Level 3

Hannah Wing - NVQ Level 3

Heleena Shukla - BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Issy Schofield - Apprentice Nursery Assistant

Kathleen Fowler  - NVQ Level 2, Diploma Level 3, Foundation Degree in Applied Studies (Early Chilhood)

Lucy Cox  - Diploma Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Robyn Burley - Foundation Degree in Professional Studies (Early Childhood), Diploma Level 3

Steph Barker - NVQ Level 3


Robert Marlow (Room Co-ordinator)  - Forest School Leader Level 3 

Claire Hewitt

Emily-Mae Lane

Hayley Scaum

Issy Schofield

Karen Steptoe

Sammy Hawkins


Robin Winter (Catering Manager) -  City & Guild's H2 Catering & Hospitality, Level 3 NVQ Catering & Hospitality Management​

Caroline Lee (Chef) - City & Guild's Catering

Sonia Bradley (General Catering Assistant)

Office Administrators

Sara White 

Jackie Bishop


Angela McBride - Diploma Level 3

Gina West - Level 2

Heather Littler 

Isobel Partridge -  Level 2

Jane Brown -

Karen Steptoe - Diploma Level 3

Katie Allen  - BA (Hons) Education Studies

Lucy Allen 

Lucy Cox - Diploma Level 3

Sue Hopcroft - NVQ Level 3 

Tiffany Alderton - Diploma Level 3

Maintenance & Handy Person

Kingsley Tudor