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

Directors                   

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

Farmer

Brian Spence (aka Farmer Brian!)

Deputy Manager      

Zoe Owen - BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Early Years Teachers

Robyn Burley - BA (Hons) Education Studies, Diploma Level 3, Studying towards Early Years Teacher Status

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

Kindergarten Badgers              

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

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

Aerienne Collins  - Apprenctice Early Years Practitioner

Bec Chenery - BA (Hons) Early Years and Educational Development, Forest School Leader Level 3 

Dee Forster - Foundation Degree in Early Years, Forest School Leader Level 3

Emily Kay -  BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

Isobel Partridge -  Level 2

Lucy Cox - Diploma Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Robert Marlow -  Forest School Leader Level 3

Kindergarten Foxes  

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

Lyndsey Hollingworth (Assistant Room Leader) - BTEC Level 3

Claire Hewitt - BSc Marine Biology, Qualified Teacher Status

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

Lauren Hall - Level 2 Support Work in Schools and Colleges

Robert Marlow  - Forest School Leader Level 3

Kindergarten Hares

Sammy Hawkins (Room Leader) - Diploma Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 3

Emily-Mae Lane - BTEC Level 3

Heather Littler

Toddlers                   

Kitty Dunne-Mason (Room Leader) - Level 3

Laura Whitford (Assistant Room Leader) - Diploma Level 3

Issy Schofield  - Level 3

Julie Edwards - DPP Level 3  

Lauren North  - BSc Zoology, Forest School Leader Level 3

Megan Winter- Apprentice Early Years Practitioner

Natalie Tudor - Diploma Level 3

Rianna Creek  - Working towards Diploma Level 3

Steph Barker - NVQ Level 3

Robert Marlow -  Forest School Leader Level 3

Babies              

Hannah Wing (Room Leader) - NVQ Level 3

Sharon McGown (Assistant Room Leader) - BA (Hons) Applied Studies (Early Childhood), EarlyYears Professional Status

Becca Watkin - working towards Diploma Level 3

Charlotte Mortimer - Apprentice Early Years Practitioner

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

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

Tiffany Alderton  - Diploma Level 3

Rangers

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

Sammy Hawkins (Room Leader) - Diploma Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 3

Dee Forster

Emily-Mae Lane

Hayley Armstrong (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Karen Steptoe - Diploma Level 3

Kitchen

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

Rachel Turner

Floaters

Angela McBride - Diploma Level 3

Dee Forster - Foundation Degree in Early Years, Forest School Leader Level 3

Harley Hurt  - NVQ Level 2, Working towards NVQ Level 3 (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Hayley Armstrong - BTEC Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 3 (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Jane Brown 

Katie Allen - BA (Hons) Education Studies

Sue Hopcroft - NVQ Level 3

Zoe Owen  - (Deputy Nursery Manager) - BA(Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Maintenance & Handy Person

Joe Hornblow - BSc Biological Science (Ecology & Zoology)