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              

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

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

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

Emily-Mae Lane - BTEC Level 3

Isobel Partridge -  Level 2

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

Emily Kay - BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

Harley Hurt - NVQ Level 2, Apprentice NVQ Level 3

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

Sue Hopcroft - NVQ 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

Julie Edwards - DPP Level 3  

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

Megan Winter- Apprentice Nursery Assistant

Natalie Tudor - Diploma Level 3

Robyn Burley -BA (Hons) Education Studies, Diploma Level 3

Steph Barker - NVQ Level 3


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

Hannah Wing (Assistant Room Leader) - NVQ Level 3

Becca Watkin - working towards Diploma 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 

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

Emma Thorp  – Diploma Level 3 (Currently on Maternity Leave)

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)

Katie Allen  - BA (Hons) Education Studies

Lucy Cox  - Diploma Level 3 Teaching Assistant

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


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

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

Karen Steptoe

Claire Hewitt

Emily-Mae Lane

Issy Schofield

Bec Chenery

Hayley Armstrong


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

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

Heather Littler 

Jane Brown 

Karen Steptoe - Diploma Level 3

Lucy Allen 

Lucy Cox - Diploma Level 3

Tiffany Alderton - Diploma Level 3

Maintenance & Handy Person

Kingsley Tudor