Meet The Staff
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Hi I am Emma White and I am Owner of Woodlands Nursery. I have worked with children for over 22 years and I am a passionate supporter of the Montessori ethos. I also manage another nursery in Ipswich called Small World Kindergarten. I am passionate about creating stimulating environments for children which promote active learning through experiences and ensuring my team are supported and well valued creating a happy environment for everyone.

 

In my spare time I love to spend time with my husband Rick, son Finley and my other puppy son Otto. I also really enjoy cooking at home.

 

I would be so proud to welcome and show you around our setting.

Hi I am Chloe Bambridge. I am Deputy Manager here at Woodlands Nursery. I do the daily running of the setting. I have obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Early Learning at the University of Suffolk. I also have my Level 2 Forest School qualification. I am Safeguarding Lead, health and safety officer and holiday club lead.

 

I strive for a stimulating, safe and enriching environment providing the best education for the children. In my spare time I have my own eyelash extension business which I love and I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. 

 

I would love to show you around our amazing nursery.

Hi my name is Rebecca Hodnett and I am a practitioner here at Woodlands Nursery and work in the Wriggling Worms room. I have a Level 3 childcare qualification. I have worked with children from the age of 6 months upwards for the last 6 years, which included working abroad for two years.

 

In my spare time I enjoy walking my miniature Schnauzer, Marley and I love travelling abroad and exploring different countries and cultures.

 

I look forward to seeing you at Woodlands.

Hi I am Hannah Vaughan, I am an advanced practitioner here at Woodlands Nursery. I am currently working in the Snuffling Hedgehogs room. I have almost 10 years experience, working over the ages of 3 months to 7 years. I have a Level 6 qualification in Early Learning and particularly enjoy exploring the outdoor area.

 

In my free time, I enjoy taking my Labrador for walks, baking and I am also trained in acrylic and gels nails.

 

I look forward to meeting you all!

Hi I am Kerry Hale, I am an Early Years Practitioner here at Woodlands, working within the Snuffling Hedgehogs room.

Hi I am Ellie, the apprentice here at Woodlands Nursery. I spend time in all of the rooms to get a vast array of experience with every age. I have wanted to work in childcare for a very long time. My aim is to make sure the children under my care have a safe and great experience at nursery.

 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

 

I can’t wait to see you all at Woodlands.

Hi I am Marie Whiting. I am area manager of Small World Kindergarten and Woodlands Nursery working alongside both teams and families to provide exceptional nursery experiences for your children.

 

I have an Early Childhood focused degree and my career history encompasses both early years education and social care.

 

I am a mum to 4 children who loves the great outdoors and being active. I love spending time with family and friends and enjoy anything arts based from theatre to singing to galleries. My ultimate unwind is spending time in the garden or walking or getting lost in a good book.

 

I look forward to meeting you.

Hi I am Emma Bartholomew, I am the advanced practitioner here at Woodlands Nursery and work in the Bouncing Bunnies room. As well as being the setting’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Some of my qualifications include, Level 4 Advanced practitioner and  Level 2 Forest School. I have 10 years of working in Early Years, and enjoy coming into work every day. I am passionate about providing a safe, secure and fun environment for the children in my care and love the child led and natural approach to learning.

 

In my spare time I am a Mummy to my fur baby Joules, and love lots of family walks. I also enjoy Formula one, travelling to watch races around the world.

 

I can’t wait to meet you all soon.

Hi I’m Jade and I am a practitioner here at Woodlands Nursery. I work in the wriggling worms classroom. I am currently studying for my Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Early Learning at the University of Suffolk. I have worked in childcare for the past 8 years.

 

In my spare time I love going to musicals and concerts. I enjoy spending my time with my 2 beautiful girls and I am a crazy cat lady.

 

I hope to see you around at Woodlands Nursery.

Hi I am Tara Matthews, I am an Early Years Practitioner here at Woodlands, currently working with the wonderful Bouncing Bunnies. I have over 15 years experience, covering a variety of roles and looking after children aged 3 months-5 years. I am Level 5 qualified in Leadership and Management in early years and also Makaton trained.

 

After only recently moving to the area, from Wiltshire. I have enjoyed spending my spare time exploring the local area and going on some beautiful walks with my family.

 

I look forward to meeting you.

Hi I am Louise Cowderoy, I am an Early Years Practitioner here at Woodlands, working in the Snuffling Hedgehogs room.

Hello, my name is Jenny Kent and I am the Forest School lead at Woodlands Nursery and am trained to Forest School Level 3.  I am a qualified teacher and worked for 20 years teaching and leading outdoor education as Education Officer at Foxburrow Farm, Suffolk Wildlife Trust. For the last 3 years I have been working at a Montessori Nusery and studied an 'Introduction to Montessori Training' course.

 

In my spare time I love woodland walks and enjoy gardening and keeping hens. In recent years, I have swapped my ITFC season ticket for watching my son's football team, much more exciting!

I can't wait to show you all the exciting things we get up to in Forest School.