Louise Izzo


Louise has over 18 years of experience in the early years and has a variety of experience across different settings from soft play centres, to play buses and busy nursery environments. She is dedicated to developing the staff team and ensuring the children have the best opportunities whilst in the playgroups care. Louise lives at home with her husband, two sons and their puppy. Her favourite book is Monkey puzzle and her favourite nursery rhyme is Miss Polly had a dolly.

Louise is qualified with a BA in early childhood education and also holds Early years teacher status


Ann Hands

Deputy Manager

Ann has 9yrs experience as a early years practitioner and loves outdoor learning, involving children exploring the natural world around them. LETS GET MUDDY 😁.
Ann lives at home with her partner Ian, two daughters Lois & Megan and their cat Narla. In warmer weather they love to go camping and enjoy the thrill of a theme park!
Her favourite book to read is We're going on a bear hunt and favourite nursery song is five little ducks.

Ann is Level 3 qualified.


Rachael Winters

Early years Practitioner

Rachael has 6 years experience in childcare. She loves arts and crafts with the children (especially glitter!) And loves seeing their faces light up when they've achieved something. Her favourite nursery rhyme is 'I had a little turtle,' and her favourite story is 'Room on the broom.' Rachael lives at home with her partner Tom, little girl Tillie and 2 dogs, Maddie and Minnie. She loves going for long walks across the fields, keeping Tillie busy and dancing around to music! Rachael also has a degree in Photography.
Rachael is Level 3 qualified


Sammi Cothier

Early years practitioner

Sammi has about 9 years experience in childcare working with ages 2-11 year olds, she is also supervisor at Dashwood Out of school club. She loves her job roles because she finds it rewarding getting to know each child and helping them grow into the best they can be. But her favourite part of the jobs are the big cuddles. Sammi loves to change the colour of her hair and loves any excuse for fancy dress. Her favourite story is Were going on a bear hunt (she knows it off by heart). And her favourite song to sing is 5 little ducks. 
Sammi is qualified in childcare to level 3


Leanne O'neill

Early years Practitioner

Leanne has had many years experience working with children and has 3 daughters of her own. Leanne's favourite part of the nursery day is being outside with the children and exploring the natural world. We are hoping to get Leanne and Ann onto some forest school training soon.

Leanne is level 3 qualified


Kasia Stanley

Early years assistant

Kasia loves to be active; Dancing, skipping, exercising, sports games are her thing! She lives at home with three boys. Her husband Paul, son Oliver and their pet dog Boris. Her favourite book is “ A friend for a little bear” by Harry Horse. Her first choice of nursery song would be “ The wheels on the bus”. Kasia’s previous work experience in this field is three years as a EY teacher in a Polish Saturday School. 
Kasia has a Bachelor's Degree In Education and Social Care, and also a Masters Degree in Pedagogy


Jo Fairhurst

Early years Practitioner (On Maternity leave)

Jo has had over 10 years experience working in both schools and early years settings. She loves working with children especially with the fun and dedicated team around her. She also enjoys lots of creative activities and isn't opposed to going home covered in glitter and paint. Jo lives at home with her partner, three daughters and their dog. Her favourite book is 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' and her favourite song is 'Elephants Have Wrinkles!' 
Jo is level 3 qualified, but also holds a BA in Graphic Design and Photography