Meet Our Lovely Team

Our team are key to everything we do at Pumpkin Pie.

There is a constant focus on training and development to ensure they continue to be the best they can be to teach and nurture your children.

We are proud to say that we have just been presented with our Millie’s Mark Award from the National Day Nurseries Association (find out more about Millie’s Mark on our News Page).

All of our staff are paediatric first aid trained and we currently have 18 members staff who hold a Level 3 (or higher) qualification in Childcare, 3 Qualified Teachers, 2 trained Forest School Leaders and 5 members of staff who are completing their Level 3 training at nursery.

Lucy
LucyNursery Manager and Owner
Lucy is a qualified early years teacher and started out as a childminder in 2011 after having her daughter the year before. Pumpkin Pie was born soon after when she realised how much demand there was for quality childcare in the area. We have grown ever since!
Sophie
SophieDeputy Manager
Sophie has recently been promoted to the permanent position of Deputy Manager, as well as being the 2’s lead. She’s doing a brilliant job and we are very lucky to have her!
Pumpkin Pips

0 – 2’s Room

Andrea
AndreaRoom Leader
Andrea is now on maternity leave until 2022 and enjoying some well earned rest!
Emma
EmmaSenior Practitioner and Acting Room Leader
Emma lives on a farm and is our very own Springwatch Extraodinaire!
Katie
KatieSenior Practitioner
She’s back! Katie used to work in pre-school before moving away for 2 years. We’re very happy to have her back as a Senior Practitioner in our baby room.
Alexandra
AlexandraSenior Practitioner
Alexandra previously worked with older pre-school children, but now loves adapting her skills whilst working with the youngest of our Pumpkin Pips!
Sophie
Sophie
Sophie is a master of knowing children’s routines and is also a lost property wizard!
Ali
Ali
No one can match our dancing queen on the dancefloor – Ali rocks the Proud Mary solos at EVERY Christmas do!
Nicola
Nicola
Nicola is our creative designer, always changing displays and making the nursery beautiful!
Hanna
Hanna
Hanna brings a calming presence to the baby room and especially enjoys cuddles with our smallest Pips.
Caitlin
Caitlin
Caitlin mainly works with our babies, but she also loves doing the school run with our older children, having lots of fun along the way.
Kate
Kate
Kate is super creative and runs a home interiors business on the side of working at Pumpkin Pie!
Alex
Alex
Alex has just started a course in Nursing at University but comes back to Pumpkin on her non-study days and in the holidays.
Georgia
Georgia
Georgia has always wanted to work in childcare and has recently joined our baby room. Good to have you onboard Georgia!
Julia
Julia
Julia has just returned from maternity leave and it is lovely having her back with our Pumpkin Pips.
Liv
Liv
Liv joins us for the holidays as she is currently studying Psychology at University.
Pumpkin Patch

2 – 3’s Room

Kiera
KieraSenior Practitioner
Kiera is now on maternity leave, we look forward to her return in 2022 with her little one!
Hannah
HannahSenior Practitioner
Hannah is a top photobook creator, taking time and effort to make lasting memories for our families.
Rachel
RachelSenior Practitioner
Rachel enjoys setting the Pumpkin Patch room up in the morning, thinking up fun and exciting activities for our 2 year olds to enjoy.
Toni
Toni
Toni brings lots of experience of working with two year olds and enjoys being silly and making the children laugh!
Lauren
Lauren
Lauren loves to create messy activities and get stuck in with the 2 year olds!
Rachel
Rachel
Rachel previously worked in pre-school but has recently joined the Pumpkin Patch and is loving getting to know all the little characters.
Abbie
Abbie
Abbie has always wanted to work with children and volunteered at various placements before starting at Pumpkin.
Catie
Catie
Catie has just moved from our Pumpkin Pips to the Patch, which is lovely as she has stayed with the same children through both rooms.
Sam
Sam
Sam has always wanted to work with children and she’s been a welcome addition to our Pumpkin Patch.
Pumpkin Pre-School

3 – 5’s Room

Lucy
Lucy Room Lead, Qualified Teacher and Forest School Lead
Lucy loves to work with our older pre-schoolers, getting them outdoors exploring nature and making crafts with what they find.
Tasha
TashaQualified Teacher and Senior Practitioner
Tasha is a fully qualified teacher and has just joined our pre-school room. Welcome to the team Tasha!
Lucy
LucySENCO Lead
Lucy has an endless amount of enthusiasm and energy, always thinking up new and exciting activities for our pre-schoolers.
Karl
KarlForest Leader
When Karl isn’t in nursery you will find him exploring the Lake District with his family. He loves getting kids outdoors teaching them woodwork and wild cooking skills!
Laura
LauraSenior Practitioner
Laura is our top photographer, capturing special moments from our children’s days.
Sharna
Sharna
Sharna has just joined our pre-school crew and in her spare time she loves to paddleboard and go hiking.
Sarah
SarahOffice Manager
Sarah loves a challenge and being busy, which is just as well when working at Pumpkin Pie. She is also happy to steal a baby cuddle every now and then!
John
JohnCaretaker
Our handyman extraordinaire, no job is too big for John, whether it’s building a brand new mezzanine, fixing the kitchen tap or making an outdoor classroom!
Cheryl
CherylCleaner and Cook
We don’t know what we’d do without Cheryl, keeping everyone fed, the nursery clean and always wearing a smile!