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 take the education and training of our team very seriously. Whilst the requirement within Early Years is for 50% of the full team to hold a relevant qualification at Level 3, we actively support our team in undertaking additional training and will support them in achieving this qualification if they join us without already holding it.

We are also proud to say that all of our staff are paediatric first aid trained.

LucyNursery Manager and Owner
Lucy is a Level 7 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!
SophieDeputy Manager
Sophie is Level 3 qualified and is our Pumpkin Patch Room leader as well as the Deputy Manager. You will never see Sophie without a huge smile on her face!
Sarah Office Manager
Sarah’s job specification is endless, from website builder to party planner, baby cuddler to bookkeeper. No job is too big for this Office Manager!
EmilyTraining Co-ordinator
Emily is now on maternity leave and we can’t wait to see her back next year.
Pumpkin Pips

0 – 2’s Room

EmmaRoom Leader - Level 6 Qualified
Emma holds a degree in Childhood Studies. She lives on a farm and is our very own Springwatch Extraodinaire!
KieraSenior Practitioner - Level 5 Qualified
Kiera has a wealth of experience in childcare having worked as a Senior Practitioner in both our Patch and Pips rooms and you’ll never see her without a smile on her face!
AliSENCO Lead - Level 3 Qualified
Ali is our longest serving employee, having just celebrated her 10th anniversary of joining Pumpkin Pie!
SophieSenior Practitioner - Level 3 Qualified
Sophie is a master of knowing children’s routines and is also a lost property wizard!
MarieSenior Practitioner - Level 3 Qualified
Marie has 15 years of experience in childcare and joined our Pips room after taking a break to bring up her son.
JuliaLevel 2 Qualified
Julia has worked with our babies for over 4 years and is loved by children and staff alike for her calm presence and caring nature.
KateLevel 3 Qualified
Kate has recently completed her Level 3 training making her our newest fully qualified practitioner. Well done Kate!
RoseStudying for Level 3
Rose started with us as summer holiday cover in the Pips room, but loved it so much she has stayed on to become an apprentice with us and study for her Level 3 Qualification!
Sophie P
Sophie PLevel 4 Qualified
Sophie has recently returned to our baby room after being on maternity leave and it is really lovely to have her back!
DeniseLevel 3 Qualified
Denise has lots of experience, skills and knowledge from her previous work in baby rooms and has a very caring nature. Great to have you with us!
LeanneStudying for Level 3
Leanne joined our team a year ago and has since proved how enthusiastic she is about providing the best care possible for babies.
AmyStudying for Level 3 Qualification
With two young children of her own, Amy has brought her skills from motherhood to our baby room and has a lovely, calm and friendly presence.
BevLevel 3 Qualified
Bev has many years experience in childcare and working in nurseries and is a valued member of our Pumpkin Pips Team!
Amy O
Amy O Level 3 Qualified
Amy joined us last year, having previously gained lots of experience with older children, working as a teaching assistant in local schools.
AllyEarly Years Practitioner
Ally has just joined our Pips room, after having a career break to care for her children. She joins our team with lots of experience of working with children having held a previous role in residential childcare.
Pumpkin Patch

2 – 3’s Room

RachelSenior Practitioner - Level 3 Qualified
Rachel has amazing enthusiasm, keeps everyone organised and is also an excellent cook!
AlexLevel 6 and Qualified Teacher
Alex is a fully qualified teacher with lots of experience working within a school environment. She has just joined our Patch for a change in career direction and we’re thrilled to have her with us!
AbbieLevel 3 Qualified
Abbie has worked in the Patch since starting at Pumpkin in early 2021 and is a firm favourite with all the children.
Nicola SENCO and Level 5 Qualified
Nicola has worked for Pumpkin Pie for many years and is always coming up with lovely activity ideas for the children. She is also the SENCO lead for our 2 year-olds.
GeorgiaLevel 3 Qualified
Georgia has recently completed her Level 3 qualification and has experience working with all ages at Pumpkin, having spent time in the Pips, Pre-school and now the Patch rooms.
VictoriaLevel 4 Qualified
Victoria holds a Level 4 qualification in Early Years Education and Practice and a black belt in karate! She is wonderful at leading Speech and Language sessions in the Patch.
SamStudying for Level 3
Sam has worked in the Patch for almost 3 years and is a firm favourite with all the children. She is currently studying for her Level 3 Qualification.
AbiLevel 6 and Qualified Teacher
Abi completed her university studies last summer and joined our Patch as a fully qualified teacher. Lovely to have you with us Abi!
LivStudying for Level 3
Liv worked in our Pips room on a temporary placement last year, but decided she would like to work for us permanently so is now studying towards her Level 3.
Pumpkin Pre-School

3 – 5’s Room

JennyRoom Leader and Qualified Teacher
Jenny is a qualified teacher and is popular with the children for her caring and fun nature.
LauraSenior Practitioner - Level 6 Qualified
Laura holds a degree in Childhood Studies and is our top photographer, capturing special moments from our children’s days.
LucySENCO Lead - Level 3 Qualified
Lucy has been a superstar in our pre-school for 6 years. Nobody reads stories with as much enthusiasm as Lucy does!
KatieSenior Practitioner
Katie has been a firm favourite with our older children for many years now, her enthusiasm, group times and fun activities are legendary!
ToniSenior Practitioner - Level 3 Qualified
Toni enjoys being silly and making the children laugh which goes down really well with our Preschool children!
HannaSenior Practitioner - Level 3 Qualified
Hanna brings a bundle of energy and enthusiasm to our Pumpkin Pre-school, having recently moved from our Pumpkin Patch.
KateLevel 3 Qualified and Forest School Leader
Kate has just completed her training to become our Forest School Leader. She leads 2 Forest School sessions each week for the Pre-Schoolers and also helps the other rooms to incorporate Forest based fun into their daily activities.
ScarlettStudying for Level 2
Scarlett joined us straight from school and is currently studying for her Level 2 qualification. She gets stuck in with activities and loves to get the children out and about on adventures.
Caitlin Studying for Level 3 Qualification
Caitlin volunteered in our pre-school room for a few months and impressed us so much with her enthusiasm and connection with the children that we offered her a position!
Sharon provides an enormous help to the whole team at the end of the day by making sure the whole nursery is looking spotless!
The kitchen is always a hive of activity when Cheryl is cooking up tasty meals and treats for the nursery!