Our Team

Our dedicated team of nursery practitioners are all well-qualified, trained and DBS checked. They have had many years of experience in nurturing young minds and delivering creative and stimulating learning experiences.

Louise Rose

Louise has 20+ years of experience in childcare. She has a level 3 certificate in Childcare and Education and has been working within the nursery group for 15 years. She has been the Steventon Nursery Manager for 2 years now and is a mum of 3.

Louise says:

“I am a passionate, organised and hands on leader who focusses on play based and discovery learning environments. I believe in fostering strong relationships with my families and having dynamic happy staff who work together as a team to provide a high standard of provision. I am excited to become part of the Duchess Nursery and wider Chatsworth Schools' family.”


Deputy Manager/ Pre-School Leader - Level 3

Abi is the deputy manager and preschool leader. She joined us in September 2005 and is a level 3 childcare practitioner with 12 years’ experience in childcare. Abi is also our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator.
Abi says:
"I have a passion for early years and am thoroughly enjoying developing the preschool environment to make it a fun, exciting and stimulating space for the children to explore. I enjoy working closely with my team to provide the highest quality of care to our children and families."


Nursery Practitioner/ Griffins Room Leader - Level 3

Jessica has recently joined our Duchess Nursery team. She is level 3 qualified with over 10 years experience, and is our Celebrations and Festivals Champion. Jessica Says:
" I am currently working with the Griffins and I feel this is the perfect space for me to let my creative side blossom. Watching the children develop and grow in confidence and achieve their own goals fills me with so much joy and pride, knowing that I had a hand in that."


Nursery Practitioner - Level 3

Victoria is our Dragonflies room leader and is a Level 3 childcare practitioner. She joined us in August 2021 and she has 3+ years’ experience in childcare.
Victoria says:
"I really enjoy my job as I give children that valuable start in life, helping children to develop their social skills in a safe and caring environment that promotes learning through play. I thoroughly enjoy watching the children achieve each milestone, knowing that I have made a difference by supporting them."


Nursery Practitioner - Level 3

Amy works in our toddler room and is a Level 3 childcare practitioner. She joined our Nursery in January 2017 and has 15+ years’ experience in childcare.
Amy says:
"I love to interact with the children and watching them grow and develop gives me great satisfaction, knowing that I played a part in that."

Georgia S

Nursery Assistant

Georgia joined out nursery team in March 2017 and has worked across all areas of the Nursery. Georgia has found her passion in preschool and is our Literacy Champion. Georgia has 4 years’ experience in childcare.
Georgia S says;
"I love working within the Pre-School and have a particular passion for Phonics. I am the nursery Literacy Champion and work closely with my team to ensure Literacy plays a strong role in the children’s continuous provision."

Georgia B

Nursery Assistant

Georgia is one of our newest additions to the nursery starting with us in August 2020. She is ready to start her qualification journey. Georgia is our Maths Champion and has 2 years’ experience in childcare.
Georgia B says:
"I have a degree in Psychology and while studying towards this I thoroughly enjoyed my child psychology module, early years seemed like my next logical step. I have the wonderful opportunity to watch young children grow and flourish in our nursery and I like that we get to see this, first hand, every day. I love that I feel like I am making a difference in these children’s lives.'


Nursery Apprentice

Isabella works in our Dragons room as a nursery apprentice.
Isabella says:
"I am excited to work with our Dragons and help them to develop and grow while preparing them for their next big steps into big school. I am looking forward to my level 2 challenge"


Martha - Nursery Apprentice

Martha has recently joined our Dragonflies team as a level 2 nursery apprentice.
Martha says:
"I am excited to get to start my childcare journey with Duchess Nursery while gaining my qualifications and learning all about the children we care for"


Nursery Practitioner - Level 3

Kat has worked in our nursery since November 2018 and is a Level 3 childcare practitioner. Kat supports across all areas of the nursery and has 18 years’ experience in childcare.
Kat says:
"It brings me great happiness to watch the children grow and develop in every way possible."


Nursery Assistant

Kayleigh is one of our newest additions to the nursery and works in our toddler room. She started with us in August 2020 and is excited about starting her childcare qualifications. Kayleigh has 9 months experience in childcare.
Kayleigh says:
"I joined the nursery in 2020 and have quickly fallen in love with childcare. When I leave at the end of the day I particularly enjoy knowing that I have helped the children learn a new skill. I am looking forward to gaining my qualifications."


Nursery Practitioner - Level 2

Lisa has a Level 2 qualification in childcare and education and has 24 years’ experience in childcare. She has worked for the nursery since June 2018.
Lisa says:
"My interest in childcare started with my work experience from school and from then I knew I wanted to work with children. I enjoy my supporting role at Duchess Nursery as I get to experience the children across all ages and stages."


Our lovely Nursery Cook!

Sam is our nursery cook and she joined our team in November 2020. Sam also holds a Level 2 qualification as is very experienced in a child centred environment.
Sam says:
"I have enjoyed creating delicious menus that appeal to the little ones at Duchess Nursery and it is such a happy place to work!"