Sarah Ives

Owner and Manager

Sarah has worked at Woodlands Nursery & Preschool since 1994.  Sarah has a Foundation Degree in Early Years from Canterbury Christ Church University.  Sarah took ownership of Woodlands Nursery & Preschool in August 2010.

Stacey Leppenwell

Deputy Manager

Stacey has worked at Woodlands Nursery & Preschool since 2006.  She is qualified to BA Honours in Primary Education from Canterbury Christ Church University.  Stacey is Deputy Manager for our setting.

Becky Dabbs

Early Years Practitioner Lead (Under 2's) and SENCO

Becky has worked at Woodlands Nursery & Preschool since 1992, she qualified from Canterbury College in 1991 with a Diploma in childcare and NNEB (Level 4 qualification). She become the Early Years Practitioner Lead for the under 2's and SENCO in 2014. Becky has vast amounts of experience and knowledge working with young babies and toddlers.

Ruth Reed

Early Years Practitioner Lead and SENCO

Ruth has worked at Woodlands Nursery & Preschool since 2011. She is qualified to a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care from Canterbury Christ Church University. Ruth is our Early Years Practitioner Lead within the Over 2's room, she works in this role with Laura. Ruth is also our SENCO lead she has a vast amount of knowledge and training in this area.

Laura Alston

Early Years Practitioner Lead

Laura has worked at Woodlands Nursery & Preschool since September 2019. She is qualified to Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. Laura is our Early Years Practitioner Lead within the Over 2's room, she works in this role with Ruth.

Kevin Ives

Office Manager

Kevin has worked at Woodlands Nursery & Preschool since April 2017. He is qualified to Level 3 in Children and Young People's Workforce. Kevin joined us after working 18 years in IT as a Network Analyst in London, he works mainly in the office but occasional within the rooms.

Clare Robinson

Early Years Practitioner and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Clare has worked at Woodlands Nursery & Preschool since 2013. She is qualified to Level 3 Diploma for Children's and Young Peoples Workforce, Clare has had training in Early Years Safeguarding for the Designated Lead Person, she undertakes this every two years. Clare works in our Over 2's room.

Donna Foster

Early Years Practitioner

Donna has worked at Woodlands Nursery & Preschool since 2005. She has her Level 3 NVQ in Children's Care, Learning and Development. Donna works within our Under 2's room since 2015.

Shenka Brett

Early Years Practitioner

Shenka has worked at Woodlands Nursery & Preschool since 2010. She is qualified to Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. Shenka works mainly in the Under 2 room.

Louise Yates

Early Years Practitioner

Louise has worked at Woodlands Nursery & Preschool since 2014. She is trained in Early Years Care and Education NVQ Level 2, and is current finishing off her NVQ Level 3. Louise works within both rooms of the setting.