Our Staff

Meet our friendly and welcoming team!
Our staff are constantly undergoing training and continuing their professional development. They are offered support and in-house training from Karen Potter who has worked in childcare for over 20 years and is an experienced further education teacher. Karen Cooper has over 20 years' experience running her own childminding business which she continues with from home. All staff are first aid trained and regularly undertake safeguarding training.  
What do parents have to say about our staff?
  • go "above and beyond"
  • "caring and friendly"
  • "incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and supportive"
  • "put parents' minds at ease"
In our parent survey conducted May 2021, Staff Friendliness was rated 9.4/10 and Approachability 9.8/10

Karen Potter


- BA Hons Education and Training
"I have been working in childcare for almost 20 years.  Previously I have successfully managed another Early Years setting to receive an outstanding Ofsted inspection judgement and I have previously taught childcare and management at a local college."

Karen Cooper


- Level 3 Qualified
"I have been working in childcare for over 15 years and have been running my own successful childcare business, working with children of all ages and supporting the needs of many families within the local community."


Kelly Brimmer

Deputy Manager nand Moles room leader


-  Level 3 Qualifications in Childcare and Special educational needs coordinators in early years settings
"Early on in my childcare career I realised I have a passion to support children with special education needs, so I enrolled in a pilot scheme for Level 3 Sencos, which has brought a wealth of knowledge and support to our setting. "


Cathryn Smith

Bunnies room leader

Level 3 Childcare - I have been working in childcare for 5 years. I have worked in a few different nurseries in Portsmouth mostly over the years i have been within the baby room. I enjoy working with children as i enjoy watching the process of the individual child meet there learning targets and develop in their own way. 

Maja Carter

Bunnies Room Keyworker

Under 2 Bubble

- Level 2 Childcare
"I am a very bubbly person and have always loved being around kids. I have just left school and am studying alongside my job to gain my qualifications. I would love to become a nanny and travel the world doing what I love!"


Shannan Page

Joint Setting Lead

-BA Hons Early Childhood Studies

"I am an experienced and passionate practitioner with a drive to ensure that all children in my care receive high quality care and education. I love to support children to thrive in all aspects of their learning and development and achieve their full potential. I enjoy helping my team to bring their ideas to life in creating an enriching environment full of exciting opportunities."

Danielle Herne

Toads room keyworker

- Level 3 Childcare
"I have always enjoyed helping others and I love working with all the different aged children within the nursery and seeing them learn and develop. Here at Wind in the Willows, I am constantly expanding my knowledge with the help of others which is allowing me to further in my career."


Raisa Fearis

Toads Room Keyworker

Level 3 Childcare - I have been working with children for 8 years and have worked in a few nurseries around the Portsmouth area. I have a caring nature which is a main reason i have always wanted to work with children, i also love watching and being a part of there development path. Here at Wind in the willows i work in the Froglet room with the under 2's but have experienced all ages.


Faith Winning
Toads Room leader 

"I'm currently doing an apprenticeship in level 3 child care and really enjoying it. Working with children is always something I knew id love to do. I love working with all ages and are really enjoying being in the toads room.I love teaching them new things and helping them learn and watching them develop into lovely children".

Jess Brewer

Froglet room keyworker

-Childcare Level 3
"I have been working in childcare for 15 years working in various settings in the Portsmouth area. I have worked with all age groups, mostly focusing on the 16-26 month age group and have worked at Wind in the willows since having my first son in 2016. I have 2 sons and feel since becoming a mummy it has taught me so much more, I feel that this has enabled me to do my job even better and strengthened my relationships with all parents. "


Kaci Ross

Toads room keyworker

Level 2 childcare working towards level 3

- Working towards Level 2 Childcare

"I have always loved being with children ever since I was young.  I started working as an apprentice in the Tadpole room in 2017, then I moved to the Badgers room as a keyworker.  I am now a keyworker in the Toads room working towards my level 2." 


Charlotte Elford

Moles room apprentice

working towards level 3 childcare

'Since joining Wind in the Willows i have enjoyed meeting all the children here, all there characters bring me such joy. I am pleased i chose the Nursery to start my Childcare qualification with'.

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Scarlet Wain

Badger room key worker

Over 2 bubble

-Level 2 qualified 


Mya Leigh

Badger room Apprentice

Over 2 bubble

'I am doing my level 2 childcare qualification and eager to grow my knowledge within the setting and see the children thrive'.


Nicky Lake 

Badger room keyworker

Level 3 Childcare

I've been working in nurseries for 13 years, growing up i always knew i wanted to work with children, i love watching the children i care for grow and develop and think it is the most rewarding job.

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Lucie Reid

Moles Room Keyworker

"I have 23 years experience in childcare and have been working in nurseries since 2003. I have also nannied for two families and worked in the Italian Alps as a nanny for a travel company. Childcare is my passion in life, I love to see children thrive, grow and become independent school children with aspirations! Teaching and guiding them makes me smile.  Working at Wind in the Willows keepsme challenged. My enthusiasm for early years hasn't changed since I was 17!"

Stella Manning

Moles room keyworker

Working towards Childcare level 2

"I completed my work experience with wind in the willows and loved it so much i applied for a job here. I am really enjoying completing my qualification whilst helping the children thrive with their day to day routines"!


Lucy Mcniff

Moles room keyworker​

'I have been working in childcare for just over 3 years now. I love working with children and seeing them grow being apart of a big family and being one of the oldest of has been lovely seeing them grow from babies to teenagers. i hope to share my knowledge and experience with the children here at Wind in the Willows. I am current working towards my foundation degree in Early Years to hopefully persure a career in Social work!'


Tracey Carling

Badger room Keyworker

Level 4 qualified

I started in childcare volunteering in my sons nursery which i thoroughly enjoyed. This led me on to getting my qualifications and continue to work in childcare for 22 years .My roles have been a deputy Manager, Manager and a senco worker,I really enjoy working children and regularly update my training to meet the needs of the children .

Dawn Leigh

Breakfast time staff

I have lived in the Milton community all my life and i love it. Working at Wind in the Willows is a breath of fresh air, i love coming to work every morning and seeing the children happy faces and love making their mornings special.


Rosie Drayton

Badgers Room Keyworker

-Level 3 in Childcare

"I have worked in childcare since leaving school and have 7 years worth of experience.  I have a bubbly personality and strive to make learning fun and enjoyable for the children.  I am also very nurturing and like to turn frowns upside down."

Steve Waight


I can often be seen around the building or the grounds carrying out maintenance. The children sometimes watch or help with tasks such as gardening, digging holes.

Steve Waight

Nursery Maintenance

I started from the very beginning before we officially opened our doors and it has given me a sense of purpose working at Wind in the Willows. I am 'Steve Mr Fix it' to all the children and i love it.


Katie Page

Nursery Administrator

Level 3 Childcare

I have worked in the setting since it opened whilst gaining my childcare qualifications during my time here i have worked within all rooms. Since moving premises i have took on a new job role and am enjoying it.

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Victoria Crockett

Bunnies room keyworker

Level 2 childcare working towards Level 6

I've just completed my degree and now i will begin my EY ITT whilst working at Wind in the Willows. I am looking forward to working with all ages and the lovely team here.

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Hayley Johns

Moles Room Keyworker

Level 3 Childcare

I have worked with children for 14 years, caring as a profession and During this time i have gained my level 2 and 3 in childcare. 

I really enjoy singing and performing to the public in pubs and clubs on weekends. 


Scarlett Nelson

Badger room apprentice

Working towards Level 2 Childcare


Katie Beal

Froglet room keyworker

"I have worked in Wind in the Willows Nursery from when they first opened and love being a part of the WITW Team, I left 2 Years ago to work on Disney Cruise Ship in the Children Club and have now returned back. I love to be apart of Childrens everyday growth and finding new fun adventures!"

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Natalie Herne

Lunch time cook

Level 3 food hygene 

I have recently returned to work as i took time off to raise my 2 daughters. I take pride in making the children feel involved and happy with their meal choices and they are all catered for their own individual dietary requirements. I am proud to be part of the Wind in the Willows team.

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Darcy Mandziej

Moles room keyworker

Level 3 childcare