The owners and operators of Woodpeckers Private Nursery are Jeff and Deirdre Micklewright.
Our staff range in age and experience. Jeff is a trained teacher with many years experience in Primary Schools. In his last school he was Deputy Head before setting up the nursery with Deirdre. Deirdre also has experience in Primary school, as a teaching assistant, and with other staff has a level 4 qualification, as well as starting a Foundation degree.
Our staff have been chosen for their caring personalities and aptitude for working with children. Many of us have also had the experience of raising our own children, and even grandchildren.
Many staff have now completed NVQ level 3 training through West Suffolk College whilst working with us, and others are training at present.
Early Years Teachers
Two valued members of our staff; Emily Porter-Howe and Hannah Castle both hold degrees and are now qualified in the Early Years Professional Status. Their knowledge and training is a huge asset to Woodpeckers Nursery.
The Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) programme is a training programme set up to help practitioners become excellent graduate leaders in the Early Years sector. EYPS is the only professional graduate accreditation for the Early Years workforce, endorsed by government and increasingly recognised as the credential for leading practice in Early Years provision
Special educational needs coordinators
The role of the SENCo is crucial for early years settings in supporting early identification and intervention for children with special educational needs.
The SENCo is responsible for maintaining a setting's recording and documentation process with respect to special educational needs, liaising and working with the parents, securing training for workers and liaising with outside agencies with respect to a child's special educational needs.
We have two dedicated staff who are SENCo trained.
Health, safety & child protection
You can rely on Woodpeckers Nursery to provide day care and after school care in a safe environment.
All staff hold First Aid and Food Hygiene certificates, and undertake child protection training.
All staff and volunteers are checked through the Criminal Records Bureau with enhanced disclosures before being able to work at Woodpeckers.
Students also have a similar check through the college before training with us and are constantly supervised.
Every child at Woodpeckers is allocated a Key Practitioner.
Suffolk County Council supports the development of high quality early education in a variety of ways. This includes support, advice and guidance from the area educational teams and comprehensive training programme. A number of practitioners have been identified who have strengths in a particular area, these are called Key practitioners. We use elements of their good practice to share with colleagues.
The Key Practitioner meets the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitively to their feelings, ideas and behaviour. The Key Person will offer security, reassurance and continuity, and they will usually be the one to feed, change and soothe your child. They are in the best position to understand your child's individual needs and to share information with you about your child’s experiences in nursery.
The Key Practitioner will help each of their children to develop relationships with other members of staff and children. They will observe them in their play so that they can plan future opportunities and experiences that best meet their needs and interests.
Manager and Proprietor
Jeff set up Woodpeckers Nursery, with his wife Deirdre in 2001. Jeff holds a teaching certificate and has 27 years experience in schools, the last 7 years as deputy head in a Primary School. Jeff has always loved children and wanted to teach, and has now spent a lifetime doing so.
In his spare time Jeff enjoys golf, gardening, time with family and his grandchildren and holidays when possible.
Manager and Proprietor
Deirdre set up Woodpeckers, with her husband Jeff in 2001. Before this Deirdre worked in primary schools and has completed her level 3 and 4 in childcare. Deirdre began by setting up and leading the baby room at Woodpeckers, instilling a family, home from home feel to the environment.
Deirdre enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren. She loves days at the seaside and walks with her family dogs.
Sarah is part of our management team. Sarah is acting manager when Jeff or Deirdre are offsite. Sarah is also actively involved in supporting all of our team in the development of our learning environments, the implementation of our curriculum and supporting reflective practice, and has over 27 years experiance in Early Years & Childcare. She is also a Seniour Early Years Educator in the Bright Butterflies Room and Deputy SENCo
Sarah was a Key Practitioner and has also been an Early Years trainer for Suffolk County Council.
Sarah Started an Early Years career by chance when her children joined a local pre-school. She then managed that setting for 27 years and is passionate about improving outcomes for young children and supporting families. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, grandchildren, and friends. She is a fan of walking, dancing, gardening, and watching films.
Sarah is part of our Management Team and a setting DSL. She is also Room Leader & Early Years Educator in the Curious Caterpillars Room
Sarah has worked at Woodpeckers since 2005. She holds a level 3 in childcare and education and also completed playworker training.
Sarah pursued a career in childcare due to the caring and friendly atmosphere. Sarah enjoys fitness and has recently completed her first 10k event. Sarah enjoys running and is now training for a half marathon. In her spare time Sarah enjoys reading books, cycling and running.
(Sarah is on Maternity Leave from Feb 2024)
Ashlee is part of our Management team and is a DSL and a Fire Marshall. Ashlee is also Room Leader & Early Years Educator in the Bright Butterflies Room.
Ashlee joined our team in 2023 and has had lots of experiance in other early years settings. She has a level 3 qualification in Early Years.
Ashlee has recently got married and loves spending time with her family.
Phillipa is Room Leader & Early Years Educator in the Busy Bees Room. She has a Level 3 qualification in early years childcare and education, and specific training in working with babies.
Phillipa started at Woodpeckers in May 2018, adding to the 'family' ethos of Woodpeckers by joining her mother, Deirdre, and her father, Jeff.
Phillipa's prior experience with children comes from previously helping at the nursery for our baby sessions and from babysitting her niece and nephew, as well as other children. Phillipa previously studied Graphic Design at University and decided to use her degree within the nursery and through being creative with the children.
In her spare time, Phillipa enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as going shopping.
Andrea is a Room Leader & Early Years Educator in the Busy Bees Baby Room, and also the setting SENCo
Andrea has worked at Woodpeckers since 2013. Andrea trained in another Private nursery where she completed her NVQ level 2 and 3 in childcare and development. At Woodpeckers Andrea has continued with her professional development completing her SENCo qualification.
Andrea has always enjoyed looking after her nieces and nephews and comes from a big family. Andrea finds her role at Woodpeckers very rewarding when seeing a child reach their personal goals and being part of their learning experiences. Andrea likes helping children in collaboration with parents.The recognition from parents gives her role real worth.
In her spare time Andrea enjoys spending time with her animals and going to horse shows and being with her son.
Liam is a Senoir Early Years Educator in the Busy Bees Room. He also supports in the Curious Caterpillars room and is a Fire Marshall.
Liam has a level 3 qualification in Early Years Care and Education and has additional training to support the development of babies. Liam joined us as a student and has been with us ever since.
Marie is a Room Leader & Early Years Educator in the Curious Caterpillars Room.
Marie returned at Woodpeckers in January 2020, having previously worked here for 12 years. Marie holds a level three qualification in childcare.
Marie's mum encouraged Marie to pursue a career in childcare too. Marie loves to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment and watch children learn, grow and develop.
Emma is a Senior Early Years Educator in the Curious Caterpillars Room.
Emma joined us in 2023 and has previous experience in early years nurseries as a room leader and deputy manager. She is passionate about supporting the children to develop and thrive.
(Room Leader from Jan 2024 covering Sarah M's maternity leave)
Sam is a Senior Early Years Educator in the Curious Caterpillars Room.
Sam joined us in Jan 2024 and is already a hit with the children and staff. She is supporting Emma as a Room Leader to cover maternity leave for Marie. She holds a Level 3 Qualification in Early Years Childcare and Education and has previous experiance in other nursery settings.
Tiffany is an Early Years Educator in the Curious Caterpillars room and also supports in the Busy Bees Room.
Tiffany joined the team as a volunteer in 2022, and joined the team when she was employed in 2023. Tiffany is a level 2 practitioner working towards level 3.
Tiffany is very bubbly with an infectious laugh. She loves working closely with the children and families.
Carol is a Senior Early Years Educator in the Bright Butterflies Preschool Room
Carol has worked with us at Woodpeckers since 2004. She has an NVQ 2 and has completed a diploma in level 3 childcare. Carol works in childcare because she enjoys working with children and supporting them in their learning and development.
In her spare time Carol enjoys listening to music, walking, gardening and zumba.
Becky is an Early Years Educator in the Bright Butterflies Room.
Becky joined us in 2023 and has a Level 3 Teaching assistant qualification, and has worked primarily in early years, she also has lots of experiance supporting children with additional needs.
Becky soon settled into the team and has a bubbly peronality which makes her a hit with the children.
Mia is an Early Years Educator in the Bright Butterflies Room.
Mia joined us in January 2024 and is already a hit with the children and other staff. She has previous early years experiance. She has a level 3 qualification in Early Years Childcare & Education.
Room Support Early Years Educator in the Bright Butterflies and Curious Caterpillars Rooms
Tia has worked at Woodpeckers since September 2018. Tia has alsways wanted to work with children and undertook a work placement with us prior to starting here as an apprentice. This then led to Tia qualifying as a level 3 practitioner and joining our team of staff.
In her spare time, Tia enjoys reading, puzzles and days out with family.
Nursery Support and lunch cover in the Bright Butterflies Preschool Room
Pat started at Woodpeckers in 2017. Pat initially helped in our kitchen preparing the children's meals, and still covers when our catering manager is away, but her desire to work directly with children, led to her being given the opportunity to work in our pre-school room. Pat finds it incredibly rewarding working with children and helping them learn.
In her spare time, Pat enjoys taking her three dogs for a walk and she also likes cross-stitch.
Bethan joined us a an apprentice in 2023 she is based in the Curious Caterpillars Room for her training but can sometimes support in the other rooms. Bethan is completing a Level 3 Qualification in Early Years Childcare & Education.
Olivia joined us a an apprentice in 2023 she is based in the Curious Caterpillars Room for her training. Olivia is completing a Level 3 Qualification in Early Years Childcare & Education.
Lorrain is our Catering Manager and has a Level 2 in Food Hygiene and Food Allergy Training.
Lorraine has worked at Woodpeckers since 2015. She enjoys making delicious home made, healthy meals, for the children.
Lorriane is married with two boys, and her hobbies include reading and hill walking.
** Limited spaces available - please contact us to arrange a viewing and check vacancies.**
CURRENT OPENING HOURS:
OPEN ALL YEAR- We offer term time only places as well as all year places.
Monday- Friday 8.45am- 4.15pm (early drop offs available if requested)
(Tuesdays & Wednesdays late stay to 5.30pm available on request)
2 year old and 3 & 4 year old funded places available. Term time (38 weeks) or stetched funding for all year places available
We welcome any prospective families to come and view our setting. Please call or email to book a viewing.
Tuesday 3rd January - Friday 31st March 2023
Half Term: Monday 13th February - Friday 17th February 2023
Easter Holidays: Monday 3rd April - Friday 14th April 2023
Monday 17th April- Friday 14th July 2023
Half Term: Monday 29th May- Friday 2nd June 2023
Summer Holiday: Monday 24th July - Friday 1st September 2023
Monday 4th September - Friday 16th December 2023
Half Term: Monday 23rd October - Friday 27th October 2023
*Closed Friday 22nd December until Tuesday 2nd January 2024*