All staff employed at Woodside Children's Nursery are experienced in childcare with relelvant qualifications in their field. They all have an enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)* check carried out before they are employed at the nursery. Any problems regarding staff issues are to be raised with Katie Wood, the proprietor.

* The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is now called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - CRB checks are now called DBS checks.

KatieKatie Wood Proprietor

Welcome to Woodside Children Nursery, I am Katie Wood the proprietor.

I became a Childminder when my daughter was born in 2000, yet struggled to keep up with demand, although I converted my own Garage into part of the house to accommodate more Children, so I progressed to larger premises and fulfilled a dream by opening a Nursery. I gained relevant Childcare Qualifications including Level 5 Diploma & Young People Leadership & Management.

My passion is being involved with Kids Club and the transition for Pre-School Children to move forward to Foundation Years.



LibbyLibby Ball Deputy Manager 

Hello my name is Libby and I joined the Nursery in September 2014 working in the Early Explorers Room. I am currently studying my Foundation Degree in Early Childhood.

I also have a 9 year old daughter called Ella who attended the nursery as a baby through to Pre-School.

I really enjoy working with children and getting to know all their individual personalities and observing them learn and develop as they grow. I look forward to caring for your child and sharing their adventure with you.



JennieJennie Lidsey – Early Years Educator & Acting Room Leader

Hello just a small message to introduce myself.

I'm a mum of 4 and a grandmother of 3 wonderful children.

It was always like a mini nursery in my own home, hehe. So when my children started to attend their own pre-school, I started to volunteer as a helper which I did for 8 years. My then manager suggested I agreed and, in 2002, I passed my level 3 in Pre-School practise.

I look forward to caring for your child and preparing them for the journey through to school and the beginning of their educational life.



SarahSarah Pell-Devine - Kids Club Play Worker

Hi my name is Sarah; I carry out activities with the kids club and holiday club children, as well as assisting with the school runs.

I thoroughly enjoy working with the children at the Nursery.

I hold a NVQ level 2 in Children's Care Learning & Development.

I have a little boy called Lewis, and I got married in June 2012.



 Rebecca Smith - Early Explorers Room Leader 


CarolCarol Stevenson – Early Years Educator

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I know leaving your children in the care of others is daunting. My name is Carol Stevenson. I started at Woodside Childrens Nursery on 29th February 2016. Working with children has always been an ambition of mine because children and their development is something I have always been passionate about.

I’m currently working with all ages and I’m delighted that I have the chance to work with all age groups. I’m currently working towards my NVQ Level 3, after completing my NVQ Level 2 in Childcare. I look forward to teaching and guiding your children on their journey into the world of education.




YvonneYvonne Gibson  HR

Hi, my name is Yvonne. I started at Woodside in September 2012, working in the office doing various admin tasks, including issuing those monthly invoices!

I have a daughter, Isobelle, who sometimes comes to work with me in the school holidays.

In the past I've worked as a Secondary School Teacher (Modern Foreign Languages), an IT Service Manager, Clerk to Governors and I'm even a trained dancer! In July 2014, I successfully completed a Level 5 Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) Certificate in Human Resources Management and subsequently I am now an Associate Member of the CIPD.






Contact Numbers

We are currently experiencing some issues with our main telephone number (01529) 307 500.

Please use our alternate phone number if you are having difficulties contacting us:

(01529) 30 30 05

Thank you.

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