The Nursery Team
We pride ourselves in providing a high quality educational programme and knowledgeable, dependable care for your child.
We have a strong depth of experience and qualification at Abbotswood from the Nursery Manager who holds a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years and who is also new to motherhood, enabling her to understand how our parents may be feeling when they first come to see our setting.
As early childhood professionals we encourage an environment in which young children can grow and develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually but most of all have fun whilst learning.
We believe in the importance of working together with parents/carers to provide the very best for every individual child in our setting. As a team we believe working with parents creates the best environment for children and we recognise parents as the child’s first educator therefore we really value the thoughts, information and support that they provide.
The children within our care are treated as individuals and accordingly move to the next area/group of the school when they are ready to do so and only after parental and key person/group worker consultation.
We pride ourselves in a highly qualified staff team which is fully supported by the Proprietor who is heavily invested in the staff's professional development leading to a quality workforce providing enhanced care for your child.
BA hons Business Management
L3 Early Years Practitioner Apprentice
I am a business management graduate and have worked in all kinds of industries in operations management.
I have grown up with my mother’s passion for delivering high quality childcare and now I have taken over our family business. I have a passion for business especially in Romsey and I am so proud that Abbotswood have been a pinnacle part in educating Romsey's children.
Abbotswood was my childhood home and I have been lucky enough to watch the nursery grow and flourish over the past 24 years.
What I love about Abbotswood is that we can use the great outdoors to our advantage and explore in completely natural surroundings in rain or shine! I love engaging with the children outside.
We find bugs and wildlife and generally get nice and muddy!
Qualified Level 5 Early Years Practitioner
Foundation Degree in Early Years
Foundation Degree in Early Years (L5). Qualified Childcare Practitioner.
Hannah has recently returned to Abbotswood from her maternity leave!
I started with Abbotswood in the New Year of 2018. We have some great ideas to develop our beautiful nursery into a naturalistic and forest approach. I loved the homely feel when I first came into the nursery. The children are happy and eager to learn outdoors! Abbotswood have a great team of staff. We are ready for our next steps!
Daisy Stratton - Currently on Maternity Leave
Qualified Level 4 Early Years Practitioner
Foundation Degree in Early Years (L5) Student
I have been at Abbotswood since 2012 and this was my first job in Childcare. I have been a childcare practitioner and a private nanny. I have an understanding of how new children feel when joining the setting and now as deputy manager, I am able to over see tours and settling in sessions.
I enjoy seeing all the children happy and having fun whilst attending.
I love Abbotswood because of the homely feel and friendly people.
Deputy Manager (Maternity Cover)
Ba hons degree Early Years (L6)
Lead behaviour management & SENCO
I joined the Abbotswood team in September 2017 having worked and trained in nurseries in the New Forest. I have a passion for supporting children’s learning and watching them grow and flourish. I love Abbotswood as everyone is so friendly and supportive.
Assistant Deputy Manager (Maternity Cover) Pre-School Lead
Qualified Early Years Teacher
I started my career in Early Year’s after having my own children. I have worked in several settings, gaining experience with different age groups. I gained my level 3 and recently went on to qualify as an Early years Teacher. I love working with the Pre-School age group, seeing them develop and learn as they explore in their environment, learning as they play. Abbotswood’s outdoor space is great to enhance this progress.
Office Manager (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 09:30 - 15:00)
HNC In Business Administration
I joined Abbotswood at the beginning of 2018 as an office administrator. I deal with all invoices, application forms, booking patterns, waiting list and general tasks. I can be found in the front office. I have worked in office environments for 20 years in the Private, Voluntary and Public Sector. I have two daughters and know first-hand how important it is to feel secure about leaving your children in a happy, safe environment whilst being a working mum. From day one I have felt so welcome in the Abbotswood family.
L3 Food and Hygiene
L4 Early Years Practitioner
Kitchen Manager (L3). Qualified Nursery Practitioner (L4).
I stepped into the Cook role at Abbotswood in October 2017. I hold a level 3 in food and hygiene and a level 4 in childcare. I have a passion for childcare and cooking. I enjoy cooking homecooked meals and seeing the children’s happy faces while enjoying freshly cooked food! I love Abbotswood because of the home from home feel.
Baby Room Lead
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
After my two-year college course, I started my job as a qualified practitioner at Abbotswood and I have now been here since June 2016. This is my first job in childcare and I am finding it so rewarding.
I love Abbotswood because of the homely feel with all my colleagues and families making memories.
Baby Room Assistant Lead
Level 3 Qualified Early Years Practitioner
I have been working in childcare for 3 years I and love everyday. I started at Abbotswood at the end of 2018 and really enjoy working here. The staff are amazing workers and I love the being outside with the children in the garden.
Baby Room Assistant
Level 3/Level 2 Childcare
I have completed my level 3 in early years at college and attended Abbotswood for 2 years to help me with my course. I have been at Abbotswood since August 2017 full time. I love Abbotswood for it’s homely feel and great outdoors.
Toddler Room Lead
BTEC National Certificate in the Early Years
I joined Abbotswood in June 2017. I enjoy exploring the garden with the children. I share my love of Disney films and expertise in playdough making with the children.
I love Abbotswood because all the children are friendly and welcoming.
BA (Hons) in Early Childhood studies - Currently on Maternity Leave
Qualified Childcare Practitioner. BA (Hons) in Early Childhood studies (L6)
I have been at Abbotswood since May 2017 and I have a BA hons degree in the Early Years. I have worked in a range of childcare settings such as nurseries, schools and Sure Start centers. I enjoy watching the children have fun and find it very rewarding when they learn new skills.
I love Abbotswood because everyone is so friendly and loving
Nursery Assistant. Modern Apprentice.
Studying towards Level 3 in Early Years.
I have been at Abbotswood since December 2015 and have worked with children through NCS, Camp America and other nursery settings. I enjoy supporting the children to grow as well as reading stores. I love Abbotswood because of the home form home environment where the children are always happy.
Studying Level 3 in Childcare (BA hons History)
I started working at Abbotswood in August 2017 after a career change from teaching teenagers. I am currently studying for my Level 3 in Childcare. I chose to work at Abbotswood firstly because of its beautiful rural setting and the emphasis on the importance of outdoor play and nature. Secondly the family vibe amongst the staff and the strong relationships we build with the children. I love Abbotswood because it feels like home.
Modern Apprentice - Studying Level 3 in Childcare
I have been at Abbotswood since July 2017 and I have really enjoyed getting to know the children and parents. I am working through my qualification in Level 3 in childcare. I love Abbotswood because the nursery is warm and inviting.
Level 3 Qualified childcare practitioner
I have been working in childcare all of my professional life. I am now active member of the pre-school team. I love taking the children into the forest play area. I like to talk to the children about topical subjects to encourage them to learn from each other. I love Abbotswood because the team has been so welcoming and we will work really well together.
Nursery Assistant. Modern Apprentice.
Studying Level 2 in Childcare
I have been at Abbotswood since February 2019 and I have really enjoyed getting to know the children. I have just started my Level 3 in childcare as an apprentice. I love Abbotswood because the nursery is warm and inviting.
Studying Ba in Inclusive Education (level 6)
I have worked in education for 5 years and am currently studying my degree in Inclusive education. I started at Abbotswood in June 2019 and I love working here with a great staff team and in a natural, homely environment.
Nursery Assistant. Modern Apprentice.
Studying Level 3 in Childcare
I have been working in childcare for 2 years and enjoy making a difference to a child’s life and watching their progress. Abbotswood is a very welcoming and warm nursery and I am grateful to be given an opportunity to work here.