Nursery School Staff
Laura Cook - Head Teacher and DSL
Laura joined WPNS as Head Teacher in September 2014; she has been a teacher in Early Years for 17 years. She thinks she has got the best job in the world and loves chatting to the children about what they have been learning – she especially likes popping into the classroom on days when the children have been baking!
Laura has two children of her own – Charlie and Emily. She often wonders how it can be so much easier to look after over 100 children at school then it is to take care of two at home!
As well as being Head teacher at WPNS, Laura is also a Local Leader of Education (LLE) with LEARN teaching school. This means that she works with other schools to support and challenge them, making sure the children are getting the best deal.
Lucy Bradley - Senior Teacher, SCITT Programme Leader and Deputy DSL
Lucy has been a teacher in Early Years for 30 years. Prior to joining WPNS in 2006 she was a reception class teacher at a large primary school in Grantham. Lucy has 2 grown up daughters.
Lucy has also been teaching grown-ups how to become fantastic teachers for our children as part of her role as SCITT Programme Leader. She also supports other Early Years settings with their provision and gives coaching and support to other Early Years teachers.
Rebecca Eames - Lead Teacher and SLE
Rebecca trained as an Early Years Specialist and has been helping 3-4 year olds love learning for over 16 years. She feels lucky to have a job where she can laugh & play all day. If your child comes home saying, “We have a problem!” they’ve probably been involved in solving one with her at Nursery. Rebecca has two young children, and come rain or shine, if she’s not outside getting mucky with your children you can bet she has been doing so with her own!
Melissa Prime - Teacher and SENDCo
Melissa has worked in Early Years for 9 years and took on the role of SENCo in 2019. She is proud to be a part of your child’s first experience of education and aims to make every day full of fun, laughter and learning. Melissa works closely with children who require additional support and helps to guide parents through this process.
In her free time, Melissa enjoys being outdoors and regularly takes part in extreme sports like rock climbing, gliding and kayaking!
Penny Fox - Senior Teaching Assistant, Breakfast Club & Deputy DSL
Penny has worked in early education for over 25 years and enjoys the daily challenges and experiences, where no two days are the same! Penny leads our Discovery Room, supporting children with additional needs and also runs Breakfast Club.
She likes making things and is always willing to lend a hand with sticky tape and glue!
Jules Brazil - Teaching Assistant
Jules has been working in child care for over 30 years. She has 2 grown up children and 4 grandchildren. Jules loves joining in with lots of exciting activities and using plenty of glitter! Jules is very much looking forward to meeting you all for another exciting year.
Jayne Dring - Nursery Nurse
Jayne has worked in early years for over 26 years. She has been a teaching assistant at Wyndham Park Nursery School for over 14 years. Jayne works with our two-year old's in the Explorer's Class.
Jayne is a farmer’s wife with 2 children. She enjoys swimming and walking.
Sarah Smith - Teaching Assistant & Admin Assistant
Sarah has worked as a teaching assistant at Wyndham Park for 17 years. She now splits her time at nursery between the Explorers classroom and the office! She has 2 young children.
She loves all things Disney, crafting and covering things in glitter!
Claire Jones - Childcare Assistant
Claire has been at WPNS since January 2022. She is having so much fun getting messy, singing songs, reading stories and loves seeing the children learn new skills. Claire has 2 children and loves going to the beach and baking cakes.
Georgina Crossland - Nursery Assistant
Georgina works in the Adventurers Room with our 3-4 year olds. She has been at WPNS since 2021. She loves animals and has lots of pets including cats, dogs and owls!
Emily Kensington - Childcare Assistant
Emily works closely with the children in our Discovery Room and enjoys being part of their journey at WPNS and watching them thrive. Emily likes exploring the great outdoors and travelling with her family.
Judith Cox - After School Club Supervisor
Judith is our After School Club Supervisor. She enjoys running children’s activity groups outside nursery and a walk with the dog in between!
Aga Marchewka - Nursery Assistant
Aga joined the WPNS team in 2017 as a parent volunteer. She is now working within the nursery, supporting children with English as an Additional Language.
Aga enjoys musical activities and is a happy parent of two very energetic children!
Rachael Wakerley - Childcare Assistant
Rachael has worked in early years for over 15 years, some of you may recognise her face as she has previously worked at the local Children's Centre, running parent and child groups. She loves working in the classroom, and helping the children learn new skills. Rachael enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.
Charlotte Betts - Childcare Assistant
Charlotte started her time at WPNS as an apprentice and is now a childcare assistant, working closely with the children in our Adventurers Room.
Emelia Wand - Apprentice childcare assistant
Emelia (or Mimi as the children call her!) started in September this year as one of our childcare apprentices. She is enjoying her new role and loves getting to know the children!
Ella Townsend - Apprentice childcare assistant
Ella joined WPNS in September this year as one of our childcare apprentices. She enjoys supporting the children in their play and learning.
Amanda Grimshaw - Senior Administrator
Amanda has worked at WPNS for 10 years and in admin for over 30 years.
Amanda loves the fame that comes with her job (when she is spotted in town by one of the children!!)
She has two children of her own, who both attended Wyndham Park Nursery School.
Catherine Clark - Administrative Assistant
Catherine joined WPNS in 2021 and is part of our office admin team. She has 2 young sons at home and enjoys reading and running.
Paul Wells - Caretaker
Paul has worked at WPNS since October 2018. He had previously worked as a builder so we look forward to giving him lots of exciting extra jobs to do!!! Paul has grown up children and grandchildren who he enjoys spending time with.
He opens and locks up the nursery school every day, ensuring we are all safe and secure
Diane Parker - Cleaner
Diane comes in every afternoon to make the nursery sparkly, safe and clean again!