Meet the staff

Hello, I’m Cheryl Leeks
I have been the Manager at Woodland Corner since September 2015, although I have worked for Woodland Corner (Previously Nayland Playgroup) for over ten years. I have a Level 3 Diploma in Pre-school Practice. I am also the Safeguarding Officer.
I strive for a highly qualified workforce and believe in giving people interested in Childcare a chance to come and volunteer, do their work experience, placement or to undertake an apprenticeship with us.
I have three boys and keep myself fit by playing tennis, yoga and walking my dog.
I would be excited and extremely proud to show you and your family around our fantastic Pre-School and extended schools setting here on site of Nayland Primary School.
Hello, I’m Emma Guy and Deputy Manager, Health & Safety Officer and Deputy Safeguarding Officer.
I’ve been at Woodland Corner since March 2016, prior to that I was the deputy manager at Polstead playgroup for 5 years. I have a degree in Early Childhood studies and have a PGCE. Before having my daughter, I taught year one in Primary school.
I am married and have 2 children. When I’m not working and busy with my family I enjoy walking my dog, cooking and reading.
Hello, I’m Nicola Peachey and Business Manager.
I joined WoodlandCorner in May 2016 as the Administrator supporting Cheryl and our Committee. I have a background in Sales, Customer Service, and Accounts. I am the first point of contact for admissions, funding and fee inquiries.  I have two girls at NaylandPrimary School who enjoy the after schools facilities at Woodland Corner. I enjoy cycling, running and walking, especially around my local nature reserve – Arger Fen.
Hello, I’m Daniela Szabo
My name is Daniela, but my friends call me Dana. I am from Romania. I came to the UK to work as a nanny in 2003 and to learn English at Colchester Institute. In 2009 I did a year’s work experience at Littlegarth Nursery, as part of my Cache Level 2 in Pre-School.  I joined the Woodland Corner team, in September 2015 as a part-time Early Years Practitioner. Back in Romania,  I worked as a teacher and school counsellor for four years after graduating University where I studied Psychology-Pedagogy. I have two boys who are current pupils at Nayland School. I am a friendly, responsible, sociable, organised, creative and flexible person.
I love taking part in all areas of activities but my favourite area is craft. My hobbies are travel, outdoor activities, movies, reading, mounting walking.
Hello, I’m Jessica Barrell
I started Woodland Corner while at college training in 2015 and have been here since. I have my Level 3 qualification and am now training for a degree in Early Years & Primary Studies. I currently work at Extended Schools & Holiday Club, while I’m doing my placement at Nayland Primary School as a LSA.
I enjoy spending time with my family, going out at the weekends and exploring new places. I have many animals but the most popular at Woodland Corner are Lily my Bulldog and Pickles my horse.
Hello, I’m Deborah Mo
I joined the staff at Woodland Corner in September 2018 after being a full-time mum to my own two children.
Previously I was a professional dance performer for 10 years touring the world.  Whilst having children I have taught dance classes to both adults and children and volunteer at the Sudbury Swimming Club.  I have many qualifications in ISTD dance, as an RSA aerobics instructor and an ASA competitive swimming judge.
My spare time is spent with my children and pets. 🙂
Hello, I’m Abbie Hull and I am Pre-School Leader and Special Education Needs and Disability Co-Ordinator. I have been working at Woodland Corner since 2016. I have a level 3 BTEC Diploma in Childhood Studies. 
I have 2 boys and love spending time with my family. I enjoy walking my dog, socialising and reading in my spare time. 
Hello, I’m Alison Pfander and I am Pre-School Practitioner.
I have been working at Woodland Corner for over 21 years!
Hello, I’m Sara Green
I started working as a Breakfast Assistant for Woodland corner in September 2015.
I used to work as a Lunchtime assistant at Nayland Primary school and am a trained actress and storyteller.
I like to pop in to tell stories at Woodland Corner corner on occasion.
My other great love is the outdoors and hill walking, a hobby also loved by my daughter.
Hi there, my name is Emma-Lee Barrell and I’m a Childcare assistant.
I’ve recently joined the wonderful team here at Woodland Corner and I thoroughly love it. My background is mainly working as a Support Worker within the care industry, covering a range of different sectors.
Here I gained a Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care (Adults).
I am married with four children, three girls and one little boy.
I absolutely love being a mum and everything that it entails. I immerse myself into family life.
Between all my years being a mum and all my experience caring for vulnerable adults, I feel is a great foundation for my new chapter here at Woodland Corner.
Hello, I’m Magda Lawrence and I’m a Childcare assistant.
I have been a stay-at-home mum for the past ten years and recently returned to the workplace having joined the team at Woodland Corner Nursery. I am originally from Poland and met and married my husband here more than 20 years ago. Half of my life has been spent in the UK. Our family had a brief spell in South America where my husband had a three-year secondment. It gave us the opportunity to explore an amazing continent and learn the Spanish language. Travel has always been a passion. I have two teenage children. My daughter spent her early formative years at Nayland Primary School.
I have a degree in Biology and qualified to AAT Level 3 in Accounting, previously working for the accounts office of a recruitment consultancy for a number of years. I have always had an affinity and fondness towards young children and really look forward to helping the team at Woodland’s ensure that the children within our care are in a happy caring environment where they can thrive.
Hello, I’m Michelle Horner and I’m a Pre-School Practitioner. I hold the National Nursery Nurse Examination board certificate. I have been a nursery nurse for over 30 years and still passionate about providing excellent care for children.

My working background experience is in Social Services, Education, NHS and a Deputy in a private Pre-School. I have also run a Rainbows group voluntarily for two years.

I am married, and i have three lovely girls, who are now grown up and two dogs. I very much enjoy crafts and gardening which I do in my spare time. I also love going out.