Meet the staff

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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, Ballet and Tap dancing.
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.




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Hello, I’m Nicola Peachey

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.







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Hello, I’m Emma Guy

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.







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Hello, I’m Abbie Rush

I joined Woodland Corner in the Spring of 2016. I hold a BTEC Level 3 qualification. In the past I have worked in Nurseries, a Montessori Kindergarten, a center for children with SEN and have nannied in Crete. I have 2 children at primary school.

I love yoga and regularly hold a yoga session with the children and Woodland Corner. I enjoy reading, cooking and exploring new places with my boys.







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Hello, I’m Alison Pfander

I have been working at Pre-school since 1999. Both my children attended Nayland Preschool and they are now in their twenties. I am a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner, Health and Safety Officer and Out of School Club Leader.
I enjoy walking, spending time with my family and I like listening to Music. I have two cats called Millie and Fergie. I love spending time with my granddaughter.







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Hello, I’m Tahnee Goodchild

My name is Tahnee and I have been working at Woodland Corner since 2015 and I’m undertaking my EYE in Childcare.
I previously worked in Holmwood House Nursery where I achieved my NVQ 2, I am qualified in Level 4 Makaton and have the added experience of having my own child.





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Hello, I’m Abbie Hull

I have been working as bank staff for Woodland Corner from September 2016 and I work in After School club.  I have a Level 3 qualification in childcare.
I have been a stay at home mum for the past 8 years raising my two sons – in this time I worked at Nayland Primary School as a lunchtime assistant for a year before having my second son. I did my placements at Littlegarth nursery, North School in Colchester reception class, Nayland Primary Nursery class and Year 1 and a home placement with a baby and a toddler. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and socializing in my spare time.





Hello, I’m Daniela Szabo

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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 counselor 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 favorite area is craft. My hobbies are travel, outdoor activities, movies, reading,mounting walking.







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Hello, I’m Ruth Rulten

I have been working at Woodland Corner since 2015.  Before joining the staff team I was involved with Woodland Corner for many years in a voluntary capacity as a committee member, including a time spent as Secretary.
I am currently undertaking the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification and have completed training in Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid.








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Hello, I’m Maureen Crisell

Every morning I serve breakfast and welcome you to Woodland Corner. I also volunteer for Pre-School on a weekly basis.
I have been here since 2011 but previously I worked at Delphi running the filters section.
I enjoy swimming, knitting, walking and looking after my grandchildren. My cakes are famous at Woodland Corner and I love to help with the garden and feed the birds with the breakfast club.






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Hello, I’m Sara Green

I started working as a Breakfast Assistant for Woodland corner in September 2015.
I also 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.



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. 🙂