Meet the Staff

  • Denise

    Hi, I’m Denise and I joined the Nursery in April 2018 as the Manager.I have over 20 years experience in early years ranging from managing Nurseries to working as a Family Support Practitioner with a health visiting team, and being an assessor for early years learners. I enjoy the seeing the children develop whilst in my care and watching them as they progress. I feel that parent partnership is a priority to ensure that we all work together and to enable parents to feel valued as their child’s first and main educator.

    I have a BA (hons( Degree in Early Childhood Studies and my Early Years Professional Status. I have three children and four grandchildren who I love to spend time with. I enjoy pottering in the garden and when I get time I love a good book.

  • Helen

    Hi, I’m Helen I joined the Nursery in September 2013 as a Pre-school Nursery Practitioner and have since taken on the position of sharing the Deputy Manager’s role. This is my first job since taking a career break to have children. I am a qualified primary school teacher and spent five years teaching Years One and Two at a school in Bury St Edmunds. I am very familiar with the Nursery as my son and daughter both attended there and I was a parent helper one day a week when my daughter was there. I live in Newmarket with my husband and two children. I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, reading and running.
  • Amanda

    Hi, I’m Amanda and I joined the team in 2008 as a parent helper when my daughter attended nursery.  I was employed later that year as a Nursery Practitioner.  I have a Level 3 qualification in Children’s  Care, Learning and Development which I completed in July 2009.  My role now includes Health and Safety and Physical Development Co-ordinator.  I live in Newmarket with my husband and two children and our fish Black and Lucky.  I enjoy reading, going out with friends and spending time at the beach with my children.
  • Julie

    Hi I’m Julie and I’ve been working at Ditton Lodge Nursery since 1994.  Prior to this I was part of the team of parent helpers at Nursery.   My first paid job at the Nursery wasn’t working with the children but as general helper, but as I enjoyed working with the children so much I continued to help voluntarily each week.  I then studied for my NVQ 2 in Childcare and Education, and in 2013 I gained my Level 3 qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.  I have seen many changes over the years but am still here enjoying my work with the children and working with the fantastic staff team.   Outside of Nursery I am a congregational church member and am involved with the Girls Brigade Company.  I enjoy socializing with family and friends.  My children have flown the nest but I now have a lovely cat  called Marmite!
  • Arianne

    Hi, I’m Arianne and I joined Nursery in December 2014.  I started volunteering in childcare settings when I was 14 and went on to study for my Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education when I was 17. I have worked in a variety of settings and have lots of experience in different childcare, I’ve been a nanny and a Montessori Class Assistant. I live in Chippenham with my boyfriend and our dog Rosco. In my spare time I like to be out and about wherever the day takes me (the dog goes everywhere with me) so you’ll usually find me at the beach or in the middle of a field with a tennis ball. (Currently on Maternity leave)
  • Anna

    Hi, I’m Anna and I started working at Ditton Lodge Nursery in September 2015. I have been made to feel very welcome and the children are fantastic! I started working in childcare as a parent volunteer when my children attended our local Pre-school and went on to gain a paid position within the Pre-School in 2005. I worked here until July 2015.  During this time I went on to gain a Level 2 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development, followed up with a Level 3 Diploma for the Young people’s Workforce: Early Learning and Childcare Pathway.  I live in Little Thurlow with my partner and our 2 children and our puppy Loki. When I’m not at work Loki loves lots of walks in the countryside.  I love to watch lots of football, socialising with friends and visiting my family in Kent.
  • Susan

    Hi, I’m Susan and I joined Nursery in September 2014 as Preschool Nursery Practitioner, having previously been a parent helper at Nursery when my children were here.  I live in Newmarket with my husband and our two children, and our dog, hamster and three fish!  In my spare time I enjoy walking, reading and spending time with family and friends.
  • Martine

    Hi. I’m Martine I joined the team in January 2016. Before this I worked as an IT Helpdesk Coordinator for a Pharmaceutical company for 7 years and the in a Publishing company 4 years, after which I then took  18 months off to be a stay at home Mummy  to my two boys.  I live in Newmarket with my Husband and two sons.  I love swimming;, running and spending time with friends and family and have recently taken up Yoga!
  • Vikki

    Hi, my name is Vikki and I started at Ditton Lodge Nursery at Easter 2017 as maternity cover for Arianne. I enjoyed volunteering as a parent helper a few times since my daughter started at the nursery in September 2016. I live in Fordham with my partner and daughter. We moved to Newmarket from Cheshire in 2013 and prior to having my daughter, I worked as an Operations Manager for an online consumer electronics company and prior to that, in sales within the same sector. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, socialising with friends and family, both locally and back ‘up North’ and attempting  to keep fit!
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