“Staff are, without exception, consistently skilled at encouraging children to think, problem solve and achieve their goal”

Ofsted inspection, May 2017

We are a friendly and experienced team of eight, with two Qualified teachers, Amanda is also our Forest School Leader and Mia who is also a QTS and training to be a forest school leader, five staff with NVQ Level 3 in children’s care and development Ivy, Joy, Heather, Nicky and Lucy. Ned is Level 2 qualified and Helen who started her apprenticeship with us in January 2020.

“My daughter gets looked after and nurtured at Southdown by such caring staff it feels like she’s part of a family.”

Parent, 2018

Lucy Smith

Lucy has been manager of Southdown Nursery since January 2015 and has worked here since Jan 2009. Lucy is an Early Years Educator Level 3 trained, a Forest School Level 2, Designated child protection officer, Senco and a session supervisor.

Lucy works at Southdown on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Amanda has worked at Southdown since 2012. Amanda is joint Nursery Deputy and she is a Qualified Early Years Teacher, Forest school level 3 leader and Session Supervisor.
Amanda works Monday morning, Thursday all day and Friday morning and lunch club.



Mia is the latest member of our team joining us in January 2022. Mia is a qualified Early Years Teacher and is currently working towards her Forest school level 3 qualification.
Mia works Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning and all day Thursday.


Joy has worked at Southdown since January 2009. Joy is a Level 3 Early Years Educator and a session supervisor.
Joy works All day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday morning.



Nicky has worked at Southdown since 2014. Nicky is Joint Nursery Deputy, Designated child protection officer and is a Level 3 Early Years Educator. Nicky is the nursery’s finance coordinator.
Nicky works all day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday and Friday morning and lunch club.



Heather has worked at Southdown since 2014 and is a Level 3 Early Years Educator and our gardening expert.
Heather works all day Wednesday and Thursday and Friday mornings.



Ivy has worked at Southdown since September 2017 and has just achieved her Early Years Educator at NVQ Level 3. Ivy works on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Helen started working at Southdown in 2018 and will be starting her Apprenticeship as a NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator this year. Helen works Monday and Tuesday mornings and all day Thursday.


Ned has been with Southdown since September 2019 and has recently completes his Level 2 as an Early Years Practitioner .
Ned works all day Monday, all day Tuesday, all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

“Staff are exemplary role models and teach children how to value and respect others. Children are strongly self-aware and confident as staff give precise praise and encouragement”

Ofsted inspection, May 2017