Gemma Cole

Gemma Cole

Owner/Manager full time

Pre-school teacher and Key worker

Gemma lives in Warndon Villages and wanted to set up a new nursery for her local community.  She left her full time teaching and management post earlier this year to take on this new challenge and she now cant wait to get the nursery started.  Gemma is a fully qualified teacher with over 16 years of experience teaching and managing in mainstream reception and pre-school classes. 

Gemma has a proven history of providing young children with the very best care and education.  She is highly passionate about her teaching and is looking forward to bringing this passion in to her new venture.  Gemma has won both regional and national teaching awards.  She has been graded as outstanding by OFSTED for both management and teaching on more than one occasion.  She has been trained as a mentor for training students and newly qualified teachers.  Gemma was also a leading maths and phonics teacher and an advance skills teacher for early years. 

Gemma Cole

Emma Smith

Owner/Manager full time

Key worker to the 2 year olds

Emma has been a qualified early years professional since completing a BA Honours degree in 2011. Since her degree she has gained and given a wealth of knowledge and insight into the expectations of early the year’s sector. After graduating she worked in a primary school and local community centre working alongside early years professionals, parents and their children. Over the past four years Emma has been leading the wrap around care within a large primary school having responsibility for planning, preparing and delivering inclusive activities for over thirty children aged between four and eleven. Emma has been working as one to one teaching assistant supporting children specifically with numeracy and literacy, and most recently she has been working with intervention groups for children highlighted as needing extra support in the Reception class.

Emma’s experience of working with a range of ages has demonstrated the need to create an environment that is fun, child focused and stimulating first whilst being age appropriate. This is something she will always be implementing as an ethos within the nursery.

Paula Cooper


Key worker to the younger 3 year olds

Paula joined Lyppard Nursery in October 2017.  She has had many years of experience as a nursery manager and before this as a nursery assistant.  Paula has a diploma in pre-school practice and lots of experience working with children from babies to pre-school age.  Paula works full time in the nursery.

Claire Rimell

Pre-School Assistant

Claire is joining us from September 2018 as an assistant to our pre-school teacher.  The pre-school department has grown rapidly and Claire will work alongside the pre-school teacher to support the teaching and development of these children on their journey towards school.  Claire has been working in another Worcester Nursery whilst completing her level 3 training and is now excited to be moving to us and we cant wait to have her as part of our team..

Amy Jenkins

Forest School Leader

Amy is a fully qualified forest school leader and also has a degree in Early Childhood Studies.  She works full time leading the preschool at another very successful nursery in Upton.  We are very fortunate that she is still able to fit in a forest school session with our children every week.  With the help of Roger Rabbit, Amy provides the children with unique learning opportunities in a safe and exciting outdoor environment.