Michelle Murdoch
Michelle MurdochNursery Owner
Michelle is one of our nursery owners and has a level 3 qualification in childcare. Michelle oversees the day to day running of the setting.
Lydia Holgate
Lydia HolgateManager
Lydia has worked at Little Ducklings Day Nursery since 2012 and has a Level 3 qualification in Childcare. Lydia is responsible for Health & Safety within the nursery, Behaviour Management and is also the settings Safeguarding Officer. Contact: lydiaholgate@little-ducklings.net
Emma Schofield
Emma SchofieldDeputy Manager
Emma has worked at Little Ducklings Day Nursery since June 2019. Emma is a qualified teacher and has an abundance of experience working within early years and school-aged children. Emma also has experience of being a SENCO and working with children with additional needs.
Margaret Olbinson
Margaret OlbinsonToddler Room Leader (Daffy Ducks)
Margaret is our Toddler Room Leader and has a Level 3 NNEB qualification in Childcare. Margaret has a wealth of experience as both practitioner and leader. Margaret has also spent many years as an early years assessor too.
Jane Duke
Jane DukeToddler Room Senior (Daffy Ducks)
Jane is our Toddler Room Senior. Jane has a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and works alongside Margaret. Jane has several years’ experience working with children, covering all age ranges.
Lucy Steer
Lucy SteerPre-School Room Leader (Jemima Puddle Ducks)
Lucy is one of our Pre-School room leaders and has a Level 5 qualification in Childcare. Lucy has lots of experience working within an early years setting and is currently completing a BA Honours Degree in Early Years.
Emma Corbridge
Emma CorbridgeEarly Years/SENCO Lead
Emma is our Lead Special Educational Needs Officer and a practitioner in our toddler room. Emma has a level 3 qualification in childcare. Contact: senco@little-ducklings.net.
Amy South
Amy SouthDeputy Safeguarding Lead
Amy is our deputy safeguarding officer and works alongside Lydia. Amy is also a practitioner within our Toddler room. Amy has Level 6 Qualification in Childcare and also a Level 2 Qualification in Forest Schools.
Jo Mathieson
Jo MathiesonAccounts Manager
Jo manages all of the children’s accounts and has over 15 years’ experience. Contact: joannemathieson@little-ducklings.net
Angela Austin
Angela AustinKitchen Staff
Angela has worked as a cook for over 25 years and works alongside Claire. Angela has a range of food industry qualifications including her NVQ level 2 in Food Preparation and Cooking. In addition, Angela has her food hygiene, food safety and catering, and prevention and infection control all to level 2 standard.
Claire Hayward
Claire HaywardKitchen Staff
Claire assists both Claire and Angela within the nursery’s busy kitchen and has several years’ experience working in the food industry. Claire has an NVQ Level 2 in Food Hygiene and Food Nutrition.
Claire Gregg
Claire GreggKitchen Staff
Claire works within the nursery’s busy kitchen team. She has a distinguished catering background and lots of experience working in a busy kitchen team.

In addition to the above named staff we have a further 11 early years practitioners. Their qualifications range from a Level 2 in Childcare to a Level 6 Degree in Childcare.