About Us

Hollins Wood Childcare is an individual, family run nursery in a delightful semi-rural setting just out of Marple Bridge village.

Hollins Wood Childcare is ideally located in the beautiful village of Marple Bridge, making it easily accessible for all commuter routes. When you arrive in the spacious car park, it’s clear to see that everything is in place to make dropping off (and picking up) your children as easy and convenient as can be. Which is obviously a must-have for any time-pressured parent.

The owners and the Management Team have over 45 years of nursery school teaching experience, ensuring your children are in safe hands. At Hollins Wood Childcare, they have a highly qualified team, including six early years teachers and professionals.

The team

The team here is dedicated to ensuring every child receives the time, space, and encouragement to grow and become the best they possibly can be.

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Sarah Whitney


Sarah has been passionate about education and childcare since leaving school. She started her working career as a Nursery Nurse before attending university to complete a Science Degree and gaining Qualified Teacher Status. She has taught a range of children from nursery to eleven year olds over her sixteen year teaching career.

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Heather Donaldson

Nursery Manager

Heather has worked at Hollins Wood Childcare for nearly seven years and been the manager for four years. She is a qualified Early Years Professional and also the lead Forest School Teacher. Heather has many years of experience working with nursery children across all ages.

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Amy Bates

Deputy Nursery Manager

Amy has been part of the Hollins Wood Team for over seven years, stepping up to take on the Deputy Role back in 2014. She is the Pre-School Room Leader as well as the Special Education Needs and Disability Co-Ordinator.

Sara Keaney-Duckworth

Deputy Nursery Manager

Sara is an Early Years Teacher with a PGCE in Advanced Early Years. She currently works as a room leader in one of the rooms and is also the nursery Deputy Manager. She is the nursery Assessment Co-Ordinator and also works across the Hollins Wood Team, improving practice and supporting team members when necessary.


Ofsted rating: GOOD


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