Meet the Team
Maureen Ackroyd opened Toad Hall Nursery in January 1995. She is married with three children, Catherine, David and Rachel. When Catherine was a young child, her ambition was to work with children; when she had the opportunity in 1994 to start a business. Maureen investigated the possibility of starting a nursery and it soon became apparent that there was a high demand for more nurseries in the Wokingham area.
Maureen was lucky to acquire the property and even more fortunate to receive planning permission. Toad Hall Nursery opened in January, 1995 (named after the toads that inhabit the site). Since then the nursery has expanded over the years in an attempt to accommodate the many children wishing to join us. Toad Hall Nursery is now registered for a total of 107 children.
Nursery Manager and Director
Catherine Treglown (nee Ackroyd) is married with three children, Sophie, Olivia and Grace. She completed her NNEB in July 1996 and worked as a nanny for two years. She joined Toad Hall Nursery in September 1998, as a Nursery Nurse. In 2001 she became supervisor of the Nursery Unit and was responsible for 7 staff and 24 babies.
In September 2006 she took on the role of Deputy Manager. Since taking on this role, she has gained a NVQ Level 4 Childcare, Learning and Development, to enable her to carry forward her role in the nursery. During her time as Deputy Manager, she undertook safer recruitment training.
In February 2013 she begun the role as Nursery Manager and has recently completed her Level 5 Diploma in leadership. Within her role, she supports Sarah as a Deputy Safeguarding Lead. Since her youngest child was born in 2015 she has taken on the role of staff director.
Nursery Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Sarah Lovell is married with 2 children, Sophie and Katie who both attend local schools. She moved from Wales to work at Toad Hall in March 2002 and she was based in the Nursery Unit as a nursery nurse. In 2004, she became the Nursery Unit Leader and then taking on the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead. During her time at Toad Hall, she has gained a NVQ Level 4 Child Care Learning and Development and has completed her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in 2016. In September 2017, she became Nursery manager.
Nursery Manager, Lead Language Practitioner (LLP), SENCo and Nursery Unit Leader
Ruth joined Toad Hall in October 2018. She is married with 1 child, Connie. Ruth previously worked at the nursery as the Deputy Manager and returned to Toad Hall Nursery after working as an assessor for a local training company. She has a Foundation Degree in Children’s Learning and Development. In April 2021, Ruth began overseeing the Nursery Unit.
Assistant Deputy Manager & Pre-school Unit Leader
Hannah Willcocks joined Toad Hall Nursery in January 2009 as a student nursery nurse. She then went on to complete a NVQ Level 2 Child Care, Learning and Development in 2009 and then a NVQ Level 3 Child Care Learning and Development in 2011. She has worked in all areas of the nursery unit and became the Assistant Nursery Unit Leader in September 2012 supporting Sarah. In 2015 Hannah completed her level 2 in Team Leading and in 2016 Hannah then complete her level 3 in First Line Management. In June 2016 Hannah took over the role of Assistant Deputy Manager. During May 2017, Hannah completed her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership.
Baby Unit Leader
Sarah Haynes joined Toad Hall in May 2008 as a student nursery nurse and went on to complete her NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, learning and Development in January 2009. Sarah has worked with all the age ranges within the nursery and became a permanent member of staff within the Baby Unit in the Summer of 2015 when she took on the role of Unit Leader to cover maternity leave. When the Unit Leader decided not to return from Maternity leave, Sarah continued the role.
Emma Smith joined Toad Hall Nursery in September 1999 as a nursery nurse working within the Baby Unit. In 2003, Emma took on the role of Baby Unit Supervisor for several years, before she decided to change age groups and work within the pre-school unit until 2008. In 2008, Emma, left Toad Hall Nursery to Nanny for one of the families leaving the setting as they were moving to Australia. When Emma returned to the UK, she continued to work as a Nanny until early 2018. During March 2018, Emma returned to Toad Hall Nursery working as the Nursery Unit Supervisor and in April 2021 moved to the Pre-school Unit as Frogs room leader.