We are very proud of our Nursery staff and the very high standards that they achieve. Staff are recruited very carefully so as to ensure that we have a full age range as well as both male and female nursery nurses. Staff Appraisal and Staff Development is an important part of ensuring that we achieve the highest standards of childcare provision and up to date approaches. In addition to having the right staff we also have a very high retention rate with very few staff leaving the company other than to retire. All staff are renowned for their full commitment to the children.


Alison Thomson Owner of the Spinney Day Nursery Ltd





Alison Thomson
Owner of the Spinney Day Nurseries
Alison is the Nursery owner and has been a teacher of special needs, working for Cheshire for over thirty years. She has an Honours degree in Education and has a real passion for quality childcare.

Louise Saville Officer in Charge at the Spinney Bell Meadow



Louise Dugdale
Officer in Charge of Bell Meadow

Louise is our Officer in Charge at our nursery in Bell Meadow. Louise has worked in the nursery for over ten years, she holds qualifications in NVQ Level 3 in Play Work, First Aid and Food Hygiene and has achieved her NVQ Level 4 in Childcare, Learning and Development.

Sarah Whibberley Deputy Officer in Charge at the Spinney Bell Meadow


Sarah Parry
Deputy Officer in Charge of Bell Meadow

Sarah has worked with The Spinney for over 10 years, having joined us as a student when in college. She worked with us in Hoole before moving over to Bell Meadow to become Deputy Officer-in-Charge. She has a Foundation Degree in Early Years.


Ken Wood our cook at the Spinney Bell Meadow




Ken Wood

Having retired from being a Firefighter, Ken joined the Spinney originally as a driver, then moved to the role of Cook at the Spinney Bell Meadow. He is responsible for all the nutritionally balanced, freshly cooked meals and tea lovely smell that always comes from the kitchen at meal times. The children adore him and his cakes are the best we have ever tasted! Ken is currently training towards his NVQ Level 3 in childcare.

John Thomson Managing Director and owner of the Spinney Day Nursery Ltd

John Thomson 
Managing Director & Co-Owner

John has been a co owner of the nursery since its inception in 1997. He has worked full time since 2006 acting as the Managing Director taking a special interest in the developmental growth of the nursery as well as staff selection , training, development and retention.  He is a qualified teacher with 30 years service in Cheshire and has a real passion for the education of children and is a retired reserve army officer and  was awarded the OBE in 1997 for services to the military as well as the QVRM in 2006. Appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire in 2009 John is also keen to further the case for a prosperous Cheshire.’


Rhiannon Thomson Marketing Director

Rhiannon Thomson
Marketing Director

Rhiannon joined the family business 4 years ago and is responsible for the marketing and advertising for the Spinney & running the social media aspect, blog posts and website. With a creative background she works with the staff to promote the great things that both nurseries get up to, and is often seen with a paintbrush in hand, decorating or building something for the children. She also runs the Spinney Adventurers Club for the Holiday Club children.