Meet our Management Team…
General Manager and Owner
Amanda Wallis BA (Hons) DPP EYPS
Pumpkins Nursery is owned and managed by Amanda Wallis. Amanda gained a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University College of North Wales where she studied Education as a subsidiary subject. Her career then took a side step into Human Resources where she worked for over twelve years in both the public and the private sectors. Taking time off to raise her family, Amanda then undertook a further course of study to gain the Diploma in Pre-school Practice, a recognised level 3 qualification for early years teaching. Amanda achieved Early Years Professional Status in August 2007 from the University of the West of England.
Amanda has worked with children for many years, both in playgroups and through running her own successful childminding business which was part of the South Gloucestershire “Children Come First” Childminding Network quality assurance scheme. With a proven track record in the delivery of high quality care and education of young children, Amanda has also been heavily involved in community work with children, running activity clubs and also the highly popular “Tiny Tunes” music group at Trinity School, Acton Turville. Amanda lives in Malmesbury and is married to Ian and has three, now grown up children, Ryan, Claudia and Dominic.
Manager – Badminton Nursery
Marie Cason NVQ Level 3 Childcare / NVQ Level 3 Management
Marie Cason joined Pumpkins in 2014 and took over the role of manager at Pumpkins Nursery Badminton in September 2020.
Prior to this, Marie was our deputy manager at our Tormarton nursery where she also led the toddler room for many years.
Marie lives with her family in Yate and has passed on her passion for childcare to her daughter, Gemma, who joined us as an apprentice in 2017 and is now a qualified member of our team at Sherston Nursery.
Manager – Tormarton Nursery
Laura Lee NVQ Level 3 / NVQ Level 4 Management
Laura joined Pumpkins as the Manager of our Tormarton nursery in the Summer term of 2017. Laura started her career in childcare in October 2000 and worked at various nurseries in and around the Bristol area until she moved to Natural Choice Nurseries in the Summer of 2006 and opened their first nursery in Alveston as Nursery Manager. She went on to open their second nursery in Charfield as Area manager and in her last year took on the role of Business Development Manager before joining Pumpkins. Laura has a wealth of nursery experience and is our resident technical expert in charge of e-safety and responsible for our presence on facebook.
Laura lives in Bristol and is married to Dan, with three boys, all under eight; Tyler, Kobe and Dexter. Laura is thus very attuned to the needs of boys and has bags of experience in engaging and channeling their energies!
Laura is supported by an excellent team at Tormarton all of whom are committed and dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care and education for your child.
Manager – Sherston Pre-School
Emma Bennett NVQ Level 3
Emma has over 9 years experience of working in Early Years. Previously working in an Area Manager role for a group of nurseries in South Gloucestershire and Bristol, Emma made the decision to return to work directly with the children and ensure that they are at the forefront in all that she does. She is extremely passionate about childcare and champions the individual in each and every child. She strives to give each child the best possible start to their journey and finds it highly rewarding seeing the impact that our roles have on children’s development.
Emma is recently married to James and lives in Frampton Cotterell.
Emma is currently on maternity leave having just had her first baby, a little boy, born in December 2020.
Our Deputy Manager Charlotte Collings is ably managing the nursery until Emma’s return, supported by Lauren Kiddell who has been promoted to Deputy Manager.