Our Team

Our dedicated team of nursery practitioners are all well-qualified, trained and DBS checked, with references verified. They have had many years of experience in nurturing young minds and delivering creative and stimulating learning experiences.

Dr. Ginny Humpage

The team is led by Ginny,  a graduate with a Masters and a Doctorate in Early Childhood Education,  who has a wealth of experience in the early years, teaching and leading teams in nurseries and pre-schools in the US, Hong Kong and the UK.

Ginny says:

“I am a passionate, organised and hands on leader who focusses on play based and discovery learning environments. I believe in fostering strong relationships with my families and having dynamic happy staff who work together as a team to provide a high standard of provision. I am excited to become part of the Duchess Nursery and wider Chatsworth schools family.”


Jennifer Thomas is an experienced Level 3 practitioner and our Room Leader.
Jennifer says:
I have worked in childcare for over 25 years and therefore love to share ideas and experiences with the Duchess children and staff team. I oversee the curriculum for both under and over 3’s and my commitment and dedication to the nursery are seen through my activities and interaction with children, ensuring they are always happy and learning. My interests out of work are watching television, reading any interesting articles and listening to music and most of all exploring my environment around me.


Carmen is an experienced member of the nursery team currently studying Special Educational Needs at University as well as working in the nursery.
Carmen says:
I am very excited to have joined Duchess Nursery. Having worked in numerous nursery schools over the years, I can honestly say this is the best one yet!" In the future I hope to be able to look after disabled children and give their parents a well-earned rest over the weekend. I have many interests, including the outdoors, cooking, baking, arts and crafts and connecting with nature


Maha is our much loved caterer and Level 2 Practitioner.
Maha says;
I enjoy making fresh lunches, teas and snacks for the Duchess Children who always make me smile. Being a trained practitioner means I can help out as needed when I am there and love time with the children.