Sarah Ireland


Sarah joined Puddleducks in 2007. Sarah has had a long and fulfilling career working in early years settings and as a childminder since qualifying as a Nursery Nurse in 1996. Sarah has an NNEB diploma and a level 5 NVQ in Early Years Leadership and Management. Sarah takes overall day to day responsibility for running Puddleducks with the support of our committee. Sarah works with both groups of children and is our Special educational needs coordinator and designated child protection officer. Sarah is married with 2 sons and lives locally in Eastcombe.

Pauline Cox

Group Leader (Ducks group)

Pauline started working at Puddleducks in 2007. Pauline has many years experience of working with pre-school children in day nurseries and is a fully qualified nursery nurse. Pauline heads up our Ducks Group, taking care of our 2-3 year old children and supporting the children to settle into Puddleducks. Pauline gained an NNEB diploma in 1991. Pauline is married, has a son and a daughter and lives in Bussage.

Leibe Woolls

Group leader (Ducklings group)

Leibe started her career at Puddleducks as our Chair Person in 2010, and joined our childcare team in 2013. Leibe has previously worked as a nanny and as a support worker for children with Special educational needs. Leibe achieved an NNEB qualification in 1997. Leibe runs our Ducklings Group, supporting children to develop the skills needed for starting school. Leibe lives in Chalford Hill with her husband and family. Leibe is mum to 2 daughters and 1 son.

Julie Clissold

Playgroup Assistant (Ducks group)

Julie joined Puddleducks in 2015. Julie has previously worked as a travel agent, before starting a career as a Learning Support worker in Primary schools. Julie is now a fully qualified NVQ3 Early Years Educator having completed the qualification this past year. Julie works with both groups of children, but is key person to children in our Ducks Group. Julie lives in Bussage with her husband, son and daughter.

Sue Bowen

Playgroup Assistant (Ducklings group)

Sue joined Puddleducks in 2006. Sue has previously worked as a hairdresser, but trained as a Nursery Nurse in 2006 after her daughter attended Puddleducks. Sue works with Leibe to care for our Ducklings group children. Sue completed an NVQ level 3 in childcare and education in 2009. Sue lives in Bussage with her 3 children, she has 2 sons and 1 daughter.

Fiona Drakeley

Playgroup Assistant (Ducks group)

Fiona joined the Puddleducks team in 2015. Fiona previously worked in a bank, and then took a career break following the birth of her 3 children. Fiona started her childcare career as a Learning Support worker in a primary school, where she achieved an NVQ level 3 in Support teaching and learning in 2014. Fiona works with Pauline to care for our Ducks group children. Fiona lives in Bussage with her husband, daughter and 2 sons.

Louisa Dingley


Louisa joined Puddleducks as our administrator in 2018. Louisa has experience of both administration and Early Years.