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Cawston: 01788 815445 Crescent: 01788 813666

Our Staff

Alison Dyke

M.A.Ed, BSc Hons, S.R.N, H.V, Advanced Diploma Child Development, EYPS, Professional Director/EYPS 

I opened Nature Trails in 2004 and continue to run the nursery, now with the support of my husband and a professional management team.  Formerly a health visitor and university lecturer I used a day care nursery for my own children.  My three daughters have now grown up which gives me some time to enjoy hill walking and outdoor pursuits. I am proud of the nursery and its staff. Their achievements were recognised when Nature Trails was voted the NDNA top nursery in the UK, awarded in July 2016.


Steve Dyke




Alison and I opened Nature Trails in 2004. I joined the team on a full-time basis in 2013.



Qualifications: MBA, BSc Hons, NEBOSH Certificate


Vicky Stancer

Manager (BA, EYPS) 

Paediatric First Aid 11/17 

I have worked at Nature Trails Cawston since 2006 and achieved my BA in Early Years and my Early Years Professional Status.  I am also a Time to Talk Champion for the nursery and Designated Person for Safeguarding.  I am a mum of one and enjoy spending time in my garden and going camping with my family.

Carolyn McGrellis


Manager  BA (Hons), Paediatric First Aid  03/17

 I am the Manager at Nature Trails at the Crescent with specific responsibility for Forest Friends Pre-School. I hold BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and I am Designated Person for Safeguarding. I enjoy swimming, pilates and cinema visits in my spare time.



Kelly Lawson

Deputy Manager/ EYPS (BA Hons, EYPS) 

Paediatric First Aid 11/17 

I have worked at Nature Trails Cawston since 2010.  I hold a BA Honours in Early Years and have my Early Years Professional Status. I am a Designated Person for Safeguarding.  I am a mum of three boys and enjoy spending time in my garden looking after my chickens.   

Rachel Ward

Deputy Manager/ Forest School Assistant BA (Hons)   Paediatric First Aid 11/17


  I am a mum of two and I enjoy spending time outdoors with my children and family.  I also enjoy camping holidays.  I began working at Nature Trails, Cawston in 2005 and  completed my BA Degree with Honours in Early Years whilst working there. In September 2016 I moved over to the Crescent site as Deputy Manager.

Katie Crump

Early Years Manager  (FD)  Paediatric First Aid 11/17

 I am level 4 qualified and currently studying towards my BA Honours degree in Early Years. I am Early Years Manager at the Crescent, responsible for overseeing Acorns and Saplings. Outside working hours I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going to the gym.