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About Us


Wellingtons Nursery is based in a purpose-built setting attached to Wellington Hill Residents Association. Childcare provision has been at the heart of WHRA, serving the community for over 30 years. The original Pre-School closed its doors in December 2017. Wellingtons Nursery builds upon the nurturing reputation of its predecessor, providing a safe and stimulating environment where children learn, play and grow. It offers working parents flexible provision 50 weeks of the year from 8am to 6pm. We also offer term time only places.


Wellingtons Nursery is the vision of Jo Hickling. Jo is married with three children and a large extended family.After gaining her childcare qualifications Jo worked at Wellington Hill Pre-School, eventually moving on and working in mainstream education for several years. Jo loved her time at Wellington Hill and maintains her passion for community and good quality early years provision  .

Meet Our Staff

Jo Hickling

Managing Director

With many years experience in the education sector, I  have a passion for Early Years and family support. I am proud to be able to offer a high quality learning environment for future generations of children  and their families in the Leeds 14 area.

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Jess Hickling


I am a qualified primary

education teacher and phonics lead. 

 My role involves offering background help and support, particularly with regard to provision and phonics. During the holidays I have responsibility for planning and running the Holiday Clubs for primary aged children.

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Nursery Manager

I have worked in a variety of childcare settings for over 18 years,  I also ran my own childminding business for a few years, before becoming a mummy to two amazing children. I love coming to work every day knowing that I am helping provide a safe and nourishing environment for each child to learn and grow to their best ability.  My biggest achievement other than becoming a mummy was I become the NDNA’S Nursery Practitioner of the year runner up in the country in 2010, nominated by the parents from my Nursery.  

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Level 3/ SEND Practitioner

Room Leader

Vicky is a nurturing and conscientious practitioner who has experience in working with children of all ages. Her calm demeanour make her an ideal person to support children with Special Educational Needs.

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Level 3 Practitioner

Cat is an enthusiastic practitioner with an artistic flair, who uses her experiences working with children, and as a mum, to provide engaging activities for children. 


Level 3 Practitioner

Kyla started with Wellingtons as a Level 2 practitioner and is now at the end of her Level 3 qualification. She has a passion for working with children, and we will now be working as a Level 3 practitioner. 

Early Years Practitioner
Wellingtons is expanding our current staff. We arwe looking for an experienced Early Years Practitioner to exhance.
Please see our vacancy page for further details.

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Level 2 Practitioner

Level 3 apprentice

Emily has recently passed her Level 2 early years apprenticeship and is now starting Level 3. 

She is passionate about working with children. In her spare time Emily is a member of a cheerleading team.



SEND Administrator

Helen has worked with children for many years. In her role as cook she particularly enjoys supporting children to make their own meals once a week.

Helen supports Vicky with the paperwork for children with SEND.



Qualified as a Level 3

specialist support for teaching and learning in schools. Jake enhances our holiday club provision and occasionally in nursery. He particularly enjoys participating in music and movement.

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