Meet The Team

Nicola MacGregor, Director, BAHons, Early Years Professional

Having had 20 years experience of working with children in various childcare settings, in the summer of 2004 I opened Dolphins Horsforth.  It was my aim then as it is now to provide the best care for each child.  Although throughout the years childcare has become more and more about education and national frameworks, it is still my strong belief that before anything else children need love, care and respect. My team of early years professionals, many of whom have been with me since I opened, have the same ethos and belief. In September 2014 Dolphins Adel was opened. Set in the grounds of  Adel St John the Baptist Primary School Adel, the same ethos and principles run through this setting as at Horsforth.

I have been married since 2007 and have a young daughter Maggie who is almost 6 years old and full of fun! In 2008 I graduated from Leeds University with a BAHons in Early Childhood Education. In order to maintain and sustain the high standards set at Dolphins I have recently undertaken my Early Years Professional Status.


Kayleigh Woolger, Manager

Kayleigh joined our team in 2005 as a student and attended college one day per week. She quickly gained her level two and subsequently level three in 2009. Kayleigh is highly motivated and really loves her role. Kayleigh has been a Room Leader since 2009 and has experience within all age groups. Kayleigh gained a foundation Degree in the arts of early years in 2014. She then went on to achieve a BA(Hons) in supporting children, young people and families in July 2015.  In July 2015 she then became Deputy Manager, training to take over as acting Manager in December 2015.




TaraTara Slade, Senior Staff Member in the Starfish Room

Supported by Michaela, Danielle, Becki and Krystina

Tara is an experienced Mum of two and a registered childminder for a number of years.  In 2004 Tara joined Dolphins and in 2008 became Room Leader of our under two\’s room  where she heads a team of four. Tara has a level three qualification in Children’s Learning and Development.



 Ashleigh Benson, Deputy Manager and Senior staff member in the Whale’s Room

Supported by Leah and Lisa

Ashleigh is the Whales Room Leader and Deputy Manager, She has been a level 3 qualified Nursery Practitioner since 2006. During her training, she gained experience in both nurseries and schools. Ashleigh worked in a crèche for 4 years, and then came to work at Dolphins, and 10 years later she is still here! Ashleigh’s ‘home’ is the Whales room but has experience in the Turtles room and has also covered maternity leave as the room leader.


Lisa Woolger, Senior Staff Member in the Turtles Room

Supported by Becky, Sophie, Laura and Sam

Lisa started working at Dolphins as our apprentice in 2006. She completed an NVQ level two and three in children’s care, learning and development as a work based progress. Lisa previously worked in the preschool room and decided she wanted experience in a different career. She tried administration work; however, she decided it wasn’t the career for her and she missed working with children. She now works full time in the Turtles room as the Room Leader. Lisa is a highly motivated member of the team and the children love her.



Geoff_ParkesDr Geoff Parkes, Non-Executive Director

Nicola’s Uncle is Dr Geoff Parkes. Geoff is a Non-Executive Director of Dolphins Day Nursery Ltd and has held a number of senior executive positions in industry, including 10 years as the Sales & Marketing Director of Aga Cookers. He is an advisor and consultant to a number of SME’s. He is Associate Dean and Head of Marketing Group at Aston Business School in Birmingham. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at VWA Studienakademie in Stuttgart. He is married to Caroline and has 2 children; his interests are cycling and most sports. He plays golf very badly!



dianeDiane Cox, Bachelor of Education (Honours) Primary, Advisory Teacher

Before leaving full time teaching in 2012, I taught for 20 years in an “Outstanding” school in Stockton on Tees, where I was part of the Leadership team. I have taught across all age ranges gaining a lot of experience with children. I particularly enjoyed being involved in the Creative Partnerships projects, funded through the Arts Council for England. I was school co-ordinator for projects within my school working alongside artists and musicians. I also attended some Creativity workshops at various schools and also with the National College. In 2009 I taught in Kenya on an exchange programme for which I had gained funding for. I currently teach a Nursery class part-time, in a school in County Durham, and also offer my experience in a consultancy capacity.