A team of exceptional, and carefully selected individuals.

All members of our team are either fully qualified in childcare or are training towards a childcare qualification. However, they have not just been selected for the qualifications that they hold, but also for their exceptional personal qualities, their genuine love for children and dedication to their job and all that it involves.


Natalie Huntington

Hi I’m Natalie and co-own Munchkins and Maxis with my friend Sally. Working in a nursery was a complete change for me, as my background was financial administration, but it was a certainly a change for the better.  I deal with the background of our business (all the boring stuff like paying bills!) but my working day is completely enriched by the children we care for and our fabulous staff who are simply amazing.

I live in York with my 2 children.


Sally Hampshire

Hi, I am Sally, one of the owners of Munchkins and Maxis.  I am NNEB qualified and have worked in childcare for the past 25 years, starting out as a Nanny before becoming a Director at Munchkins and Maxis.

We bought Munchkins in January 2011 and although it is a lot of hard work, we are so proud of our GOOD throughout Ofsted rating.  We bought Maxis in May 2012 and in 2016 we were rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

I grew up In Escrick and now live locally.  I have 2 daughters and just love being a mum! We enjoy family time and find this very important.  We go camping and walking with family and friends and I also enjoy going out socially with friends for meals, drinks and a boogie!

General Manager

Melanie Hudson

Hi I’m Mel.  I have worked with Children for almost 24 years and have enjoyed seeing so many children grow! I became the Manager at Munchkins and Maxis in 2012, it is such a rewarding job.  Our settings are happy and homely and I am so incredibly proud of the amazing team we have.  Each and every one of them has patience, are caring and knowledgeable and are full of smiles and fun.

I have a daughter and we enjoy camping and travelling together.  Our most amazing adventure so far was travelling to Australia to see family.

Deputy Manager Munchkins & Caterpillar Room Leader

Sally Denny

Hi I’m Sally, I am the Deputy Manager at Munchkins and also leader of the Caterpillar Room. I live in Brayton near Selby but I was born in Germany and I have worked at Munchkins since 2006.  I support Leeds Rhino’s and am a keen runner, taking part in 10k runs with my parents whenever I can.

I love working at Munchkins, particularly with the younger children, as watching them grow and develop gives me a sense of pride, knowing that I have helped them along the way.

Deputy Manager - Maxis

Rachael Smallwood

Hello!  My name is Rachael and I am the Deputy Manager at Maxis Out of School Club.  I have over 13 years experience looking after children of all ages and ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to work with children as my mum was a childminder and I always enjoyed helping her. I love animals, especially butterflies, cats, giraffes and dolphins and my favourite colour is turquoise.

Working at Maxis there is never a dull moment, there is always something new and exciting happening! I love learning new skills and recently learnt sign language which I have loved passing onto the children in the club.  We are an amazing team and I have made some fantastic friends who I know will be my friends for life.

Butterfly Room Leader

Vicky Lightowler

My name is Vicky and I qualified to be a nursery nurse in 1997 and I am now qualified at Level 4 in children’s care, learning and development.  I started working at Munchkins in January 2013 and am now Room Leader in the Butterfly room.  I love working here, we are a strong and supportive team and I enjoy watching the children grow and learn and get ready for their journey to school.

I have a dog named Buddy and I enjoy socializing with my friends, going out for meals and going to the cinema. I enjoy going on holiday to warm places, one of my favourite places is Ibiza.

Deputy Room Leader Caterpillar Room

Jenny Parkin

Hi there, I’m Jenny and I am the deputy room leader of the Caterpillar Room at Munchkins.  I have worked here since 2010 after I qualified as a Nursery Practitioner.

I live on a farm, where we keep Aberdeen Angus Cows and grow crops and I can drive a tractor! In my spare time I love to bake, especially cakes and biscuits.  I also like to read, go to Zumba classes and ride horses.

I love working at Munchkins as we are a fantastic team, we all get on so well together and are great friends inside and outside work.  I love watching the children grow and learn, knowing that I have helped create a happy, safe and nurturing environment for them.

Nursery Practitioner

Melissa Marshall

Hello, I’m Melissa, I’m 24 years old and I have worked at Munchkins and Maxis for 5 years.  I live very close to nursery and in my spare time I like to go to the gym, go shopping but I mainly love spending time with my family and friends.

I mainly work at Maxis which I find very rewarding; I love to see the way the children’s confidence grows each day as they develop their skills through learning and play.

Deputy Room Leader - Butterfly Room

Amy Dennis

My name is Amy and I have worked at Munchkins since 2012.  I spent some time at Munchkins during my training and helped out whenever I could as I knew I wanted to work here! I love working with children, it is so rewarding watching them grow, develop and learn new things.Working at Munchkins has really helped me gain more confidence.  Our team have a strong bond and we work together brilliantly, providing the best possible care for all our children.

Outside of work I enjoy socializing with my friends and family, going shopping or out for meals.  I love holidays abroad and I have just taken up running.

Nursery Practitioner

Lisa Jackson

My name is Lisa and I have worked at Munchkins since January 2014.I qualified to level 3 in 2001 and completed my foundation degree in early years in 2009.  I love getting creative, letting the children make a mess and seeing them laughing and smiling and playing alongside their friends.  I like to work closely with those children who may need additional help in areas such as behavior, social skills and confidence building – and find it rewarding to see them develop due to strategies we have put in place to help them.

I am married and have a son and a daughter and although I do not have a lot of free time, I do enjoy reading, eating Indian food and going out with friends for a few drinks and a dance!  My best friend lives in Spain and I like to go over and visit her and her daughter.

Nursery Practitioner

Jodie Upton

My name is Jodie and I have worked at Munchkins and Maxis since June 2014.  I have always been interested in working with children  and love being around children, watching them grow and develop together with seeing their faces light up with excitement when they learn new things and seeing how they love playing with their friends.  I really enjoy working at Munchkins, all the staff are lovely and it feels like we are a family.

In my spare time I enjoy going out with my friends to the cinema and meals and I like shopping.  I have 8 God Children who I love so much, they are all great.  I love spending time with them and my family.

Nursery Practitioner

Lauren Oldridge

My name is Lauren and I have worked at Munchkins and Maxis for 3 years.  I love working here as I am passionate about helping all the children to have fun and watch how they develop.  All of us get on really well and it is a great place to work.

I enjoy going to festivals and concerts and like spending time with my friends.  I love going to the cinema and to restaurants as I love all types of food.  My favourite food is Italian.  I also help my father out in his Hotel and Restaurant.  I am a waitress and I really enjoy talking to all the customers.

Nursery Practitioner

Lesley Almond

Hello my name is Lesley and I have worked at Munchkins for 5 years.  I have 38 years experience working in childcare, working in schools and nurseries, where for 22 years I was a nursery manager. I absolutely love working at Munchkins.

I spend most of my spare time with my family.  I have 2 fabulous daughters and a beautiful granddaughter.

Nursery Practitioner

Joanne Dutton

My name is Joanne and I have worked for Maxis and Munchkins for just over a year now and I thoroughly enjoy it! All the staff are great bunch of ladies and as for the children, it is wonderful to see their characteristics grow and change and their personalities develop as they grow from babies to toddlers, then to pre schoolers and finally onto well rounded happy and confident school children.

I was brought up in Kingston Upon Hull and I have also lived in Gibraltar.  I am married and have two children, Georgia and Ella.