Meet Our staff

We are proud of our high ratio of adults to children in our group.  We work on 1:5 ratio which ensures individual attention to the needs and development of each child.  The manager is a ‘supernumerary’ meaning she is not included in the staff ratios, and available for emergencies. We are dedicated to ensuring that our staff are well-qualified and keep training up-to-date by attending short courses.  All of our staff are 12 hr paediatric First Aid trained, and hold basic food hygiene certificates. All staff and committee members are DBS checked to work with children.

 

 

 

Clare Saunders

Manager

Clare has worked at Pre-School since February 2007, and has been Manager since June 2010. Clare is Qualified Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice and  Level 5 in Leadership and Management in Health, Social Care for Children and Young People services. Clare is also the Lead safeguarding coordinator. Interesting fact that Clare used to compete and win lots of vintage tractor ploughing matches.

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Clare Saunders

Clare Saunders

Manager

Jo Lawson

Early Years Room Leader

Jo has worked at Pre-School since June 2008 and been Room Leader since June 2010. Jo is Level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and is also our Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator. Jo has a special interest in communication, language and literacy. Jo's favourite children's book is 'Not now Bernard' by David McKee.

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Jo Lawson

Jo Lawson

Early Years Room Leader

Sarah Darnell

Early Years Room Leader

Sarah has worked at Pre-School since February 2009 and has been Room Leader since March 2011. Sarah is Level 3 NVQ in Childrens Care, Learning and Development. Sarah has a keen interest in child behaviour. Sarah would like to be Superwoman so she could fly.

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Sarah Darnell

Sarah Darnell

Early Years Room Leader

Deborah Field

Early Years Practitioner and Lunchtime Assistant

Deborah has worked at Pre-School since February 2010. Debbie is Qualified  Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's workforce. Deborah is also our lunchtime assistant and is very good at getting your child to eat their 5 a day! Debbie would love to back into time to 1920’s Paris or London because 'I love art nouveous and art deco'.

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Deborah Field

Deborah Field

Early Years Practitioner and Lunchtime Assistant

Charlotte Bishop

Early Years Practitioner

Charlotte has worked at Pre-School since September 2010 and is Qualified Level 3  NVQ in Children's Care Learning and Development.Charlotte has a keen interest in mathematical development. If Charlotte was a cartoon Character she would be Minnie Mouse as she's nice and kind.

 

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Charlotte Bishop

Charlotte Bishop

Early Years Practitioner

Laura Ison

Early Years Practitioner

Laura started working at Pre-School in September 2009 and had 1 year off maternity leave before joining us again in November 2014. Laura is Level 3 NNEB qualified. Laura has a keen interest in SEND and supporting children with additional needs.  Laura won a gold medal and was the under 16 girls national karate champion.

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Laura Ison

Laura Ison

Early Years Practitioner

Emma Lunnon

Early Years Practitioner

Emma has worked at Pre-School since January 2012. Emma is Qualified Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce. Emma has a keen interest in supporting all children with transitions and development and their social skills. If Emma had a super power it would be to talk to animals.

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Emma Lunnon

Emma Lunnon

Early Years Practitioner

Amanda West

Early Years Practitioner

Amanda has been working at Pre-School since December 2012.  Amanda is qualified Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young Peoples Workforce. Amanda has a keen interest in gardening and growing vegetables with the children.  Amanda is also a Beaver Leader.

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Amanda West

Amanda West

Early Years Practitioner

Zoe Savage

Early Years Practitioner

Zoe has worked at Pre-School since February 2015. Zoe is qualified Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce.  Zoe is also our Health and Safety representative. When Zoe was 15 she won a bronze medal for judo in a international competition in Holland.

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Zoe Savage

Zoe Savage

Early Years Practitioner

Jo Erbetta

Early Years Practitioner

Jo has worked at Pre-School since February 2015.  Jo started her Level 3 Diploma qualification in Sept 2015.  Jo used to own, with her husband a coffee shop in Dorset.

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Jo Erbetta

Jo Erbetta

Early Years Practitioner

Helen James

Early Years Practitioner

Helen returned back to Pre-School in January 2016 after a 5 year maternity break! Helen is Qualified Level 2 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce. Helen has also held a motor racing licence for the last 20 years!

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Helen James

Helen James

Early Years Practitioner

Helen Upsher

Administrator/Registrar

Helen has been working at Pre-School since January 2016 and is responsible for making sure all the session bookings are in place as well as invoicing. Helen once stood in a cupboard for over a hour so she could meet New Kids on The Block!

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Helen Upsher

Helen Upsher

Administrator/Registrar