Our Team

Our small team of caring staff have over forty years’ experience between them, nearly all of it at our Pre-School.  Their own children came here. 

Each of them is passionate about working with children, highly qualified, and loves to provide each child with individual attention suited to their needs. 

We work hard to support disabilities and Special Educational Needs (SEN), and our team includes a designated, highly qualified SEN Co-ordinator.  All staff have regular DBS checks, continued professional development and first aid training. 

Stephanie Page

Role: Lead Practitioner 

Qualifications:  Level 5 Foundation Degree in Childcare, Learning and Development, Level 3 Certificate in Pre-School Practice 

Best bit: helping our children grow into confident individuals ready to take on “big school” and life.  

Mel Hyde

Role: Deputy Lead Practitioner and Safeguarding Officer 

Qualifications: Level 3 NVQ in Childcare, Level 4 SEN Qualification, Level 2 Certificate in Pre-School Practice 

Best bit: supporting our children to build great relationships with us adults and their new friends. 

Michelle Cook

Role: Senior Early Years Practitioner, SEN Co-ordinator 

Qualifications: Level 3 NVQ in Childcare, Level 4 SEN Qualification 

Best bit: being a customer at the children’s shop, and buying LOTS for 2 pence. 


Gina Donnelly

Role: Early Years Practitioner  

Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Childcare in Education 

Sarah Whitehead

Role: Early Years Practitioner 

Qualifications: BA open degree with Honours (Open University) and EYITT (Early Years Initial Teacher Training) from Anglia Ruskin University 

Best bit: getting messy and creative making volcanoes for dinosaurs, playdough, cars in gloop and playing ice cream shop with shaving foam!

Your child’s “Key Person” 

When your child starts here, one of our team will become their “Key Person”.  Your Key person will make your child feel special, happy and cared for.    

This helps them settle in; and then it develops into a close, trusting relationship, that will nourish learning.  

This “Key Person” will also be available for you as a main point of contact: we want to work in partnership with you, and mirror your childcare practices as far as possible, to help your child feel at home here.  They will also regularly update a personalised “learning journal” for your child, using our electronic Tapestry system. You can arrange a meeting with your Key Person whenever you wish, or have an informal chat at drop-off or pick up times. This means you will be kept fully up-to-date with your child’s adventures and development.