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Meet the Staff

Key Members of the Team


Lora Smith: Manager  

Lora joined us in 2008 bringing her experience in day nurseries to her work in the Pre-School and Out of School Club.  Since completing her Degree in Early Years she has successfully led the sessions throughout the whole day bringing consistency to parents, children and staff and in September 2016 has taken on the role of Manager. First aid trained.


Debbie Whale: Deputy Manager

Debbie commenced employment with the Pre-School in 2009.  She brings her experiences of being both a Pre-School parent and a Committee member to the role. She has completed a Level III Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce.
First aid trained.


Ellie Cromar: Pre-School and After School Club Leader

Ellie commenced employment with the Pre-School in 2016, after working in a nursery in Kensington for 3 years. She has completed her Level III Childcare qualification and also holds a degree in Early Childhood Studies and Psychology. She leads throughout the day at Pre-School and at the After School Club. First aid trained.


Dawn Edwards: Breakfast Club Leader and Morning Session Deputy Leader 

Dawn qualified to Level III in 2010 after many years experience working in the Pre-School. She now leads the Breakfast Club session and is Deputy Leader in the morning at Pre-School. She works with the under 3’s and is first aid trained.


Emma Pearce: Pre-School and After School Club Assistant

Emma joined the team in June 2017. She has experience of working in a nursery and is qualified to Level III. She also holds a degree in Early Childhood studies and is first aid trained.


Jane Hindmarsh: Pre-School assistant

Jane commenced employment with the Pre-School in 1986.    Jane qualified in 1996 and taught the 4+ group until September 2001. She is Level III trained and also completed the Advanced Diploma in Childcare & Education in 2006. First aid trained.


Jenny Wiles: Pre-School Assistant 

Jenny joined us in 2012 and completed her Level III qualification in 2013. Jenny was a valued member of our committee before joining as a member of staff. Jenny is also our Health and Safety Officer as she has many years experience of working in the Fire Service. First aid trained.


Clare Brock: Pre-School Assistant

Clare joined the Pre-School team in 2012. She completed her Level III qualification in 2014. Clare works in the morning session and helps with the under 3’s. First aid trained.


Hayley Parkin: Pre-School and Out of School Club assistant

Hayley joined us in 2016 having been working at the school as a Lunchtime Supervisor. She was already popular with the children and had recent experience of the Pre-School as a parent. She has a Level II Childcare qualification and is currently working towards the Level III. First aid trained.


Julie Williams: Housekeeper

Julie qualified to Level III in 2001.  Having run the Breakfast Club and morning Pre-School for many years she is now providing freshly cooked lunches at Pre-School and teas at After School Club.  First aid trained.


Miriam Boswell: Breakfast Club Assistant 

Miriam commenced employment with the Pre-School in 1987 and qualified to Level III in 2010.  Miriam works at Breakfast Club. First aid trained.


Kate Leach: After School Club Assistant 

Kate commenced employment with the After School Club in March 2017. She has no childcare qualifications but has experience of running martial arts sessions and is already a popular member of the team. Kate works at After School Club Mon – Fri.





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