Our team

Our staff each have a wealth of experience (both academic and practical):

Vicky Archer, Manager

Vicky has over 20 years experience. Vicky joined the Pre-School in November 2005. She is NVQ Level 3 qualified in Early Years Care and Education and a qualified Forest School Leader. Vicky loves the outdoors and will send your child home with a pocket full of snail shells.

Karen Stevens, Deputy Manager

Karen joined us in December 2017. She is NVQ Level 3 qualified in Early Years Care and Education, has a Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Practice and is our Health and Safety Officer. Karen has more than 15 years of experience in child care, loves cooking and generally getting messy with the children.

Chris Orpin, Senior Practitioner and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Co-ordinator

Chris is NVQ Level 3 qualified and has been with us since 1994. She is a fully qualified SEN Co-ordinator (Levels 1-6). Chris loves messy activities; painting, jelly and spaghetti, the messier the better.

Kate Croft, Practitioner

Kate is NVQ Level 3 qualified in Early Years Care and Education and joined our Pre-School in February 2016. Kate is often found creating a wonderful imaginative story and is an amazing cake baker.

Rebecca Stratton, Assistant

Rebecca started back with us in June 2014. Rebecca loves Forest School and settling down with a good story.

Liz Smith, Office Manager

Liz joined us in May 2016. She previously held several senior positions in the corporate world and admits that she loves getting stuck in the mud.

About our staff

All staff have been police checked (DBS), have completed safeguarding, first aid and fire safety training and hold a food hygiene and food allergens certificate, all of which are regularly renewed. All staff undertake regular training to ensure they keep up-to-date with new developments and continue to grow their skills.

Key Worker

Each child is allocated a key worker when they start at Pre-School. The key worker scheme helps children to quickly become confident and secure in the Pre-School environment and ensures that they receive the individual attention and support that they need to help them develop. Your childs key worker will be your first point of contact when discussing your childs development and progress. We often find that children naturally develop a good relationship with a specific member of staff and there is always scope for your childs key worker to be changed if you and the Pre-School staff feel that this will benefit your child. Your childs key worker will invite you to attend a chat about your childs progress at least 3 times a year and is always on hand to talk to you and answer any questions you might have.