Our team

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

Karen Stevens, Manager

Karen joined us in January 2017. She has a Foundation Degree in Early Years (equivalent to level 5), 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.

Kate Crofts, Deputy Manager and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Co-ordinator

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.

Chris Orpin, Senior Practitioner


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.

Charlotte Butler, Practitioner


Charlotte has both a BA and a BTECH in Early childhood studies. She has quickly become a valued member of our staff team after joining us in 2018.

Rebecca Stratton, Assistant


Rebecca is a qualified Forest School Leader and loves getting the children playing and learning out in the woods.

Jess Watson, Early Years Assistant/Practitioner


I absolutely love my job and have always wanted to work with children to support them in this amazing time of their development. I love baking, messy play and forest school.

Sally Durant, Office Manager

Sally Durant is a qualified N.N.E.B. Nursery Nurse and has worked for many years in pre-schools and Nursery classes. She loves the company of small children and prefers to play with the children and the lovely resources we have at the pre-school rather than switch on her computer and keep up to date with all the admin!

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.