Our staff are a highly qualified, dedicated and experienced team who create a special environment.
Charlotte Garratt Preschool Leader - Level 3
Charlotte has been working in the early years sector for over 11 years where she has gained a wealth of experience and has a real passion for preschool education. Charlotte believes that learning should be through play and exploration and that the environment is a vital factor in supporting child-led play. Charlotte is also an advocate for outdoor play and thinks that there is nothing better than making a mud pie or two and splashing in puddles!
Charlotte also has experience of working with children who have SEN and has taken on the role of our SENCo along with the role of Designated Safeguarding Person.
Lisa Jarman Deputy Leader - Level 3
Affectionately known by the children as 'Mrs Lollipop', Lisa recently gained her Level 3 certification. She leads much of the planning of the weekly activities for the children, based on our theme for the term. Lisa has great rapport with the children and is always full of wonderful new ideas to keep them inspired and entertained.
Fiona Jordan Play Assistant - Level 3
Fiona has a Diploma in Pre-School Practice (Level 3) and is a qualified Paediatric First Aider. Fiona shows a natural empathy for the needs of the children and instinctively shapes each session to accommodate their characteristics. And of course she is our glitter Queen and Christmas Fairy – her enthusiasm is infectious!
Kim Lee-Aimes Play Assistant - Level 3
Kim is a big hit with the children. She is always keen to play and join in with a puzzle, encouraging the children to try new things and teaching them how to share and take turns.
Wendy Game Play Assistant - Level 3
Wendy joined the team in March 2019. She is level 3 qualified and has a wealth of experience, working in preschool settings for over 27 years. She has attended many courses including safeguarding and paediatric first aid and has many years experience as a SENCO. When Wendy is not at preschool she is usually spending time with her two grandchildren or walking her dogs.
Caroline Bateman Play Assistant - Level 2
Caroline is our newest member of the team and is a level 2 qualified practitioner. You will also see her friendly face at Barkway Baby and Toddler Group at the village hall on Wednesdays.
Jenny Young Play Assistant
Jenny has more than 20 years experience working at the Preschool and has helped hundreds of local children to flourish in her time with us. Her years of experience add balance to the team and her genuine affection for all the children makes her a firm favourite among them.