Our Team

Charlie Wardle – Manager 

Charlie volunteered as the Pre-School Chairperson for four years before becoming Manager in October 2014.

Charlie loves reading stories to the children putting on the funny voices of the characters both to her own children and our children in pre-school.

Charlie is finishing a Foundation Degree this year in Early Childhood Studies and will be embarking on a BA in September.  She has the following qualifications: 

Diploma Leadership and management in Health and social care and Children and Young Peoples services

NVQ 2 & 3 Early Years Educator
Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s settings.
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Foundation
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Safeguarding Working together Module 2
Paediatric First Aid
HND Business and Personnel

Data Protection Officer

Lara Kimble - Team Leader and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Lara has recently got married and has a lovely doggy called Buddy. She loves any activities with the children, particularly anything involving singing!

Lara has the following qualifications:
NVQ Level 3 in Childcare
Paediatric First Aid

NCFE CACHE Level 2 in Understanding Autism

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Sue Gordon – SENco Co-ordinator

Sue joined us in 2009 and completed her NVQ level 3 in July 2011. She then undertook her Special Education Needs Training in October of the same year.

Sue has the following qualifications:
NVQ Level 3 in Childcare
SENCo Training
Happy Handz Stage 2
Safeguarding 3a
Cache Level 3 in Speech and Development
Paediatric First Aid
Behaviour Management

Alison Denman – Forest School Leader

Alison was a parent helper before she applied for the position of Pre-School Assistant in 2005. Since joining the team Alison has taken on various positions and is now our Forest School leader.

Alison loves giving all children the opportunity to explore independently and grow in confidence in a relaxed natural outdoor environment.  We have so many wonderful opportunities for the children to see and learn about our local surroundings, wildlife, minibeasts, the changes in the seasons and the weather.  The forest school ethos that she follows allows children to develop team building, communication and physical skills too.
Alison has the following qualifications:
CACHE NVQ Level 3 in Childcare
CACHE Level 3 in Speech, Language and Communication
SRF BTEC Level 3 for Forest School Leaders
NCFE CACHE Level 2 in Understanding Autism
Makaton Training
Paediatric First Aid
Safeguarding 3a
Health and Safety Training

Hannah Gentry - Early Years Educator

Hannah joined us initially as cover staff and has recently begun her NVQ Level 3.  Hannah used to be an Air Hostess and recently worked in a care home so has lots of experience to bring to the team.  She likes to walk her dog Benson, spend time with her friends and family and enjoys a spot of cooking and camping!


Natalie Kearney – Book Keeper

Natalie has been part of the team since 2010. Natalie was our treasurer on a voluntary basis and then joined as Book Keeper in 2012.  Natalie also enjoys working with the children in Pre-School on a Friday.

Natalie loves animals and being outdoors.

Natalie has many years of book keeping experience and trained in Paediatric First Aid.

Kathryn Jones - Early Years Educator - Shadowing SEN

Kathryn joined us initially as cover staff but has very quickly become a valuable member of the team.  Kathryn has recently completed her level 3 in Early Years and is shadowing Sue in her SEN role.

Kathryn has the following qualifications:

Understanding Autism

Sarah O'Toole - Early Years Educator

Sarah has previously helped as Cover staff and has now joined the team as a Pre-School Assistant.  Sarah is currently working towards her Level 3 in Early Years.

Sarah has the following qualifications:

Understanding Autism

Cathy Atkinson - Early Years Educator

Cathy started with us in September 2019 and is currently studying for her Level 3 in Early Years.  Cathy has previously been involved with Cha Cha Chimps and so loves anything musical!

Karen Widdowfield - Early Years Educator

Karen comes with a wealth of experience from other settings and has a grandchild also attending our Pre-School.  Karen is Level Three qualified.

Rachel Bramley - Pre-School Administrator

Rachel was employed as our Administrator shortly after we moved in to our new building. She joined the team in 2011 and since then has taken over the administration of our waiting list in addition to the regular administration role.

Rachel really enjoys working at Pre-School, she says "the team are all very passionate and committed to what they do and I am proud and lucky to be part of such a fab team!"  Rachel and her husband have two glorious boys who both came to Pre-School and they enjoy adventures galore when they get the chance!

Rachel has attended the following Training:
Paediatric First Aid
Early Years Pupil Premium Co-ordinator

Data Protection Officer

 Abi Denman - Cover

Abigail joined our team in February 2020. She was once a pupil at our pre-school herself.
Abigail loves the variety of her role working with children after studying full-time at college. She has completed lots of voluntary work as a police cadet and work experience with zoo and rescue animals.
Abigail has an A level in Psychology and has completed training in:
- Effective Safeguarding Practice
- Prevent Duty and Fundamental British Values
- Online Safety
- Positive Early Childhood Education Programme (PECE)
- Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning


Dawn Kelly - Early Years Educator

I had worked at Pre-School since 2015 who loves arts and crafts and reading with the children.  Dawn is qualified having Cache level 2 , Cache level 3 , Paediatric First Aid , Level 3 Speech and Language, Lift off to Language and Sign Language, Level 2 Autism and Diabetes Assistance Trained.

Jackie Beales - Early Years Educator

Jackie recently joined us having worked as a childminder in the village for 4 years. Jackie followed her passion to work in childcare after working in events for many years.
Jackie has 2 boys who both attended preschool. 
Trained in:
Cache level 3 in childcare
Paediatric first aid
Awareness of child abuse and neglect
Awareness of Radicalisation
Awareness of FGM