Our staff

Early Years teacher

Mrs Sarah Warren is our Assistant Head teacher and Head of Early Years for both Greenfield Pre-School and Greenfield Primary School. She has over 20 years experience teaching in Early Years and leads our provision and transition to our Reception classes. She is a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). 

Early Years Practitioners (Lead)

Mrs Sharon Wignall is a Deputy DSL and qualified to Level 4 Childcare. She worked at Countesthorpe Nursery School for 10 years before its relocation to Greenfield Pre-School. She has worked with children from birth to five and has over 15 years’ experience in Early Years. The children are always happy and excited to sing and dance with Sharon, who leads our Active Bean sessions.

Sharon supports Sarah in the day to day running of the pre-school.

Early Years Practitioners 

Miss Clair Lawlor is qualified to Level 3 Childcare. Clair worked at Countesthorpe Nursery School for 6 years before relocating. She has worked with children from birth to five and has over 22 years’ experience in Early Years. Clair especially enjoys arts and crafts with the children.

Miss Erika Hardy is a Deputy DSL and is qualified to Level 3 Childcare with over 8 years’ experience in Early Years. She has worked with children from birth to five in day nurseries and has experience of Makaton and Sign Language. Erika is leading our use of Early Years Apps on our iPads.

Mrs Pritty Thakkar is qualified to Level 3 Childcare. She has worked with children from birth to five in children’s centres and nurseries for over 16 years. She has provided support to families working in partnership with other agencies and professionals including Surestart, speech therapists and family support workers and has significant experience of children with SEND and language barriers.

Miss Sophie Lee is qualified to Level 3 Childcare. She has three years’ experience of working in day nurseries and has worked with children from birth to five. Sophie loves messy play and being outside with the children in all weathers.

Miss Maxine Wiersin is one of our Early Years Practitioners and is qualified to Level 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development.  She is a deputy DSL and has over 10 years’ experience of working in nurseries, schools and hospitals. She has worked with children from birth to five.

Early Years Assistants

Miss Lacey Brian has a degree in Early Years Childhood Studies and is qualified to Early Years Professional status. She has over 8 years’ experience in Early Years from birth to five in day nurseries and schools.

Miss Paige Sidwell is currently studying for her Level 2 in Childcare. She has previously worked in the leisure industry and legal sector but is passionate about working with children. Paige loves being outside with the children leading treasure hunts and exploring the great outdoors.

Mrs Donna De'Lima is Level 3 qualified. Donna has worked at Montessori day nursery before becoming a childminder, while her youngest daughter was growing up. She has worked with children from birth to five and has over 20 years experience in Early Years. Donna enjoys singing and dancing with the children. 

Miss Sue King is Level 2 qualified and also a Forest School Practitioner. She joins us when extra help is needed at the pre-school and she also works at the Breakfast and After School Club at Thistly Meadow Primary School. Sue has delivered outdoor Forest School sessions for the past 7 years at Bradgate Park. She loves to get the children involved in outdoor learning and understanding the environment and wildlife all around us.

Office Manager

Mrs Michelle Castledine runs our office and ensures that we meet all the necessary safeguarding and health and safety requirements under the Early Years Framework. She worked in the office at Countesthorpe Nursery School, following various roles in commercial administration. Michelle enjoys getting to know the parents at drop off and collection time and ensures a warm welcome to all our visitors.


All staff undertake continuing professional development, which is completed jointly with Greenfield Primary school. This ensures that the staff apply teaching and learning methods that are consistent with the Foundation Stage at 4+ and prepares the children for a smooth transition to primary school.