Early Years teacher
Mrs Sue Clarke is our Lead teacher. She has over 35 years experience teaching in Early Years and lead our provision. Sue is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
Early Years Practitioners
Mrs Sharon Wignall is qualified to Level 4 Childcare and also 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.
Mrs Di Swarbrick is qualified to Level 3 Childcare and worked at Countesthorpe Nursery School for 19 years before it’s relocation. She has worked with children from birth to five and has over 30 years’ experience in Early Years. Di enjoys music, dance and movement with the children.
Mrs Melissa Marlow is a Deputy DSL and is qualified to Level 4. She is currently studying for a degree in Early Years Studies and has worked with children from birth to five. She has over 4 years’ experience in Early Years. Melissa has a focus on our Speech and Language support.
Mrs Paula Whatsize
Paula is one of our Early Years Practitioners and a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. She is qualified to Level 3 Childcare. She leads our provision at breakfast and after school time and has over 16 years’ experience in Early Years. She has a significant amount of experience supporting children with special educational needs. Paula particularly enjoys being outdoors and gardening with the children.
Early Years Assistants
Miss Clair Lawlor is one of our Early Years Assistants and 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 one of our Early Years Assistants. She is qualified to Level 2 Childcare and she has over 6 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 Georgina Brown has a Foundation degree in Early Years and is currently studying for a BA in Early Years. She has seven years’ experience of working in day nurseries and has been a Deputy Manager. She has worked with children from birth to five. Georgina loves messy play with the children and being outside.
Mrs Deborah Cassell supports our children at lunchtime and when extra help is needed at other times. She also works at the Breakfast and After School Club at Greenfield Primary School having previously worked for the school a few years ago. As Debbie works across the two sites she will often get to know the siblings of the pre-school children at Greenfield.
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.
Mrs Katie Chitham joins us when extra help is needed in between working at the Breakfast and After School Club at Greenfield Primary School. Katie has previously worked at Greenfield as a Learning Support Assistant with individual pupils.
Miss Georgina Whatsize has a PGCE in Education and has trained as an Early Years Teacher. She joins us when extra help is needed at the pre-school. She has over 8 years’ experience in Early Years including working and training in a Special Needs Nursery. She also works in the Foundation Stage at Greenfield.
Mrs Michelle Castledine
Michelle 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.
Mrs Alicia Brooks has over fifteen years' experience in school administration and supports Michelle in the office. She has worked for a charity volunteer service and the Leicester Mercury before working in schools.
Mr Jim Clarke looks after our building and keeps it safe, tidy and clean. Jim worked at Countesthorpe Nursery school for 6 years before its relocation here. The children love to chat to Jim when they see him in the pre-school and they even have a special song about him.
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.