Our staff

Early Years teacher

Hannah Toplis is our Early Years teacher and has experience of teaching in both the primary and nursery sector and leads our provision and our team of key workers. Together, they work closely with parents to meet the individual needs of the children to ensure they can enjoy all the opportunities available to them at pre-school and start at primary school confident and ‘school ready’.

Early Years Practitioners 

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.

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.

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.

Wendy Holyoake is qualified to Level 3 Childcare and has over 17 years’ experience in Early Years education. She has worked in both pre-school and nursery settings with children from birth to five, with roles as a SENCO and early language lead.

Maxine Wiersin 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

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.

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. 

Sophie Cairns is Level 3 qualified and has over 10 years’ experience working with children in home based care and delivering creative workshops. She has worked with children from six months to 10 years old and particularly enjoys the early years age group.

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 also works 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.

Paige Sidwell is currently studying for her Level 2 in Childcare. Paige loves being outside with the children leading treasure hunts and exploring the great outdoors.

Office Manager

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.

Admin Assistant

Rachael Coulson has over twenty years' experience in administration, primarily in the travel industry. She supports Michelle in the office and also works in the school office at Greenfield. Rachael loves multi-tasking and enjoys the variety of her face to face role with parents, children and visitors to both schools.

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.