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 Paula Whatsize is a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. She is qualified to Level 3 Childcare. She looks after our children with special educational needs and disabilities working in conjunction with the pre-school team and the SENCo at Greenfield Primary School, Mrs Sharron Watkins. She has a significant amount of experience supporting children with special educational needs from previous roles in childcare.
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 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.
Miss Lauren Harrison completed her PGCE in Early Years in 2018. She has experience of working in a day nursery and local primary schools in both Foundation Stage and Year one, looking after children from 10 months to five years. Lauren has particular experience of supporting and developing children’s language and communication skills.
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.
Early Years Assistants
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 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 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 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.
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.