Practitioners


Tiddlywinks Pre-School

Practitioners

We have a high staff to child ratio with the aim of averaging a ratio of 1:4 for children under three years old and 1:6 for children over three years of age. Staff attend training courses to continue their professional development where possible. Most of the staff are based in one setting or the other however they do sometimes cover the sistering site to help cover ratios.


All members of staff are DBS checked.


Petts Wood


Claire Clifton

"I have spent since 2010 being a deputy for my previous employer before moving to Tiddlywinks when the new Poverest site opened in 2015. In 2018 I was promoted to the leader of the Holy Trinity site".

Current Position: Leader (since 2018), Inclusion Manager (since 2015) and Key Person to Claire's Chameleons

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 5

Additional Roles: First Aider, Supporting Child Protection and Shared Behaviour Management Officer


Louise Griffin

"I have specialised in supporting children with additional needs for quite a while however I missed working with preschoolers"

Current Position: Deputy (since 2020) & Key Person to Louse's Leopards

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 3

Additional Roles: Health & Safety, Supporting Child Protection, Shared Behaviour Management Officer & First Aider


Cheryl Hall

"After many years of working as a hair dresser I wanted to follow my passion and knowledge of additional needs children and decided to work with children"

Current Position: Practitioner & Key Person to Cheryl's Sharks (since 2017)

Highest Level of Qualificaton: Level 3


Sally Shelton

"Both by boys attended Tiddlywinks and once they went to school, I joined the team in October 2014"

Current Position: Practitioner & Key Person to Sally's Starfishes (since January 2015)

Highest Level of Qualification: Working towards Level 3

Poverest


Vicki Parker-Jones

"I have worked at Tiddlywinks Pre-School since September 2003. I became a joint owner in 2012 and as of September 2013 I became sole owner of Tiddlywinks Pre-School @ Petts Wood as well as Manager/Owner of Tiddlywinks @ Holy Trinity. Since September 2015 I returned to my own Primary School to open up Tiddlywinks @ Poverest"

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 4

Additional Roles: First Aider, Child Protection and Shared Behaviour Management Officer


Kara Ashley-Walters

"I have been attending Tiddlywinks Pre-School since 2002 with all four of my children. After supplying for some time in September 2011 I finally joint the Petts Wood team. After being the deputy at Petts Wood for 5 years I needed a new new challenge and moved over to the Poverest site to support the future plans"

Current Position: Deputy (since 2013 PW & 2018 POV), Inclusion Manager (since 2013) & Key Person to Kara's Koalas

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 3

Additional Roles: Health & Safety, Supporting Child Protection, Shared Behaviour Management Officer & First Aider


Melissa Smith

"I worked in a preschool before having my on children who now attend Poverest school, I often help out at the school events but really wanted to get back into preschool"

Current Position: Practitioner & Key Person to Melissa's Macaws (since September 2015)

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 2 working towards Level 3


Hannah Charsley

"After having my own children I realised how much I  wanted to work with children. I completed two Early Years qualifications and started to work in a full day nursery. I moved to Tiddlywinks to enable me to spend the holidays with my own children"

Current Position: Practitioner, First Aider & Key Person to Hannah's Hedgehogs (since March 2016)

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 3


Lisa Sullivan

"Both my boys attended Tiddlywinks Pre-School and now that they are both at school, I am pleased to be joining the team (April 2015)".

Current Position: Practitioner & Key Person to Lisa's Lemars (Since 2015)

Highest Level of Qualification: Working Towards Level 3


Jen Mullin

"I was previously a preschool, school readiness tutor before joining the Tiddlywinks team in October 2019"

Current Position: Practitioner & Key Person to Jen's Jaguars (since 2020)

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 3





Supply Staff


Shannon Lewars

"My youngest son attended Tiddlywinks Petts Wood and I wanted to work with children and so Tiddlywinks worked perfectly"

Current Position: Practitioner (since November 2018)


Chloe Bailey

"I am a performer at heart who love to dance. I prevously taught young children to dance and from then knew I wanted to work more closely with them so I joint the Tiddlywinks team"

Current Position: Practitioner (since January 2020)

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