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


Melissa Smith

"I worked in a nursery before having my own children who have now moved on to secondary school, I often help out at Poverest Primary school events when my children but really wanted to get back into early years. I very quickly became an assistant deputy and supported the deputy and leader. In September 2021 I became the leader at the Petts Wood site"

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

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 3

Additional Roles: SENCo, First Aider, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Shared Behaviour Management Officer


Sam Jones

"My daughter attended Tiddlywinks and as I had experience of being a room leader in a day nursery & a childminder, I was happy to help out during COVID19 and afterwards snapped up the chance to join the team. In September 21 I became the deputy leader at the Petts Wood site."

Current Position: Deputy Leader & Key Person to Sam's Swans (Working at Tiddlywinks since December 2020)

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 3

Additional Roles: Health & Safety, Supporting SENCo, Designated Safeguarding Lead, 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 change my career to Early Yea"

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

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) & First Aider

Highest Level of Qualification: 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


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: Assistant deputy, First Aider & Key Person to Hannah's Hedgehogs (since March 2016)

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 3


Kelly Holmes

"I have experience of leading a setting however I now want to get back to interacting with the children".

Current Position: Practitioner & Key Person to Kelly's Kingfishers (Since 2021) 

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) & First Aider

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 3


Terri Parker

"After many years of working for diffferent preschools and day nurseries I chose to join the Tiddlywinks team"

Current Position: Practitioner (Since Feb 2019) & Key Person to Terri's Tigers (September 19) & First Aider

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 2


Taline Lyphout

"After my son had left Tiddlywinks and I wanted to progress from the lunch cover at a local nursery I joined the team that prepared my son for school so well"

Current Position: Practitioner & Key Person to Taline's Toucans (since 2019) & First Aider

Highest Level of Qualification: Level 2





Supply Staff


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)