Our Team

Who we are

Micklands Pre-School is run by a voluntary management committee made up of parents and carers of children at the setting. They work alongside our dedicated team of Pre-School staff.  Our staff are all carefully selected for their friendly and approachable nature, love of children and interactive skills.

We have a robust recruitment and staff induction procedure. This ensures that all staff can comply with the rigorous policies and ethics of the Pre-School and uphold its excellent standards.

Staff undertake continual training to ensure their skills are up to date and to give them fresh ideas to bring to the setting. Regular staff meetings ensure that all members of staff are aware of every child’s needs.

Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Services (DBS) Checks are routinely obtained for all staff, committee and regular volunteers to ensure their suitability to work with children. We ensure statutory training is completed and renewed as necessary including Health & Safety, Food Hygiene, Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Children.

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Meet our staff team!

Staff: Lyndsey Wiesblatt

Lyndsey Wiesblatt  NVQ3 (or equivalent), NVQ5 (Leadership and Management)

Pre-School Supervisor, Transition Co-ordinator, Safeguarding Children Officer, Keyperson

“I started working at Micklands Pre-School in January 2017 and I am ever so happy to have joined such a wonderful team. I have held various positions within childcare, and my career in the field continues to be at the heart of everything I do.

My engagement with the children is driven by how children learn and develop through their own interests. I love to be down at the child’s level, encouraging their learning and letting them lead through their own play.

In my spare time, I enjoy studying psychology, and specifically the growth of the human mind. I spend most weekends with my husband and our dog, Luna, going on walks and taking in nature.”

Staff: Tania Smiter

Tania Smiter (NVQ3 or equivalent)

Deputy Pre-School Supervisor, Deputy Safeguarding Children Officer, Keyperson

Tania joined us in September 2017

“I have enjoyed working in childcare for since 1997 and I gained my DPP qualification in June 2000.   I have also attended many courses over the years.

It gives me such pleasure to see children play, socialise, have fun, learn and achieve. In my spare time, I love to spend it with my family and friends.  I also enjoy exploring places and countries, going on walks, going to the theatre, dinning out and socialising.”

Staff: Laura Burnett

Laura Burnett

Pre-School Administrator

“My long and happy association with Micklands Pre-School started in 2003 when my son joined the setting at the age of two. Not long after that, I was encouraged to become a member of the parent committee. I stayed on the committee for five years, holding the position of Secretary followed by Treasurer.

I became the Pre-School Administrator in January 2008. I continue to enjoy the challenge of keeping on top of the paperwork and finances with lots of little people running around!”

Staff: Kathryn Hopper

Kathryn Hopper  NVQ3 (or equivalent)

SENCO, Keyperson

“I have been working at Micklands Pre-School since 2008. Initially, my son came to the toddler group, then the pre-school and then moved on to Micklands Primary School. I began with voluntary work, lunch clubs and running the toddler group once a week. Over the months, I was able to train on the job and study for my NVQ Level 3 which I obtained in 2011.”

Staff: Jayne Huggins

Jayne Huggins  NVQ3 (or equivalent)

Senior Pre-School Assistant, Keyperson “When my son attended Micklands Pre-School, I often helped out as a parent volunteer and saw with my own eyes what a great environment it was. So when my son left, I continued to help out as a regular volunteer. After a short while, I knew that I wanted to make this my profession and embarked on my NVQ Level 3 qualification in 2009. I am still enjoying every minute!”

Staff: Kiran Ahmed

Kiran Ahmed  NVQ3 (or equivalent)

Senior Pre-School Assistant, Keyperson     Languages Spoken: Urdu, Punjabi “When my daughter left the pre-school and started primary school in 2010, I became a regular volunteer at pre-school. Since then I have achieved both my Level 2 and 3 NVQ in Child Development and become a fully qualified keyperson within the staff team. I also have a degree in fine arts which I enjoy putting to use when planning creative activities for the children.”

Staff: Tracy Haralambous

Tracey Haralambous NVQ3 (or equivalent)

Senior Pre-School Assistant, Keyperson “I started helping at Pre-School when my eldest son attended the setting in 2000. I then ran the toddler group for two years before becoming a lunch time assistant when my second son moved onto primary school. More recently, I have been providing cover when needed during the pre-school sessions. In 2014,  I achieved my NVQ 3 qualification and now enjoy supporting our keyperson teams in observing and planning for the individual children’s needs. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with the family and walking our dog.”

Staff: Stacey Taylor

Stacey Taylor (NVQ3 or equivalent) Currently on maternity leave

Senior Pre-School Assistant, Keyperson Stacey joined us in September 2016. “Although I am new to the team at Micklands Pre-School, I have been working with children since 2011. During that time I worked in Wales with children aged from 2-3.  I also studied at college and university and I am Level 3 Qualified. I love working with children, watching them learn and grow.  No two days are ever the same. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.”

Staff: Carmel Leonard

Carmel Leonard (NVQ3 or equivalent)

Senior Pre-School Assistant, Keyperson

Carmel joined us in March 2017.

“I have been volunteering in childcare since 2012 and then completed my NVQ Level 3 in 2015.

I am really pleased to now be part of such a fantastic team here at Micklands Pre-School.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my children, family and friends.  I also like to organise fundraisers for different charity events.”

Staff: Claire Ross

Claire Ross (NVQ3 or equivalent)  

Senior Pre-School Assistant, Keyperson

Claire joined us in June 2017.

“I have been working in childcare since 2005. gaining my NVQ Levels 2 and 3 through apprenticeships.

I have six wonderful boys who definitely keep me busy! In my spare time I like to read and go jogging.”

Staff: Vicky Bryant

Vicky Bryant (NVQ3 or equivalent)

Senior Pre-School Assistant, Keyperson

Vicky joined us in January 2018

Staff: Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Lunch Club Assistant, Pre-School Assistant (Cover Staff) Susan joined Pre-School in February 2014. “My long association with Micklands Pre-School first started when my daughter attended in 2001. A few years later my son started at pre-school and that is when I got involved on the committee, later taking on the roll as Chairperson. After leaving my role as Chairperson,  I am  now looking forward to working with the wonderful team at Micklands,  getting to know the children and helping out whenever I am needed. I enjoy the going to the gym and spending time with my family and friends.”

Staff: Jane Winterbourne

Jane Winterbourne

Lunch Club Assistant, Pre-School Assistant (Cover Staff)

Jane joined us in February 2017. “I started working at pre-school in February 2017 helping with the lunch club and providing cover when needed. I am really enjoying working with the children and being part of the team at Micklands Pre-School. In my spare time I love baking and going to the theatre.”

Sudine Reid

Lunch Club Assistant, Pre-School Assistant (Cover Staff)

Suidine joined us in January 2018.

” I started volunteering at the pre-school in 2017.  I am currently studying towards my NVQ Level 2 and I chose Micklands Pre-School as my placement.

I enjoy watching children learn and grow, and find that they teach us as much as we teach them.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my own children, family and friends.  I also enjoy swimming and craft activities.”

Staff undertake continual training to ensure their skills are up to date and to give them fresh ideas to bring to the setting. Regular staff meetings ensure that all members of staff are aware of every child’s needs.

Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Services (DBS) Checks are routinely obtained for all staff, committee and regular volunteers to ensure their suitability to work with children. We ensure statutory training is completed and renewed as necessary including Health & Safety, Food Hygiene, Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Children.