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Meet The Team

Kelly Southern

Setting Manager, Designated safeguarding officer 

CACHE Level 3 Diploma (Childcare & Education).  Level 4 (Early Years Practice)

Accredited Leadership & Management

Designated safe-guarding officer.  Behaviour Management officer. 

Kelly attends university for one day a week studying towards her Foundation Degree in Early Years Education and Care. 

Kelly has been manager of the setting for since 2010 and seen the setting through the last two  Outstanding Ofsted inspection's.

Rachel Ivory 

Deputy Setting Manager, Early Years Educator, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

CACHE Level 3 (Pre-school Practice).

First Aid Officer. Health and Safety Officer. Behavior Management.

Rachel is the settings Named Buddy and is always available if your Keyperson is off.

Rachel has been at the setting since 1996 as part of the committee and been a member of staff since 1999.  She has seen every just about every change the pre-school has been through.


Miranda Stratton - On maternity leave until 2021 - Kelly and Rachel will be over seeing the SENCO role in Mirandas absence 

Early Years Educator, SENCO for the setting.

CACHE Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 3.


Miranda joined the team in February 2016. She has many years’ experience in child care and will be a Keyperson in the setting. She also holds qualifications in Health & Safety, First Aid, Food handling, Senco role and Child Protection.

Miranda is also overseeing the SENCO work in the setting and supporting parents/ staff with SEND needs, she has great experience from her previous setting. 

Louise Crossley

Early Years Educator

CACHE Level 3 (Pre-school Practice)

Louise has been in the setting since 2007. She has excellent knoweldge of the

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and how to impliment this at the setting, Louise is one of our lead practitioners. 

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Claire Insell  

Early Years Educator

Training towards a CACHE Level 3 Diploma (Early Years)

Claire started with us in February 2019, Claire was previously a member of the committee who expressed an interest in training and becoming an early years practitioner. Claire is currently undertaking her training and will be completed in February 2021. Claire has had training in safeguarding, food hygiene and first aid as part of her induction process. 

Sally Smith 

Early Years Educator 

CACHE level 3 Diploma (Children and young people's workforce).


Sally joined our team in January 2015 to take on a keyperson role within the setting. She has had previous experience in other settings.  

Kyra Hunter 

Early Years Educator

CACHE Level 3 (Early Years) (NCFE)


Kyra started with us as a mother before joining the committee. She became a student at the setting and her enthusiasm and eagerness led to her being employed with us. She has taken on the role as a key person and has since qualified to Level 3 status. 


Nicki Randall

Early Years Assistant

BTEC National Diploma Nursery Nursing Level 3


Nicki was a member of the committee whilst her children were at the setting. She has been excited to take up the role of a "bank" member of staff who can be called upon when the setting is busy or to cover shortages.  Nicki has a BTEC Level 3 in childcare education and has been a nanny to several children.

NB : All staff are fully DBS checked and have regular safeguarding and child protection training.
Meet The Team