Meet the Team

Sophia Sikora

Practice Manager

My name is Sophia and I am the Practice Manager at Hanslope Pre-school. I have worked in Education since 2005 where I started my career as a Year 2 class teacher in a local Primary school. After a few years there I decided to make a huge change and I moved a few thousand miles away to the Middle East. This is where my love for Early Years grew. I was fortunate to progress in my career and I became Assistant Head of Early Years and Key stage 1. During this time, I successfully led a large team of amazing teachers and teaching assistants in an international British Curriculum school. 

After a slight career break to have my beautiful babies and a few part-time posts I joined Hanslope Pre-school Committee as the Committee Secretary. I absolutely love working at Hanslope Pre-school, we have a wonderful team of talented staff, fantastic children who are keen to learn through play and a super setting to explore. I am excited to see where the year takes us as we follow the children's interests and let their learning evolve.

Naomi Ponting

Deputy Practice Manager

I'm Naomi and I am a level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioner.

I have been working with children for over ten years in Oman, the UAE and England. I have also worked as an English tutor and an English as a Second Language teacher.

I live in Hanslope and have worked at Hanslope Pre-school for 3 years.

I have a gorgeous little boy who attends Hanslope school and who knows how to keep me on my toes.

I also teach yoga and love doing yoga with the little ones in Pre-school.

Kirby Walford

Senior Early Years Practitioner

Hello everyone, I'm Kirby!

I'm really looking forward to meeting all of you and making lots of new, fun memories.

I hope you’re very excited to make new friends and ready to have lots of fun!

I'll see you all very soon, take care everyone.

Lorraine Minns

Early Years Practitioner

Hi there, I’m Lorraine and I’m super excited about meeting you all.  

We’ve a lovely large space at Hanslope and I’m looking forward to exploring all the fabulous activities we will have out for you all to enjoy and explore. I’ve lived in Milton Keynes almost 40 years with lots of travel in between. I’m married to Nick  and have two children, Ryan 11 and Jude 6.  I  enjoy the outdoors and the seaside. My favourite colour is green, and my favourite ice cream is chocolate! I love music and yoga too.

I can’t wait to hear all about what you like and enjoy. 

See you all very soon.

Lindsay Tucker

Early Years Practitioner

My name is Lindsay, and I will be your new familiar face when you start Pre-school.

I am really looking forward to meeting you all and making lots of fun memories.

I love arts & crafts, messy play, reading books and enjoy outdoor fun, I hope you do too? 

I live in Hanslope and I have two boys aged 6 and 8.


I am very excited to be meeting you all soon.

Lauren Scott-Turner

Early Years Practitioner

My name is Lauren, and I am new to Hanslope Pre-School just like most of you.

As well as working at Hanslope Pre-school, I play and teach the flute. I love singing and all things musical. I hope to share this with you and hear your lovely voices when we sing songs together.

I love reading and being outdoors as well as exploring all things creative!

I am so excited to get to know all of you.

Heidi D'ippolito

Early Years Practitioner

My name is Heidi, and I am going to be one of the new Practitioners at Hanslope Pre-school.

I look forward to meeting all of you and doing lots of fun activities together. I love arts & crafts, messy play, exploring the outdoors, visiting new places & building dens.

I live in Olney and have two children of my own, a little girl aged 1 and a little boy who is 3.

I hope you've had the best time at home with your families and I look forward to meeting you all at Pre-school!

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