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Meet the Team

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Charmaine Cayton

Practice Manager

Hi, I’m Charmaine and I am the new Practice Manager.

For the past 25 years I have worked in Early Years and I passionately believe they are the most fundamentally important years of a child’s life, setting the foundations for lifelong learning and behaviour. 


I first started out as an apprentice in a nursery which is when I realised a career in childcare was definitely for me! I then moved on to work for Northampton College where I ran

a holiday club for children aged 4-11 and was the Deputy Manager of the onsite nursery for eight years.

When I had my first child I decided to become

a childminder so I could offer her the same experience I had offered so many children previously. I childminded for 13 years where I was awarded outstanding twice by Ofsted. During this time I completed my BA Hons degree in Early Childhood Studies and Education and also had my son.

Once I completed my studies I became a mentor at the University of Northampton for students undertaking the Early Years Professional Status. I love to learn and I am always seeking out new ways to increase my knowledge.

I have recently completed a short course in

play therapy to support children who have suffered trauma and need additional support.


I thoroughly enjoy working with children and watching them grow into happy confident children who are well prepared for their next stage in life.

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Kim Vernon

Deputy Practice Manager

Designated Safeguarding Lead

My name is Kim and I am the Deputy Practice Manager at Hanslope Pre-school.


I am a very passionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic person, who is very much about developing children.


I have 17 years of experience in childcare. Along with my extensive experience, I am a highly qualified Practitioner holding an

NVQ level 4 in childcare.

I have also spent a lot of time working with children with SENCO needs.      

I love to involve and engage children in my unique small world and creative activities. 


I have taken on a new allotment project to benefit the children at Hanslope Pre-school, I will be including the older children in visiting the allotment on a regular basis, ​ this will develop most areas, especially about growth, the world around them, and healthy eating.

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Colette Wright

Senior Early Years Practitioner

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Hello, I’m Colette. 

I hold an NVQ level 3 in childcare and have been working in childcare for 16 years,

teaching and helping children grow is my passion. 

I have two children myself and am a very caring and understanding person.

In my free time, I like to go for walks, have family time and watch football. 


Charlotte Clay

Early Years Practitioner

My name is Charlotte

I have over 20 years of childcare experience, mainly working in the private sector, where I worked as a Deputy Manager and Early Years Practitioner, alongside the Behaviour Representative and SENCO, with children between the ages of 0-5 years. 


I have 3 children, all of whom attended Hanslope Pre-school and thoroughly enjoyed their time. When my middle son attended I became a member of the committee as the Chairperson. I worked very closely with the Pre-school to develop and enhance the provision and implement positive change in line with the policies, procedures, and curriculum.


Now my youngest has started school, I felt the time was right to go back to working in Early Years Education, a career I am passionate about.

I hope to bring fun and enjoyment to Hanslope Pre-school and work with the staff team to ensure the children have a variety of rich and stimulating activities alongside the children's interests, learning, and development.


Lindsay Tucker

Early Years Practitioner

Hi, my name is Lindsay and I have been working in childcare for the past 8 years, working as a childminders assistant and helping run crèches. This will be my 3rd year at Hanslope Pre-school.

I am currently working towards my Level 3 NVQ Qualification.

I thoroughly enjoy my job and love seeing the children develop into confident, independent individuals.

I enjoy arts and crafts, messy play, baking, reading books and outdoor fun. 

I live in Hanslope and have 3 children aged 10, 8 and the newest addition will be 1 in December. 

I look forward to starting the new term, seeing lots of new and familiar faces again. 


Tracy Fields

Early Years Practitioner

Hello my name is Tracy


I have worked in the Early Years for 22 years.

I love helping children develop into confident, happy, independent young people.

I enjoy exploring outside at Forest school,

music, dance, books and messy play.

I spend a lot of time in my wellies over fields and down the allotments.

I am a keen campanologist and you may hear

me ringing at Hanslope church.


I am really looking forward to being part of the team at Hanslope Pre-school and meeting all

of the children. 


Gemma McLellan

Early Years Practitioner


Hi, I’m Gemma

I live in Hanslope and have two children myself aged 4 and 3. One has just left Pre-school and another is just starting the new term.

I am always coming up with new creative arts, crafts, and exciting things for them to learn at home and help their imagination and creative skills grow.

I am looking forward to bringing my creativity to the team for planning fun activities for your little ones to enjoy, I will encourage the children to join in and learn lots of new experiences.

I am excited to meet and get to know all of the children, helping them to learn and develop through their time at Hanslope Pre-school.

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Pamela Hill

Early Years Practitioner


Hello, I’m Pammy.

I live in Castlethorpe, and I have 3 children aged 20, 16 and 5. My 5 year old currently attends Hanslope Primary School, previously he attended Hanslope Pre-school.

As a mummy I have always encouraged my children’s interests in learning and I’ve

helped them develop, learn and grow in

every way I can. I do a lot with my

5-year-old son and have done so since he

was a baby. We read lots of books, write,

learn new vocabulary, maths and creative play. He is excelling at school and I know that I have been a positive impact especially

during his early years to help support him

be a confident learner.

I am really looking forward to helping your children develop, grow and explore, as well

as helping them to become independent ready for when they start school. I know

that we will have lots of fun during their

time at Pre-school and make lots of wonderful memories for them. 

I am so happy to be working at Hanslope

Pre-school and getting to know all your

lovely children. 


Nicola Bailey

Early Years Practitioner


Hi I'm Nicola

I have lived in Hanslope for over 16 years.

I have two children 6 and 4.

I have been a stay at home mum for just

over 6 years and enjoyed watching my

children grow.

I was once a member of the Pre-school's Committee and helped out as a relief worker

at the Pre-school. I really enjoyed helping

with the children so decided to join the team.

I childmind two other children twice a week and am a qualified seamstress.

I am very creative and enjoy doing lots of different activities with the children.


Chelsea Moore

Early Years Practitioner


My name is Chelsea, 

I have a daughter who is 4 years old and is in reception at school.

We enjoy going on long walks, bike rides and

we spend lots of time playing games and learning lots of new things. 

I worked in a school as a midday supervisor for nearly 2 years and I absolutely loved it. The children were amazing and we always enjoyed fun activities at lunchtime.

I enjoy all activities indoors and outdoors, so I am very excited to get all the children involved and see them learning and having fun. I am looking forward to getting to know everybody and cannot wait to meet all the children and their parents.


Sophia Sikora

Support Staff

My name is Sophia.

 I have worked in Education since 2005 when 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. After a wonderful first year as the Practice Manager, I am excited to see where the second year takes us as we follow the children's interests, develop our setting further and let their learning evolve.

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Kayleigh Neal

Relief Staff

I'm Kayleigh

I have a level 3 NVQ in Childcare and have been working with Under 5's for 9 years now. I enjoy watching the children overcome challenges and learn to problem solve independently. Their faces when they achieve something new makes our job so special.


I moved to Hanslope a year ago and I am looking forward to meeting families from the community, especially as we are expecting our own baby in September! 


I am trained in Speech and Language as well as largely focusing on SEN support during my last few years in Childcare. My passion is to provide an environment that is inclusive for all children and to provide a safe setting where we celebrate every achievement - individual to each child. 


Carole Scott


Hello, I'm Carole, the Administrator for Hanslope Pre-school.

I have worked for the Pre-school for ten years as their administrator.

I previously worked at the Pre-school as an emergency helper.

I also work at St Pauls Catholic School as an Exam Invigilator.

I enjoy both of my roles

and love being involved with children's education.

I have lived in Hanslope with my husband

for 18 years. We have two children, 17 and 16 years old, who attended Hanslope

Pre-school many years ago!

Both my children are now nearing the end

of their schooling years and heading

towards wonderful new adventures.

You might not see me much in the

Pre-school setting but you'll hear from

me via emails and by post.

Carole  : )

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Samantha Brooker

Early Years Practitioner

Hi, my name is Sam and I am a level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioner with 17 years childcare experience.

I have worked in a range of settings with children aged 0-10 years including a nursery, creche and a childminding provision. 

Working with children has always been my passion, helping children to learn and develop in a friendly and happy environment.


I live in Milton Keynes and have two children, who keep me very busy!

I am very excited to continue my time with Hanslope Preschool as an emergency relief worker. 

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