Meet our wonderful staff

Alongside Colin we have a dedicated and caring team who are all appropriately qualified to provide childcare.  All staff members have enhanced DBS certificates, are trained in safeguarding and qualified paediatric first aiders.

 

Smarden Pre School Practitioners

Katie

Manager

I have been the manager here at Smarden Pre School since September 2013.

I qualified in childcare in 2002 and gained a management qualification in 2015. I am also the lead safeguarding officer and SEND co-ordinator for the setting.

In my free time I enjoy sewing and making clothes for my daughter, Rosie. I also like to swim. I have two cats, Beauty and Ruby and two guinea pigs, Truffles and Norman.

Smarden Pre School Practitioners

Abi

Deputy Manager

I started at Smarden Pre School in May 2007, stepping into the role of Deputy Manager in 2014. I qualified to a Level 5 in childcare in 2013.  Along with Katie, I am a safeguarding officer and qualified SEND practitioner for the setting.

I have two daughters, Lauren and Chloe. In my free time I enjoy walking our dog, Luna and family holidays to Cornwall and Wales.

Smarden Pre School Practitioners

Marie

Senior Practitioner

I have been at Smarden Pre School since September 2002. I achieved my Level 3 qualification in childcare in 2009.

I have five children and three cats! My favourite things to do include, socialising with my friends, reading and shopping – I love anything that sparkles!

I achieved my Level 3 qualification in childcare in 2009.

Smarden Pre School Practitioners

Emma

Practitioner

I joined Smarden Pre School in June 2015. I completed my Level 2 in childcare in 2017 and look forward to completing my Level 3 in 2019.

I have one daughter, a dog and some fish. I love to bake and decorate cakes; other hobbies include photography and bell ringing.

Smarden Pre School Practitioners

Sofie

Practitioner

I joined Smarden Pre School in February 2019.

I am currently studying for my Early Years Educator level 3 qualification and hope to be finished by early 2020. 

I have two daughters aged 8 & 10, one dog, lots of fish, four chickens and can usually be found in the local stables where my daughters part loan two ponies.  Spending time with my family is my love  but if I get any spare time I really enjoy photography, gardening and reading.

Smarden Pre School Practitioners

Elke

Practitioner

I joined Smarden Pre School in February 2019 and have a Level 3 qualification in childcare and a background in midwifery.

I have four children, a boy and three girls ranging in age from teenagers to primary school age and I used to be a preschool parent myself.  I also have a dog called Archie who I enjoy walking and fit with. 

Smarden Pre School Practitioners

Carol

Volunteer

I have volunteered here at Smarden Pre School since 2006 and enjoy spending Friday mornings with the children.  I have lived in Smarden for thirty years, so I may well remember some parents from their preschool days!

I have three children of my own, one of whom lives in Sydney and so I enjoy visiting Australia as often as I can. I have four lovely grandchildren. In my spare time, I enjoy pilates and singing.

Smarden Pre School, Kent

Lin

Volunteer

I originally joined Smarden Pre School in 2001, I worked here for about 10 years, then left to look after my elderly parents. I now enjoy spending Tuesday mornings with the children as a volunteer. 

I have three children of my own and three lovely grandchildren, I also have two dogs and a cat. I have lived in Smarden for over 20 years and in my spare time I enjoy my garden and spending time with family and friends.