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Meet the team

We are proud of the high standard of care and experience we provide.

Each child has a key person who helps them settle in and form attachments, who monitors their progress throughout their time at the Pre-School and makes sure parents feel involved in their child’s development.

Newdigate Pre-school Staff

Joanne Johnson – Manager, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Jo has been working in Early Years Childcare since 2012. She has previously worked as a self-employed Childminder and a Pre-School Room Manager in a Nursery. She is passionate about helping children to reach their full potential and preparing them for their transition to school. Jo takes pride in developing activities and strategies which help children to learn and develop. She particularly likes to educate children on their physical health and emotional well-being.
• BA (Hons) Degree in Childhood Education Studies
• Paediatric First Aid (including Epi-pen)
• Level 2 Food Hygiene

Tammi Stanford – Deputy Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Tammi has been working with children since 2013 and began working at Newdigate Infants School in 2015 as a Teaching Assistant in Reception class. She enjoys teaching the children phonics and using the interactive whiteboard to enhance learning. One of her strengths is leading circle-time activities and her favourite thing to do with the children is to read stories.
• CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator (Grade A)
• Paediatric First Aid (including Epi-pen)

Nicky Clark – Early Years Practitioner

Nicky has been working at Newdigate Pre-School since 2012. She enjoys undertaking creative activities with the children, especially helping them to use their imagination to create something individual to them and to independently problem solve. Nicky loves to bring attention to the natural world and loves sharing activities outdoors, such as mini-beast hunts, planting and making bird feeders.
• City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce – Early Learning and Childcare Pathway
• Paediatric First Aid (including Epi-pen)

Angela Walsh – Early Years Practitioner

Angela has worked at Newdigate Pre-School since 1993. She has 3 grown-up children of her own and joined the Pre-School after originally being a parent helper. Angela enjoys getting to know the children’s individual characters and especially likes to read stories to them, introducing them to gardening and teaching them essential maths skills.
• CACHE Level 2 in Children’s Care, Learning & Development
• Paediatric First Aid (including Epi-pen)
• Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene

Sophie Miles – Early Years Practitioner

Sophie has been working with children since 2016 and previously worked as a Childminding Assistant. She then studied to qualify as a Childminder herself. Sophie particularly enjoys scaffolding the Children’s learning during imaginative play and roleplay activities.
• CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to work in Home-based Childcare
• Paediatric First Aid

Becci Chapman – Practitioner (Cover Staff)

Becci began working in Pre-School during her work experience for her Degree in Early Years. She then went on to complete her PGCE and now has QTS. Becci has taught all ages from Pre-School to Year 2 and currently works part-time at Newdigate Infants School. Becci loves teaching and is excited to come in and help at Pre-School whenever we need an extra pair of hands.
• BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education, PGCE QTS