Meet The Staff

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ABBY STOCKWELL - MANAGER

I  have worked with children and young people for over 10 years in a variety of different settings including children's centers, day nurseries, schools and youth centers and I joined Epsom Playhouse Preschool in 2018.

I have a level 3 diploma in The Children and Young People’s Workforce and have lots of experience working with children and their families. I am the Pre-school's Designated Safeguarding Lead and I am also a Mum myself to a little boy.
 

I am very passionate about providing a setting where children from the local community can thrive. We pride ourselves on being inclusive, caring and nurturing and giving our children a place where they can learn and develop whilst having fun. Becoming manager of this Pre-school has been a dream job for me, I live in the local area and my son also attended this Pre-school when he was younger.

MICHELE O'SULLIVAN - DEPUTY MANAGER

I have been working in childcare for over 20 years and joined the Pre-school in 2009.  I have achieved a Grade A pass in the Level 3 Cache Pre-School Diploma, have completed a NVQ level 2 Teaching Assistant qualification and also achieved the Pre-School Learning Alliance, ‘Learning Through Play’ Certificate.

I am the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) for our setting and work with any of our children who may require some extra support.   I also work on an ad hoc basis for the Crossroads Saturday Club, giving respite to parents whose children have additional needs.  In addition, I am also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for the preschool. 

I have two children myself and I love my job so much, it means everything to me.  It is very special to help the children on their first schooling journey. Guiding them when they start, watching them grow and seeing them ready to leave for school with lots of new skills, is so rewarding.

GEMMA BALL- CURRICULUM LEAD THIRD IN CHARGE

I have worked with children for over 15 years in various settings include day nurseries as well as being a nanny and a childminder. I also have a Level 3 Childcare Educator Qualification. I really enjoy completing different courses to keep up to date with the latest guidance as well as learning how to make learning fun. I am also one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads at the Preschool.

I joined Epsom Playhouse Pre-school in February 2020 as curriculum lead- third in charge. I love planning exciting and challenging activities for the children to explore, to enable them to progress with their learning journey. I particularly enjoy messy play activities as this encourages the children to use all of their senses to explore the world around them.

I am a mum to four children myself and we like to go on family walks to the park and woods with our dog. We have a very busy family life and like to meet up with our other family members for days out.

GHADA ELMAGHRABY - LEVEL 3 QUALIFIED EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER

I have been working in childcare for over ten years and joined the Pre-School in September 2013.  I have an Extended Level 3 diploma for the Children and Young People's workforce.  

I’m a mum to three lovely children of my own, a boy and two girls.  I’m fascinated by children and get a lot of joy from being around them.  I’m a creative person and I always have a few projects and ideas on the go. 

 

My favourite thing about working at the Epsom Playhouse Preschool is coming up with creative ways to work with the children and see them express themselves. 

 

SARAH HUMPHRIES- EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER

I joined the Pre-School in 2017 having previously worked in the charity sector supporting children and adults with disabilities. I have recently achieved a Cache level 2 diploma and I am currently studying towards a level 3 qualification in Early Years Education.

I am a mum to three sons. I grew up in Epsom myself, and I am passionate about early years education and making a difference to the children of the local community.

My favourite thing about the preschool is getting to know each child, watching them them smile, grow and develop ready for their next journey at school.

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KATE POWSEY- EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER AND SEN SUPPORT WORKER

I have worked in a variety of childcare and education settings including primary schools, nurseries and at home as a childminder. I have a qualification in Social Sciences which is part of a degree in Child Psychology and I also have Level 2 qualifications in Counselling skills and Children and young people's mental health. I am also currently studying for my Level 3 diploma in Early Years Education,

I have three children of my own and have always lived in Epsom. I have always been interested in early years education and I am particularly interested in what drives each individual child to learn and thrive.  I joined the Preschool in 2020 and I am so glad I did because I really enjoy watching the children progress and become inquisitive as they learn to navigate through the world.

SARAH SEDGWICK - SUPPLY PRACTITIONER

I have been working in childcare for over 10 years and joined the Pre-School in 2011 as a Supply Practitioner.  I love working at the Pre-school and provide regular cover when needed. 

 

I also have two teenage daughters myself.

My favourite thing about working at the preschool is being part of a setting where the children are very happy and we get to see them thrive.  

ROSIE MURCHISON - SUPPLY PRACTITIONER

I have been working with children since 2016, I have worked as a nanny and also in day nurseries. In 2019 I decided to focus on SEN roles, working as a 1:1 support worker in a primary school. I also worked as an after school nanny for a family with 2 children, one of which has additional needs.

I began working as an SEN support worker for Epsom Playhouse Pre-school in February 2020 as I wanted to gain some more experience within the EYFS and learn more about developmental differences from the early stages of life. I believe it will help my understanding and better equip me to adapt my teaching methods for children with additional needs, helping them to learn as they grow.

 

I now work at the preschool as a supply practitioner when needed.

KATE NICHOLS - SUPPLY PRACTITIONER

I started working in Early Years over 15 years ago after having my own children, having previously worked in IT. I gained my Level 3 Diploma in The Children and Young People’s Workforce and recently achieved a Level 2 qualification in Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

 

My favourite thing about the preschool is that it has such a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere with the staff all working together to nurture the potential of every child. I like the way we incorporate opportunities for Maths and Science in all areas of our activities.