Meet The Staff
ABBY STOCKWELL - MANAGER & DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD (DSL)
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 one boy and one girl.
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, SENCO & DEPUTY DSL
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.
GHADA ELMAGHRABY - THIRD IN CHARGE, DEPUTY DSL, HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER AND LICENSED THRIVE 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.
KACI O'NEILL- LEVEL 3 QUALIFIED EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER
BERRIN HAWKINS- SEN SUPPORT WORKER
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.
KATE NICHOLS - LEVEL 3 QUALIFIED 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.