Meet the team

Emma Brown

Manager, Keyworker, Safeguarding lead

Emma has worked in childcare for more than 25 years, working for 13 years in a private nursery and 5 years as a registered childminder. Emma has been with Thorngumbald Preschool since 2014.

Emma’s qualifications include NVQ Level 3 Childcare and Education, NVQ Level 3 Playwork, Assessors D32/33, Level 3 Certificate in First Line Management, Paediatric First Aid, Basic Food Hygiene and Role of Senco.

Rebecca Coombs

Deputy Manager, SENCo, Safeguarding Lead and Keyworker

Beki has worked with children for more than 15 years in preschool and school settings. She has a passion for children with additional needs. Beki has been with Thorngumbald Preschool since 2005.

Beki’s qualifications include NVQ Level 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Education, Level 5 Higher Advanced Special Educational Needs, Paediatric First Aid, Role of the SENCo and Safeguarding Lead.

Rebecca Garton

Keyworker, Deputy SENCo and Health and Safety

Rebecca has worked in childcare for more than 10 years. She has worked in a variety of childcare settings. Having completed her training at Thorngumbald Preschool, Rebecca went on to work in other private nurseries across the city before returning to us in 2008.

Rebecca’s qualifications include NVQ Level 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Education, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Basic Food Hygiene, Paediatric First Aid.

Carrie-Ann Bateman

Keyworker

Carrie-Ann is a qualified teach with a variety of experience inside and outside of the classroom. She joined the Thorngumbald Preschool family in 2018.

Carrie-Ann’s qualifications include Primary PGCE, Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid.

Karen Bonnar

General Assistant

Karen has been a member of staff at the preschool for more than 15 years.

Karen’s qualifications include CACHE Level 2 Children’s Care, Learning and Education, Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid and Speech/Language 1,2 & 3.

Denise Hardy

Cover Staff

Denise has worked at Thorngumbald Preschool for more than 30 years and was, until her (semi) retirement, manager for many years. She loves the preschool so much she just can’t stay away!

Denise’s qualifications include NVQ Level 4 Childcare and Education, Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid.

Hayley Stammers

Cover Staff

Hayley has worked in childcare for more than 20 years having worked in nurseries, out of school clubs and as a childminder.

Janet Barron

Administration Officer

Janet has worked at Thorngumbald Preschool for more than 30 years. What she doesn’t know about the preschool isn’t worth knowing!

Lesley Collins

Domestic Assistant

Having one of the most important roles in the preschool, Lesley keeps all of the children and staff fed and watered!

Paula Marshall

Wages Clerk