Our Staff


Jenny -  Early years practitioner and Pre-school manager, Designated Safeguarding Officer  


         Qualifications – Bsc (Hons), Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) [Level 6]

                                - Paediatric first aid trained

Biography - I've lived in Mortimer since 2001 and have been involved with the preschool since 2006, first as a parent and committee member, then as a part time staff member. My background is in Maths, IT and science so I'm always ready for some investigating and experimenting at preschool.  I love learning and get my inspiration from the fascination and enthusiasm the children show for learning new things and building their knowledge and experience.



                   Favourite book - This changes all the time! Current favourite children's book - 'Lost and found' by Oliver Jeffers,                         favourite grown -up book - 'Neverwhere' by Neil Gaiman.

                   Favourite food: Curry

                  Hobbies: Crafting, being outside and exploring, baking, reading.

                 When growing up I wanted to be: An Astronaut or a scientist.

Sarah H - Early years practitioner

     Qualifications - NVQ level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning

        - Emotional Literacy support assistant

        - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

        - Paediatric first aid trained

               Biography - I live in Mortimer and went to preschool when I was little

               Favourite book: Georges marvellous medicine

               Favourite food: Blueberries and Celeriac

               Hobbies: Walking my dog and swimming

               When growing up I wanted to be: A princess


Sarah B - Session Supervisor, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)

Qualifications – NVQ Children’s Care, Learning and Development [Level 3]

                       - Paediatric first aid trained

               Biography - I've lived in Mortimer for 27 years bringing up my own family, I have five children and two adorable                           granddaughters, my own children attended preschool then went on to the local schools.

               I have worked at preschool for 13 years, starting as a 1:1 for a child on the autistic spectrum and I realised how                         much I enjoyed working with children and making a difference to their lives, so I set about getting my qualifications                     and stayed in the setting.  I can honestly say that every day is different and has it's own set of challenges, but no                       matter what you can't help but smile with our preschool children around.


                Favourite book: The hungry caterpillar

                Favourite food: Pineapple or Pear

                Hobbies: Swimming, crafts, colouring

                When growing up I wanted to be: A Policewoman or a teacher

Michelle - Afternoon Supervisor, Pre-school Practitioner, ECAT (Every Child A Talker) coordinator

                 Qualifications – OU Early Years Practice [Level 4]

  - Paediatric first aid trained


Biography - I live in Mortimer have four grown-up children three grandchildren.

                   Favourite book: The Gruffalo

                   Favourite food: Italian

                   Hobbies: Reading, long walks, visiting historical places and gardening

                  When growing up I wanted to be: Happy

Catherine - Early years practitioner

                   Qualifications – BA(Ed), Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) [Level 6]

    - Paediatric first aid trained


Biography - I live in Mortimer with my husband, 2 children and 2 cats

                   Favourite book: A few years ago I read all the Harry Potter books to my children and we loved them (but me most                     of all)

                   Favourite food: Marmite and cheese toasties

                  Hobbies: I enjoy trying new crafts (macrame, embroidery, marbling etc) but I'm very bad at finishing what I start

                  When growing up I wanted to be : A lollipop lady

Lucy -  Pre-school Assistant


           Qualifications – Diploma for Children’s and Young People’s Workforce [Level 2]

     - Paediatric first aid trained

Biography- I lived in Mortimer for many years, having only recently left to move to Basingstoke.  My eldest daughter went to Mortimer preschool and loved her time there.  I live at home with my husband and two daughters Sophie (10) and Scarlett (15 months)

           Favourite book: Bear snores on

           Favourite food: Cheese and Jam sandwiches

           Hobbies: Making cakes, going exploring in the woods

           When growing up I wanted to be: A vet