• Alice
  • Preschool Manager
  • Early Years Teacher and Level 6
  • Alice has worked at Pippins and Bramleys since September 2013 originally coming in at the deputy position, after completing her Early Childhood Studies Degree at Oxford Brookes University.

    Alice's family have lived in Gravenhurst for a number of generations on the family farm and Alice likes helping out on the farm over the summer holidays.

    In August 2020 Alice was awarded Early Years Teacher Status after completing an additional year at University of Bedfordshire of Early Years Teacher Training. 

  • Emma
  • Senior Assistant
  • Level 3 Early Years Practioner

  • Kath
  • Level 4 Advanced Practitioner
  • Kath is a happy and friendly member of staff ,
    who has worked at the preschool since January 2013, she has also worked in the area for the past
    18 years as a nanny .
    In her free time she enjoys reading, retail therapy, loves eating out with her family and friends .
    Kath has two giant rabbits and 3 cats to keep her busy at home.

  • Big Helen
  • Level 3 Early Years Practioner
  • I'm Big Helen, aka Health and Safety lady, Chef Helen, Handy Helen, First Aid Monitor, Finance Lady and Fire Safety Officer!

    I have been an Early Years Practitioner with Pippins since April 2014 after a career as a Police Officer and previously a Chef.  I have achieved my Level 3 with an outstanding achievement award since being with Pippins.  I have also completed Health and Safety training, fire training, working at heights training and Legionnaires training..... hence all the titles!  Out of work I like to keep fit and healthy as I believe it's an important part of life that we should be passing on to our children, to stay well and have fun. 

  • Leah
  • Level 3 Early Years Practioner

  • Jane
  • Level 3 Early Years Practioner
  • Jane started working at Pippins in 2010. Jane has a level 3 NVQ in Childcare. 

    Jane enjoys walking her dog. 

  • Little Helen
  • Level 5 Early Years Practitioner
  • Little Helen popped in to ask about volunteering in 2014, found one her favourite places to be and never wants to leave. Believes that children are our future and their emotional wellbeing is vital to health  and learning. Strives to provide emotional positivity with mindfulness, yoga and a place to be calm, the cosy cubby. Loves being barefoot on the sand, singing in the car, crazy socks, silly dances and really wishes she had a dog to walk.

  • Shona
  • Level 6 Early Years Practitioner
  • Shona joined Pippins in June 2016 as Bank Staff, she then went on to give 1:1 support to one our children and is now part of a keyworker group, the bees.

    Shona has always worked with Pre-School aged children in a variety of Early Years Settings but spent time at home when her 3 daughter were young when she also did some childminding for friends. 

  • Abi
  • Level 3 Early Years Practitioner
  • Abi starting working at preschool in September 2016, and before that was the Secretary on the parent committee for 3 and a half years. She has two girls who both attended Pippins themselves.  In her spare time Abi likes to read, play board games, walk her Golden Retriever and spend time with her family.

  • Lisa
  • Level 2 Play Assistant
  • Having enjoyed being a parent help when her eldest daughter was at preschool at Campton Village Hall, Lisa continued to do this when her youngest daughter started at pippins n 2010.

    This started at around a session a week and as the preschool grew and grew an opportunity came up for Lisa to be a bank staff member to cover sickness or courses.

    The term before her daughter was leaving the setting for school an opportunity came up again for a permanent position as a Play Assistant.

    Lisa has completed her Level 2 qualification and officially joined Pippins in September 2011.

    There are lots of aspects of the job that Lisa enjoys but she particularly enjoys seeing the children blossom and develop from when they join us to when they leave us for Reception.

  • Darja
  • Apprenticeship
  • My name is Darja, I have joined Pippins and Bramleys in September 2021, as I’m looking forward to to completing my apprenticeship, and beginning a new carer path. 

  • Chloe
  • Apprenticeship
  • Chloe has started her level 3 early years course at Gravenhurst from September 2021. 

    Chloe is originally from Devon. She loves the outdoors, being with nature. Farm animals are her favourites, especially cows. She also loves the sea side and any type of outdoor activities. 

    Chloe is super excited to meet all the children who will be attending the pre school. She can not wait to watch the children grow and learn over the next couple of years, which will help her grow as a person and learn more about early year learning. 

  • Melissa
  • Early Years Assistant