The Team

JaneJane Pears – Manager

Hi my name is Jane and I moved to Norwich with my family in 2015. St Helen’s Pre-School is a lovely community Pre-School, which I am very proud to be the Manager of since January 2016. I have a Foundation Degree in Early Years Leadership and I am an Early Years System Leader for Norfolk County Council. I have had numerous years of experience working and managing different childcare settings and I am very passionate to provide quality care and education to children and working together with their families to ensure they have the foundations to become lifelong learners.

Teresa

Teresa Squires – Administrator/ Health and Safety Officer

Hi my name is Teresa and I joined St Helen’s Pre-School as the administrator in September 2016. I really enjoy working at the Pre-School and having the opportunity to watch how the children learn and progress whilst they are with us.

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Joanna Greengrass – Lead Practitioner (supply)

Hi I am Joanna I enjoy being part of the leadership team at St Helen’s and the varying different activities and challenges that each day brings. I am a mother myself to four children and enjoy days at the beach, camping, being outside and travelling.

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Julie Woodhouse – Lead Practitioner/SENCo (Special Educational Need Coordinator)

Hi my name is Julie and I’ve worked at St Helen’s Pre-School since early 2006. I hold a Level 3 qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I have been working as SENCo since 2017 and during that time I have completed the four part Autism and Social Communication Difficulties course, Signalong training and a Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator in Early Years Settings. I am also a Mental Health Campion and part of the Leadership team. I love being part of a team that strives to provide every child with the best possible early years experience, allowing each child to fulfill their potential and helping to create life long learners.

Emma

Emma Barber – Lead Practitioner/SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)

Hi my name is Emma and I joined St Helen’s in 2007 as a key person. I am now a Lead Practitioner and SENCo. I have returned from maternity leave to work 3 days a week and I really enjoy watching the children grow and progress.

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Kerry Sturman – Lead Practitioner/Safeguard Lead/Curriculum Coordinator

Hi my name is Kerry. I joined the St Helen’s team in 2009 when the eldest of my two daughters started school. Over the years, I have worked hard to become part of our leadership team and thoroughly enjoy the challenge that each day can bring. I still find it so rewarding seeing each child fulfill their potential.

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Afton Ward – Early Years Practitioner/ PANCo (Physical and Nutrition Coordinator)

Hi my name is Afton and I started at St Helen’s in 2015. I completed my Level 3 in Early Years in 2017. I currently work 3 days a week and also work as a part-time Zumba Instructor which I incorporate daily into the pre-school routine. I love to be outdoors and doing any physical activity, dance, yoga etc. I have a passion for healthy lifestyles and exploring new foods with the children.

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Ellie Hayton – Early Years Practitioner

Hi my name is Ellie. I’ve worked at St Helen’s since 2015 and have a Level 3 childcare qualification. I really enjoy my job, creating a bond with the children and being such an important part of their development. I enjoy being outdoors exploring the garden with the children but am equally happy inside reading a story or building a tower. I love to make learning fun.

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Terri Jiggins – Early Years Practitioner

Hi my name is Terri. I’ve worked at St Helen’s Pre-School since 2015 and really enjoy my job. I love being outside and interacting with the children in our friendly environment.

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Heidi Wilson – Early Years Practitioner

Hi my name is Heidi and I started at St Helen’s in 2014. I enjoy being a part of a great team here and I really enjoy doing craft and musical activities with the children.

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Gemma Mitchell – Early Years Practitioner

Hi my name is Gemma. I have been at the Pre-School since January 2018. I am very passionate about working with children and I like playing and teaching the children in our fantastic environment. I have also just completed my training in LEGO therapy to develop the children’s communication and social skills.

Kate

Kate Shepherd – Early Years Practitioner

Hi my name is Kate and I have been working at St Helen’s Pre-School since 2014. Working with children has always been a passion of mine, from motherhood into my working life. My job gives me nothing but satisfaction to watch the children learn and grow.

Paula

Paula Avery – Play Practitioner (Supply)

Hi my name is Paula. After running a local playgroup for many years, I joined St Helen’s Pre-School as a Play Practitioner.

IMG_3567Marie Dacre Early Years Practitioner

Marie has recently joined the Pre-School team and we will update her information shortly…

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Hi, My name is Kim. I have a level 3 qualification and over 10 years experience in working in childcare. I’ve recently joined the St Helens Pre-school team in Feb 2021. I have 2 daughters 7 and 4 years old and have been married for many years too!

In my spare time I enjoy going for long nature walks with my family and socialising with friends.

Diana Harding – Play Practitioner – (long term sick)

Hi, I am Diana and I have been a part of the St Helen’s team since 2016. I really enjoy working here as a play practitioner and interacting with the children.

Paul

Paul Burnett – Chair of St Helen’s Pre-School Committee

I joined the committee in 2014 as chair shortly after my eldest son joined the preschool, as I was impressed by the team and the childcare provision. I have over 15 years business experience working across both HR and property disciplines.

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Kerry Woodrow – Treasurer of St Helen’s Pre-School Committee

Hi, my name is Kerry and I joined the committee as Treasurer in 2016 when my son was here at the Pre-School – he is now at school but as I genuinely love being part of the St Helen’s team, I have happily decided to stay! I was a teacher for 10 years before starting my own business; Mini Monkey Gym – Soft Playgym classes for 0-5 year olds

Lisa

Lisa Burnett – Secretary of St Helen’s Pre-School Committee

I joined the committee in 2014 while my eldest son was attending. I really liked the warm welcoming team and wanted to do my part to help. My background is in administration working for a counselling charity. My role on the committee is secretary.

Stuart

Stuart Beard – Committee Member

I have a background in primary education, including 7 years as headteacher of a thriving Norfolk infant school.

Now I run a photographic business specialising in early years and families. (www.StuartBeardPhotography.co.uk)

Samantha Goodall – Committee Member 

Hi, I’m Samantha. I moved to Norwich in 2014. I joined the Committee in 2019 as my son had attended and my daughter currently attends. I was taken by how extremely welcoming, professional, child centered team and I wanted to help in what ever way I could. I have over 10 years experience running Guides and Brownies units and hold a BA (hons) in Archaeology.

Charlotte Ladyman – Becoming a Committee Member 

Ellie Wright – Becoming a Committee Member 

Suzanne Whiteley – Becoming a Committee Member