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Katie is the Lead Practitioner for Saplings 1 and also the Equal Opportunities Co-ordinator for the Nursery. She has NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education and an NVQ Level 2 in Team Leading. She has 9 years experience working in a variety of children’s settings including one in a prison!  Katie has worked really closely with local schools to develop our Pre-school provision.  She is one of our most organised team members and always sharing new ideas with the whole team.  She loves leading trips and outings to enhance the children's learning experience.  Katie is an excellent leader and always able to get the best out of those working with her.  

Kerry is a Nursery Practitioner in Saplings 1 and the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator for the nursery.  She has an NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and has 10 years experience working in a variety of children’s settings.  Kerry is a firm favourite with the children and is always tuned into their needs.  She is skilled at making activities fun and engaging and very knowledgeable about what their strengths are and how to build on these.  She is excellent at dealing with challenging behaviour in children.

Craig is a Nursery Practitioner for Saplings 1. This is his first year in the early years setting after finishing his Primary PGCE with Maths. It is important to him that every child is taught to believe they are good at working with numbers, shapes and space. Having studied ecology at university, he also wants them to develop a curiosity about the natural world, and encourages them to appreciate the outdoors. He loves the enthusiasm that young children bring to learning and their unique ideas as to how the world works. When not at the nursery Craig enjoys photography, and is an avid fan of American football.

Sam is a Nursery Practitioner with a Btec level 3 in childcare, play, learning and development.  He is very enthusiastic about physical activity and ensuring that young children develop a love for being outdoors and active.  He is very passionate about men in childcare and the positive contribution they can make to Early Years.  Sam is particularly interested in supporting children to prepare for Primary school and so Saplings is perfect for him!

Maddie has a level two qualification in childcare and will shortly begin working towards her level three. She has previous experience of working in a nursery where she was a floater working with a variety of ages. Maddie has a passion for Special Educational Needs and is a big support to children with additional needs. The children have taken to Maddie quickly and are already involving her in their games.