Meet The Staff

All our staff receive induction training are checked to be suitable persons and must be cleared through the criminal records Bureau before they can be counted towards our staff ratio. We also attend lots of additional training throughout the year.

Ashleigh Harris

Manager & Safeguard Lead

Ashleigh joined us in March 2019, she has bought a wealth of experience from her leadership role in a Nursery. She holds a level 3 diploma for early childcare and is a level three qualified Forest school leader. She is also our designated safeguarding lead. Ashleigh is currently doing her BA Hons in Early childhood. She shows great knowledge in helping children settle in who are not so sure about being away from their parents for the first time! Ashleigh has a 4-year-old son and is getting married August 2021!

Ilyse Cudd

Deputy Manager & language Lead

Ilyse joined us in September 2017, she has worked in childcare for over 20 years. She has a level three qualification, [N.N.E.B] and many other training certificates. Ilyse is our language lead and encourages and promotes language development in our setting. Ilyse has undertaken early speech and language development and MAKATON training just to name a few, and this shows within our setting. She has 4 children so knows how it feels to be a busy working mum!

Carolyn Newman

Transition Co-ordinator

Carolyn has a background of working in schools and therefore is particularly skilled in preparing and supporting Children in their transition to school. She holds a NNEB level 3 qualification. Carolyn has experience in working with and a personal understanding of SEND so is particularly empathetic towards parents who are anxious about their children starting their journey in a setting. She also holds a psychology degree. Carolyn loves doing focus activities with the children and spending one to one time with them.

Jody Bugg

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

Jody joined us in April 2019, from a nursery background where she held a great deal of responsibility. Jody holds a CACHE level 3 diploma in childcare and education. She is our SENCO and supports the staff to meet the needs of children with special educational needs. She spends her Mondays with the ‘school leaver’ children at the park! She shows extreme skill in making a very good batch of playdough! Jody has 2 young sons.

Megan Wigley

Forest School Leader

Megan worked for The Ark Pre-School in 2016 -2019. She has since returned to us in January 2021. Megan holds a level 3 diploma in early childcare and is a level 3 Forest School Leader. Megan and Ashleigh run our Forest School sessions together. Megan often brings lots of lovely natural resources to Pre-School with her, and tools for the children to have a go at using. Megan is ALL things outdoors and all things creative! She loves music and creative arts and design. She has an allotment which we love to visit, she builds a great fire, and she can creative anything out of a yogurt pot and an egg carton!

Amanda Recchia

Pre-school Assistant

Amanda is a former pre-school mum who started by helping here and there and has now been part of the team since 2010.
She has a very caring and loving nature and shows huge amounts of nurture to our youngest children attending the setting. Amanda brings years of experience within Early Years to our Pre-School!

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13-15 Wellin Lane, 
Edwalton, Notts NG12 4AS
Tel: 0115 945 2627
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