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Meet Our Team

We describe our team as a family, our individual strengths all complimenting each other to make a wonderful learning and nurturing experience for all our children
Mrs Kate Samways

Early Years Leader and Puffin Class Teacher

Kate is our school Early Years Leader and Wellbeing Co-Ordinator. Kate is Paediatric First Aid trained, and is very passionate about her role as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator and is constantly researching strategies & putting together action plans to ensure each and every child is given the best opportunity to learn. As an Early Years teacher, she has a special interest in supporting children's language development.

Mrs Lianne Beer

Level 6 Preschool Manager

preschoolmanager@meldreth.cambs.sch.uk

Lianne is our Pre-School Manager and an Early Year teacher. She is the Designated Safeguarding Officer and Health & Safety Officer for Pre-school as well as being Paediatric First Aid trained. Lianne is passionate about the Pre-School always striving to enhance our provision by constantly researching new ideas and initiatives. Music and singing are a big part of her life and she likes to share this and encourage the children to explore music and song during their day.

Miss Katie Pearce

Level 3 Preschool Assistant (Named Deputy)

Katie is an experienced level 3 practitioner and is Paediatric First Aid trained. Katie exudes happiness and jollity and the children absolutely adore her. Katie has a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Children's Learning and Development and has a Paediatric First Aid Qualification.
Katie loves her job, as watching children grow, learning new skills and preparing them for school is so rewarding and never boring! She also attended Meldreth Preschool and Primary School herself as a child.

Mrs Sally D'Alessandro

Level 3 Preschool Assistant

Sally is an extremely passionate level 3 qualified Early Years professional. The experiences she plans will always have your child’s needs and interests at the centre. Sally has a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Children's Learning and Development with 9 years in Early Years Management,. She has experience as a Designated Child Protection Officer and holds a Paediatric First Aid Qualification. Sally is always happy and smiling, encouraging everyone to feel at ease. She has a natural rapport with the children and you will hear children's laughter wherever she is in our setting.

Mrs Laura Holmes

Preschool Assistant

Laura is a trainee level 3 practitioner, having worked in childcare for the last few years and having found how much she loves it. She is becoming an integral part of the preschool's workings and has a great rapport with the children.
Laura has has a Paediatric First Aid Qualification and has a particular fascination in early scientific development.

Ms Marie Salle

Preschool Assistant

Marie joined thel team in 2018 and is Paediatric First Aid trained. Alongside giving enhanced support to children that require it, Marie is very hands-on in all our sessions. Marie works as part of our dedicated team, to ensure your child has the best start and the happiest of times as we prepare them for school.

Teresa Short

Preschool Assistant

Teresa joined our team in 2022 as a Pre-School Assistant and is Paediatric First Aid trained. Teresa works as part of our dedicated team, to ensure your child has the best start in life. Teresa has such a positive impact on our youngest children, giving encouragement and praise to help them gain confidence and positive self esteem.

Mrs Anne McCrossen

Level 3 Preschool Assistant

We are delighted to introduce Anne McCrossen to our preschool team. Anne usually works in our school as our office administrator and named Paediatric First Aider and we are very excited that she will taking on this exciting temporary new role in our preschool.
Anne has a degree in Early Years and Education, is an experienced level 3 practitioner and has 14 years experience as an Early Years setting manager. Anne is loving being able to build a caring and trusting relationship with our youngest children and their families.