Jo Radcliffe- Manager (Currently on Maternity Leave)
I am the Pre-school Manager and I have worked with children for 16 years and it has been a passion of mine forever. I have gained a BA (HONS) Degree in Child Care and Education as well as an Early Years Professional Status. It is a pleasure to work in Saplings. The children are learning every day and it is such a fantastic experience to see them developing and growing within our care. I see a great future for all our children as we ensure they make a positive start to school life. I believe that self esteem and confidence are the best predictors of future success.
Kiran Uppal - Deputy Manager and Early Years Practitioner
Hi my name is Kiran and I have a teaching assistant level 2 qualification and I am currently working towards my level 3 early years qualification. I love working with children and helping them with their development and watching them grow. It’s a great sense of achievement seeing them progress further into the school. I have two children of my own, my eldest is at Woodloes School, he attended Saplings preschool and I believe it gave him a very good start for school.
Katherine Smith - Early Years Practitioner
Hi I'm Kath Smith, I have been a part of the Saplings team for three years, I thoroughly enjoy working in the relaxed and stimulating environment of Saplings and its lovely to be able to see the children as they progress through the school. I gained my NNEB diploma eighteen years ago and have lots of experience in working in child care also having two children at Woodloes myself.
Jo Erskin- Early Years Practitioner
I studied for my Level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development when my son went to pre-school. He's now 9 and I've been working in pre-schools and nurseries ever since. I find it very rewarding and love working with pre-school children as they make me laugh every day!
Zoe Smith - Early Years Practitioner
Hi, I'm Zoe Smith. I am working full time in Saplings and have a level 3 in Early Years and have worked in childcare for 14 years. I have two girls, both attending Woodloes school. I love working with children, helping them to gain confidence and become more independent. I also enjoy engaging them in a variety of activities that we provide at Saplings each day.
Kelly - Early Years Practitioner
I have an NVQ level 3 in children's care, learning and development and over 15 years experience in working with young children. Childcare is a passion of mine as I love watching children develop and grow as well as being part of their early years education. I have a child of my own, who now attends Woodloes school and previously attended Saplings. I found this to be very beneficial as he gained great confidence and progressed well, ready for school.
Saule French - Early Years Practitioner
My name is Saule French. I have been working in Early Years for many years. I find it incredibly rewarding helping children open doors into new experiences about the world in a creative manner and filled with fun activities. I love seeing children’s faces lighting up when they learned something new, as I feel very much the same when I learn new things myself. I have the NVQ Level 3 Early Years qualification and I am currently studying at the Open University. I am very excited to be a new member of the Saplings’ team.