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Tiny Steps Pre-school Team


Helen Heath

Owner/ Manager
Level 5 Degree in Childhood Studies

Like you Connie and I are both parents and understand the difficult choices and decisions that we make for the best of our children, we hope that our parental insight might help us ease your minds as your children settle into pre-school.
I have worked with children for over 20 years and hold a level 5 foundation degree in childhood studies from the University of Winchester, as well as a CACHE NNEB diploma. 
I am the setting Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and will help to support any children with additional needs as well as liase wih other agencies when needed to ensure your child has a smooth journey through pre-school into school.


Connie Bryson

Level 3 NVQ
Safeguarding Lead

I have over 12 years of childcare experience and hold an NVQ level 3, I have run my own childminding service for several years giving me lots of additional experience in running my own business. I hold First aid, Food Hygiene and safeguarding certificates and will be the safeguard lead within the setting, ensuring your children are kept safe and liaising with you about any concerns.
I love to encourage and support the children in developing their interests scaffolding their play to enhance their learning and development.


Karen Fishburn

Nursery Practitioner - Room Leader
Level 3

Karen is a level 3 qualified practitioner who has worked with young children for over 9 years. Karen works Monday to Friday 9-3 pm . She has 2 children of her own a teenager and one who is preschool age. She particularly enjoys developing children's interests and helping them to learn new skills "Everyday is worthwhile, it's lovely just to be able to make them smile and happy." Karen is brilliant at being spontaneous and getting all children engaged in spur of the moment activities.


Sarah Mines

Nursery Practitioner
Level 2 - Training level 3 NVQ

Sarah is a level 2 qualified practitioner who has worked with children for 5 years and loves that each day is different and you never know what the day might bring! Sarah works Monday to Friday 8.30 - 2.30 and is now training to complete her level 3! Sarah has 3 children of her own who keep her busy too!
Sarah is often found in the book corner and loves supporting children's interest through stories, songs and exciting puppet shows. She is brilliant at planning activities around the children's interests.

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Lou Cooper

Nursery Practitioner 
Level 2

Lou has been a Nanny for over 9 years, she have 3 children of her own, one with special needs. She loves developing young minds and  helping to ensure they reach their milestones. Smiles and cuddles are the most important to me. I have a keen interest in helping children with special needs.  Being a mum to a son with autism i know the struggles parents face and helping support is my main goal. 


Vicky Fisher

Nursery Practitioner 
Level 3 Apprentice

Vicky is a level 1 qualified practitioner who is starting her level 3 apprenticeship and who has returned to working with children after raising her own. Vicky has a daughter who she says keeps her on her toes. 
She enjoys supporting and encouraging children to use and develop their imagination when playing, especially in the home corner, she loves using different voices to be certain characters.


Helen Dawes

Nursery Practitioner
Level 3 NNEB

Helen is a level 3 qualified practitioner who is just beginning to work within early years. She will be with us Mon-Fri 9am-1pm. 
She has a family of her own and has lots of experience of looking after young children.  
Helen is really looking forward to being able to use her qualification in an early years setting, she really enjoys getting to know new children and helping them grow and develop by exploring their own interests.

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Holly Heaven 

Nursery Practitioner
Level 3 NVQ

Holly has worked in childcare for the last 18 years so has lots of experience in helping children grow and develop. 

She has some experience of being a nanny and also working in a contact centre. 

Holly has some experience of working in a school so is able to support our children with their next steps in getting ready for school. 

Holly has a wonderful 7 year old daughter who is great fun. 

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