Our Staff Team
The team of staff within nursery are carefully chosen to reflect a balance of qualifications, experience and abilities, regardless of age, sex, disability and ethnicity.
All staff are fully checked for suitability through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before they are able to work alongside the children.
The primary role of the Disclosure and Barring Service is to help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children.
The DBS established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and merges the functions previously carried our by Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
The Management Team
Jennie Pallett (BA Hons) Strategic Manager/Owner
"Hi I'm Jennie! After over 30 years experience in childcare I feel blessed everyday with the opportunity to provide quality support for many young children in their early years and their families! I am very proud of Lilliput Lodge and all that we have to offer so please do come along and see us, you are guaranteed to be met with a very warm welcome!"
Gemma Parker (Level 5) - Operational Manager
Designated Safeguarding Lead
"Hi, Im Gemma! I have been a part of the Lilliput family for over 10 years, starting my journey as an apprentice and now very proud to say I am the Manager of this wonderful nursery! I have a passion for early years education and love to support the team to create an exciting, stimulating provision where all children are nurtured to reach their full potential."
Marie Macbeth (Level 3) - Deputy Manager - Provision Lead
Behaviour / Forest School Leader / Lead Officer for Health &Safety / ENCO
"Hi, I am Marie! I have been at Lilliput for over 12 years and have loved every moment of my time here! I love to get engaged in children's play, letting them take the lead and seeing where it takes us! I spend a lot of time developing warm and nurturing relationships with the children in my care, ensuring that young children feel safe and secure in an environment that is bursting with love! In my role I get to spend time across the whole nursery supporting the whole team to develop their provision in order to ensure it is exciting and engaging for the children. I also support with planning and assessments to ensure that they are accurate and reflect a true picture of each and every child in our care.
Samreena Daud (Level 3) - Deputy Manager - Team Lead
The Nest and Hive Room Leader /Student Co-ordinator / SENCO
"Hello, I'm Sam! I am fascinated by the impact that quality early years education and care can have on young children and in particularly how important it is to ensure that the children receive the right opportunities to stimulate their growing minds! You will often find me outdoors with the children, exploring our wonderful surroundings and getting messy in the mud, sand and water play! As Senior Practitioner I also offer support across the whole nursery and take a lead in staff and student monitoring and supervision.
Kelly Butts (Level 3) Advanced Early Years Educator - Room Lead (The Den)
"Hi, I'm Kelly! I lead the Den and am here to ensure that the oldest children in nursery have an array of wonderful opportunities to excite them! With a particular emphasis on being outdoors, I especially love the area of 'Understanding of the World' and enjoy setting up exciting experiments or helping the children to discover more about the natural world around them! As children approach their transition to school I will be hand to support both them and their parents and help to prepare the children for what lies ahead whilst still ensuring the focus remains on play, developing friendships and encouraging independence!
Early Years Educators
Kelly Dolan (Level 3) - Early Years Educator
"Hi, I'm Kelly! Throughout my years of working at Lilliput I have gained experience across all age groups! I can currently be found in The Den where I enjoy supporting the children with their learning! I love to plan meaningful experiences for the children, ensuring I take time to get to know both the little ones and their families so to better meet individual needs. I am also the Literacy Co-ordinator and so focus upon supporting children's early literacy skills, from recognising environmental print to playing with words and sounds!
Helen Wisnicki (Level 3) - Early Years Educator
"Hi, Its me Helen! After being part of the Lilliput team for many years I have gained plenty of experience in entertaining and educating your little ones! I love to laugh and bring a sense of wonder to children's play and you will often find me engaged in Messy Play or dressing up in the role play area."
Emma Hambleton (level 3)
"Hi there, this is Emma! I currently work in the Den with the older children and I lead the area of ‘Understanding the World’ as well as assisting with Forrest school. I have a real passion for educating within early years and find pre-school very rewarding in particular. When the children leave to go on to school it feels great to know that I have played a big part in shaping both their learning and their characters."
Amy Lovelock (Level 2)
"Hi there, this
is Amy! I work in the Den. This is my first role within Early Years and I
absolutely love it! I lead on the area of Maths and really enjoy developing
those early problem solving skills and embedding a love of shapes and numbers.
I find it very rewarding knowing that I am making a difference to the children
that I work with."
Hayley Allcock (Level 3)
"Hi, this is
Hayley! I have always wanted to work within Early Years and have been since
leaving school. You will find me in the Den planning all kinds of physical
activities to help your children with developing their fine and gross motor
skills. I love the outdoors which is what I enjoy most about working at
Lilliput; a big part of the children’s learning is outdoors, giving them the
opportunity to expand their imaginations."
Melissa Curran (Level 2)
Melissa! You will find me in the Nest and Hive with the younger children. I
have been working in Early Years since I left school. I have a little sister and
the involvement that I have had with her growing up has given me the passion to
work with other children. It is lovely to see the smiles and excitement on the
children’s faces when they are enjoying activities that I have planned for them;
you will see me most days getting involved in messy play.”
Hannah Butts (Level 2)
Early Years Support Practitioners
Jean Forrest (Level 1)
"Its me Jean! Those of you who know me will know that I am Lilliput Lodge's very own burst of sunshine! I am always full of energy and smiles and will ensure that each child settles in to nursery life and is fully engaged in all that there is on offer! I have an infection laugh and a real sense of fun and love spending my mornings with little ones, making a difference to their early years!"
Jan Collins (Level 1)
"Hello, I'm Jan and I am one of Lilliput Lodge's most long serving members of staff! I love seeing how much little ones change and grow during their time with us and am always on hand to offer any support that may be required across nursery! I am also one of the nursery cleaners and so work hard behind closed doors to make sure that Lilliput is always clean and tidy too!"
Wonetta Harris (Level 3)
"Hello, i'm Wonetta! I am based in Cubs and love spending my time with the babies here at Lilliput! I love to give them warm cuddles and to make the little ones laugh as well as ensuring that their needs are always met! You will find me singing nursery rhymes or helping the children to use their senses to discover the world around them! Sometimes I will also help with the cooking, preparing delicious meals for the children!
Rajwant Kaur (Level 2, working towards Level 3)
"Hello everybody, i'm Raj! With my warm, welcoming smile I am always on hand to offer reassurance to parents and plenty of cuddles for the Cubs! I love being the children's playmate, always becoming involved in their explorations and expanding their understanding, communication and language and their physical development too!"
Ambrain Bibi (Level 2, working towards Level 3)
Becky Fowmes (working towards Level 3)
“Hi there, I’m Becky! I work within the Den and I also support a child with extra needs on a one to one basis. I first came to Lilliput as a parent and soon began to love the nurturing and organic environment that my son came in to. When the opportunity came for me to work at Lilliput, I found a new passion for Early Years and educating children. Most days you will find me either acting out our favourite stories in the garden with the children or helping our pre-schoolers on their very important journey to big school.”
Lauren Williams (Modern Apprentice)
"Hi there, this
is Lauren! I have been an apprentice here at Lilliput since October 2018.
Working with children is something that I have always wanted to do and I love
that Lilliput has given me that opportunity. The best thing about working here
is the special bonds that I have made with the children, watching them grow,
change and develop."