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) Manager/ Designated Safeguarding Lead

"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) Deputy Manager/ Impact Coach/SENCO/ Lead Officer for Behavior

"Hi, Im Gemma! I have been a part of the Lilliput family for 8 years, starting my journey as an apprentice and now very proud to say I am Deputy 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. I am also the nursery SENCO and Gifted and Talented Coordinator meaning that I am on hand to support both children who have difficulties or disabilities as well as those who are excelling in any areas of their development!"


Michelle Ford (Level 5) Senior Practitioner and Advanced Early Years Educator for Cubs/Lead Officer for H&S

"Hi, I'm Michelle! I have 24 years of experience within the Early Years sector, from being a Nursery Manager myself to being an Area Manager and Quality and Practice Manager for The Pre-School Learning Alliance. I am now based at Lilliput as the Senior Practitioner across the nursery, leading alongside Jennie and Gemma and supporting the rest of team. I am also the Cub's Room Leader and so oversee the provision for our youngest children! I love to offer a warm, stimulating environment to our children and I am always on hand to support and reassure parents too!

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Samreena Daud (Level 3) Advanced Early Years Educator for Big Bears Lodge

"Hello, I'm Sam! I am fascinated by the impact that outstanding early years education and care can have on young children and in particularly how important it is to ensure that our preschoolers 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! I also run Drama Club with the children and love to create our own stories, making props and resources and putting on shows for our friends! "


Marie Macbeth (Level 3) Advanced Early Years Educator for Busy Bears Lodge/ Forest School Leader

"Hi, I am Marie! I have been at Lilliput for 10 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! "


Marnie Kelly (Level 3) Advanced Early Years Educator for Bears & Little Bears Lodge

"Hi, I'm Marnie! I lead Bears and Little Bears, sharing all of my warmth and cuddles with our wonderful 2 year olds! I am here to make sure that your little ones feel safe and secure as well as providing a stimulating environment whereby each child's senses have endless opportunities to develop! I am also on hand to offer reassurance to parents and carers, recognising how daunting it can be bringing your child to nursery for the first time!

Early Years Educators


Kelly Dolan (Level 3) Science Coordinator

"Hi, I'm Kelly! I have worked at Lilliput for 6 years and have gained experience across all age groups during this time! I can currently be found in Big Bears where I am a key-worker for the children who access NEF funding only. 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 Science Coordinator and base my club in the Outdoor Classroom where I will support the children to discover nature, experiment and explore and find out more about their world!"


Helen Wisnicki (Level 3) Enhancement Co-ordinator/ENCO

"Hi, Its me Helen! After being part of the Lilliput team for 7 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! I am the Enhancement Coordinator which means that I plan weekly activities for the children covering topics such as foreign languages, cooking and geography! I am also the settings ENCO (Equality Named Coordinator) which means that I take overall responsibility in ensuring Lilliput offers equal opportunities to all and that all staff are supported in providing inclusive activities and environments."

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Sue Bowen (Level 3)

"I'm Sue! I have a passion for Early Years and love to come to work every day and to make a difference to the loves of young children. I am extremely dedicated and love to spend my time studying children to ensure that I provide accurate planning and assessments to meet their individual needs. You will find me playing alongside the children, modelling their play and helping to develop their Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language Development"


Davinder Rihal (Level 6)

"Hi, it's me Davinder! You will find me in Little Bears, full of smiles and energy to make sure that our two year old's have a fantastic time at Lilliput! As well as completing my BA (Hons) in Early Childhoods Studies I also have Early Years Teacher Status and so use my knowledge and understanding to ensure that the provision on offer and the delivery of activities are always the best they can be!"


Tara Spicer (Level 3)

"Hi i'm Tara! I always have a bight and bubbly smile on my face and you will find me with the Busy Bears. With a passion for ensuring each child's day is fun and enjoyable, I am always on hand to support child's learning and exploration! I love to be active and to support learning in the outdoor environment, from mini beast hunts to obstacle courses!

Advanced Early Years Support Practitioners


Amy Round (Working towards Level 2)

"It's me Amy! I may be new to my career in Early Years but I have all the energy and enthusiasm needed to ensure your little ones have the best time at Lilliput Lodge! With my warm beaming smile I will ensure your children feel at ease and my fun loving sense of humor will mean that each day will be full of love, cuddles and plenty of laughter!"


Raquila Russell (Working towards Level 2)

"I'm Raquila and I am currently based in Little Bears! I am gathering lots of quality first hand experience of children in their early years and I have a keen interest in supporting 2 years olds from a range of different backgrounds in order to ensure all children have meaningful play opportunities and experiences during their time with us! I am always in the thick of children's play and believe in creating a language rich environment!"

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 (Working Towards Level 2)

"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!"

The Rest of The Lilliput Team!


Sue Handley

"Its me Sue, the Lilliput Lodge cook! I have been part of the Lilliput family for 12 years and in that time have cooked thousands of healthy meals for hundreds of children! I work hard to ensure that all children receive a balanced and varied diet, taking into account a range of dietary requirements and needs!"