Team Members

Laura – Supervisor 

Just to tell you a little about myself, I grew up in Yateley and now live in Farnborough with my two children George and Evelyn. Life is really busy but we all enjoy nothing better than a trip to the beach or stomp in the woods.

I have many years of experience working with young children and supporting other settings. I am passionate about creating an environment that enables children to learn through their play and through exciting experiences. I am a Level 5 qualified practitioner, holding a Foundation Degree in Early Years and Childcare.

I thoroughly enjoy my role as Tadpoles Supervisor and I am also the Lead Professional for Safeguarding and Child Protection.


Pat – Deputy Supervisor and SENCo

I have lived and worked in the local community for many years. I started working in a pre-school when my own children were young and over the years continued to train and work in many different aspects of childcare. This has included setting up before and after school and running play schemes. I am a Level 3 Qualified Practitioner, with an NVQ in Playwork and a Level 3 diploma in Pre-School Practice.

I am the Deputy Supervisor at Tadpoles and also the pre-school’s SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator).


Rachael – Senior Practitioner

I have worked at Tadpoles Pre-school for quite a few years now and have seen many families pass through Tadpoles doors. I enjoy the outdoors and love to spend time with my family and ponies. I am a Level 3 Qualified Practitioner, with a Diploma in Nursery Nursing, I am also a senior practitioner and currently undergoing my Forest School training.


Charlotte – Senior Practitioner and Forest School Leader

I have worked in childcare for quite a few years and this year graduated Reading University with a First Class Honours Degree in Children’s Development and Learning. I am a Level 6 Qualified Practitioner and I am also a qualified Forest School Leader. I like to spend my time windsurfing, sailing and kayaking with my family.


Maria – Qualified Practitioner

I live locally with my husband and two children. We moved to Blackwater from London and everyone made us feel very welcome. There is a great sense of community in the local area and I feel this is reflected within Tadpoles. I am a Level 3 qualified practitioner with an NVQ in Children’s Development and Learning.


Sarah – Qualified Practitioner

I have been a Level 3 qualified Nursery Nurse for over 10 years, spending all of those years at my previous nursery. I enjoy arts and crafts and spending time with my two children and husband out and about exploring the woods and countryside. I have a Level 3 Cache Diploma in Childcare and Education.


Marina – Trainee Practitioner

I have lived in the area for twelve years. I have a long relationship with Tadpoles. My first child who is now twelve attended the Pre-school.

A few years ago I obtained my Level 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I spent many hours training here too. I am very happy to now be a part of this friendly team and to further my training. I am currently working towards my NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Learning and Development.


Lenka – Lunchtime Assistant and Trainee Practitioner

I am the lunchtime assistant at Tadpoles Preschool. I live locally with my family. I have two boys who I love spending time with. In the very near future I hope to begin my Level 3 training and qualifications in Children’s Development and Learning.


Veronica – Housekeeping

Veronica is an integral part of the Tadpoles team, she works hard to keep things ship shape and nice for us all to enjoy.