Team Members

Laura – Manager

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 Manager and I am also the Lead Professional for Safeguarding and Child Protection.


Charlotte – Deputy Manager 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.


Pat – Wyndhams Room Leader and Tadpoles SENCoI 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.


Maria –  Wyndhams Assistant Room Leader

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.


Monika – Wyndhams Qualified Practitioner  

Monika lives in the local area with her son and her husband. Monika brings years of teaching experience in South Africa to Tadpoles! Monika and her son can be found playing in the garden, looking for mini-beasts and having lots of fun.


Sue – Wyndhams Qualified Practitioner 

Sue has recently joined the Tadpoles team, she is Level 3 Qualified and has lots of experience working with children in pre-schools.  Sue has settled in really well and enjoys being outside with the children.


Marina – Wyndhams Trainee Practitioner

I have lived in the area for twelve years. I have a long relationship with Tadpoles, my children attend Tadpoles when they were little.

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.


Kacey – Moulshams Room Leader and Forest School Leader

Kacey has come back to Tadpoles after having her beautiful daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family at the weekends and her favourite time of year is Christmas, glitter and sparkles galore!  Kacey is Level 3 qualified and a Forest School Leader.


Rachael – Moulshams 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 in Moulsham Room.


Gemma – Moulshams Qualified Practitioner

Gemma is level 3 qualified and has worked in childcare for 5 years. Gemma enjoys being outside and is currently studying for her Level 3 Forest School qualification. Gemma loves to spend her free time with her sister and having cuddles with her two nieces. Gemma also has two giant African land snails called Gary and Sneil.


Emily – Moulshams Qualified Practitioner 

Emily has her BA (Hons) degree in children’s education and psychology. Emily loves being outside, playing in the garden and teaching the children how to look after the plants and animals that we find.


Alba – Moulshams Trainee Practitioner 

Alba has joined us all the way from Spain, she has spent many years as a nanny looking after children all over the world. Alba is a fantastic artist and loves encouraging the children to explore different creative activities. She is currently training to become a Qualified Practitioner and don’t be surprised if your children come home speaking a bit of Spanish too!


You may also see Mandy, Emma and Becky from time to time, these ladies are our knight(ettes) in shining armour, covering staff shortages and sickness.


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.