Our Team

We have an enthusiastic team of staff, all of whom are dedicated childcare professionals.  As well as attending mandatory training courses (Health & Safety, Food Hygiene, Paediatric First Aid, Manual Handling and Safeguarding), they are encouraged to undertake additional training to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the ever-changing requirements within the childcare sector.   All staff have also received training on the Elklan approach in order to appropriately support speech and language development within the setting.  In house training also takes place, in order for staff to share knowledge gained during specialist courses.

Staff maintain a safe, caring and friendly environment at all times in which your child(ren) can learn, play and thrive.

Introducing the team.....

Kathy Crouch (Early Years Manager)

Kathy joined Abbey 345 Pre-School as a Pre-School Assistant in 1996 to ‘help out’ while she was on a 5 year career break. She became Manager in 1997. She has attained Cache NVQ 3 & 4 in Early Years Childcare & Education and an Early Years Foundation Stage Degree. She has attended a wide range of specialist training in various areas of child development, curriculum matters, behaviour management, inclusion / safeguarding and supporting children with different specialist needs. Kathy is also our Inclusion Officer, SENDCO (Special Educational & Disabilities Needs Co-Ordinator) and Child Protection Officer.


Judith Sumner (Senior Early Years Practitioner)

Judith started working at the Pre-School in 2002 and has a B.Ed (Hons) in Early Years Education (3-9 years), she has also attended a wide range of specialist training in a variety of areas. She is Deputy Child Protection Officer and Health & Safety Officer. Judith has curriculum responsibility for promotion of Mathematics and is lead practitioner in behaviour management.




Jane Harriss (Senior Early Years Practitioner)

Jane joined the staff team in 2006, having served on the committee for several years. Jane has a CACHE NVQ level 2 in Pre-School Practise and a level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce.  Jane has an internationally recognised Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification and a passion for connecting our children with the wonders of nature. She has Level 4 diplomas in Child Psychology and Autism. She has also attended a wide range of additional training. She is Deputy SENDCO (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-Ordinator), has curriculum responsibility for Communication, Language & Literacy, and she also maintains the sensory garden.

Emma Wood (Administration Officer)

Emma joined the team in September 2010 and carries out a very wide range of administrative duties including Finance, in-house Publishing and Contracts (to name but a few) for the Pre-School. She will probably be the friendly voice you hear when you first make contact.





Tina Douglas (Early Years Practitioner)

After being a parent helper, Tina became a member of the staff team in 2007. She has a CACHE NVQ 2 in Pre-School Practise, a Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce, and has attended a range of specialist training courses. Tina promotes and supports ICT provision within the setting.





Shelby Sparks (Early Years Practitioner)

Shelby first came to Abbey 345 when doing work experience in 2008. During the course of her studies over the next 4 years, she was a regular visitor. In 2012 she became part of the Staff Team. She has a CACHE certificate and a BTEC Level 2 & 3 in Childcare Learning and Development. Shelby works with Tina to promote and support ICT provision within the setting.






Naomi Burdett (Early Years Practitioner)

Naomi was a committee member before joining the staff team in 2015. She has completed a CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce.






Becky Cook (Early Years Practitioner)

Becky joined the staff team in 2012 as a member of bank staff after being a regular parent helper and committee member. She has a CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce.  She has recently achieved an NVQ Level 3 diploma for The Children and Young People's Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare) and a Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care and Children & Young People's Settings. Becky is very creative and comes up with a lot of the ideas for craft projects.

Collette Dobbs (Bank - Early Years Practitioner)

Collette joined the staff team in 2021 as an Early Years Practitioner (Bank).  This is a total change of career direction for Collette after years as an administrator in the motor industry.  Following a period of time as a regular parent volunteer, Collette discovered a new vocation and now has a Level 3 Qualificiation.

Alice Green (Bank - Early Years Practitioner)

Alice joined the staff team in 2022 as an Early Years Practitioner (Bank).  She is an experienced practitioner with a Level 3 qualification and is First Aid trained.

Occasionally you may see other fresh young faces around at Pre-School. We actively support local schools and colleges by welcoming work experience and vocational training students to our setting. They are not included in the staff / child ratios and are supervised at all times.