Our Staff

Sessions are run by a caring and dedicated staff team with a wealth of knowledge and experience:-
Tracey

Setting’s Manager

 

I am a mum of four children, all of whom started their education at Scalliwags. I have lived in Paddock Wood since 1997, prior to this I lived and worked in Germany, teaching German and English in classes ranging from two-year old to adults. I have been involved with Scalliwags since 2001, first as Chairperson of the Committee and since 2003 as an employee. I have held various roles on the business side of Scalliwags with my current position being that of Senior Manager running the Setting. Suffice to say, I love my job.

BA in Economics and German

Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Child Protection Awareness Training

Charlotte

Qualified Pre-School Practitioner
SENCO

I have been working in childcare at various nurseries and pre-schools since I left
school, I then went on to complete a degree in childhood studies at the University of Greenwich. I help to run a local brownie group and live locally to paddock wood. I started working at Scalliwags in 2014 and love all aspects of the job, but particularly enjoy the challenges and rewards of being the Setting’s SENCO.


BA in Childhood Studies (Level 6)
SENCO trained
Paediatric First Aid
Child Protection Awareness Training

Victoria

Qualified Pre-School Practitioner

 

Seventeen years ago, I moved to Paddock Wood where I live with my husband and two children. I began my career working as a houseparent in a residential school for children with severe speech and language impairment before leaving to become a primary school teacher. During my twelve-year teaching career, I was part of the Senior Leadership Team and SENCo.
Since having my own children, I have developed an interest in Early Years, hence the change in career path. I love working with children with all the challenges and rewards it brings. Every day is different but there will always be something that will warm my heart and make me smile!


BA Sociology with Education
P.G.C.E. Primary Key Stage 2 & QTS
Postgraduate Certificate in SEN Co-ordination

Janice

Qualified Pre-School Practitioner

​I have lived in Paddock Wood for nine years. I have three grown up children and three grandchildren. I have been working with children (mostly two to five-year old) for over 25 years all over the country. I have worked in pre-schools, nurseries and an after-school club but can honestly say pre-school is where my heart lies. I have worked at Scalliwags since 2014.


Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice (DPP)
Level 3 NVQ in Management
Paediatric First Aid
Level 2 Health & Safety Training
Child Protection Awareness Training

Carly

Children’s Manager
Safeguarding Designated Lead
Health & Safety

I have lived in Paddock Wood since birth. I have grown up in the community and now have my own family here. My two children attended Scalliwags and it was easy to see the positive effect attending Scalliwags had on them socially and with their communication. This is what drove me to change my career in 2016 from Banking to Early Years Education. I trained to obtain My Level 3 qualification and I can honestly say the nightly revision was worth it as I now enjoy every working day helping the children to achieve the best they can.

 

CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator

Paediatric First Aid

Designated Lead Safeguarding Training

Health & Safety Level 2

Cathy

Qualified Pre-School Practitioner
EAL Co-ordinator

I have lived in Paddock Wood since 2006. I am a mother to three beautiful boys,
including twins. I have worked at Scalliwags since 2015 but have been involved a lot longer than this, as a parent when my three boys attended the Setting. I enjoy my role as EAL Co-ordinator, finding ways of making all of our children feel welcome and part of the Scalliwags community.


CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator
Paediatric First Aid
Child Protection Awareness Training

Rachel

Pre-School Practitioner

 

I've lived in Paddock Wood for over thirty years. I'm a mother to three children, all of whom have attended Scalliwags. Whilst I have only been working at Scalliwags since September 2018, I regularly volunteered as a Parent Helper and prior to being an employee I was a parent representative at Trustee meetings. I am really looking forward to gaining my Level 3 qualification next year.


Child Protection Awareness Training

Karen

Pre-School Practitioner (Bank Staff)

I’m married with two children and have two cats. I enjoy animals, crafts and
gardening. I have worked with children from pre-school age to secondary school for twenty-four years and am an ex foster parent.  I started to work at Scalliwags as bank staff at the beginning of 2019, having been a volunteer helper before that.


Child Protection Awareness Training

Sally

Deputy Children’s Manager
Safeguarding Designated Lead
Health & Safety

 

I have lived in Paddock Wood all of my life. My two teenage children attended Scalliwags and I have worked here since 2011. The enthusiasm and non-judgemental play and chat of the small children in our care motivates me to help give them the best possible pre-school experience.

 

CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF)

Early Learning and Childcare Advanced Apprenticeship.

Paediatric First Aid.

Designated Lead Safeguarding Training

Health & Safety Level 2

Justine

Qualified Pre-School Practitioner

I am a mother of three - two crazy children and the hairy dog. I've now worked at our Pre-School for over three years and have become the resident "bug catcher" who loves the earth, nature and animals. I hope to nurture and share this love of our amazing planet with our little pre-schoolers! I am open, outgoing, energetic and hopefully make the children (and my peers) laugh with my enthusiastic approach!


CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator
Paediatric First Aid.
Child Protection Awareness Training

Nicki

Qualified Pre-School Practitioner

​I have worked at Scalliwags since 2016 and am currently on maternity leave with my
third child.


BIIAB Level 3 Early Years Educator
Paediatric First Aid
Child Protection Awareness Training

Jane

Administration Assistant

I live locally with my husband and two teenage sons who both attended Scalliwags.  I have been providing Admin support to Scalliwags since 2008 and have seen many changes during that time. I enjoy being part of the team and am proud to be part of a long-established and successful community resource.  Prior to having my family, I was PA to the Legal and Compliance Director of a large City investment company.


Senior Secretarial Certificate
Child Protection Awareness Training

Scalliwags Preschool.

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