Friendly, fun and experienced

We would like to introduce you to the staff at Little Oaks Pre-school in Brackley.
Read about us from our profiles below.

Nikki Lloyd – Level 6

Setting Manager and Designated Safeguarding Officer.
BA (hons) in Childhood Studies.

Nikki has been part of the team at Little Oaks since 2005 and remains enthusiastic and open to new ideas. She has worked in both our Playgroup and Pre-school rooms and confidently leads an energetic and committed team.

She prides herself on building warm and trusting relationships with the children and parents in her care.

Nikki is a mum to two children and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.

Debbie Coles – Level 3

Deputy Manager, Play Group Supervisor & Deputy Safeguarding Officer.
Diploma in Pre-School Practice.

Debbie has been part of the team at Little Oaks since 2005 and supervises a team of staff in our Playgroup room. She understands that for many children the time they spend with us is the first time they have spent away from their families and is also aware that it is sometimes the parent or carer who needs more reassurance than the child!

Debbie enjoys spending time with her family and enjoys baking.

Hannah Freeman

Office Administrator

Hannah joined the Little Oaks team in November 2017. She has a background in education and was a secondary school French teacher for 11 years before taking a break to raise her two children.
Hannah was the Chair of the Voluntary Management Committee for 3 years between 2013 and 2016.
Hannah lives in Brackley and enjoys spending time with her large extended family and she likes to bake and spend time gardening in her free time.

Alison Smith – Level 3

Pre-School Supervisor & First Aid Coordinator.
NVQ in Childcare, Learning and Development.

Alison has been part of the team at Little Oaks since 2002 and as well as supervising her team works as a keyperson in our pre-school room. She is a key member of our “Chattering Crew” which provides targeted, fun support for children who, for whatever reason, have not yet ‘found their voice’. Alison (or “Allie”) has a chef’s background and is passionate about teaching children how to cook and appreciate healthy food. She therefore coordinates our cooking activities with the children. She enjoys spending time with her family, cycling her tandem and baking cakes.

Mel Haley – Level 3

Early Years Practitioner.
Diploma for Children & Young Person’s Workforce.

Mel has been part of our Little Oaks team since 2007, firstly as a parent volunteer, then as a lunchtime supervisor and then became a practitioner in our playgroup room. Mel has endless patience and provides great support to children who, for whatever reason, need a little more time and care than some. She really enjoys learning and playing outside with the children, whatever the weather. Reading stories is another of Mel’s favourite activities.

Mel is mum to two boys and enjoys power walking and listening to music (often at the same time!)

Lindsay De’ath – Level 3

Early Years Practitioner.
Diploma in Children & Young People’s Workforce.

Lindsay has been a member of the team at Little Oaks since 2007.  She has worked in both the Pre-school and Playgroup rooms and currently works as a keyperson to a small group of children in the Pre-school room. Lindsay is always ready to give new ideas a go and above all wants children to enjoy their time at Little Oaks. She enjoys being outside, painting and making playdough with the children.

She is mum to three children and in her free time loves walking her dog, Alfie.

Gemma Sadler

Lunch Club Supervisor and Relief Assistant.

Gemma re-joined the team in 2020 as a Lunch Club Supervisor, having previously worked at Little Oaks as Relief Assistant. Gemma has 3 children, enjoys walking her dog and spending time with her family.

Zoe Baker – Level 3

Early Years Practitioner.
Diploma in Children’s Learning & Development.

Zoe re-joined the team at Little Oaks in 2015 as a keyperson in our Playgroup room.  She is now in the Pre-School room where she looks after a small key group of children. She enjoys spending time in the craft area where the children create brilliant works of art with their imaginations, a pot of glue and some recycled materials!

Zoe is a mum to three children and she enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and being kept busy looking after all of her pets, including two dogs who she takes for walks every day.

Naomi Brown – Level 3

Early Years Practitioner.
Diploma in Pre-School Practice.

Naomi and her family moved to Brackley in November 2016. She used to be a Paediatric Nurse before coming into Early Years in 2009 and is enjoying her Practitioner’s role at Little Oaks. She is currently the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).

She loves walking her dog in the countryside and baking cakes – and eating them! Her favourite place is being outside with all the children in the fresh air.

Julia Buxey – Level 3

Early Years Practitioner.

Julia joined Little Oaks as a Relief Practitioner in 2016 and has spent the last few years working as a Keyperson in Play Group.
She has two young children and also works as a Nanny for other families in the Brackley area.

Karen Johnstone – Level 3

Early Years Practitioner.

Karen joined the Little Oaks team at the start of 2018, having worked with children for over 20 years. She enjoys nothing more than helping children grow in confidence and watching their individual personalities develop. Getting sticky in the craft corner or joining in the children’s imaginative play are some of her favourite aspects of Little Oaks.

Karen is a mum of two and enjoys being involved with her local Cub Scout unit and visiting the Theatre whenever she gets the chance!

Lynn Sutcliffe – Level 3

Early Years Practitioner.
NVQ Children’s Care and Development.

Lynn joined the Little Oaks Team in January 2018, having previously worked in Children’s education for 17 years.
She likes getting involved encouraging activities created by children’s enthusiasm and their imagination through stories, music, role-play and being outdoors. She also enjoys learning fun songs to sing at group times.
Lynn has 4 children and loves music, sewing and up-cycling, she also has 2 cats called Bobble and Pooka.

Laura Boyles – Level 3

Early Years Practitioner.
The Children and Young People’s Workforce: Early Years Educator

Laura joined Little Oaks in November 2019. She enjoys working with children, watching them learn and develop. She likes getting messy in the craft area and teaching the children new songs.

Laura has a pet cat called Kalli and a rabbit called Gerald. She enjoys getting involved in the local pantomime each year.

Laura Godfrey

1:1 Pre-school Assistant.

Laura joined Little Oaks in April 2017 as Lunch Club Supervisor. She has a daughter and a son who used to come to Little Oaks where she volunteered whenever possible.  Laura enjoys working with children, as they never cease to amaze her with their personalities and imaginations.

Laura enjoys spending time with her children when they go swimming, walking and meeting friends. She also has a pet cat called Ezra and really enjoys spending time together as a family, especially when they go on holiday.

Linda Ryce

Relief Assistant.

Linda joined our team at Little Oaks in 2016 as a Relief Assistant.

She has three grown up children and enjoys walking, going to the theatre and spending time with the family.

Linda enjoys being outside at Little Oaks with the children supporting them in their play and having fun.

Kerry Fothergill – Level 3

Relief Practitioner.
NVQ Early Years Care & Education.

Kerry has worked at Little Oaks since 2014. She enjoys reading stories to the children and making anything with glitter! She can also be found dancing and singing with the children during their time with us.

She has two children and enjoys baking and walking around St James Lake in Brackley, with her dog.

Dani Barton

Relief Assistant.

Dani joined our team at Little Oaks in 2020 as a Relief Assistant.

She has 3 boys and as a family they love to be outside gardening, surfing (not in Brackley!) and enjoying some fun time together.


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