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 5.

Setting Manager and Designated Safeguarding Officer.
NNEB. Currently working towards BA 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 spends a lot of her free time supporting them their sporting and dance activities.

Debbie Coles – Level 3.

Deputy Manager & 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 Volontary Management Committee for 3 years between 2013 and 2016 and has been childminding at home since 2014.
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, walking her dog, 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.

Sue Corns – Level 3.

Early Years Practitioner.
Diploma in Pre-School Practice.

Sue has been part of the team at Little Oaks since 1997 and having worked in our Pre-School room for a number of years, now looks after a key group of children in our Playgroup room. She is our ICT expert and is continually looking for new ways to interest children in every day technology. She is also a keen vegetable grower and takes responsibility for supporting the children to grow for themselves many of the vegetables and salads we use at snack times.

She is a mum of two and a nanny to two grandchildren who both attend Little Oaks.

Emma Rowe – Level 3.

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

Emma joined our Little Oaks team in 2016. She has worked in the childcare sector for over 15 years and is also a qualified swimming teacher.

She has three children and spends her time supporting them with their football and horse riding hobbies.

Emma mostly enjoys messy activities and the creative area, helping children to bring their ideas and imaginary play into something much bigger with props and their imaginations.

She also has a pet hamster called Fang.

Julia Buxey – Level 3.

Pre-School Practitioner.
Julia has been a Relief Practitioner for the year of 2016/17 and started on a more permanent basis in February 2018.

Zoe Baker – Level 3.

Early Years Practitioner.
Pre-School Practice.

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.

Elaine Hendrie – Level 4.

Relief Practitioner & Early Years Assistant.
Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice. Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice.

Elaine joined our team at Little Oaks in 2013; she came with an Early Years and family support worker background. Elaine takes part in small group interventions for those children who need support with early communication or physical skills and loves to sing rhymes and sit and tell stories with the children.  She feels it is important for children to feel cared for and safe.

She is a mother and grandmother who loves baking and gardening with her grandchild.

Naomi Brown – Level 3.

Early Years Practitioner.
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 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.

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.

Pre-School 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 Godfrey

Lunch Club Supervisor

I joined Little Oaks in April 2017 as Lunch Club Supervisor. I have a daughter who used to come to Little Oaks where I used to volunteer whenever possible.  I love working with children, they never cease to amaze me with their personalities and imaginations.

I enjoy spending time with my daughter where we go swimming, walking and meeting friends.  I also have a pet cat called Ezra and I really enjoy spending time together as a family, especially when we go on holiday.

Linda Ryce

Relief Practitioner.

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

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.

Early Years 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.

Magda Cox

Relief Practitioner.
Magda joined our team at Little Oaks in 2016 as a 1:1 Relief Practitioner.

Gemma Sadler

Relief Assistant

Gemma has worked with us since 2014. She has three children, a dog called Sami and a cat called Bertie.
Gemma enjoys spending time with her family and friends going on long walks, baking with her children and works in both Playgroup and Pre-School where she loves reading stories and sharing experiences in the garden.

Ami Lloyd-Turner

Lunch Club Supervisor.

Hello, my name is Ami, I joined the Little Oaks team in January 2017 as a lunch time club supervisor.

Having taken on this role I have learn’t so much from the children that come into lunch club about their day to day activities and what they enjoy doing with their families. I love listening to what the children have to share and taking care of their needs.  Outside of work I love spending time with my daughter, swimming and traveling to see the world.

I hope to one day to progress and become an Early Years Practitioner

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