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Meet the Team

Sarah Manthorpe - Preschool Manager
Sarah has managed the preschool at The Red Oak Children's Centre since May 2014. Previously Sarah was managing a preschool in Balcombe. Sarah is a qualified Early Years Professional and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in leading a high quality Early Years preschool.
Jane Taylor- Senior Nursery Practitioner
Jane has worked at The Red Oak Children's Centre since it opened in February 2009. Jane has used her experience to help set up the preschool and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in care and education.  Previously to this Jane has worked in a schools foundation unit for 3 to 5 year olds since 2000, Jane has also worked in a hospital and with children with special educational needs, Jane has an NNEB (level 3 in care and education).

Sophie Bathurst- Nursery Practitioner
Sophie is an experienced Nursery Practitioner who has worked in private day nurseries before coming to The Red Oak Children's Centre. Sophie is a qualified level 3 practitioner and uses her skills and knowledge to support the children in her care.

Karen Attfield- Nursery Practitioner (Lunch time support)
Karen has been at the Children Centre since 2010, supporting not only the preschool but running creches for courses run by the Centre. Karen provides cover and support in the preschool for training, holidays and sickness and also provides support over the lunch time period.

Alison Shirley- Nursery Practitioner (Tea time support)
Alison is known to our children that stay for tea. Alison supports the reception children in their transition from school to centre as she is based in the reception class of Furzefield during the day. Alison provides lots of fun activities during the 3:15-6:00 session.

Laura Higgs- Preschool Support
Laura has works at The Red Oak in both creches and in the preschool, providing support to cover training, holidays and sickness. Laura is dedicated and enthusiastic and enjoys helping the children learn through play.