Meet the team

We believe we stand out because of our people. Get to know us a bit more here.

 
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LOUISE
CHAIRPERSON

Louise is the mother of two daughters who have attended Stepping Stones. Her passion for what we do led her to become Chairperson of the committee of parent trustees. She is dedicated to providing support and assistance to the fantastic staff team. Louise is a barrister and lives in a neighbouring village.

RACHEL
MANAGER

Level 6 Early Years Professional Status & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Rachel worked as an Events Manager before experiencing a ‘light bulb moment’ during her time on the Parent Committee at Stepping Stones and observing the positive impact Stepping Stones had on her own children’s inspiring early years education. Rachel began retraining in 2007, gaining her Level 6 in 2011 and has fulfilled a variety of roles including Sendco, Designated Safeguarding Lead and finally taking over as Manager in 2016.
Outside of Stepping Stones Rachel enjoys being a taxi to her teenagers, walking the beautiful local countryside of Claverdon with her husband and their very scruffy dog Tatty, cooking and appreciating family meals together.

AMANDA
DEPUTY MANAGER

NNEB Certificate in Nursery Nursing Level 3

Amanda began working in childcare over 25 years ago, taking a break during this time when she had her children and lived overseas.  She joined Stepping Stones in February 2019 and enjoys reading, travelling and shopping.

TRACEY 
EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER AND SENCO

CACHE Level 3 in children and young people’s workforce.

 

Tracey has worked with children for 15 years starting at her sons school as a volunteer, then moving on to become a Rhythm Time music leader where she worked with babies up to pre-school.  During this time she completed her level 3 and was offered a position within a nursery where she became room leader. Tracey joined Stepping Stones in June 2019. When not working she enjoys travelling, reading and walking her black lab Monty.

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JANE 
EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER

Level 6 Early Years Teacher Status

 

Jane worked internationally in adult learning and development before retraining in early years after having two children and realising working with young children is much more fun.  Originally starting as a volunteer at Stepping Stones in 2012, Jane worked at another local nursery and preschool before starting at Stepping Stones in July 2021. When not working Jane enjoys Pilates, coaching children’s cricket and cooking.

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STEPHANIE
EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER

NNEB Certificate in Nursery Nursing

Level 3

Stephanie is a Mum of two who has previously worked as a childminder before taking on a role at Stepping Stones. When she's not working, Stephanie enjoys listening to music, crafting with her children and going on adventures.

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WENDY
EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER

Wendy has over 18 years of experience in childcare in a variety of different roles.  She has worked as a nanny in Australia and worked in various nursery's before coming to work at Stepping Stones in 2015. In Wendy's spare time she loves to walk her dog Benjy, keep fit and socialise with her friends.

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HANNAH
ADMINISTRATOR

Hannah has worked at Stepping Stones since 2017.  Originally she was the treasurer for the committee whilst her daughter attended the setting.  In her spare time Hannah enjoys running, spending time with her husband and children and walking her beloved Labradors Hugo and Tilly.