Our Staff

As a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA), it is our aim to have fully trained staff. The staff attend foundation courses run by the PLA, Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) and other agencies. All the staff are also qualified First Aiders.
Vicki Cooper

Supervisor, Lead Safeguarding Practitioner, First Aider and Key Worker


Qualifications; PGCE Primary Early Years Specialism QTS, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding Level 1, Role of Safeguarding Lead, 

"I've loved Barkham Preschool since my own children attended the setting. I am passionate about providing a safe and stimulating environment and planning activities based around the children's next steps and their own interests. With such lovely surroundings and a great space inside it is lovely to see the children get stuck into their play. I love supporting them in taking their next steps and sharing their achievements with their parents."

Hannah Kirk

Early Years Practitioner and Keyworker

First Aider

Qualifications;  Cache level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Paediatric First Aid

Sarah Horsgood

Deputy Supervisor, Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Lead Language Practitioner, Behaviour Co-ordinator & Key Worker

Qualifications: Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education , Paediatric First Aid

“I really enjoy working at Barkham. The family ethos is great and we work closely with parents to ensure the children's development and full potential is reached. This is one of the main reasons why I chose to work in childcare. 

The outside space we have is amazing and is used as an extension of the children's learning environment which enables us all to enjoy being outside, as well as exploring and developing our learning"

Louise Lyons

Early Years Practitioner and Keyworker

First Aider

Joint Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

Qualifications:  Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education 

“I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend in Barkham Preschool. We are fortunate to benefit from a fantastic environment. the external setting is lovely and the Preschool itself has everything we need to help the children learn, develop and have fun. Seeing the children grow, and playing a small part in that, is incredibly rewarding. Nothing beats the smile of a child and as a parent myself I know the value of that. I'm very fortunate to have a job doing what I love."

Katie Murphy

Early Years Practitioner, Bank staff

Qualifications:  NNEB level 3

"I like working at Barkham Preschool because it's a friendly family feel, and it's lovely watching the children grow and develop their own personalities. I have always wanted to work with children and when I left school I got my NNEB qualification in childcare. Barkham Preschool has lovely grounds and a fantastic outdoor area where it's lovely to see the children make mud cakes, worm pie or stir their potions in the outside sink!"

Emma Johnson

Early Years Practitioner, Bank Staff

Qualifications: PGCE Primary