Our Team

We pride ourselves in recruiting the very best staff to support your children. Find below details of our current team and don’t forget to meet the Committee too!

Alison Carpenter

Pre-School Manager

Ali is our preschool manager and the special educational needs co-ordinator.
She is qualified to NVQ level 3 and has been working for Little Spinnakers since Feb 2008 and in the childcare sector for 22 years.
Ali has 3 children of her own all of which attended little spinnakers.
Ali has enjoyed being part of the preschool's journey over the last 12 years, helping it grow and to become a big part of the local community.

Karen Smith

Deputy Manager

Karen has been at Little Spinnakers since May 2019, she is our deputy manager and oversees both Ocean room and Coral room, as well as working alongside Ali in the office. She is qualified to level 3 NVQ and has worked in the childcare sector since 2003. Karen enjoys going to the park with her son and doing crafts at home with him.

Megan Stewart

Pre-School Practitioner SENCO

Megan has been at Little Spinnakers for five years and is based in Ocean room. Megan is qualified to level 3 NVQ in childcare and is the SENCO lead in the setting. Megan enjoys going to watch football alongside her younger brother and friends.

Alison Robinson

Pre-School Practitioner

Ali has been at Little Spinnakers Pre-School for over 21 years. Ali first joined as a volunteer, then the committee before becoming a level 3 qualified practitioner. Ali is based in the Ocean Room and enjoys helping children with there steps to education.

Sarah Oxley

Pre-School Practitioner

Sarah is a practitioner based in Ocean room and has worked at Little Spinnakers for nearly 5 years. Sarah has two children of her own and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Liz Wylie

Pre-School Practitioner

Liz has worked at Little Spinnakers since May 2021. She is qualified in NVQ Level 3 Childcare and Education and has worked in childcare since 1998. Liz has 3 children, 2 of which has attended Little Spinnakers.

Jennifer Howard

Pre-School Practitioner

Jennie joined Little Spinnakers Coral Room in September 2021. She has been a member of the pre-school committee and her two daughters have attended Little Spinnakers. Jennie has Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Jennie enjoys spending time with her family and her favourite walk is along Eastney to the Coffee Cup.

Natalie Pinnock

Pre-School Practitioner

Natalie has been part of Little Spinnakers for many years as Bank Staff. She holds a NCFE CACHE Level 3 in Early Years education and care and has been working with children all over the world. Natalie is learning Makaton signing and she enjoys sensory play even at home with her own family.

Lauren Davenport

Pre-School Practitioner

Lauren has worked in childcare settings for 10 years. She originally worked at Little Spinnakers from 16 years old whilst completing her apprenticeship. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Need to talk to someone?

If you ever have any concerns or questions about your child, please do speak to your child’s Keyworker or to our SEND Co-ordinator or Pre-School Manager.