Penny Carey –  Director – Manager

My name is Penny Carey and I joined Elmwood Preschool in 2000 as a preschool practitioner. I have a level 3 Cache in Preschool Practice. and I am now the Managing Director of the setting and the Management Team. I am the designated Child Protection officer and I manage the day to day running of the setting, ensuring standards are maintained as necessary to the requirements of OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) My main aims are for the smooth running of the setting with parents and staff working together creating the best possible environment for children to learn through play.

Natasha Ewer – Supervisor – Deputy Manager – Director

My name is Natasha Ewer I qualified in childcare in 1996 with a diploma in Nursery Nursing, NNEB level 3 Progressing to Senior Nursery Nurse in 1997. I became Deputy Manager in 3-5’s room and again in April 2000 in Basildon. where in 2005 I was promoted to Nursery Manager. I joined Preschool in 2013.

Lynsey Wilkinson – Practitioner – Director

My name is Lynsey Wilkinson. I joined Elmwood Preschool in September 1995. I became a Director in April 2011 when the Preschool changed it status to a Community Interest Company. In 2014 I qualified in CACHE level 2 Children and Young Peoples workforce (QCF)



Jane Davies – Treasurer – Director

I joined the Preschool as Administrator in February 2012. I have a Degree in Accountancy and I am an active member of F.O.E.S ( Friends of Elmwood School)



Louise Tindall – Supervisor

I joined Preschool in April 2004. I have successfully passed my Cache Level 2 in Preschool Care and Education and in September 2010 I completed my Cache Level 3 Diploma in Pre school Education. I supervise in the setting and also in Little Learners Rising 5’s Class.

Paulette Adelizzi – Swain – Practitioner/Supervisor


My name is Paulette Adelizzi-Swain. I joined Preschool in 2006. I completed my Cache Level 2 in Preschool Practice and in 2010 I went on to achieve my Level 3.

Jenny Hardy- Practitioner

My name is Jenny Hardy. I supervise at Preschool. I joined Preschool in 2004. In 2005 I passed my Level 2 in Childcare and in 2011 I went on to successfully achieve a grade A in Cache level 3 in Preschool Practice.

Bev Phillips – Practitioner

My Name is Beverley Phillips I joined Preschool in February 2000. I have a Red Seal Diploma (Merit) from the London Montessori Teacher Training College. I also have Cache level 3 in Preschool Practice.


Marie Snell – Midday Assistant & Practitioner

My Name is Marie Snell I joined Preschool in September 2005. I work as a Midday Assistant and also a practitioner in the setting. I have completed my Cache Level 2 in Childcare in 2009.

Shirley Bradfield – Midday Assistant and Practitioner

My name is Shirley Bradfield.  I joined preschool as a midday assistant in 2011.
I know work as a practitioner in the setting having qualified in  Cache level 2 Children and Young peoples workforce in 2014.


Gemma Huddleston – Practitioner 

My name is Gemma Huddleston.  I have a NNEB level 3 in childcare.  I have been qualified in childcare since 2003. I worked in a day nursery in Goodmayes, a day nursery in Danbury and joined Elmwood preschool in 2017

Mia South- Practitioner.

My name is Mia South.  I joined Elmwood Preschool in 2017. I completed a BTEC National Diploma in childhood studies in 2001. I also hold a certificate in Early Years Curriculum Development, a certificate in play work and an early childhood studies certificate level two.

I was awarded a City and Guilds Certificate for face to face youth work ensuring the rights and protection of young people in 2000. I have previously worked as a private nanny as well as in other nursery settings.

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Emma Miller – Practitioner

My name is Emma Miller. I completed my Cache Level 3 in Childcare in 2017. I worked as an Ofsted Registered childminder before joining Preschool in September 2020.


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Natalie Wood – Practitioner

My name is Natalie Wood.  I joined Preschool in 2003, I worked until 2011 when I left to have my second Child.  I have recently returned in September 2020. I studied at South East Essex College where I gained a BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies in 2001.


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