Meet the staff

Kate is our Chief Executive and Manager. She set up Little Stars in 2012. Kate is a qualified teacher and spent her teaching career in Key Stage one and early years. She has 2 young children of her own. Kate works in session each week overseeing the . She is also responsible for the day to day running of the charity. Kate is SENCO and Safeguarding lead

Penny is our Deputy Manager. She is NVQ Level 3 qualified and has several years experience working with this age range of children in other nurseries. She oversees our planning for the setting. She also has her own key worker group which she plans for and delivers activities. She is in charge when the Manager is not in the building and oversees the day to day running of all of the sessions, planning and assessment.

Lisa  is qualified to NVQ level 3 and is currently studying for her Level 3. She has lots of experience working in other nurseries. She works alongside the other staff planning and delivering group sessions and supporting play. She supports our children with additional needs offering one to one support for may of our children. She liaises with our Manager and SENCO to write targets and support plans for the children she supports.

Tracey  has just completed her Level 3  She has her own key worker children for whom she plans and delivers activities.

Helen  is qualified to Level 3 and has experience working on nurseries and as a nanny. She works 3 days a week. She has her own key worker children for whom she plans and delivers activities.

Alex has many years experience in childcare including childminding and working in private day cares and schools. She has QTS. She currently job shares with Ashley


Ashley is qualified as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant and is currently completing her Level 3 in childcare. She has worked in several day care providers. She currently job shares with Alex.

Sandra  (Nana Sas) volunteers for us. Does lots of other jobs for us including making many of our resources. She has over 25 years of experience of working in nurseries and was head teacher for over 12 years at Tudhoe Moor Nursery in Spennymoor. 

Sylvia  volunteers for us usually on a Tuesday. She has been with us for several years now and is loved by all of the children.


A photograph showing the 7 members of staff  who work at Little Stars Early Years nursery in Willington, Durham.