Staff

We are extremely proud of our team of qualified, caring and experienced staff. There are always members of staff on duty that are first aid trained. All staff have a current DBS Check and receive Child Protection training.  We also have staff trained in special educational needs, sign language and behaviour management.

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Christine Long - Manager

  • Foundation degree in Early Childhood

  • BA (hons) top up in Early Years

  • Diploma in Preschool Practice

  • First Aid

  • Safeguarding Lead Practitoner and deputy safeguarding lead

  • Communication Champion accredited to help improve early speech and language

  • Over 20 years experience working in early years

Christine has also completed the following courses:

  •  ‘Planning in the moment’ emphasises the critical role of the adult in promoting child-led learning, giving early years practitioners the confidence and insight to work and plan in the moment, and enabling the children in their care to live, learn, play and develop in the here and now.

  • ‘Fresh air, freedom and fun’ to understand the value of outdoor learning and the benefits for adults and children.

  • Wellcomm Speech Communication assessment training which is used as an evaluation tool within the setting.

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Annette Watts - Deputy Manager

  • Certificate in Early Years Practice (level 4)

  • Diploma in Pre-School Practice (level 3)

  • Child Protection

  • First Aid

  • Safeguarding Lead Practitioner and designated safeguarding lead

  • Over 25 years experience working in early years

Annette is also enthusiastic about hands on learning outdoors. She has attended a ‘Fresh Air, Freedom and Fun’ course which imparts the value and benefits of outdoor learning and she is also currently undertaking the level 3 Forest School Leader qualification which also includes an advanced first aid course.

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Maxine Hinde - Deputy Manager

  • DPP Level 3 Diploma in Preschool Practice

  • Safeguarding Lead Practitioner

  • First Aid

  • SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator)

  • ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant)*

  • Communication Champion accredited to help improve early speech and language.​

  • Elklan level 3 Speech and Language

  • 13 years experience working in early years

*An ELSA is a teaching assistant within an early years, primary, secondary or specialist school who has received training in psychological theory and intervention by qualified psychologists to enable them to plan, deliver and evaluate individual and small group support programmes for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Maxine has attended a Signalong course, which is a key word sign-supported communication system based on British sign language and is used in spoken word order. It uses speech, sign, body language, facial expression and voice tone to reference the link between sign and word.

She has also completed Wellcomm Speech Communication assessment training which is used as an evaluation tool within the setting.

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Emily Garrod - Early Years Practitioner

  • Level 3 in Early Years Education

  • SENCO deputy

  • First Aid

  • Safeguarding Lead Practitioner

  • Child Protection

  • Communication Champion for the under 2s, to help improve early speech and language

  • 7 years experience working in early years education

Emily is currently studying part time for a foundation degree in Early Years Study at the UEA and also for her level 3 in Special Educational Needs.

She has also completed a Baby Friendly accredited course which promotes baby friendly practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Norfolk Step On course supporting positive behaviour.

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Chloe Ramm - Early Years Practitioner

  • First Aid

  • Child Protection

  • Safeguarding Lead Practitioner

  • Has worked in early years since 2017

Chloe has also completed a Baby Friendly accredited course which promotes baby friendly practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Norfolk Step On course supporting positive behaviour.

In addition, we have some regular bank staff and volunteers and we support students on placements from local colleges and schools.



Upon joining Shipdham Pre-School your child will be allocated a Key Person, who will become your first point of call should you feel the need to discuss any area of your child’s development.  Your child’s Key Person is responsible for necessary observations, assessments and record keeping and also helping your child to reach their full potential.