Our Staff

We have 9 staff who work in the preschool, some who have worked here a long time and some who have joined the preschool during the last 5 years.  
Designated Safeguarding Lead and SENCo

Hello, my name is Arzu.  I have been working with children since 2005.  I hold a BA (Honours) Degree in Education, an Early Years Foundation Degree, a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management) and a Level 3 Qualification in Children & Young People's Workforce (0-18).  I enjoy working in partnership with parents and going the extra mile to meet the needs of each individual child.  I am also a mother to two children.

Deputy Manager & SENco

My name is Leanne but I'm known as Lee, I'm a Level 3 practitioner with 5 years' experience within a childcare setting working with children from 6 months - 4 years old.  I am also a mummy of two, a 5 year old girl and an 11 year old boy.  My favourite thing about working with young children is to watch them grow and to flourish.


Hello, my name is Deirdre.  

After working in medical science laboratories, I trained to teach and hold a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education).  I taught in a primary school for 16 years and have been working at The Ark since 2009.  I have 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren.  


SENCo Support

My name is Priscilla or Pri for short.  I am part of the BCC Church and was  their Children & Families Co-Ordinator.  Some of you may know me from Pebbles (the Church's twice weekly parent/carer toddler group.  I am studying for a Level 4 SENCo course qualification and after that will be enrolling in an art therapy course.  I love all things creative.  

My name is Suganthini you can call me Sugar. I'm from Sri Lanka. I've been working with children since 2009, because I love to work with children and see them grow. I have level 3 qualification in early years childcare & education. I'm also a mother of two. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and doing art and crafts. I can speak 3 languages: Tamil, Dutch & English.



Deputy Manager & Health & Safety Officer

Hello I started working at The Ark in September 2019.  I am Level 3 trained and have worked with children aged  from 6 months. Before coming to England I worked in childcare in Romania. I am also mother to 2 girls. 


My name is Leanne.  I am a qualified practitioner, holding a NCFE qualification and am trained in paediatric first aid. I am also Mum to a son at secondary school and have worked at the Ark since 2013. I love working with children, every day brings a smile.

Safeguarding Officer
I've worked in the preschool for several years and completed my level 3 in childhood studies. 
My name is Stella. I am a mother of two young children aged 3 and 4.

Before becoming a parent I worked as an early years practitioner with children aged 0-5years.

I have a level 3 qualification in Children's Care, Learning and Development, since 2008 and a level 2 qualification in Early Years Care and Education, 2005.

I have more than 13 years experience working with children aged 0-5 years and I have a passion to see children learn, grow and thrive in educational settings.

I attend BCC Church and work in the creche on Sundays with children under 3 years old. I am also part of the Pebbles team, where I work with both children and their parents, helping them feel part of the community within a baby and toddler group.