Meet the team!

Here at Impstones & Cherry Trees we have a dedicated and caring team to guide your child(ren) through the first part of their learning journey.

 

All the team members are Paediatric First Aid qualified (which includes Epilepsy and Epipen Training) and have a minimum of Safeguarding Level 3.

 

We are also working towards being a Communication Friendly setting, having undertaken training in Makaton and use of Visual Aids.

AMANDA DAVIES

MANAGER

Lead Safeguarding Officer (LV 4)

Lead SENCO

Family Liaison

 

 

Hi, I'm Amanda and I've been working at Impstones since February 2008 and have been the Manager since December 2012.

 

I have lived in Tadley for most of my life and am married with 2 children, who are now both at college!!  They both attended Impstones, which is how I began working here:)

 

I have a great passion for educating children and feel this early stage of their development plays a vital role in how they will grow throughout their school life and then on in to adulthood. 

 

I look forward to working with your child(ren) and your family to help you with the transition of separation and then on to 'big school' life!!

VICKIE JONES

Deputy Manager

Speech & Language Lead

 

Hi, my name is Vickie. I live in Baughurst with my husband and four boys!

 

I started working at Impstone in October 2014 and I am thoroughly enjoying my days at the preschool. Previously I was a paediatric nurse on the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital which I thoroughly enjoyed, however, I left to focus on my family.

 

I take great pride in working as part of a team and helping, along with the other team members, to give your child(ren) a positive, secure, fun and safe environment to help their future learning.

 

I am excited to be working with your family and I am always available if you need to discuss anything.

KERRI CARRUTHERS

Senior Practitioner

 

Hi. I’m Kerri. I live in Pamber Heath with my husband, four lively boys and my rescue dog. I am a really busy, active person with a passion for children and the outdoors. 

 
I have a degree in sociology and philosophy. I worked in public relations and media for a charity for several years before becoming a Mum. I then had four boys’ in 6 years and was kept very busy at home learning from my four very energetic and individual children! 
 
You may recognise me as an elected Basingstoke Borough Councillor representing Tadley and Pamber. I have been a Councillor for 5 years. I grew up in Tadley after moving here at the age of 9. My Dad was a Councillor before me and I share his passion for our community which is why I chose to follow in his footsteps. 
 
8 years ago I began my first job in a pre-school. I love working in Early Years and have learnt an enormous amount from the incredible colleagues, children and families with whom I have had the pleasure to work with. I completed my level 3 qualification early on in my Early Years career. I have experience of working with SEN children, most recently as a 1:1 for a child with complex needs. I am really excited to be part of the Impstone team whilst doing what I love in this amazing community and I am really looking forward to working with you and your children. 

SAMANTHA KUFLIK

Senior Practitioner

 

Hello, I am Sam & I recently joined the Impstone Team for a second time…I can’t keep away!!  Impstone Preschool has been close to my heart since my son, Charlie joined in 2012. I felt so comfortable, supported & impressed I wanted to part of it, so I began volunteering before joining the Parent Management Committee first as Secretary & then as Chairperson before finally leaving the committee to become a trainee practitioner whilst I studied for my Early Years qualification, Which I was successful in achieving.

I left in 2018 to spend time with my family, manage home projects & then embark on a new role as a Personal Assistant. However, I have a passion for Early Years education & feel strongly about children being nurtured at this time, both within the home & in a preschool setting. So, when a Practitioner role came up, I didn’t hesitate to apply & here I am!

I am local, having been brought up in Pamber Heath, educated locally & so are my children; both having attended Impstone Preschool (as it was then). I spend a lot of my time driving my children to various clubs, walking my dog, reading & seeing my lovely friends.

I believe in the ethos of Impstone & Cherry Trees Preschool; your child(ren) are cherished, educated, encouraged, safe & supported when they come here & I feel proud to be part of the Team once again.

I am looking forward to meeting you & your child(ren).

EMMA NICHOLSON 

Senior Practitioner

 

 

Hi my name is Emma and I live in Tadley, where I grew up, with my husband and four gorgeous, crazy children.
Before Impstone I did my degree in politics (and a bit of psychology) at Cardiff University, while also taking part in a student tutoring programme at a junior school.

I have also taken various courses such as child nutrition and health, educational psychology, understanding behaviour in 0-5 year olds and makaton. Currently I am just finishing my level 2 in mental health in children and young people.

I bring textbook knowledge,  real life experience, and a passion for learning through play to nurture confident, resilient, curious minds and a solid foundation for good education.

 
I started at Impstone as bank staff in 2018 (with my third child) and was welcomed into a wonderfully supportive, caring, inspirational team and did my early years educator level 3 qualification.
 
Now I join the team (with my fourth child) as a permanent member of staff, very much looking forward to meeting you and your child(ren).

 

EMILY WESCOMBE

Senior Practitioner

 

 

Hello All, my name is Emily Jade. I joined the team in November 2021, so I am still a newbie, but very much settled into working life again. I had taken some time off to have my second child and spend time with both my children. My children are now 4years old and 2years old.

I am a qualified Level 3 Nursery Practitioner. I have worked in numerous nurseries with children aged 0-5years. I was also a Mothers Help during college and a Nanny before having my own babies.

I have followed in my mother's footsteps who is also a qualified nursery nurse. She is now a teaching assistant at a local school, but also ran her own preschool in Baughurst.

I am a bubbly, happy and friendly person. I think the messier the better and am super art and crafty. I love to explore different sensory materials to build something and explore a child's imagination.

 

I am very excited to get to know your child(ren) and share their excitement in learning new things in their adventures at Impstone and Cherry Trees.


Lotsa love
Emily Jade

 

JENNIFER NASH - ON MATERNITY LEAVE

Junior Practitioner

 

 

Hey! My name is Jennifer and I live in Tadley with my partner and three children.

I've been part of this team for a long while now! I started here on a college placement in Dec 2012 came back again in Dec 2013. I then got employed at the beginning of 2014 and have basically been here ever since (with some time off to have my babies!) I am planning to get my Level 3 in childcare in the near future!!

I have another job at Tadley swimming pool as a swim teacher. I've worked there since 2012, so you may see me there sometimes too!

I take great pride and happiness in the work I do to make sure you and your children are happy and settled in our setting.

Love to get to know you and your family and look forward the adventure ahead of us! X

KIM WILKINS

Junior Practitioner

 

 

INFO TO FOLLOW....

We work closely with local schools and colleges, which means at times we will have Student Practitioners within the setting.  All of whom will be assessed for suitability and a dedicated mentor will be with them at all times during their assignment to our setting.

 

Our belief in learning doesn't stop as soon as a child moves on to 'big school'!

 

We truly believe learning is for life and we actively encourage all those that would like to learn in whatever way we can, no matter what their age!

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