Our staff

We at Polstead Preschool are immensely proud of our staff for their passion, dedication and tireless efforts in providing a quality childcare service second to none. We believe it is vital to provide staff with an environment that encourages self-learning, promotes self-assessment and provides continual challenges to enable the person to grow.

Our current team is listed below:

Klara Fergusson

Klara Fergusson

Supervisor

I joined Polstead in 2004 when I was looking to gain hands-on experience working with children after completing my MSc in Child Psychology at Oxford Brookes University, called Child Development and Learning.

Working with children and being able to put my knowledge and skills into practice was so enjoyable that in 2005 I accepted a full time position in the setting. I very much enjoyed progressing my career from an Assistant to Deputy Supervisor and to Supervisor in 2010.

At Polstead, we strive to provide a welcoming and caring atmosphere. We work closely with parents in monitoring and progressing their child's development and our main goal is helping children to develop independence and readiness for school in a safe and nurturing environment.

Qualification level

Level 4

Qualifications

MSC Childcare Development & Learning
Diploma in Pre-School Practice

Other roles

Data Protection Officer,
Fire Safety Officer,
First Aider (Paediatric),
Safeguarding Lead

Adriana Hughes

Adriana Hughes

Deputy Supervisor

Having spent many years working for various international corporations in Brazil and the UK, after becoming a mum I decided on a change of career. I had always wanted to work in childcare and the opportunity arrived in 2009 when I joined Polstead Preschool.

I have a degree in Business and a level 6 qualification in Early Years development. I am an Early Years teacher with a special interest in children with English as an additional language.

Being bilingual myself, I fully understand the challenges faced by children learning a foreign language in a new setting. I am passionate about children and am currently writing a book for a charity in Brazil, aiming to provide training to professionals working with children from underprivileged backgrounds.

Qualification level

Level 6

Qualifications

Early Years Teacher (Level 6)
Early Years Professional Status

Other roles

CLL Co-ordinator,
EAL Officer,
Equality and Diversity Officer,
First Aider (Paediatric)

Kesia Campbell

Kesia Scott

Preschool Assistant

My first experience of Polstead Preschool was as a parent in 2006 and I was immediately impressed with the high level of quality care and the happy relaxed atmosphere.

I quickly joined the management committee and thoroughly enjoyed my role in supporting the staff and children both at that time and when my next child attended Polstead in 2011.

When the opportunity arose to become a full time member of the team I jumped at the chance and have never looked back!

I have always been fascinated with child development and psychology and after starting a family I completed various childcare inclusion, equality and protection training courses as part of my role as designated first aider and arts coordinator at my local family centre.

Since joining Polstead I have completed further training covering safeguarding and first aid, understanding behaviour in the early years, specialist autism training and a level 3 diploma in Early Learning and Childcare.

The specialist skills and interests I bring to Polstead include playing the guitar and ukulele, singing and making up (sometimes silly) songs with the children, fun fitness activities such as rope games, and facilitating relaxation sessions using visualisation, mindfulness and yoga.

Qualification level

Level 3

Qualifications

Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare

Other roles

First Aider (Paediatric),
Health and Safety Officer

Delia Secker-Walker

Delia Secker-Walker

Preschool Assistant

While my children were attending Polstead I took the opportunity to join the committee as a parent volunteer. I loved working with the children and amazing staff so came back after my children had finished to help in a more hands-on capacity.

Qualification level

Level 1

Qualifications

Other roles

First Aider (Paediatric)

Jude Campbell

Jude Campbell

Preschool Assistant

I have recently started at Polstead Preschool and am really happy to be working with such lovely children and supportive parents. Seeing the children grow and learn, and to know that you have played a part in that amazing journey, no matter how small, is extremely rewarding.

Qualification level

Entry Level

Qualifications

Other roles