About Us & Our Staff

About Us

We currently have 15 members of staff, 14 of whom work directly with the children, all are qualified and continuing their professional development, they hold first aid certificates and DBS. We use the outside area everyday, for races, ball games, bikes etc, during the warmer weather the session is opened up and brought outside under covered areas. 

Our Staff

Karen   Karen Barnes - Manager / SENCO

NVQ Level 3
First Aider

Hello, my name is Karen Barnes and I have been working at New Millside for over 10 years, starting as an Assistant and now SENDCO. 

I have 3 children ranging from 34 to 16 years old and 3 grandchildren age 11 to 2.  I think this gives me a great understanding of the concerns, wishes, aspirations and needs from all perspectives.  I am committed to the idea of ‘every child is a unique child’ and am passionate about getting to know fully every child at New Millside, so that I can help them to feel completely safe and understood.  I feel strongly that a positive first experience of education is essential and at this age that means a place where you feel acknowledge, praised and encouraged.

I have a Diploma Level 3 in Childcare & Development, SENDCo training, Advanced Speech & Language training and a variety of child development courses including English as an Additional Language and Makaton, Pediatric First Aid & Epilepsy.  I am currently working towards a Diploma in Autism Awareness and have a good basic understanding of French & Spanish.
Jacky   Jacky Hobbs - Business Manager

I am the Business Manager for New Millside and have been since 1998.  I originally started on the committee as Secretary, sadly we were on the verge of closure due to a lack of staff, myself and another member of the committee agreed to take on the day to day running with immediate effect.  My role has grown considerably over the years, starting at 5 hours per week and now around 35-40. I am responsible for the registration of all new children, approx. 40 each year, maintaining the waiting list, fees, funding and generally running the business side of the pre-school alongside the committee.

I have no childcare qualifications, apart from pediatric first aid, but both my girls, aged 23 & 21 attended New Millside and now my grandson is attending.  I have seen many changes over the years, including moving to our current building approx. 8 years ago and I am looking forward to our plans for the future.
  Lucie Baker - Deputy Manager / QTS

Hi, my name is Lucie Baker. I have been married for 5 years and am a mother of two boys aged six and three. My youngest son currently attends New Millside Pre-School and my eldest attends Broughton Infant School.

I recently joined the staff in September as a 1-2-1 before taking on the role of Deputy Manager. Prior to joining, I helped run a community centre, worked at a private day nursery as well as teaching for a year. I have a Bachelor of Education Degree in Primary Education from the University of Bedfordshire.

Outside of work, I enjoy baking, reading, walking and spending quality time with my family.
Sandy   Sandy Booker - Assistant

Working towards Level 3
First Aider

Hello, my name is Sandy Booker, I have been married for 29 years and have 2 girls aged 19 & 21.  I have been working at New Millside for the last 10 years and during that time I have attended many different courses, including Safeguarding and Health and Safety,  I have recently completed a Diploma in Level 3 Childcare and Development.  In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog.
Nazia   Nazia Shaheen - Assistant

NVQ Level 2
First Aider

My name is Nazia and I have been with New Millside for 3 years.  I started as a lunch club assistant and I worked my way up to full time.  This was my first job when I finished college and I love my job.  I have many nieces and nephews so lots of experience of being with children.  I love to watch children grow and develop their personalities.
Aneeka   Aneeka Amjad - Assistant/EAL Lead

NVQ Level 2
First Aider

My name is Aneeka and I am a level two qualified practitioner.  I started part time at New Millside after leaving college in 2014 and I am now full-time.  I love working with children and seeing their personalities develop and I love working with the team.  I am a creative, down to earth person and I love to spend time with my family and look after my nieces and nephews.
Stephanie   Stephanie Raby - Assistant

NVQ Level 2

Hello my name is Stephanie Raby I have been married for 11 years and have 3 children being 2 girls and 1 boy aged 10, 8, and 6. I also have a baby boy due in April!

I have worked for New Millside Pre-school for 18 months and I love it here!   I have over 13 years’ experience in the childcare sector with a qualification in NVQ 2.

It's my passion to see the development of the children through early years and I believe the support we provide will help them shape their future when moving into mainstream school.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my own children and of course my husband!
  Nadia Qadir - Assistant

Sandy   Sandy Catton - 1-2-1 Assistant

Level 3
First Aider

My name is Sandy Catton and I have been married for 14 years. Before coming to New Millside, I had worked in the childcare sector for 6 years as a home based childminder, during which time I attended regular courses, workshops and IABN's, as well as completing my Level 3 Diploma.

I believe that every child is unique and that all children should have access to the resources and support, that may enable them to reach their full potential. 

In my spare time I love to run and spend time with my own family. 
Mahdia   Mahdia Benyessaad - 1-2-1 Assistant

First Aider

My name is Mahdia Benyessaad and I have 2 lovely boys (12y and 6y) I have over 8 years experience of working with children of varying abilities as working with therapists , after gaining my NVQ2 in childcare , I always felt my vocation was in helping children reach their full potential.
  Charlie Phillips - Apprentice

First Aider

Hello, my name is Charlie. I am 19 years old and currently an apprentice at the New Millside Pre-school working towards my level 2 Certificate in childcare and development with Aylesbury College.

I love children and watching them progress and seeing their true personalities blossom as they grow older. It is a true passion of mine and I am very excited for my future in childcare. 

I have two younger sisters aged 10 and 3. From a young age I had always enjoyed helping out with them and watching them grow. My personality is very calm yet positive and in my spare time I love being with my family and enjoy walking/exploring through different and new places.