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
Paediatric First Aid

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

I have 3 children ranging from 37 to 18 years old and 3 grandchildren age 12 to 4. All three of my grandchildren attended New Millside, the youngest still attends, and my youngest daughter also attended.
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 acknowledged, praised and encouraged. 

I have a Diploma Level 3 in Childcare & Development, SENDCo training, designated safeguarding officer 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 completed levels 1 to 3 in Autism Awareness which includes managing a setting and teaching autism awareness. I have a good basic understanding of French and Spanish.
  Charlie Phillips - Deputy Manager

First Aider

Hello, my name is Charlie. I am 20 years old and currently an apprentice at the New Millside Pre-school working towards my level 3 Certificate in childcare and development with Aylesbury College.

I originally completed my apprenticeship as a level 2 last year and am now so happy to be gaining my level 3 at new millside too!

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 11 and 4. 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.
Sandy   Sandy Booker - Deputy SENDCO

Working towards Level 3
First Aider

Hello my name is Sandy Booker, i have been working at New Millside for 12 years.

I am married and have two girls aged 21 and 23. I have a Diploma Level 3 in Childcare and Development and a  Paediatric First Aid  qualification, more recently I attended a course on self-regulation for behaviour.

I was  appointed as Deputy SENDCO from September 2017. I love helping the children feel safe and explore their world through playing and having fun.

I enjoy gardening and walking my dog .
  Lucie Baker - Assistant

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.
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 Amjad; I have been working at New Millside since 2014.

I am married and I am level two qualified practitioner. I started as a lunch club assistant as part time and worked my way up to first full time, then to Eal lead and now to room leader. I have also worked with children with additional needs and have achieved tier 1 autism training. I have completed many courses for my role and will do so in the future.

I have always loved to work with children and seeing their little personality’s blossom. I am very creative and absolutely love messy play. I am enthusiastic for my future ahead in childcare. I can speak English, Urdu and Potwari. I have many nieces and nephews who I spend time with on a regular basis and enjoy it very much most of who have attended New Millside Pre-school.

I am the second eldest sister in the family I have one elder sister who also works at New Millside and a younger sister is currently a volunteer here, and one younger brother. I also have my Aunty that also works here with her youngest child attending at the moment.
Stephanie   Stephanie Raby - Assistant

NVQ Level 2

Hello my name is Stephanie Raby I have been married for 13 years and have 4 children being 2 girls and 2 boys aged 12, 10, 8 and 1.

I have worked for New Millside Pre-school for 4 years and I love it here!   I have over 15 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

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.