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Our Wonderful Staff

Our staff have many years of experience not only as Early Years Practitioners but also as parents themselves.

Lynne Selby is our Preschool Leader and she is supported by an excellent team!

Lynne Selby: (BA hons) Early Years Teacher. Preschool Manager and SENCO

Photograph of Lynne Selby

"I achieved Early Years Teacher Status in July 2015. This followed a BA (Hons) in Educational Leadership- Children's Workforce in 2014. I became Panda Playgroup Leader in January 2017 starting my career in childcare in 2000. First as a childminder. Moving onto Preschools as my children moved on to school. I have done various courses in childcare including Cache Level 3 in childminding practice, NVQ in Children's care, Foundation Degree completed in 2013 followed by BA and EYTS.

I have done a wide range of courses in special needs including Speech and Language, Autism, Disability Awareness, Portage, Sensory Impairment and Forest Schools. I enjoy helping the children learn new things and love to celebrate their achievements. I am dedicated to give the children in my care the best possible outcome. I continue my own professional development to keep up to date with the latest learning and development.

Being the playgroup leader I am responsible for supporting the staff team in their development and learning. As a team we deliver a high quality provision where the children are at the heart of everything we do."

Marie Burke: Level 3. Deputy Manager, Leader of Sticky Mitts and Tiny Tots

Hello, my name is Marie Burke. I have been working with children for over 20 years and have a Level 3 BTec National Diploma in Childhood Studies. I have worked in a school nursery then as a nanny for several families until I had my own little girl (who is now 7), then I started working in preschool settings. I have been at Panda's since May 2021. I love working with children, they are amazing, and I love how their little brains work. No two days are ever the same at preschool!! I particularly enjoy all things messy, being outside, reading stories and singing songs.

In my spare time, I love going camping with my family in our camper van and being outdoors! I love to help at Rainbows and sometimes I'm lucky enough to be an elf for Santa!

Jean Daubney: Level 5 Early Years Practitioner.

Level 5 in Young Children’s Learning & Development. I endeavour to keep up to date and continue my Early Years knowledge through online courses offered by Early Years providers. I started my Early Years career in 2001 by becoming a volunteer at my local playgroup and progressed over the next 20 years through many roles to manager. I most enjoy working ‘hands on’ with young children encouraging them to learn and develop through their play.

My interests are travel both home and abroad, looking after my 2 guinea pigs, reading, knitting and gardening.

Katie Prole: Level 2 Early Years Practitioner.

I have a Level 2 in Child Development and am currently studying for my Level 3 in Childcare and Education. I have been part of Pandas since November 2019. Before that I volunteered in a primary school in Early Years.

In my free time, I like spending time with my family and friends.