Karen Portrait



  • City & Guilds - Caring for Children 0-7 years
  • First Aid
  • Special Needs Training
  • SENCO Course
  • Initial Fire Awareness Course
  • Inter Agency Training
  • Food Safety in Catering
  • Child Protection
  • Persona Doll Training
  • Advanced Child Protection Training (Sept 2013)
  • Various ongoing courses each year

I chose childcare as a career back then, as this meant I would be home with my own children, when they were off on their school holidays as the hours would be the same. I didn't think for one minute that 23 years later I would still be here!!!! I'm pleased to be able to say I have had the privilege of working with so so many lovely families and their wonderful children over the years watching them grow and develop into confident little people ready to take their next big steps and adventures in moving on to big school!!

Itís when they come back 12 years later to join you for work experience and tell you that they remember their times with you as being a fun and happy time that makes it all worthwhile.

I now have two gorgeous grandsons, who on my days off I have and take out on adventures, so I guess I was cut out to be in childcare longer than I ever thought I would be.

Debbie Portrait


Deputy Supervisor

  • NVQ2 - Early Years Care & Education
  • NVQ3 - Early Years Care & Education (Apr 10)
  • INCO/SENCO Training (ongoing)
  • First Aid
  • Foundation Degree(Arts) in Early Years Care & Education. Started Sept 10 (ongoing)
  • Various ongoing courses each year

After having my two girls, I decided I would love to work with children. Both my girls attended Peacock Pre School and I was always very impressed with their high level of care and the supportive ethos of the school. I asked Peacock Preschool if I could work there voluntarily in September 2007, to enable me to achieve my NVQ2 and was subsequently employed by them in October 2008. I continued with my studies and now hold a BA (Hons) Degree in Training and Education and have Early Years Teacher Status. I am very lucky because I completely love my job and feel very privileged to be working with such lovely families and children. I am the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator and very driven to support all the children, but particularly those with special needs as this area of work is a real passion of mine. I adore animals and am completely mad about bunnies!!

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