Meet the Team




Gemma Thomas – Manager, SENCO, Key worker NVQ level 3.  I hold a Level 3 diploma in Early Years Education. Working with children has always been my dream and for me there is nothing more rewarding than helping them reach their milestones.







Jackie Pennyfather – Deputy Manager, key worker, SENCO  NNEB Diploma in Childcare and Education – Level 3.  I have 16 years experience of working in Childcare. I have always enjoyed being part of a team and have a passion for working with children. For me personally, the skills I’ve learnt over the years enables me to give children the support and care they need, help to prepare them for school life, and all whilst having fun along the way with learning, laughing and playing games.




Dawn Goodacre – Key Worker, ENCO, NVQ Level 3 NNEB. I have worked with children for numerous years. I joined Small Steps after having my own little boy who is now 18 months old and I am very excited to have become part of the Small Steps family.







Jane Waldock – Key Worker.                                     NVQ Level 2 & Safeguarding Level 3.  I have worked with children  aged 3 months – 10 years  for over fifteen years so have lots of experience. I especially enjoy anything creative and love sharing this enthusiasm with the littlest of artists, encouraging their imagination, speech and motor skills while they explore creative activities. I love  working with pre-school children as they are like little sponges with so much to learn and lots of new things to experience.




Linda Harriss – Pre-School Assistant, Health and Safety Officer. I have been involved with Small Steps since 2012, as a parent, a committee member, a parent volunteer and now as a member of staff.





Kirsty Teader- Deputy Manager, Key worker Foundation Degree in Early Years








Lucie Byrne- Trainee-NCFE Cache Level 2 for Early Years Practitioner