Meet the team

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Vron Walters

 Owner, Teacher,  

 Forest school, SENCO, DSL

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        Kerry Williams

        Manager, DSL

     Accounts, level 5

      Foundation stage

        Teaching and                              Learning

I work in both Launceston

and Trethorne. I am a

qualified Teacher, Forest

School Lead, SENCO and 

DSL. I love to spend time

with the children where

possible and really enjoy 

being outdoors.

I have a fascination with 

bugs and wildlife in general

and like to explore these

with the children.

 

I normally end up messy by

the end of the day. In my

spare time I have a busy

home life with a large 

family. We like being at home.

I work in both settings. I have been Smiley from the start and have a level 5 qualification in

Teaching and Learning.

I am in charge of the accounts with an ATT qualification. She is our DSL.

I am a bundle of energy and I am always very organised, always smiling and happy and also a bit of a nutter.

I like to watch moto GP with my husband and  cat and runs in my spare time.

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Click on each staff to find out more.

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          Anna Dymond

Deputy Manager, DSL, Healthy U5's, Outdoor play,  Preschool Room Leader

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Jessica Chalk

Preschool Room Leader, QTS,

Hi I am Anna, I am the Deputy Manager of Smiley Happy People and I am mostly based at the Launceston setting. I have a level 3 qualification in Childcare. I am our Healthy Under 5's lead, outdoor play trained and I oversee staff 

and child wellbeing,

I also run the preschool room at the Launceston nursery,

I am calm, well prepared and always organised. I have a great sense of humour and love to take on challenges. In my spare time I am involved with Scouts and love to spend time with my family.

Hi my name is Jessica and I am the room leader of the preschool room at our Trethorne nursery.

I have always wanted to work with children for as long as I can remember, I am trained as a qualified teacher.

My favourite part about working in the preschool room is being able to join in with all the fun!

In my free time I enjoy getting out for food with my friends, watching football and organising activities for my beaver scout group.

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         Donna Meakin

    Toddler Room Leader

               SENCO

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       Anita (NEET                   Billing

Toddler Room Leader

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              Vicky Piper

        Baby Room Leader

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Kirsty White 

Baby Room Leader

I work in the Launceston

setting currently leading the Toddler Room. I am level 3 trained and I worked as an independent

childminder when my children were young.

I have many years experience including forest school training, SENCO I have worked closely with children with additional needs. I really enjoy being outdoors. I like to get down and play with the toddlers guiding and extending their learning.

My own family have grown up so I am enjoying my time with my husband and pets in the countryside.

Hi I’m Nita, I am currently running the Toddler room at Trethorne. I have recently gone back to college and I have done a Level 3 in Child care. 

 

When I am not working you will find me home with my family, I have a husband two children  and a dog which is called  Jess

I enjoy reading when I can find a good book and being outside pottering around the garden tending to my flowers. As family we enjoy going on holiday in our caravan.

I work in the Launceston

setting in the baby room. I have had experience in both nurseries and as a nanny.

 

Throughout my work I have made lifetime friends. I am a

very calm person. I like to spend time with my own family and friends and listening to live music.

While at smiley I have enjoyed learning about the curiosity approach and implementing it in the baby room and garden.

Hi I’m Kirsty and I run the babyroom at our Trethorne setting.

 

I have been working in childcare since 2018 when I had my son Bowie, who is quite a handful shall we say!

In my free time I enjoy time with family and friends, also my hobby which is looking after and riding my horse, which Bowie also enjoys with me.

 

I’m a committed, passionate person and always do my best for the children in my care.

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Daisy Wilby
Nursery Assistant Preschool Room

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Emily Hilliard

Nursery Assistant Preschool, HEY

I am a Level 2 qualified childcare practitioner,

and I am currently working towards my Level 3.

I love creating things and being arty, making and

 listening to music, and being outdoors.

 

I love to explore

 new places and things, and enjoying learning whenever I can.

I am passionate about teaching and spending time with the children.

 I think it’s important that children have the chance to explode and find 

themselves, and I love that we can give them that opportunity here at Smiley Happy People.

Hello my name is Em and I work on the pre-school room.

I have a level 3 qualification in children which I trained in back when I lived in my home town of Frome.

I have a son called Theo, who is my best friend.

Some of you may know me from little pickles which is a group where new mums can meet each other.
 

When I'm not working I love spending time with my family and my zoo!

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Daniel Knight
Nursery Assistant

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Ellie Meakin

Nursery Assistant

Hi My name is Daniel and I am a Nursery Assistant.

I have studied a level 3 at college and have gone on into university to also study Early Childhood Studies.

I have been working in childcare for the last 12 years and I have experience with Baby, Toddler and Preschool rooms.

At home I have my own little family including my 2 year old son Tyler-Jayden who also attends smiley each week.

Hello, my name is Ellie.
I have been in childcare for ten years and have loved every minute of it.

 

I am a qualified level three practitioners do float between both nurseries and all three rooms.

 

In my spare time I am either with my crazy spaniel or driving my mini raising money for the children hospice.

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Mia Andrews

Nursery Assistant

Toddler Room

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Charlotte Cocoran

Toddler Room leader, Level 4, HEY

(Currently on Maternity Leave)

Hello my name is Mia I am level 3 qualified in childcare and have worked over 

both settings.

I currently work at the Launceston setting. I really enjoy exploring 

the outdoors and wildlife with the children.

 

Forest school is one of my favourite 

things to do with the children.

 

In my spare time I like to be with my little boy, 

husband and our dogs walking on the moors seeing all of the wildlife around us .

Hi my name is Charlotte. I am the Toddler Room leader.

In 2016 I completed a Level 3 qualification in Children's Play, Learning and Development.

In my free time I enjoy binging on the latest TV series I have become addicted to, and going to the cinema.

I am currently on maternity leave after giving birth to my own little boy and I shall be back very soon.

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Sofia Skilton

Apprentice

Hi I’m Sofia, I am an apprentice in the babyroom at the Trethorne setting which I am throughly enjoying and learning a lot.

 

I have always enjoyed looking after younger children over the past few years as I have two younger sisters. I look forward to building my career as a passionate practitioner.

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Natalie Moore
Nursery Assistant 

Baby room

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Claire Parnell

Baby Room leader, CP

(Currently on Maternity leave)

I work in the Launceston setting, in the baby room - I joined in January 2021 and already feel like I have made friends throughout the setting!

I have a level two and a level three in childcare 

and have travelled to India and Nepal to volunteer 

with children, this has given me a great insight into 

learning about different cultures.

I have over ten years

experience in childcare with all different age groups.

I am a warm, caring person who loves any kind of messy play, exploring the garden and going for outings with the babies.

In my spare time I love to go and see my friends and family which include my niece and nephews, I like to go swimming when I can, walking the dog and visiting new places…

Hi my name is Claire! I am the Baby Room leader.

I have a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education and enjoys working with all ages particularly with babies.

I have worked for Smiley for many years now.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends and I have 2 children of my own.

I am currently on maternity leave and will be back very soon.

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Karen Sandercook

Chef & Nursery assistant

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Rosie Pickard

Nursery Assistant

Hi I am Karen and I started to work at Smiley in 2014 where I gained my Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Childcare.

Although I have worked in the rooms at both Trethorne and Launceston for many years, I am currently based at Launceston and most recently I'm the Cook at the nursery in Launceston where we follow the healthy under 5's program to provide healthy meals for all the children in the nursery.

I am married and have 5 children of my own and 3 grandchildren as well as 2 dogs which all keeps my home life very busy.

Hi, I'm Rosie! I've been with Smiley for about 8 years now, starting as a student to do my Early Years Professional Status, and I also have a degree in Early Childhood Studies. I've three of my own children at home, I love my time at work, I love being allowed into so many tiny people's lives and helping them grow and have fun! I go between all the rooms, meaning I get to enjoy all the age groups.

Stephanie Lang

Apprentice

I'm steph, a bubbly mummy to two young boys who keep me on my toes,

 

I love children and am a big child at heart. I love playing with the children and attending to all of their needs,

 

Im very smiley and am always happy to chat.

Hi, I'm Gemma, I am an apprentice working towards my level 3 Qualification. I have 2 children of 12 and 4 and wanted to start a career in an area that I enjoy and am passionate about.

 

I love open ended, curious and imaginative play and the opportunities it gives children to develop, explore and learn.

 

I am excited to be part of a team at Smiley Happy People that gives children an environment to learn, grow and develop in a child led way. Spare time is family time and we try to get out to the coast as much as possible, but if at home, art, reading gaming and movies are our favourites.

Gemma Penn

Apprentice