Our Staff

Amy Sharp

Amy is Chestnuts Pre-school Manager and joined us in January 2018. Amy has level 3 and 5 qualifications in Early Years and management and also has an Early Years assessing qualification. She qualified in 1997 and has worked in a variety of settings during her career. Amy is also SENDCo and join DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead).

Sue Tabb

Sue is Chestnuts Pre-school Deputy Manager and joined the setting as an assistant in 2005, then qualifying in 2008. Sue’s additional roles at Chestnuts include Deputy SENDCO, Deputy DSL and LLP (Lead Language Practitioner) – coordinating the enhancement of language development.

Lindsey Preston

Lindsey is a level 3 Early Years Practitioner and is 3rd in charge at Chestnuts Pre-school. She is also Lead Early Years Practitioner, and joint DSL, and she joined us in April 2005, qualifying in 2006.

Kathryn Anderson


Kathryn has been our Administrator since April 2004. Although Kathryn has worked as an Early Years Practitioner, she is now a full-time Administrator. Kathryn brings a wealth of experience to Chestnuts, knowing our procedures inside and out and will help every parent through the tour and registration process.

Gemma Herridge

Gemma joined Chestnuts in 2022 as a qualified level 3 Early Years Practitioner with experience since 1997. She also holds a level 3 management qualification.

Hannah John

Hannah has worked at Chestnuts as an Early Years Practitioner since January 2018. She completed her Level 3 qualification in 2021, having held a level 2 qualification since 2017.

Rachel Gammon

Rachel first joined the Chestnuts team in 2009 and has previously worked as a key person. She now works as part of our bank team, covering for team members where necessary and also working with children on a 1:1 basis where required. Rachel is a qualified Level 3 Early Years Practitioner.

Sonia Bath

Sonia joined Chestnuts in 1998 as a Nursery Assistant. She supports the Early Years Practitioners in their roles as key people and forms strong relationships with all of the children, contributing to their learning and development.

Yulissa Mejia

Yuli joined Chestnuts in April 2020 and now works as an unqualified Early Years Practitioner supporting her key children in their learning and development. Yuli has worked in the Early Years industry since 2016 and will be taking on her level 3 qualification.

Sandra Arcila

Sandra moved to Wokingham in 2021 and had joined us as our cleaner from January 2022.

Michelle Jenner

Shelly joined Chestnuts in September 2020 as a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner. Shelly qualified level 3 in 2014 and achieved a Foundation Degree in Education in 2016. She supports all children’s learning and development and brings a wealth of experience, working in the industry since 2011.

Phyllis Maguire-Harrington

Phyllis joined us in April 2020 as a level 4 Early Years Practitioner. Phyllis brings a wealth of experience, qualifying in 2005 and having worked in other early years settings including nurseries, nannying and managing her own setting for many years.

Nicole Ng

Nicole joined us in March 2022  as a Pre-school Assistant supporting the children at lunch club and as a member of our Bank staff . Nicole has taught music for the last 20 years prior to joining us.

Helena Jones

Helena joined us in September 2019 as our bookkeeper, she helps with the financial aspects of running Chestnuts.

Christina Evans

Christina joined us in 2021 as lunch club assistant. Christina has been in other caring roles, including Scout leading. Christina supports the children’s individual needs during lunch time, offering them many opportunities to learn.