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Our Kempshott Under Fives Preschool Team

Melissa Keane

Manager

Melissa joined Kempshott Under Fives at the beginning of 2017 after moving to the area. Before moving to Basingstoke she was a Deputy Manager at a large preschool in London. She was promoted to Preschool Manager in January 2018 after a successful year as our Deputy.

Melissa has a dog called Coco (who sometimes pops in to visit the children at preschool) and two children - she is kept busy at the weekends with football matches for both of her children.

Melissa loves her work with children and gets most enjoyment out of seeing them progress during their time at preschool.

Qualifications:

  • NVQ Level 3
  • Safeguarding Level 4
  • First Aid
  • The Prevent Duty Trained
  • Food Hygiene Level 2

 

 

Rachael Rosser

Deputy

Rachael joined our team in April 2019 and was promoted to Deputy the following September. She is Level 6 qualified and holds a degree in child development, a diploma in Early Years and a Level 3 TA qualification. Rachael is a very bubbly member of the team and, as her qualifications show, she is extremely passionate about her career in Early Years. Rachael is also our Deputy SENCO at the setting.

Rachael has two children and enjoys reading and family trips to the cinema. She particularly loves musicals - so we're expecting big things at our preschool performances with Rachael's musical expertise! 

Qualifications:

  • Level 6 qualified - BA (Hons) degree in Child Development
  • Safeguarding Level 2
  • First Aid
  • The Prevent Duty Trained 
  • Food Hygiene Level 2

 

 

Sophie Dispinseri

Early Years Practitioner

Sophie joined us in September 2019, having previously worked at Kiddi Caru nursery in Basingstoke. Sophie has worked very hard since being with us and studied hard alongside working full time for her Level 3 qualification in childcare. She is very passionate about working with children and gets the most pleasure from seeing them gain independence and grow.  

In her spare time Sophie is kept on her toes by her two children.

Qualifications:

  • NVQ Level 3
  • Safeguarding Level 2
  • First Aid
  • The Prevent Duty Trained 
  • Food Hygiene Level 2

 

 

Alison Cuss

Acting Deputy / Early Years Practitioner

Alison has been involved with both our Kempshott and Hatch Warren Under Fives Preschools for a number of years teaching yoga to our little ones. Through her preschool yoga classes we could see what a wonderful way she has of working with our children, so we were delighted that she joined our team at Kempshott Under Fives in 2020. 

Alison has a HNC in Early Childhood Studies (level 4) and has worked in childcare and school settings for over 20 years. She loves chatting to the children and building up their language skills and she is fully qualified to teach children's yoga. Speech and Language and Mental Health and Wellbeing in children are both areas she feels passionate about. She is a trained speech and language specialist and was invaluable in preschool during COVID when all outside speech and language services were unavailable or appointments delayed for families.

Alison is also our acting Deputy manager.

Alison enjoys crafting and baking in her spare time, especially with her two daughters.

Qualifications:

  • Level 4 qualified (HNC Early Childhood Studies)
  • Safeguarding Level 2
  • First Aid
  • The Prevent Duty Trained 
  • Food Hygiene Level 2

 

 

Angela Blomquist

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and Behaviour Co-ordinator (BeCo)

Angela is the SENCO across both Kempshott and Hatch Warren Under Fives Preschools, spending time at each of our settings during the week. She was Deputy at Kempshott until 2019 and is now Manager at our sister setting, Hatch Warren Under Fives. She has worked across both of our preschools since 2006, specialising in Special Educational Needs (SEN). She has successfully completed Makaton (sign language) training as well as a variety of speech and language training and keeps up-to-date with ongoing training courses. Angela is Level 6 qualified and holds a degree in Early Years Education. 

Angela works on a 1 to 1 basis with a number of children who have significant special educational needs. She finds it extremely rewarding and enjoyable to see these children make considerable progress during their time at preschool and is very proud that she is able to support the children and their families at the beginning of their educational lives.

Qualifications:

  • Level 6 qualified - BA(Hons) degree in Early Years Education
  • Specialising in Special Educational Needs (SEN) since 2013
  • First Aid
  • Safeguarding Level 4
  • The Prevent Duty Trained
  • Food Hygiene Level 2