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Meet the Team

(Team Photo Credit: Caroline Kearsley Photography)

 
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Kathryn Dennis

Manager

Kathryn graduated from the University of London with a BSc Honours degree in 1996. In 1997 she completed a PGCE in Primary Education at Exeter University specialising in Early Years teaching. For 22 years, Kathryn worked as a primary school teacher in a large nursery and infant school near St Austell. During this time, she taught all year groups and developed a passion for working in the Early Years. She was a reception class teacher, early years and senior leader at the school for many years. In April 2019 Kathryn started work at a Nursery in Redruth allowing her to continue to work in the early years closer to home.  She became manager at Ponsanooth Pre-School in September 2020. Kathryn is Safeguarding, SEN and Paediatric First Aid trained and has a Food Hygiene Certificate. Outside work she is married with 2 teenage children. Kathryn enjoys camping in her campervan in France and Spain. She enjoys spending time outdoors walking and cycling and is a keen supporter of her children's football and netball teams.

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Jane McAllister

Deputy Manager

Jane works at the Pre-School and Out of Hours Club as the Deputy Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.  She has worked at Ponsanooth Pre-School since 1998.  She qualified as an Early Years Practitioner with a BTEC National Diploma in 1999 at Cornwall College.  Jane is Paediatric First Aid trained and has completed courses in Safeguarding, domestic abuse, Makaton and Healthy Eating for Under 5s.  Jane is actively involved in fundraising for the Pre-School and is working hard to enhance our outdoor area.
Jane lives with her family in Ponsanooth and has two Grandsons.  In her spare time, Jane enjoys walking and volunteering for a dog welfare charity.

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Sue Cooper

Early Years Practitioner

Breakfast and After School Club

Sue works at the Pre-School and Out of Hours Club as an Early Years Pratitioner and Communication and Language Co-Ordinator.  She has worked at Ponsanooth Pre-School since 2001.  She has a Level 3 Cache Diploma in Childcare from Cornwall College.  Sue is Paediatric First Aid, Level 2 Safeguarding, Emotion Coaching, Teacher Talk, Wrap Prevent and Makaton trained.  Sue lives in Redruth and has 4 sons.  In her spare time, she likes to walk her dog, cycling and yoga.

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Jo Ingall

Early Years Practitioner

Breakfast and After School Club

Jo works at the Pre-School and Out of Hours Club as and Early Years Practitioner and Deputy SENCO.  She is a level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioner and has a degree in Business and Tourism.  She has worked at Ponsanooth Pre-School since 2010 when her youngest child started.  Jo is Paediatric First Aid trained and has completed courses in safeguarding, Makaton and numerous SEN courses.
Jo lives with her family in Ponsanooth and has 4 children, 2 currently at university.  Jo enjoys being outside, dog walking and exploring the countryside.

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Beth Green

Early Years Practitioner

Breakfast and After School Club

Beth is a Pre-School and Out of Hours Club Assistant and has worked at Ponsanooth Pre-School for nearly 4 years.  She has a Level 2 Diploma in Childcare and is currently working towards her Level 3 in Cornwall.  Beth is Paediatric First Aid trained. Beth’s hobbies include Tae kwon do which she has been doing for 5 years.  She has also assisted with teaching Tae kwon do to children.

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Pip Lewin

Early Years Practitioner

Breakfast and After School Club

Pip works part time at the Pre-School and Out of Hours Club.  She is qualified with a City and Guilds Level 2 in the Children’ and Young People’s Workforce in June 2015.  Pip joined Ponsanooth Preschool in 2012, previously volunteering for the local Brownie Group for several years.  Pip is Paediatric First Aid Trained, and has completed courses in Safeguarding, Emotion Coaching, Makaton, and Dance and Arts.  She is currently studying Level 2 in Children and Young People’s Mental Health.
Pip lives with her two daughters, a pug and a cat.  She enjoys walking, pilates and a variety of creative arts including weaving and pattern design.

 
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