Staff Team

Management Team

Ashley Hopkins
Deputy Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ashley joined the team in September 2016 and brings nine years of experience working with children from babies to After School Club. Ashley graduated in October 2016 with a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies. He has a keen interest in the outdoors and is looking forward to training as a Forest School Leader in 2017.  


Louise Ashwell-Symes
Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Louise joined the Barnkids team in 2010 and holds Early Years Teacher status along with an BSc (Hons) Degree in Economics, Finance and Banking as well as a keen interest in mathematics. Her Forest School Leader (Level 3) qualification ignited memories of her own childhood experiences and allows the setting to ensure that the outdoor learning environment is just as valued as the indoors.

Loren McGown
Deputy Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Loren joined the team in 2015 and brings seven years of experience working with children aged 6mths to 11years. She has completed a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years Education through a sector endorsed course. This method of studying has enabled Loren to regularly apply past and current theories to practice, developing a further understanding into young children’s learning and development.

Carol Martin

Carol is the hub of Barnkids communication; answering phone calls, liaising through e-mails and managing our busy diary which includes co-ordinating settling in sessions for our new starters. This blesses Louise and Loren with extra time away from their office duties to make themselves available for children, practitioners and parents.

Nest Team (Baby Room)

Claire Jordan
Room Leader 

Claire holds an NVQ (Level 3) in Childcare and has completed the Surrey Early Years Wonder Years training, focusing specifically on under 2’s. She has been with the Nest since it’s opening in March 2015 and from helping build the furniture to settling in our first babies, Claire has played a huge part in developing the room to how it is seen today.

Caroline Saunders
Nursery Assistant

NVQ (Level 3) Childcare & Education and Forest School Leader (Level 1)

Karen James
Nursery Assistant (Works across all age-groups)

NVQ (Level 3) Playwork

Chicken Run (Toddler Room)

Tracey Webb
Room Leader

Tracey holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years, Education and Leadership and has also completed her Early Years Teacher Training. Tracey is the face of the Chicken Run and can often be found co-ordinating some form of ‘messy play’ which is a favourite activity for her and our toddlers.

Megan Warren
Nursery Assistant

Nursery Assistant – Megan Warren

Caroline Gray
Nursery Assistant

Nursery Assistant – Caroline Gray

Emma Reina
Nursery Assistant (Chicken Run & Nest)

Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (Level 3)

Barn Team (Pre-School)

Jodie Hammond
Room Leader

Jodie holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies and has gained experience working within a school as well as pre-school. Jodie is dedicated to supporting the Barn children in their run up to school and plans effective and well thought out activities to support this.

Mike McKenna
Forest School, After School and Holiday Club Leader

 NVQ (Level 3) Childcare, Learning & Development and Forest School Leader (Level 3)

Tamzin Greggs
Forest School Assistant

Tamzin Greggs – Forest School Leader (Level 3)

Helen Searle
Pre-School Assistant
Carmen Powell
Pre-School Assistant (Barn & Chicken Run)

 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (Level 3)

Sarah Travis
Pre-School Assistant

NVQ (Level 3) Childcare & Education and Forest School Leader (Level 1)

Becky Lee
Pre-School Assistant and SENCO

NVQ (Level 3) Childcare & Education and Child Psychology Diploma