Baby Bear Staff 

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Kharinna Brooks.

Early Years Practitioner

I'm Kharinna and I have been dancing and working with children for over 7 years. I am currently doing my Level 3 qualification in Early Years and I love that I can share my passion for dance with the children and teach them how to express themselves through movement and music".

Matilde Vilona

Baby Room Assistant.

 Matilde joined us in November 2021

Little Bear Staff 


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Sarah Duester.

Little Bear Room Leader.

"I have been at Stepping Stones since 2002 and worked predominantly in Little Bear room for 19 years. I hold an NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Early Years Care and Education and also currently hold Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Prevent Duty and FGM certificates. I enjoy helping the children to reach their developmental milestones as well as encouraging them to be happy, confident and independent". 


Marnie Nixon.

Early Years Practitioner.

Pooh Bear Staff 

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Claire Ind

Early Years Practitioner.​

Claire is Level 3 & has rejoined us in Jan 22 after a short break 


Ella Wilsdon

Early Years Apprentice.​

“Hi, I’m Ella and I joined Stepping Stones in October 2020 for my work experience placement, but I have now decided to start an apprenticeship here to complete my Level 3 qualification. I look forward to coming to the nursery each week and cannot wait to complete my Level 3".

Paddington Bear Staff 

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Emily Woodward.

Nursery Manager and Paddington Room Leader.

"I have been part of the Stepping Stones family since January 2020 and have loved every single minute of it! I currently hold a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies (Level 6) and have recently undertaken specialist training in Leadership and Management. I have worked with children from the age of 17 and believe that I was always meant to do this. Everyday I enjoy watching the emotions on children's faces when introducing them to new and exciting activities and helping them to achieve their own personal goals. My favourite things to do with the children are scientific experiments, baking and creating adventurous role play scenarios in the woodlands, using our natural world to support our children's imaginations".

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Sarah Kitching.

Early Years Practitioner.

"I have worked with children and in Early Years Settings for over 17 years and been at Stepping Stones Nursery for the last 7 years. I have a Level 3 diploma in Childcare and Early Years. I love to see the children learning and exploring the wonders of the natural world and believe that all children are special and individual and deserve the best possible start in life".

Supporting staff

Charlotte Bonner

Early Years Assistant.

 Kitchen Staff 

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Silvia De Martini


"I joined Stepping Stones in April 2014 and hold a Level 2 certificate in Food Hygiene training. Before becoming the nursery chef, I started working in the Baby Room and was an early years practitioner for 3 years. I love that I can share my food with the children and can happily say that everyone can now speak some Italian."