Barnies Day Nurseries and Pre-schools
  • Ann WindsorClick me for more...

    Ann Windsor

    Hello my name is Ann, I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years and Early Years Teacher Status and a Level 3 qualification in Playwork. I am the specialist for Safeguarding and Health and Safety across the settings.

    Childcare wasn’t my early career path having initially qualified in Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing after leaving school. Much as it was a rewarding experience it was however only short term. A chance meeting redirected my career path into women’s fashion retail where I progressed rapidly into management working right across the South of the country and often into Oxford Street and the West End.

    Having children and working in an environment quickly embracing longer opening hours and days (we were still closed on a Sunday then) became increasingly difficult and as the start of school for my oldest child grew closer the need for a career change was imminent. Hence the birth of Barnies, temporarily named due to the conversion of a barn.

    Barnies continues to thrive as the small personal environment I had aspired for, in which children can be lovingly embraced and nurtured to grow into confident young people as they enter school. I am proud to lead our family ethos and values and look forward to welcoming all to our settings.

  • Shannon GoodwinClick me for more...

    Shannon Goodwin
    Area Manager

    Hello my name is Shannon. I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years and Early Years Teacher Status. I also have a Level 3 qualification in Playwork. I was the founder member of Barnies helping to set up the first ‘little’ Barnies in 1996. My passion has always been about working with children qualifying with the old NNEB on leaving school.

    I lead the teams in all settings in any and every aspect but am also the specialist for SENCO and Managing Behaviour providing support and training for both staff and parents.

    I have 2 children of my own that keep me busy and especially now they play my own sport of netball.

  • Alison CombenClick me for more...

    Alison Comben
    Administration and Senior Practitioner

    Hello my name is Alison although most people call me Ali. I have a Level 3 qualification in early years childcare and education and have worked on and off with Barnies since 2006.

    I take an active part in working with all ages but mostly I keep the settings equipped with administration requirements and support the running of the website and facebook page.

    I also teach dance, ballet and tap to people of all ages. I have 2 grown up children.

  • Kirsty StephensonClick me for more...

    Kirsty Stephenson
    Trainee SENCO

    Hello, my name is Kirsty and I work as SENCO across both settings. I joined Barnies in 2018, confident that I wanted to work with children. Here, I have gained my Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development, as well as a BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies with SEND specialism. I am proud to now be combining my experience with my degree as I work to support those children who need a little extra help to reach their full potential.

    Outside of Barnies, I love to do baking and go for scenic walks with my family.

  • Hannah JamesClick me for more...

    Hannah James
    Manager - Hop Farm

    Hello, my name is Hannah, I am the Manager and also the lead SENCO for the setting. I have been working in the early years sector for over 11 years and been with Barnies since 2005 working with children of all ages, including running one of the partnership playschemes with T&MBC.

    I have a BA (Hons) degree in Early Years. In my spare time I enjoy reading and listening to music. With my years of experience and skills I will provide valuable learning experiences and opportunities for all the children within this well established environment.

  • Donna FowleClick me for more...

    Donna Fowle
    Manager - Hadlow

    Hello, my name is Donna, I am the Deputy Manager and Over 3 Lead. I am also the lead professional for safeguarding in the setting. I have 25 years experience of working in child care including volunteering and being a nanny. I also have 2 children of my own. I have Level 2 and 3 qualifications in child care and am currently completing a Foundation Degree in Early Years.

    I enjoy reading, listening to music and days out with my family. With Over 3's I will use my years of knowledge and experience as well as my current studies to deliver a wide and varied curriculum enabling all children to reach their full potential.

  • Freya AngersonClick me for more...

    Freya Angerson
    Deputy Manager - Hadlow

    Hello my name is Freya. I joined Barnies in 2018 with a passion for working with children but no qualification. I completed my qualification in early 2020 and am now delighted to be part of the management team. I love to inspire children to work out their problems independently and delight in watching them grow.

    Away from Barnies I love to travel and explore.

  • Nicole BrownClick me for more...

    Nicole Brown
    Deputy Manager - Hadlow

    Hello, my name is Nicole. I hold a level 3 qualification in childcare and education. I am the lead for the Under 3's and my role is to lead and support the staff in their continual professional development and in providing positive outcomes for the children.

    I joined Barnies as an apprentice after completing days as a student. I have over 5 years' experience and I am passionate about my own continual professional development and how my role may develop in the future.

  • Alison MayClick me for more...

    Alison May
    Deputy Manager - Hop Farm

    Hello, my name is Alison. I am the Deputy Manager and Lead the Under 2s section. I am also the lead professional for safeguarding in the setting. I have worked in childcare for over 34 years both as a nanny and within a nursery environment. I joined Barnies in 1999 and also have a daughter. I have a Level 3 qualification in childcare and education and a Level 3 qualification in playwork. I have also run one of the partnership playschemes with T&MBC.

    I enjoy reading and cooking and spending time with my family. My job is very rewarding, when you watch those ‘little people’ develop and grow in confidence you know you have achieved what you set out to do.

  • Maxine StephensonClick me for more...

    Maxine Stephenson
    Deputy Manager - Hop Farm

    Hello, my name is Maxine. I have over 35 years of experience working with children. I started my training at college and was a nanny for 9 years before having two children of my own. Their arrivals influenced my decision to start my own childminding business, during which I gained my level 3 qualification in Children’s Learning and Development.

    After 14 years of childminding, in 2017, I moved into the full day care sector, and I joined the Barnies team in 2020.
    I am delighted to have been promoted to Deputy Manager. I am passionate about providing high quality childcare and meeting the individual needs of all children.

    In my spare time I enjoy cooking, cake decorating, walking and play golf.

  • Marisa NanaClick me for more...

    Marisa Nana
    Deputy Manager - Hop Farm

    Hello my name is Marisa. I’ve been working with children for over 25 years going straight into a Children’s Centre from school. I then decided to become a Foster Carer and completed my Level 3 qualification. Once all 3 of my children were in school, I joined Barnies and love being part of the teaching team delivering the early years curriculum.

    My hobbies include reading, being with my family and anything crafty.

  • Charlotte HallClick me for more...

    Charlotte Hall
    Nutrition and Exercise Adviser

    Hello my name is Charlotte although sometimes I’ll answer to Charlie. I have a PhD in Understanding Physical Activity, Motor Competence and Obesity in Preschool Children, a BSc First Class Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science, as well as a level 3 qualification in early years childcare and education. I have been working with Barnies on a part time basis around my studies since 2008 and was fundamental in developing the menu to ensure a well-balanced and nutritional diet for the children attending the settings.

    I am passionate about netball having made selection for the England U19 squad in 2010 and competing with the England U21 squad at the INA World Championships in Brisbane Australia in 2012, gaining a silver medal. Now I just play in the National Premier League.