The Team

Meet our Staff


Mrs Barbara Defeo

Diploma in Pre-school Practice, First Aider, Child Protection Officer, S.E.N Coordinator, Safeguarding Officer.

“I was first involved with the Pre-school back in 1985 when my daughter started here. Over the years I was a volunteer and then worked part-time. In 1996 it became Ladybirds, so I decided to do my Diploma in Childcare and took the role of manager. I have taught many children through the years – some are now bringing their children here. I am proud to be part of a brilliant team who make this an ‘outstanding’ Pre-school.”


Mrs Maria Villena

Pre-school Assistant
Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples’ workforce
First Aider
Food Safety for child carers

“I’ve been working for 41/2 years at Ladybirds and I have previous childcare experience from different settings. I have very good relationships with parents and staff and feel very happy to be part of the Ladybirds team. I really enjoy working with children; teaching, helping and seeing them progress and develop, and preparing them for a very good start at school and into their adult life.”


Mrs Louise Collins

Pre-school Assistant
Level 3 in Childcare
First Aider
Deputy Safeguarding Officer

“Both my children attended Ladybirds – my daughter is now 19 years old and my son is 16 years. I started working at Ladybirds when my son started school 12 years ago. I feel privileged in knowing the children and their families and in being involved in their educational journey. I have been on a variety of training courses and have very nearly completed my Level 3 in Childcare.”


Mrs Fran Ling

Pre-school Assistant
NVQ Level 2 in Childcare

“I have worked in childcare for 15 years, as well as having 4 children of my own, and have been at Ladybirds for almost a year. I love being part of such a fantastic team and watching the children here progress. “


Mrs Avril Cox

Admin and development coordinator


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