Motivated Staff

Meet our friendly team

Nursery Manager: Avril Dewey


My Qualifications: EYTS, Emergency First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid, Food Safety Level 2


“I have been at the Wigwam since 2015. I started as the Preschool Room Leader having just finished my Post-graduate Early Years Teacher qualification at Reading University. Since then I have worked my way up, becoming Deputy Manager before taking on the role of Nursery Manager in March 2017.”

Deputy Manager and SENCO: Katherine Rose

My Qualifications: Early Years Teacher Status, Paediatric First Aid,

Additional Training: Role of The SENCO, Attention Autism


I have worked in Early Years for 11 years; since leaving school. At first I volunteered at a local nursery and this enabled me to realise that I had a passion for working with children. At an early age I obtained my ASA Level 1 and 2 Swimming Instructor Qualifications and worked part-time teaching swimming to children aged 3-11. This encouraged me further to pursue a career working with children.

I then went on to complete my BA (Hons) in Childcare and Education before continuing to gain my Early Years Teacher Status at Reading University.

I joined The Wigwam in July 2017 as the Preschool Room Leader and thoroughly enjoyed my time in that role. I have been lucky enough to further my career in the Deputy Manager role and look forward to what the future brings.


HR: Sophie Haylock


Sophie is an experienced HR practitioner in the Early Years sector. Most recently she has built and led the HR team for Toad Hall, a group of nursery settings in the South East. Sophie works with the team to help us attract, retain and develop the best staff.

Cook: Rana Marshall


“I used to be a school teacher, After moving to England and raising my children I decided I would like a career change and as cooking has always been a passion of mine, I retrained as a chef at Reading College. At The Wigwam I have the added bonus of cooking nutritious food for the children. It is lovely to see them all enjoying their meals.”