Meet the Team

Karen Tuckey


Hi my name is Karen Tuckey and I am the Supervisor and SEND Co-ordinator of the preschool.  I joined the committee in 2005 and then joined the team as a Preschool Assistant in 2006,  I was then promoted to Supervisor in 2012.    I have achieved my NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development and attend many training courses throughout the year to keep up to date with current practice and legislation.

I enjoy getting to know the children and families who join our preschool and love how rewarding it is watching the children in our care learn, develop and have great fun.  We are part of the Curiosity Approach Accreditation and I feel privileged to be able to join the children on a journey of curiosity, joy, awe and wonder and know that I played a small part in creating the “Thinkers and Doers” of the future.

I live in the Village with my husband and my dog Jessie and have two grown up children who are currently studying at University.  In my spare time I like to socialise with my friends and family and make the occasional cake or two!

Emma Winfield

Deputy Supervisor

Hello, my name is Emma Winfield and I joined the team in February 2013 after volunteering as a Mothers Help. My 3 children have attended the pre-school so I have had close ties with everyone for many years. I have a Level 3 in Early Learning and Childcare. I also attend other training courses throughout the year.

I enjoy being at the craft table making weird and wonderful pieces and love to paint pictures with the children bringing out their imagination.

Having 3 boys who enjoy different activities, my spare time usually consists of my husband and I driving them around. We also enjoy family walks with our dog, Teddy.

Sharon Woodcraft

Hi, my name is Sharon Woodcraft. I joined the team in September 2015 after many years working with young children as a Registered Childminder. I have achieved my NVQ level 3 in childcare and attend many training courses which keeps my knowledge of childcare up to date. I am thoroughly enjoying our journey with The Curiosity Approach which makes the children’s learning and development a fun and natural experience. Resulting in the children becoming confident, independent little people before they leave us for their new venture.

I live locally with my two grown up children, and 2 dogs, spending time with them and a couple of close friends are what I enjoy most.

Christine Thorp

Hi, my name is Christine Thorp. I joined the team in 2016, after my daughter
attended there and I became a member of the committee. I have completed a
level 2 NVQ in early years learning and childcare, and also ensure I keep up to date with any essential training.
I love the challenge the children bring to every day life. Sharing my love of art, dance and music into the setting and seeing the children use their skills to adapt that knowledge is a gift. Our new approach has opened the children’s skills up to a more imaginative way of learning and we are loving seeing and learning this with them.
I live locally with my daughter who is 11.

Jayne Moorse

Hi my name is Jayne Moorse. I live in Tillingham with my partner and we have two, now grown up children who came to Tillingham Pre-school and that was when I started working with the under fives. I enjoy looking after my family, going for walks and looking after my friend’s dogs.