Our Staff

When leaving your child, sometimes for the first time, it is so important for you to know they are in safe, caring hands. Please meet our wonderful staff team:

Pre-school Leader

Tracy is our Apple Tree Pre-school manager and has made a massive impact since she arrived.

She has over 13 years childcare experience working with children of all ages in a variety of roles in nurseries, schools and after school clubs throughout her career.

Tracy has a Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People Workforce.  She says "I love being part of the childrens development and education as they begin to form relationships with their peers and we watch them progress to the next stage of their lives".

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading a good book.


Play Assistant

Having gained a BTEC National Certificate in Childhood Studies at Exeter College in 1999, Marian started work at Apple Tree as a Play Leader. She left for a short period in 2013 in order to look after her Grandchildren, and returned in 2014 as an Assistant – she is now a Level 3 Family Worker. Marian enjoys meeting up with family and friends, reading, going to concerts, the cinema, and the theatre. Marian says, "Apple Tree has a warm and friendly atmosphere where children become independent and thrive through play."


Play Leader/SENDCO


Luana started working in the Early Years Sector in 1996 after gaining a Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice. Since then she has been employed as an Early Years Assistant; Special Needs Teaching Assistant (behaviour, learning difficulties and autism); Pre-School Administrator; Assistant Manager and Manager. During Luana's latest role as Play Leader at Apple Tree, she has gained a Level 4 Certificate in Early Years as part of an Honours Open Degree at the Open University, where she has also studied various Early Years modules as well as Children's Literature. She has been part of the Apple Tree team since 2013. In Luana's spare time she likes to play the guitar, sing in a rock choir, play badminton, read, engage in photography, art and crafts and travelling.

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 Play Assistant/Leader

Sam is the newest member of the Apple Tree team starting just before Christmas 2018.

She grew up in Sidmouth, loves living in Devon and feels it is a great place to bring up children.

Professionally Sam holds a National Diploma in Nursery Nursing and a BA (hons) Early Years Degree.

She undertook her degree after having her first two children, although in recent years has worked in Retail, coming back to childcare 18 months ago.

Personally she says she tends to be known for her sweet tooth, walking everywhere and her rapport with children.

In her spare time Sam enjoys baking, reading, Pilates, drawing, long walks, family holidays and killer sudoku.

Sam says she finds her role at Apple Tree Pre School "interesting and rewarding, each day is different and it never ceases to be amazing to see a child growing in confidence and ability".


Meal Time /Play Assistant 


Melissa is our lunchtime Assistant alongside Clare. Melissa is now also volunteering during the day at Apple Tree to gain knowledge and experience moving forward in her career – we are excited to support her with this. She has passed all her GSCEs and also achieved a Level 2 Distinction Star in Health and Social Care and she has also got a Level 3 in Health and Social Care. Melissa enjoys ballroom dancing in her spare time and helping look after her two young nephews. She has also had previous experience working with children whilst undertaking work experience at a pre-school in Honiton.


Play Assistant 

Clare is an Assistant at Apple Tree. Her background is catering based and she started working within an educational environment when she joined Manstone C of E Primary School as a School Cook. She is well known by parents old and new. Both of her children attended Apple Tree and she found it was a great place for them to start their early years education. She says, "Apple Tree really helped them get ready for the transition to primary school." Clare's hobbies include caravanning and spending quality time with her family and she describes herself as an outdoor person who loves getting out and about in different settings. Clare says, "Apple Tree is so friendly and I enjoy seeing the children learn in a happy and safe environment and watching their confidence grow. I love being a part of it."