Lisa Bailey - Acting Manager - Mannamead

Lisa Bailey is our Mannamead Acting Manager and Safeguarding Officer. Lisa has a Degree in BA Childhood Studies, is a trained Forest School practitioner and possesses ELKLAN Speech and Language qualification. Lisa oversees the needs of our Communication and Language area. She is in charge of the day-to-day running of the pre-school and of meeting welfare requirements. Lisa and her team ensure the pre-school offers inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children attending the setting whilst maintaining a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment for children to develop and learn.

Kate Hard - Deputy Manager

Kate Hard is a well experienced Level 3 staff member. She has many years of experience in working with young children. Kate is our Health and Safety Officer.


Emily Absalom - Early Years Educator

Emily has been with us since 2013 as a student.  She  volunteered at Little Owls Preschool during her BA Childhood Degree.  She completed her Degree successfully and joined us in September 2016 as an Early Years Educator. 

Kathleen Brown - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

Kath Brown is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Kath liaises with parents of children with special educational needs; gives advice and supports other staff and is responsible for carrying out actions required by the Special Educational Needs Policy. Kath is trained in MAKATON Sign Language, ELKLAN (Speech and Language for 0-5's) and Kath has many years of experience in working with children. 

Pauline Randall - Pre-school Assistant

Pauline Randall is one of our pre-school assistants and is responsible for providing a safe, fun and stimulating environment. Pauline is qualified in Children’s Care Learning and Development Level 2, Pauline continues to build on her vast experience by completing recognised professional courses. She also acts as Deputy Fire Warden and Deputy Health and Safety Officer for the pre-school.

Amelia Perry - Early Years Educator

Amelia Perry is the youngest member of staff at 18. Amelia completed her Level 2 Apprenticeship in January 2016 and currently working towards her Level 3 in Early Years Education.  She has completed First Aid, Food Hygiene, Communicating Matters and many short-term courses during her apprenticeship.  


Mission Statement

Our mission is to care for your child and to help him or her learn and develop in a safe and secure environment. At the same time, Little Owls aims to promote equality; value diversity and to invest in our community. 

Forest School

We have an alliance with our friends, the Park Pharmacy Trust at Thorn Park, where children can enjoy another exciting learning experience with Little Owls. Our Forest School, for 3 year olds, is led by our own Forest School qualified staff and provides a stimulating, outdoor learning opportunity for your child.

Please note: Forest School sessions need to be booked in advance as places are limited

Sensory Garden Room

We offer a warm, friendly, creative and enjoyable environment for your children to develop, learn and play.  We are proud to be able to offer a newly built, beautiful outdoor sensory classroom in a large-lawned garden.  Equipped with a variety of fascinating and interesting sensory equipment it provides a different learning experience for children of all ages.  We even have a 'chill out' area where our children can relax and/or enjoy quieter activities 

Early Years Service 

Sometimes members of the Early Years Service (Plymouth City Council) visit our setting to provide us with advice and support. They demonstrate and model different teaching strategies which provide our practitioners with an opportunity to enhance their skills and helps support children with their learning and development.

When outside professionals visit, they may occasionally work alongside your child or a group of children for a brief time. A variety of fun activities may be demonstrated to support your child’s learning. All outside professionals will have undertaken the necessary suitability checks, including an enhanced DBS and will be accompanied by a member of our staff at all times.

We are confident that you will be happy for your child to be involved in these occasional sessions. If however you do not wish your child to take part in these activities, please confirm this with the manager or your child’s key person.

Our Policies

Are available in the setting - please ask a member of staff.

Charity No: 1159402   Ofsted No: EY491740 (Mannamead) and EY546271 (St Budeaux)

Professional photography courtesy of Zoe at Lifehouse Photography