Meet the Team

 Alice Hughes 

Head of Preschool, DSL and SENDCo

Hello, I’m Alice. I have over 13 years’ experience in working with children and young people of all ages from birth to 16. I am Level 3 qualified and have attended various courses over the years, focussing on a variety of aspects needed, for effective practice whilst working with

children. I have also gained lots of experience working 1:1 with SEND children and managing all behaviours in a setting. I am happy, bubbly and cheery and usually in high spirits! I enjoy being outdoors at home and work, whatever the weather – there are clothes for it all!

Seeing the way children develop and grow through their time at Pre-school and knowing you have been a part of it is rewarding and motivational for me. My aim is to help your child flourish and support my team to get the best out each individual.

When I was little, I thoroughly enjoyed pre-school. I remember each of my pre-school leaders and the memories they created for me. I hope your child can look back in years to come and remember much of their time at pre-school, like I do! My passion comes from my own happy times when I was their age, and interestingly, I attended Bybrook Pre-school (form

erly known as Yatton Keynell Under 5’s) as a child! I am now back here as Head of Pre-school!

Abi Gilbert

Pre-school Assistant


Hello I am Abi, I have worked in child care for 15 years where I have been lucky to have worked with all age ranges, becoming management for fiv

e years. I currently hold a level 3 in childcare and level 5 in leadership and management. I enjoy supporting children through play, messy and sensory play has to be a favourite of mine.

I have a little girl of my own, who attends Bybrook Pre-school and like myself, she loves it! When we aren’t at pre-school, we enjoy having family days at home or exploring outside. We love beach walks , Cornwall is our favourite, also spending time with our extended family is important to us.

I have been at Bybrook pre-school since October 2023 and I hope to be part of the amazing team for many years, and continue to support pre-school to thrive!

Sammi Hubbard

Pre-school Assistant

Hi, I’m Sammi! I have worked in Early Years for over 10 years, gaining a huge amount of experience, including working with children who need have additional needs.

I’m hugely passionate about my job, I hold a Level 3 qualification in childcare, and have previously worked at Bybrook preschool and am now back for more!

I have a dog called Koko and I enjoy taking her for walks in the local countryside.

I am currently developing my knowledge of outdoor learning as this is something I’m really interested in.

I love being creative and enjoy giving the children opportunities to express their creativity through messy play, craft and outdoor learning.

I can’t wait to meet all your children and help them on their individual journey through preschool!


Libby Poole

Pre-school Assistant

Hi, I’m Libby. I have just started my journey in childcare at Bybrook Pre-school and I can strongly say I am loving every minute of it. I have always enjoyed the thought of starting a career where I can help people and it is really nice to have found this within childcare. 

I love to see the children grow and develop everyday, learning new things and building their own personalities.

Every day is different and I love it!

In my spare time, I love to enjoy the countryside, taking long walks with my family and two dogs. I also love taking care of my two horses, riding out on long hacks and enjoying the fresh air. I love being outdoors as I believe it helps to provide a clear mind for learning.

I hope to one day develop my skills further within childcare and to progress within my new career, taking courses to extend my knowledge.














Tara Sheppard

Deputy Head of Pre-school, DDSL and SENDCo

Hi, I’m Tara. I have always had a passion for childcare after my mother was a childminder for 17 years of my life. I grew up helping her make a safe, happy environment in which all the children could learn and have fun while socialising and developing life skills ready for each stage of their school journeys. I look forward to providing all these things for the children at Pre-school.

I have my level one sports leader qualification along with various other childcare related short courses. I am also studying Early Years Educator, Level 3 and hope to be qualified by the end of 2024.

I love being outdoors – my spare time is mainly spent farming or exercising my 8 working dogs. There is so much you can learn while enjoying the countryside so I look forward to using nature as a learning source for the children. I also love baking so hopefully I can have lots of helpers to make yummy treats for everyone to enjoy!

Chloe Williams

Pre-school Assistant

Hello, I’m Chloe. I have worked in childcare for 6 years. I am Level 2 qualified, and I am currently working on my Level 3 qualification. I am a huge bookworm! I love reading in my spare time. I love to see the children develop and grow and my aim is to make sure all the children attending preschool are happy and enjoying themselves, whilst learning through play.

Sadie Vincent 

Pre-school Assistant

Hello, I’m Sadie! I have worked in childcare for over 12 years with a wide range of ages. I have always had a passion for working in childcare, every day is different in a good way. Watching the children grow and learn each day is very rewarding. My aim within Bybrook is to ensure a safe, happy and enjoyable space for the children. I feel that learning through play is a great way to teach, and that’s what I will be here to do!

I am level 3 qualified in childcare, I have learnt a lot from years of experience. Working in various settings has given me great knowledge.

I have a 2 year old daughter myself, and a dog called Hazel. Sometimes it feels like I have 2 children, as they fight over toys (hazel’s mainly!). I am a very happy and bubbly person, and mainly a child at heart!

Seeing children thrive and become individuals is the best feeling in the world and being a part of that process is very rewarding! I look forward to my time here at Bybrook Pre-School!

Rachael Simpson

Bank Staff

Rachael Simpson

Hi, I am Rachael Simpson and I started working with children when my daughter started pre-school, she is now 18!! I love watching children learn through play, as they grow becoming more independent. I enjoy the nurturing side of the work and have great fun in making them feel secure and safe within the setting. I have attended courses in Foundation plus child protection training for early years practitioners, out door play, a SEN workshop and First Aid.

I worked at Bybrook Pre-school as an assistant for 8 years and now help out when needed. I also work within the holiday club.