Our Staff

Keri Standen
Kathryn Eckford

I have worked on the Noah’s Ark Team since 2001. My role is Special Educational Needs (SEN) Assistant. I work two mornings a week and help children who require extra support with their language and communication skills. I have attained my Level 2 in Preschool Practice and been on many short language courses over the years. I helped run a Toddler Group for eighteen years and am a Sunday Club Teacher here at Gracious Street. I have two children of my own, one of them having special needs.


Sam Nelson

My 2 children attended Noah’s Ark and thus led me onto my career path with playing, supporting and teaching young children. I joined the team in 2010 as an Early Years Practitioner (level 3) and have recently achieved a BA (Hons) in Young Children’s Learning and Development. I am designated lead person in safeguarding and also responsible for registration. I enjoy sharing my love of baking and gardening with the children and when harvests are bountiful also sharing the fruit of my labours from my allotment!.

I have worked at Noah's Ark since 1996 when my youngest child left to go to "big school". During that time I have worked my way through the qualifications list, achieving BA(Hons) Early Years​ and Qualified Teacher Status. I now teach Reception & Year 1 in a village school one day a week.

I don't seem to have time for a hobby but do enjoy sewing and making our Storysacks.

I oversee the educational side of things and I am the setting Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.  

I have gained my level 3 qualification. I am very busy with 4 children and the family farm but I still manage to be actively involved in my church. I also find time to give respite care to a young lady with special needs.

Vickie Wrigglesworth
Becky Morrell

I am a qualified teacher with a specialism in Early Years and have worked at the local Children's Centre. I have 2 girls who are both at a local primary school and we have just moved on to the family farm. My next project is rebuilding my house and I hope to do some Forest School training in the spring. In the meantime I'm working on providing weather topic boxes and introducing puppets to our children who qualify for extra funded support.


Kim Umpleby

Keri has recently joined the team and has a background in youth justice and Children's centres. Both her girls attended Noah's Ark and we are looking forward to supporting her as she works towards her childcare qualifications.


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