Head Office Personnel

Ann WindsorAnn Windsor, Proprietor
Hello my name is Ann, I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years and Early Years Teacher Status and a Level 3 qualification in Playwork. I am the specialist for Safeguarding and Health and Safety across the settings.

Childcare wasn’t my early career path having initially qualified in Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing after leaving school. Much as it was a rewarding experience it was however only short term. A chance meeting redirected my career path into women’s fashion retail where I progressed rapidly into management working right across the South of the country and often into Oxford Street and the West End.

Having children and working in an environment quickly embracing longer opening hours and days (we were still closed on a Sunday then) became increasingly difficult and as the start of school for my oldest child grew closer the need for a career change was imminent. Hence the birth of Barnies, temporarily named due to the conversion of a barn.

Barnies continues to thrive as the small personal environment I had aspired for, in which children can be lovingly embraced and nurtured to grow into confident young people as they enter school. I am proud to lead our family ethos and values and look forward to welcoming all to our settings.   
 

Shannon GoodwinShannon Goodwin, Area Manager
Hello my name is Shannon.  I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years and Early Years Teacher Status. I also have a Level 3 qualification in Playwork. I was the founder member of Barnies helping to set up the first ‘little’ Barnies in 1996. My passion has always been about working with children qualifying with the old NNEB on leaving school.

I lead the teams in all settings in any and every aspect but am also the specialist for SENCO and Managing Behaviour providing support and training for both staff and parents.

I have 2 children of my own that keep me busy and especially now they play my own sport of netball.


Rachael CoatsworthRachael Coatsworth, EYFS Trainer and Mentor
Hello my name is Rachael which sometimes gets shortened to Rach. I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years and Early Years Teacher Status. I initially joined Barnies as a part time practitioner whilst my children were at school progressing to the setting Manager at the Hop Farm before moving away briefly to broaden my experience and knowledge.

I returned to Barnies in 2013 to take up the EYFS role. Essentially I ensure that practitioners deliver the best possible learning experiences for the children attending the settings. I am Trainer, Mentor and Observer supporting practitioners as they grow in knowledge and experience, we are never too old to learn.

I have 2 grown up children and enjoy planning escapes for my holidays.


Alison CombenAlison Comben, Administration and Senior Practitioner
Hello my name is Alison although most people call me Ali. I have a Level 3 qualification in early years childcare and education and have worked on and off with Barnies since 2006.

I take an active part in working with all ages but love to run the Summer playscheme with it’s variety of children and activities. I keep the settings equipped with administration requirements and support the running of the website and facebook page.

I also teach dance, ballet and tap to people of all ages. I have 2 grown up children.


Charlotte HallCharlotte Hall, Nutrition and Exercise Adviser
Hello my name is Charlotte although sometimes I’ll answer to Charlie. I have a BSc First Class Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science, a level 3 qualification in early years childcare and education and am currently working toward a Research Degree studying motor skill development, physical activity and obesity in preschool children. I have been working at Barnies on a part time basis around my studies since 2008 and was fundamental in developing the menu to ensure a well balanced and nutritional diet for the children attending the settings.

I am passionate about netball having made selection for the England U19 squad in 2010 and competing with the England U21 squad at the INA World Championships in Brisbane Australia in 2012, gaining a silver medal. Now I just play in the National Premier League whilst concentrating on my studies.   

 

Hadlow Personnel

Hannah JamesHannah James, Manager
Hello, my name is Hannah, I am the Manager and Red Group Key Person. I am also the lead SENCO for the setting. I have been working in the early years sector for over 11 years and been with Barnies since 2005 working with children of all ages, including running one of the partnership playschemes with T&MBC.

I have a BA (Hons) degree in Early Years. In my spare time I enjoy reading and listening to music. With my years of experience and skills I will provide valuable learning experiences and opportunities for all the children within this well established environment.
 

Donna FowleDonna Fowle, Deputy Manager
Hello, my name is Donna, I am the Deputy Manager and Green Group Key Person. I am also the lead professional for safeguarding in the setting. I have 25 years experience of working in child care including volunteering and being a nanny. I also have 2 children of my own. I have Level 2 and 3 qualifications in child care and am currently in the first year of a Foundation Degree in Early Years.

I enjoy reading, listening to music and days out with my family. In Green Group I will use my years of knowledge and experience as well as my current studies to deliver a wide and varied curriculum enabling all children to reach their full potential.



Sarah HolmdenSarah Holmden, Senior Practitioner
Hello, my name is Sarah, I am a Senior Practitioner and Lead the Under 2’s section. I started with Barnies a long time ago, left briefly and returned in 2007. I have 2 children which keep me busy.

I have a Level 3 qualification in childcare and education and update my knowledge through reading sector journals and magazines. As the lead for the Under 2’s section I help and support the other staff as well as bringing my own care and attention to the children’s growth and development. I really enjoy my job and the knowledge that each day brings a different adventure with the children.

 

Hop Farm Personnel


Julie GoldsmithJulie Goldsmith, Manager
Hello, my name is Julie. I am the setting Manager, lead SENCO and support staff across all the Key Groups. I have worked in childcare for over 25 years with children from birth to 11 in pre-school, nursery and Out of School clubs. I also have 2 grown up children and a grandson. I have a Level 3 qualification in childcare and education and a Level 3 qualification in playwork. I have also completed a Level 5 qualification in management.

I enjoy reading, listening to music and being with family and friends. I work with all the children in the setting combining my years of knowledge and experience to support the staff and parents to give the children a fantastic experience in their learning journeys.
 

Alison MayAlison May, Deputy Manager
Hello, my name is Alison. I am the Deputy Manager and Lead the Under 2s section. I am also the lead professional for safeguarding in the setting. I have worked in childcare for over 34 years both as a nanny and within a nursery environment. I joined Barnies in 1999 and also have a daughter. I have a Level 3 qualification in childcare and education and a Level 3 qualification in playwork. I have also run one of the partnership playschemes with T&MBC.

I enjoy reading and cooking and spending time with my family. My job is very rewarding, when you watch those ‘little people’ develop and grow in confidence you know you have achieved what you set out to do.

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Barnies
@ Hadlow
Hadlow

Hadlow

This Barnies is situated within the grounds of Hadlow Primary School, near Tonbridge, and has been registered since January 2004.

 

Barnies
@ Hop Farm
Hadlow

Hadlow

This Barnies is situated within the grounds of the Hop Farm Country Park, near Paddock Wood, and has been registered since 1999.

 

Barnies
Head Office
Head Office

Head Office

Established since 1996 primarily for nursery care Barnies now provides an all encompassing child care provision for parents with children from birth to eleven years.

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Values
British Values

British Values

Barnies actively promotes the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths or beliefs.

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