The Teepee Team

Zoe Whelan – Deputy Manager

My qualifications: Foundation Degree Early Years Practice, Paediatric First Aid

Zoe joined the nursery in May 2019 having previously worked at an outstanding nursery in Windsor for 9 years.

She is passionate to help children learn and develop in the nursery environment using the resources available within.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, going on walks and woodland adventures. Also plays full contact rugby.


Demi Punter – Early Years Practitioner – Cats

Demi joined us in March 2019 having previously worked as a Children’s Entertainer in Great Yarmouth. She wants to help children to reach their potential and to witness their development as part of their happiness at the Nursery, she also wants to make the children feel happy and proud of themselves within an educational and fun environment.

In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities as walking and cycling and keeps fit and active by going to the gym and playing football, also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Kay Folland – Early Years Practitioner

My qualifications: NVQ Level 3

I joined Teepee in 2006 as a volunteer completing my Level 2 and 3 and then progressed to Room Leader then Deputy Manager in which I stayed with the nursery for 10 years. I love my job and feel honoured to care for the children at Teepee, I went off for 3 years to finish having my own family of which I have 5 girls and 1 boy, I returned back to the nursery in January 2019.

In my free time I enjoy running and the gym, getting out and about with my children, family is very important to me.

Chloe Beasley – Early Years Practitioner – Cubs

My qualifications: BTEC Level 3

Chloe joined our Nursery in March 2019, having previously worked in a pre school and in respite care.

She is very excited about working in the baby room, as she was brought up helping her nan, who was a childminder. She knew since she was a little girl that she wanted to work in childcare.

Ali Munnis – Assistant Deputy Manager and Room Manager Cubs

My Qualifications: NVQ Level 3, NVQ Level 2 Team Leading, Paediatric First Aid

Ali has worked in childcare since 2004 and during this time she completed both her Level 2 and 3 in Childcare. Ali started working with us back in 2004 and progressed through her Level’s 2 and 3 with us.  After having Ella Ali worked as a nanny and then worked at another setting but loved us too much so decided to join us again when she had the chance! And we snapped her up!

Outside work Ali is super-busy and enjoys spending time with her young daughter and baby son.

Helen Kinch – Nursery Manager

My qualifications: BA in Early Years, Early Years Professional Status and Paediatric First Aider

Helen started with us in March 2019 she has over 20 years experience in the nursery sector. She first started her career working as an apprentice, at the nursery her mother owned before moving onto management positions further afield.

Helen has worked in a range of settings from large corporate day nurseries to Pack away pre-schools. Helen is delighted to now be working close to home at the Teepee Day Nursery.

Amber Palmer – Apprentice – Kittens

My qualifications: BTEC Level 2

Amber joined the Nursery in February 2019 having completed her Level 2 qualification at College in Somerset. She loves working with children and has always wanted to progress to working in childcare in a Nursery.

Caitlin Odell – Early Years Practitioner – Kittens

My qualifications: Paediatric First Aider

Caitlin joined us in March 2019 having previously worked in a Primary School as a Teaching Assistant. She is currently studying for her Foundation Degree so she can help children learn and grow. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.

Perry Axton-Harris – Room Manager – Cats

Perry Axton-Harris 1My Qualifications: NVQ Level 3, Forest School Leader, Paediatric First Aid

Perry started at Teepee Day Nursery in 2011 as a student. Perry has always enjoyed being with and working with children, as she has younger brother and sisters. Since joining the nursery she has passed her NVQ Level 3 and has been a Room Manager in all of the rooms. She enjoy working with children of all ages.

Tyler-Marie Martin – Early Years Practitioner – Kittens

My Qualifications: NVQ Level 2, Paediatric First Aid

Tyler-Marie joined Teepee Day Nursery in October 2016 as an Apprentice to study for her NVQ Level 2, which she completed in November 2018 and she has worked in all of the rooms in the nursery.  In time, Tyler-Marie is looking forward to doing her Level 3.

“I have always enjoyed being around children and enjoy helping them to learn new things.”

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