Our Team

The aim of our staff at Sunrise is to be a group of caring practitioners who work as a team, accepting and practicing an agreed educational philosophy, and collectively expressing one clear concern; the total welfare of all the children in their care.  We aim to create an environment where continuity for children and parents is priority and, therefore, we operate a ‘key person’ system. The key person works with parents/carers toplan and deliver a personalised plan foryour child’s well-being, care and learning.

Every member of our staff are carefully selected to ensure their suitability to work with children; all key staff are first aid trained and we, therefore, have a minimum of 4 first aiders on site at all times. Our team is fully committed to the Sunrise ethos and some have been with us since opening in September 2011 and others, for as long as 15 years, who joined us from our sister site at Langley. We also support the development of new practitioners and provide the opportunity for apprenticeship vacancies.

Harrietsham is headed by Lisa O’Donnell who joined Sunrise as Deputy and Room Leader when we opened in September 2011. Lisa became Manager in November 2012 and is our designated SENCo and Safeguarding Officer. Lisa has over 18 years experience in caring for babies and young children, working both at a pre-school and as a registered childminder. Lisa holds a Level 3 childcare qualification and is currently undertaking an Early Years degree.


Cara Bannister leads our Baby Room and Tweenies room full time and is part of the leadership team as Deputy Manager; Cara holds a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education, is our designated Behaviour Management person and has been with Sunrise for over 4 years. Cara is supported by Emma Clark; Emma holds a Level 3 Health & Social care qualification and is currently undertaking her level 3 in Childcare and Education. Vicky Whitfield is deployed full time to our Tweenies room and holds a Cache Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education. Vicky began at our Langley setting in January 2013 and transferred to Harrietsham in January 2017. Emilia Threadgill joined us in August 2016 under the Modern Apprenticeship scheme and currently supports the Tweenie and Nursery rooms.


Alyssa Fagg is our qualified Room Leader and second designated person for safeguarding.  Alyssa is supported by Jo Lewis who holds a level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.  Linda Soutter completes the team and she holds an NNEB qualification.  Linda joined Sunrise in 1998 after working with special care babies and as a nanny.


Sharon Laker joined us in March 2015 after 10 years early years experience as a childminder.  Sharon  is supported by Emma Hehir; Emma holds a level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.


Wendy Vigurs, Gill Ryan and Hannah Cooper assist us during our lunch periods and are also available to cover in the event of staff absence or holiday in order to maintain continuity of care. Gill holds an NVQ Level 2 qualification and Hannah holds a Level 3.


Lisa O’Donnell manages the day to day administration of the nursery, however, billing and payments as well as general email correspondence is dealt with at our Langley site by Joanne White, PA to Julie Starns, Nursery Director. Please contact the Langley office on 01622 861325.




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