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Allison Brisland – MANAGER

I first became involved with Stepping Stones in 2000 when the eldest of my 3 children started attending; my involvement grew when I joined the committee - helping out with fundraising and gaining valuable business experience.   In 2004 I became Deputy Manager and held this post for a number of years before becoming Manager.  After gaining a number of qualifications I also studied for a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies.  Previously, I worked at Uley Playgroup and also as a child minder looking after children in my home; I strongly believe in the importance of children having a secure and nurturing environment during their early years and education.


Paula Mellerup – Early Years Practitioner

I have 2 grown up sons who both attended Stepping Stones and I began volunteering here before joining as an Early Years Practitioner in 2003.  I have a Level 3 qualification in working with Children and Young People and I also have a Foundation Degree in Creative Practices.  I have a keen interest in the arts and support the children’s creative and artistic development.  I enjoy attending regular training courses to update and extend my skills.  I believe that it is important to support children to develop holistically, becoming independent and having a range of interests and skills.


Liz Stackman – Early Years Practitioner

I have been involved with Stepping Stones since 1998 when the first of my 3 sons began coming. I worked as the Financial Administrator for Stepping Stones and also ran the Toddler group for a number of years before continuing my studies and gaining my Level 3 Diploma in Pre-school Practice.  I have attended a range of relevant Early Years courses to extend my knowledge of the sector along with completing essential training in first aid, child protection and food safety.


Rosie Brisland – Early Years Apprentice

I volunteered at Stepping Stones during my GCSE's and also while I studied for 'A' Levels in   Psychology and Level 3 Health & Social Care.    I  began working here part time as bank staff and I enjoyed it so much that in 2019 I became an Apprentice and now work full time, which I love.  When my apprenticeship ends  I hope to continue working with children while I study for a degree.


Meet the team...

Miranda Tyson - Play Assistant

Miranda has worked in Reception as a Teaching Assistant and also has experience supporting children with SEN.  


She would like to study for a relevant childcare qualification.

Jess Pugh - Bank Staff

Jess earned a 2:1 in her Early Childhood Studies degree.  She has 2 young children and has previously worked in a Montessori nursery for a number of years.

Tanya Close - Bank Staff

Tanya has 2 young boys in primary school and has a natural warmth and affinity with children.  She is looking to study for a relevant childcare qualification.