The Team

The teaching staff who work at our setting are:

Abby Maddison, Manager (Level 9: Qualified Teacher)

Abby is a qualified teacher, having been a Primary School teacher for 15 years, mainly teaching Reception. Her roles have included being Foundation Stage Coordinator, overseeing a Preschool.

Abby is passionate about Little Owls, having been a parent and committee member for 3 years before becoming Manager. She feels Little Owls is a unique setting, where every aspect is considered from the child’s perspective. She loves it so much she joined the teaching team!

Abby is at Little Owls Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Kayleigh Kearns, Deputy Manager (level 3)

Kayleigh is at Little Owls Monday to Wednesday.

Sobia Mir, Early Years Practitioner (Level 3)

Sobia has worked in childcare since 2005. She is fully qualified, having achieved a Diploma in Childcare and Education, level 3. Sobia has worked in a day nursery, a pre-school and a Primary School, which has given her a wealth of experience in caring for a wide range of children of different ages and in a variety of settings.

Sobia’s previous experiences have equipped her with the skills to provide a safe, clean and friendly environment for children. The children particularly enjoy baking bread with her which is a great source of fun for them.

Sobia is trained in First Aid for Early Years and is a Designated Person for Safeguarding. Apart from English, she is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi, also being able to read and write Arabic.

Sobia is in Little Owls Monday to Thursday.

Hayley Bentley, Early Years Practitioner (Training Level 3)

Hayley is a bubbly and enthusiastic member of staff who lives locally with her three children. She grew up in Devon but has lived here since 2012. Hayley has worked at Little Owls since 2017.

Hayley is at Little Owls Monday to Thursday.

Julie York

Julie is our Preschool Administrator.

Julie has lived in Haslingfield since October 1993. She has 4 daughters and 4 grandchildren.  Her youngest daughter attended Little Owls back in 1995, two of her grandchildren attended Little Owls more recently and hopefully the youngest one will join next year.  Julie was a registered childminder in the village with many of her minded children attending Little Owls.  Julie has worked in several nurseries and school settings in and around Cambridge.

Julie is in the Little Owls office on Mondays and Thursdays but check the office emails regularly.

We also have a team of experienced, reliable temporary staff who help out from time to time when necessary.

The Management Committee:

Laura Mavely: Chair Person

Laura grew up in Haslingfield and moved away when she started University.  After living in a number of places around the country, Laura moved back in 2017 with her husband and two children, one of whom is at Little Owls.  Laura works as a solicitor for a professional services firm.

Helen Brammar: Vice Chair

Hi, my name is Helen and I am mum to four boys, life is very busy! We moved to Haslingfield in July, my husband grew up here and his parents are still here, so it already felt like our second home.

I love feeling part of a community and being on the committee is a great way to help the community and get to meet people.

Pippa Keynes: Treasurer

Pippa has three girls, two of whom have attended Little Owls and loved their experiences there.

Heather Duke: Secretary 

Heather has four young children, two of whom attend Little Owls and love it there. Before choosing to stay at home full-time, Heather worked as a solicitor in London.

Suzy Offord: General Member

Suzy grew up around Cambridge and has lived in Haslingfield since 2005. Both of her two girls have loved going to Little Owls. Suzy formerly worked in the construction industry and now works as a student manager at a local sixth form college.

Ella Pope: General Member

Ella grew up in Haslingfield and after living elsewhere, moved to Harlton in 2017 with her family. She has two children, her eldest is currently loving being at Little Owls! Ella works part time at Cambridge Assessment.

Laura Stevens: General Member

Hello! I am yet another person who loved Haslingfield as a place to grow up in. It has such a great community with so much to offer that it was my dream to return to raise a family when the time came. After over 20 years living in the USA working as a chef, I returned to England in 2011. I am now the mother of twins who are enjoying Little Owls. I am looking forward to giving back to my community in which ever way I can and being a member of the Little Owls committee.

Ruth Hatfield: General Member

I grew up in Haslingfield and have recently moved back to the village with my family, the youngest of whom goes to Little Owls. I was very excited to be involved in the recent garden makeover! Outside of family life I’m an author and sometimes an archaeologist.

Lucy Lawson: General Member

Aja Webster: General Member

Jane Spence: General Member