Our Team

Who we are and what we do.



I’m the Manager of Elim Pre-School. I’m a local girl, having been brought up in Southport and I’m married with two young children.

I have been working within Early Years for the past twenty four years where I have accumulated vast amounts of experience of working with children aged 2 to 5, the past 23 years I have been at Bishop David Sheppard School. I have run Startright Parent Groups and done outreach work for Families First. I am a qualified NNEB Nursery Nurse and have an Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Education.

I have been on numerous courses over the years adding to my knowledge and keeping me up to date with current requirements. I am also an active member of a local church running children’s events. If you have any questions relating to the Pre-School and all that we can offer, please feel free to chat with me.

You can email me at pre-school@lakesidechurch.uk



I now work part time at the Pre-School as Deputy Manager and am the Pre-School Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). I am qualified as a childcare practitioner and enjoy working with young children and believe in learning through play – the messier the activity the better!

I have worked with different ages of children with different individual needs over the last 12 years both in nursery settings and in a residential house for children on the Autism spectrum.

I have been on a variety of courses and enjoy learning and gaining new ideas and experiences that I can then implement at Pre-School. I really enjoy practical tasks and like to make and bring things in to the setting that will develop the children further such as the mud kitchen and story bags. I find working with children really rewarding and enjoy seeing how much progress each child makes during their time with us.



I have been working with children since 2000 and am a qualified Playworker Level 3 and this is where my heart lies for a child’s learning and development. 

My experience has led me along various different paths, from working with Tumble Tots – developing physical agility and co-ordination in children from 6 months to 7 years, to working as a Pre-School Parent-Helper at my Daughter’s Primary School when I supported reading.

I have experience as a Pre-School gymnastic coach and have been in supportive roles in a range of Nurseries and Children’s Centres,  culminating in setting up and managing an Out of School provision, which then led me to my Studies at Edge Hill in Early Years. I enjoy getting ‘stuck in’ and getting right down to the children’s level and treating each child with respect for their individuality. I currently support SEND in our setting as one of the SENCO's.

Courses - Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Health and Safety,  ‘Boys Will Be Boys’, Making Effective Transitions,  Schemas, Forest Schools, and more recently Phonics Explosion and Language Champion.



I am a qualified NNEB and I have worked with pre-school children for 26 years, which I really enjoy. Most of my working life has been at private schools but for five years whilst my own children were young, I worked part-time in playgroups.

I have worked at Elim Pre-School since September 2005, and I really enjoy it here as the staff and children are wonderful.

My strengths include being creative, adaptable and fun-loving. Although I have lots of experience with children, I feel I am learning all the time. Recent courses I have been on include Child Protection, 101 Things To Do Outdoors, Understanding Children’s Behavior and Pediatric First Aid.



I work part-time here at the Pre-School, in the mornings and over lunchtime. I am the key worker for the youngest children.

I qualified as an early years / primary teacher in 1996 with a BA (QTS) honours degree and I have had lots of experience in working with children in the foundation stage and beyond.

Both my own children came to Elim Pre-School and thoroughly enjoyed it and I always felt assured that they were being well looked after and being given plenty of exciting learning opportunities. I have always loved working with children and feel they have so much to teach us.

I am also a member of Lakeside Church.



In 1995, I qualified as a teacher with a B.A. (QTS) Hons from Edge Hill University. I worked for a year as a reception / year one / year two class teacher at Holy Family Primary School. I then worked for a year at Great Crosby Primary School as a year one teacher.

From 1997 until 2003, I gave up teaching to become a full-time mum to two children. During this time, I took a correspondence course on teaching special needs children and did some voluntary work at Peterhouse School. When my youngest child started full time at school, I took a refresher course in teaching and became a supply teacher. Although I have worked throughout the primary sector, most of my work was within foundation stage particularly in the year before joining Elim Pre-School.

In October 2006, I joined Elim Pre-School as Manager and in 2014 I stepped down from this role to work every morning.  Since being at Elim, I have been involved in lots of training related to special needs, safeguarding and supporting two year olds. 

I am the Language Champion for the setting which means that I help to monitor children’s progress within speaking and understanding and support them when needed.



Hello, my name is Linda.  I work part-time in Pre-School and I am qualified as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant.  I have been employed and worked voluntary with children from Early years to Secondary school, in council and private educational settings.  In 1983 I became Youth / Junior Officer and Branch Secretary for the British Red Cross Southport.  In my role I visited settings instructing on First Aid. In 2004 I trained as a Teaching Assistant while working at Farnborough Road Infant and Junior schools.  I was a key member teaching pupils on the Spelling Made Easy Program. I have been craft co-ordinator within an after school club in Ainsdale and with churches together in Ainsdale.  In my previous employment I completed a SENCO course and gained a vast amount of experience of Early Years and with children who have disabilities or medical conditions. I love my work and continue to gain knowledge and experience and make learning fun for the children.

Recent courses:-  Paediatric First Aid,  Food Hygiene and Safety Level 2,  Effective First Aid Management,  Early Years Maths, Supporting Children with Autism in Early Years, Safer recruitment and an on-line course through Edge Hill University on Mentoring.



As a family our connection with Elim Pre-school dates back 15 years, my own niece came here when she was a child and thrived with the care provided. I started working at the Pre-school 3 years ago and have loved every minute since. Soon afterward staring, I began a part-time Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice, which I completed with Distinction in the summer of 2018.

I originally qualified as a nurse in 2004 and worked as part of a Community Nursing team for the next 3.5 years. I then went into youth work, becoming the Youth Pastor for another local Church for nearly a decade before moving into Early Years.

I now work part-time in the Pre-school as I complete my final year at Edge Hill University to gain my B.A. Hons in Early Years Practice. I love my role here at Elim, I constantly learn something new from the children about the world. It is a privilege to work alongside practitioners who value children and who help create a caring, enthusiastic environment for everyone to grow.

Our Commitee

Richard Vernon – Chair of committee

Richard is the Lead Pastor and is married to Georgina and they have been at the church since June 2003, having been the Associate Pastor up until March 2015. They have four beautiful little children who one day, Richard hopes will all become professional golfers! Each of them have been through the Pre-School with his youngest there right now before starting school next September. He is passionate about the local church and in seeing it find its true place at the heart of the community. He is a self-confessed gadget freak and when he gets the time, loves nothing more than a great round of golf

Vicky Copeland - Manager 

Veronica Vernon – Safeguarding

Jackie Cartwright – Experienced Early Years Teacher  

We are a committee based Pre-School. We meet every term and oversee the running of the Pre-School. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please contact Richard on Richard@lakesidechurch.uk.