Meet The Team




Charlton Deputy Manager - Sam Axtell

Sam Axtell, Pre-school Manager

Sam is a dedicated mum of 2 children aged 18 and 14. Sam started at Charlton Pre-school in 2004 as the Deputy Manager. In that time she has passed her NVQ level 3 and CCL NVQ level 4. This course enabled her to learn about the management side of Playgroup. In October 2011, Sam was promoted to Manager.

Charlton Playgroup and Learning Co-ordinator





Jackie Scouse, Pre-school Deputy Manager

Jackie has been involved with the Pre-school since 2001. She was a parent helper from 2001 when her daughter attended, she is now 17.  Jackie carried this on when her son attended, he is now 14.  Jackie was offered a job as an assistant in 2004. In that time Jackie has gone on to pass her NVQ level 2 and NVQ level 3. In October 2011 Jackie was promoted to Deputy Manager.

Rose Nicholls, Pre-school Assistant:

Rose has recently joined us from another Nursery in Banbury.  She has 10 years experience of working with children and is qualified to NVQ level 2 and NVQ level 3 in childcare, learning and development.  Rose has brought lots of new ideas to share wiht the team and is a devoted mum to her 5 year old son.

Nicole Thorpe, Pre-school Assistant:

Nicole is one of our new members of staff. She joined us in January 2015. Nicole passed her NVQ level 3 in Childcare in July 2013 and recently moved down from Peterborough. She is continuing to put all her knowledge into practice.


Charlton Volunteer - Nanny LindaNanny Linda


Over the last 30 years Linda has been involved in the Pre-school, first with her own children then with her grandchildren and being on many committees. Linda comes into Pre-school every morning between 8.30 and 10.30, helping to set up and often helping to settle in new children.  Linda is a great asset and is fantastic with the children, going out of her way to get involved in their learning and development. She helps at all fundraising events and is happy to allow us to use her garden in the summer to play and practice sports day. Linda was made volunteer of the year in    2007. As we have two Linda’s the children call her Nanny Linda.


Charlton Volunteer - Janet GarrettJanet Garrett


Janet has also been part of Pre-school for many years. Not only bringing her own children and being on the committee but  she worked at Playgroup for over 20 years, and was the Manager for at least 10 years.  Janet works every Wednesday 9.00 till 12.00. She is a great help and is always offering lots of great ideas.