Meet the Team
I’m Debs Powell. I have three children and have been childminding since 2011. I lead a church parent and toddler group and co-lead a preschool children’s church group on a Sunday. I am a Governor at Curry Rivel Primary School. I am passionate about outdoor learning and enabling children to maximise their life chances through opportunities, compassion and encouragement.
Hi, I’m Jane Snow. I have loved working at Apple Trees Club since 2015, and been involved with Curry Rivel School for many years, since my teenage son was a baby! I worked in the nursery for six years, at the same time I served in many roles on the PTA including as Secretary and later Chair. I also worked with the school-aged children at lunchtimes and with many of the younger ones as a volunteer reader. I hold an NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning & Development, and I’m qualified in Somerset Total Communication (enabling children with speech delay and communication difficulties to be understood and included). I have experience of working with children with Special Educational Needs. I’m passionate about the inclusion of all children, regardless of barriers, in play-based activities to encourage learning, development and fun!
My name is Emma Myhill. I am a qualified Nursery Nurse and LSA. In addition to working at Apple Trees I also work in the financial sector, volunteer at Curry Rivel Primary School and am the secretary for the school PTA. I believe that every child should be given support and opportunities in the indoor and outdoor environments to reach their full potential as an individual.
Hi, I'm Charlene Hunsperger and I have 4 children Adam, Luke and twin girls Anna and Ruth. I have been a school Governor for nearly 5 years both within Curry Rivel School and our previous school in Wiltshire. I grew up in Huish Episcopi and left home at 17 to join the Royal Navy, this was something I had wanted to do since I was a child of 9. I was lucky I had support and encouragement from my family and people around me - I believe this is so important for children so they can feel confident, safe and happy to share their ideas and dreams and be encouraged to fulfil them.
Hi, my name is Amanda and I have 2 daughters at Curry Rivel school. Prior to having my children I worked in the financial sector and then the Civil Service whilst moving around the country with my husband’s job. I have years of experience working with children from volunteering at toddler groups, Sunday schools, holiday clubs and a Cubs group. For the past 4 years I have worked as a childminding assistant for Debs and thoroughly enjoy supporting children as they grow in independence and confidence in our nurturing setting. I aim to ensure that all children feel safe and happy in my care.
My name is Sandra Hoffmann. Since I finished my GCSEs in 1997, Döbeln/Germany, I have been working in the hospitality sector. Following my british partner, Roger, I moved to Curry Rivel in 2009 and since the birth of my daughter Jessica in 2016 a few things have changed including my wishes to pursue a new career. In working at Apple Trees I hope to help create a happy, and supportive place - an environment with a positive mindset that is both nurturing and safe for all the children in our care before and after school.
I am originally from West Yorkshire and have lived in Curry Rivel for 17 years with my husband and young son. I became a full time mum in 2016, and my son now attends Curry Rivel Primary School. For the past year I have helped with the School PTA events including face painting at the School disco, and crafting days, and more recently taken on the role of PTA Vice Chair / Secretary. In my past career I have worked across a diverse range of professions, including textile design and IT, training and online learning. Since having my son my career has taken a different route, which I am enthusiastic about. At Apple Trees I hope to use my design background to help the children have fun being creative, whilst supporting them in a safe, happy and positive environment outside of school.
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