Our Staff

The heartbeat of our preschool! We are very lucky to have such dedicated staff who take such great care of your little ones. You can read a little about our core staff members below
Carrie Denton

Hi, I’m Carrie, Manager of Sparklers.
I set up Sparklers in 2001 along with a school Governor and West Berks Early Years Team. Previously to this I taught in Foundation and year 1 at Basildon school.

I spent 10 years teaching at Alfred Sutton Primary in Reading after I finished my training, I trained as an NNEB at Reading college with two years practical placements back in 1981.
I now have 3 gorgeous little grandchildren who keep me very busy.. In my ‘spare’ time I am a CFR (community first responder) for SCAS (South Central Ambulance Service)

Emma Berry
Play Worker

Hi my name is Emma, I live in Bracknell and travel to Sparklers each day. I've worked at Sparklers since January 2014.

I trained at Chiltern Nursery College in Reading and I have an NVQ level 2 and level 3 in childcare.

I have worked in childcare for over 20 years now in various child care settings.

I have two children a daughter Aimee age 12 and a son Alfie age nine.

Clare Darby

Play worker


Hello my name is Clare, I work in the early years at Basildon Primary School as well as Sparklers tea club.

I've worked in the early years  for several years and I support children with speech and language.

Outside of work I have a teenaged son and I enjoy walking my rescue Labrador in the beautiful Berkshire countryside.

I never turn down a coffee and cake,

Caroline Collins
Deputy Manager

Hello, my name is Caroline, I have work at Sparklers Preschool since 2002.

I am NVQ level 3 childcare qualified. I have a responsibility for the SEND (Special Educational Needs Development) in Sparklers.

I have lived in the village all my life, I have also been a nanny/childminder for a number of years.

I live with my husband and have two children both adults now, apart from my work my dogs are my passion.


Tyrese White

Play worker

Hi, I'm Tyrese, I am 19 and a student at Brookfields School in Tilehurst.

I first came to Sparkler as a student and worked as a play assistant in conjunction with My pathway to employment.

My hobbies are drama and art. I have been involved in several school productions.

I enjoy socialising with the children and staff I am gaining in confidence, I love being part of the sparklers team and I am grateful for the opportunity. 

Charli Jones 

Play worker


Hi I'm Charli and I work at sparklers tea club, I have two daughters, one currently at sparklers and one that has been through sparklers and now attends the primary school. I am also a member of the sparklers committee. 

In my free time I enjoy dog walks in the countryside and an odd slice of cheesecake.