Our staff are what make Penguin Pre-School what it is, without the hard work and dedication of the staff we would not be here today.




Mrs Liesel Symonds

Safeguarding Lead Professional (SLP)

Liesel started her career in childcare in 1999, her first job was at Penguin Pre-School as a nursery nurse. She then moved on to work in three other nurseries, as a deputy manager and manager before returning to her roots at Penguin Pre-School in 2011.

Liesel is a mother of two young children.

Liesel is passionate about ensuring that Penguin Pre-School provides the best quality possible in teaching Early Years. She leads a professional team of staff that always go the extra mile to support our children and families.

"I am Proud of all my staff that have been handpicked to work at Penguin Pre-School. The staff share my commitment and dedication to provide quality teaching. We recognise that all children are individuals and tailor our teaching to suit each child. Being a Mum myself I understand the worries experienced by parents/carers when they leave their most precious possessions in our care".

In her spare time Liesel enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, dressmaking and baking.



Deputy Manager/Rockhopper Room Leader
SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities co-ordinator).

Rebecca started her career in childcare in 2010. Rebecca has worked at England’s largest nursery chain for 4 years before joining our team in 2019.

Rebecca has an extensive knowledge of childcare and development. She has a dedicated attitude in providing a caring and nurturing environment for the children to learn and explore.

In her spare time Rebecca enjoys walking her dogs and spending time with her family and friends.

"Rebecca is an enthusiastic practitioner! She is always ready to listen to the children, and provide bespoke activities for all the children in her care.- (Liesel Symonds).



Emperor Room Leader
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Practitioner (SLP)
Lead Behavior Practitioner
SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities co-ordinator)

Mary Joined Penguin Pre-School in 2006.

Mary is a mother of two fantastic boys.

Mary enjoys seeing the progression of the children at penguin Pre-School through their achievements and development on a daily basis.

Mary also loves attending Early Years courses/training to ensure that she is conducting the best possible practice with the most current knowledge.

Mary enjoys family time and meeting up with her friends in her spare time.
"Mary loves researching new ideas! She is a dedicated, hardworking member of staff" - (Liesel Symonds)



Rockhopper Practitioner
Equal opportunities co-ordinator
Lead Behaviour Practitioner

Claire joined Penguin Pre-School in 1998.

Claire is the mother of three children and a grandparent of one.

Claire is a caring and fun member of the team who enjoys watching children succeed and grow into independent and confident little people.

In her spare time Claire likes to spend time with family and looking after her grandchild.

"Claire has an artistic flare! She is a very loyal member of staff" - (Liesel Symonds)



Emperor Practitioner

Danielle is a mother of two boys

Danielle is passionate about providing the children with the best start in life. She understands that each child is unique and enjoys developing the children’s learning, confidence and self-esteem.

Danielle is exceptionally enthusiastic and works well within the Pre-School. She is always ready for a challenge !

Danielle enjoys spending lots of time with her family and friends.

“Danielle is an excellent practitioner; she is passionate about her job. You can see this in the way she engages with the children and families. She is a very kind and considerate practitioner, always ready to help our children and families” – (Liesel Symonds)

Bethany B

Bethany B

Emperor Practitioner

Bethany joined Penguin Pre-School in 2018 as a support worker before securing a permanent position in 2019.

Bethany started her journey at Penguin Pre-School when she was a student at Great Yarmouth College.

She enjoys nurturing and helping the children achieve their full potential within the Pre-School.

In her spare time she enjoys going out with her friends, and spending time with her family.

"Bethany is a member of staff that enjoys and thrives on nurturing the children. She shows extreme dedication to her key worker group” (Liesel Symonds)



Rockhopper Practitioner

Hannah started at the Pre-School as a support worker before securing a permanent position in the Rockhoppers room .

Hannah comes from a family with a childcare background. Hannah has had experience of working at the Priory Centre (GYT) before joining Penguin Pre-School.

Hannah enjoys creating wonderful displays with the children.

In her spare time Hannah enjoys doing all things craft, reading, spending time with her dogs and playing on computer consoles.


Victoria (Vikki)

Emperor Practitioner

Vicky joined Penguin Pre-School in 2014.

Vicky is the mother of two boys.

Vicki enjoys promoting craft activities bringing new and exciting activities for the children to experience.

In her Spare time Vicky enjoys spending time with her family.

"Vicky is a nurturing member of staff that compliments the Emperors team perfectively. She has calm, reassuring presence with the children" - (Liesel Symonds)

“Hannah facilitates a peaceful environment in the room. She likes to nurture the children in her care to ensure that they achieve the very best from an early age” (Liesel Symonds)



Cover/Support Practitioner

Abbie joined Penguin Pre-School in 2019.

She has had previous experience of working in nurseries back in her hometown London. Abbie is the mother of one.

She enjoys watching all the children learn new things and supporting them in their development.

In her spare time Abbie trains a football team and is a referee for matches at the weekend. She loves to spend time with her family.

"Abbie is a bubbly, chatty member of staff. She loves to get active in the garden and creative in craft area with the children” (Liesel Symonds)

Bethany W

Bethany W

Cover/Support Practitioner

Bethany joined the Pre-School in 2019.

Bethany’s background and knowledge is child psychology in which she holds a degree in.

“Bethany is an calm, nurturing member of staff, with a relaxed approach. She is very good at getting children to problem solve for themselves.” (Liesel Symonds)



Cover/support Practitioner

Ana joined Penguin Pre-School in 2019.

Ana is a mother of one.

Ana has a “can do” attitude to life, which in turn is a great role model to the children.

Ana has the ability to speak English and Portuguese (Her home language).

“Ana has such a positive impact on the children, giving encouragement and praise to help the children gain confidence and positive self esteem” (Liesel Symonds)


contact penguin

If you need to contact us for any reason these are our details.

Address: Newtown Methodist Church, Caister Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 4DB

Phone: 01493 851101


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