Meet Our Team

The team at Little Stars Preschool is experienced and qualified from level 3 to above in childcare. They use their family values and motivation in developing the minds of children to provide care of high standards, and give them a running start to their futures.

At Little Stars, the team understands each child is unique, and deserves every, and equal opportunity to excel in life. For this reason and to ensure the safety of all children under our care we have trained staff in special educational needs (SEN), first aid, food hygiene, safeguarding, child protection, and others. We partner with parents to understand the needs of their children to ensure that we act in best interest of each individual child.

Therefore each individual child is given a keyperson who is responsible for their settling, observing, planning and recording their learning to ensure that children develop their early learning goals. The keyperson is responsible for meeting their individual child’s development and progress and to build a positive relationship with the child and their parents.  At the end of each term the keyperson and parents will have termly meeting to discuss their child’s progress and development. However children are encouraged to build positive relationship with all the staff in the setting so that class to class transition will be positive and happier for the children.

Darshika Rajendera

Owner & Manager

Qualifications:
  • Foundation Degree Working with Children and Young People (Level 4 and 5)
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People
  • CACHE Level 2 NVQ in Childcare, Learning and Development
  • CACHE Level 3 in Childminding
  • Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Health & Safety Trained
  • Food Hygiene Trained
  • Fire Safety Awareness Trained
  • Safeguarding Level 1 to 3
  • SENCO Level 1 to 6
  • Zumba Basic 1 Instructor Trained
  • CRB Checked
I am the owner and the setting manager at Little Stars Pre-school working alongside Shalini Amlani. I overlook the overall running of the Pre-school and deployment of staff for children under our care and ensuring all policies and procedures are met in accordance with standards of EYFS. I have also worked with age groups ranging from birth to 8 years, and gained experience with children requiring special educational needs. I have developed my childcare experience over 14 years within the settings of Nurseries, Montessori and Childminding and have come to understand the expectations of children, parents and carers in delivering a service of high standards. In 2016 I completed my foundation degree to become qualified in level 5 as a Deputy Manager and In January 2017 I have taken the responsibility of Owner’s role. As an owner and manager, I am passionate about the contribution I am making towards the healthy development of children to give them a strong start to their future at Little Stars Preschool. I am motivated in childcare by knowing that it is an environment that encourages the sharing of experiences, strong values, and partnering with parents to get children to use their imaginative minds, which speak to my strengths in creativity and interests in playing music, painting, computing, and other creative activities.​

Shalini Amlani

Manager

Qualifications:
  • Foundation Degree Working with Children and Young People (Level 4 and 5)
  • Diploma Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People’s Work Force
  • Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Health & Safety Trained
  • Food Hygiene Trained
  • Fire Safety Awareness Trained
  • Safeguarding Level 1 to 2
  • SENCO Level 1 to 6
  • Zumba Basic 1 Instructor Trained
  • CRB Checked

I am Shalini Amlani, I have gone through the early year system from volunteer to childcare practitioner senior to now my third management position in the last ten years.  I have therefore, all the necessary experience to run an early year setting at Little Stars Preschool working alongside . Having completed the FdA in Child Care to Level 5, I am responsible for the overall running of the preschool. I am responsible in setting new policies and adapting procedures to current guidelines.

I am experienced in all areas of curriculum, planning development and execution. I liaise with external agencies, other professionals in all expects of childcare. I am very energetic and believe in outdoor play and short trips with children apart from that in my spare time I have a range of interest including dancing, music and cooking and I try to bring my interest to life with the children in my setting.

Varsha Patel

Room Leader/Trainee Deputy Manager

Qualifications:
  • BA Hons Working with Integrated Services with Children and Young People’s Workforce (Level 6)
  • Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Food Hygiene Trained
  • Safeguarding Level 2
  • CRB Checked

Varsha has been with Little Stars Preschool for over 7 months as trainee deputy manager/room leader and a key worker. She have also gained experience in working with young children in a different nursery for 6 years. Her strengths are planning activities according to EYFS, creativity and building positive relationships with children, parents and staff and also support children with any senco and promote positive behaviour and bring the best out of children. She is qualified in Level 6 in childcare.

Devishna Maharaj

Room Leader

Qualifications:
  • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Health & Safety Trained
  • Food Hygiene Trained
  • Fire Safety Awareness Trained
  • Safeguarding Level 1 to 3
  • CRB Checked
Devishna has been with Little Stars Preschool for over 3 years and as a key worker. She have also gained experience in working with young children in a school setting as a volunteer for 3 years. Her strengths are creativity and building positive relationships with children, parents and staff and also support children with any senco and promote positive behaviour and bring the best out of children. Devishna’s main role also revolves around teaching the children good discipline and instilling confidence in them so they are able to approach her easily as a mother figure and speak to her about their needs.
 
 Ruchika Shah

Early Year Childcare Practitioner

Qualifications:
  • CACHE Level 3 Early Years
  • Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Health & Safety Trained
  • Food Hygiene Trained
  • Fire Safety Awareness Trained
  • Safeguarding Level 1 to 2
  • CRB Checked
Ruchika joined Little Stars Preschool in 2017 and has been with Little Stars Preschool for over 2 years and is a key worker for children aged two years. Her strength lies in settling young children when they join the setting in the smooth running of the Pre-School. Young children connect to Ruchika easily especially with any emotional behaviour and she is able to support and encourage them to be self-confident. She also supports in building them physically by providing right resources and get
little ones to engage in communication more freely. Ruchika likes to listen to music and spend time with her own children.
 Sandra Hnat

Early Year Childcare Assistant

Qualifications:
  • CACHE Level 2 Early Years
  • Progressing towards to CACHE Level 3 Early Years
  • Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Health & Safety Trained
  • Food Hygiene Trained
  • Fire Safety Awareness Trained
  • Safeguarding Level 1 to 2
  • CRB Checked
Sandra joined Little Stars Preschool as a volunteer in April 2018 and she was able to work well with children aged 3 months to 2 year olds. Therefore she was able to start working as a key worker in September 2018. She has been with Little Stars Preschool for 1 year. Her strength lies in settling young children when they join the setting in the smooth running of the baby room. Young children connect to Sandra easily especially with any emotional behaviour and she is able to support and encourage them to be self-confident.
Sandra enjoys taking children to the park and play outdoors. She likes to listen to music and spend time with the children in the setting.


Zahide Islami

Early Year Apprentice 

Qualifications:
  • Progressing towards to CACHE Level 3 Early Years
  • Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Health & Safety Trained
  • Food Hygiene Trained
  • Fire Safety Awareness Trained
  • Safeguarding Level 1 to 2
  • CRB Checked

Zahide has been with Little Stars Preschool for over 1 year and as a key worker. Her strengths are creativity and building positive relationships with children, parents and staff. Zahide love to support and encourage children through their learning journey. Helping children to develop from birth providing them with new challenges and activities.

Omar Cameron Akoto 

Early Year Apprentice

Qualifications:
  • Progressing towards to CACHE Level 3 Early Years
  • Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Health & Safety Trained
  • Food Hygiene Trained
  • Fire Safety Awareness Trained
  • Safeguarding Level 1 to 2
  • CRB Checked

Omar joined Little Stars Preschool in July 2018 and is a key worker for children aged 3 to 4 year olds. His strength lies in settling young children when they join the setting in the smooth running of the Pre-School. Young children connect to Omar very well.
His strengths are creativity, being patience with all the children and building positive relationships with children, parents and staff and also support children with any special needs and promote positive behaviour and bring the best out of children.