Our team

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the team that work at sunshine with your child and let you know a little bit about how we work.

There are 3 members of staff who work at the pre-school and will be caring for your child on a daily basis. Each member of the team has a wealth of experience to ensure the children who attend have a mixed and varied day with us.

Kyah, our pre-school manager, began her career in childcare when she left school, taking a small break to support a local family run business. Kyah qualified in 2007 at NVQ level 3, holds a Level 3 in safeguarding and Paediatric first aid. Kyah worked alongside Mellissa and Paul at the Dolphin from the beginning, working as a room supervisor. Taking on the challenge of running Sunshine was the next step in her career.  Outside of work, Kyah is a mum herself and enjoys spending quality time with her family.

Leigh, who joined Sunshine in 2014, holds a national diploma in childhood studies and paediatric first aid. Alongside starting her own family Leigh has been in and out of childcare since 1997, so over 20 years’ experience. Leigh has held roles of room leaders and SENCO and her experience brings a huge amount of knowledge to the team. Leigh loves gardening and being out and about so is an asset to Sunshine.

Finally we have Gabs, who has recently qualified after undertaking her training with us alongside Exeter College, so is still fresh with ideas. Gabs joined us in September 2015 and the children have taken a real shine to her so we are lucky to have her on board.


At the end of 2013 Mellissa and Paul Bartlett who already run the highly reputable Dolphin Pre-school Nursery decided to expand and Sunshine was a perfect match and enabled them to extend the experience they offer young children further. The transfer happened during July 2014 and has added even more choice for parents as both setting offer something slightly different.