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Who's Who

Our Pippins Team


The preschool is managed by Sam Tarver who has experience with children from 3 months to 5 years in a nursery setting and has also worked as a teaching assistant in a first school. Sam has two children one of whom currently attends Flyford Flavell Primary School and the other is at Pershore High School.

Donna Palmer has been working in Pippins since 2014 and has moved with it to Flyford Flavell Primary School. Donna has experience with children from 3 months to five years within nursery settings and has worked locally as a nanny for several families. 

Rachael Chance joined Pippins as maternity cover and has stayed with us. Rachael has experience working with children aged 3 months to 5 years within a nursery setting. She has previously been the deputy manager at a nursery near Worcester. Rachael has a daughter who is at high school.

Bex Spencer is the newest member of the team but has been known to staff for a few years as she has previously been a Pippin parent. Bex has childminding experience with children aged 3 months to 5 years. Bex has three young children who attend Flyford Flavell Primary School.


Sam Tarver

Hello, I’m Sam and I truly believe I have the best job. I love being part of children’s learning journeys, watching as they discover, learn and enjoy new life experiences. I live on a farm with my husband and two daughters, we have one dog, three cats and two rabbits. I enjoy craft activities with Lucy & Emma and spending time in the garden.


Donna Palmer

Hello I’m Donna. I love working in Pippins and watching the children grow as they move through the school. At home I have 3 cats who demand lots of cuddles. I enjoy crochet and I’m often busy making soft toys, blankets & clothes ready for new arrivals.




Rachael Chance

Hello, I'm Rachael. I have really enjoyed being in Pippins and getting to know all of the children and their families. At home I enjoy spending time outdoors with my daughter, especially walking our dog, Arlo. I enjoy cooking and creating new meals for my family.




Bex Spencer

Hello, I'm Bex. I am excited to join the Pippins team. I have six children, three of them are at Flyford Flavell Primary School. We all enjoy playing football and going on walks together, we like to challenge ourselves to walking as many big hills as we can in the summer. I am looking forward to building relationships with the children and parents at Pippins.




Staff Qualifications


The staff at Flyford pippins are experienced and qualified and are dedicated to early years learning.

Sam Tarver

Foundation Degree in Early Years Education (level 5)


Paediatric First Aid

Food Hygiene Level 2


Donna Palmer

NVQ Level 3 in Childcare & Education


Paediatric First Aid

Food Hygiene Level 2


Meg Ricketts

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare

Paediatric First Aid

Food Hygiene Level 2



All staff are highly motivated and are keen to continue their professional development which enables them and the preschool to ensure that they are working at the highest standards for the children in their care. Staff regularly attend training sessions held by Worcestershire Children First or accredited training companies. 

Sam has undertaken SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) training to support children with additional needs within the pre-school setting, in this position she will work with the school SENCo when needed.

Donna is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for pre-school and works closely within the DSL for the school (Mrs Bennett).

All staff have a current DBS check held with Flyford Flavell Primary School

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