Rising Fives

Rising Fives

Pre School

Deputy Manager: Michaela Pyle

Hello, I am Michaela. 

I completed my NVQ level 3 qualification in 'Children in the workforce' in 2014 and I have been working at Rising Fives for four years. I love my job, it is lots of fun and hard work at times but very rewarding. I enjoy spending time interacting and playing with the children, watching them develop and grow. I feel lucky to be part of this and making a difference to their start in life.

I live in Whitchurch with my family.  I have three children of my own, a daughter and two sons.

Vicky Cassidy

I am Vicky and I started work at Rising Fives in March 2014.  After gaining my NNEB qualification 20 years ago, I have worked as a nanny and also in nurseries.  I love playing with the children and I make sure there are lots of fun and exciting activities for the children to enjoy.  I continue to work hard to develop our Outside Area as I like to bring in new challenges for the childen.

Office Manager: Rachel Abbott

My name is Rachel and I have been Administrator of Rising Fives since 2007 when my daughter was here.  I look after the finances on a day to day basis and have the AAT Level 4 Diploma.  I work closely with the committee and the staff.  I also manage general administrative tasks and help keep Rising Fives running smoothly.

SENCO: Sophie Thing

Hello, I am Sophie,

I’ve worked in childcare for 6 years and have worked in nurseries and have been a Nanny. I love working with children and love to see them progress and achieve, its an amazing feeling being able to have such a positive input so early on in their lives! I love being creative with the children and exploring the outdoors


Lisa Etherington

Hello, my name is Lisa.

I qualified with level 3 BTEC national diploma in early years in 2006. I have worked within pre-schools, a nursery and a children's centre. Five years ago I moved to Whitchurch to become a nanny for my nieces. This is my current job, as well as working for Rising Five's for the past 18 months. I enjoy enhancing children's interest through play and exciting activities. I love to be creative and enjoy sharing this passion with children.

Pre-school Manager: Sian Wilkes

Sian Wilkes 
Hello, I am Sian I've been the manager here at Rising Fives Pre-school since October 2018, I am delighted to join such a passionate team. I have worked in Early Years since 2008 starting as an unqualified key person and working up to management. I've been a manager in various early years settings since 2014. I currently hold a Level 5 diploma in leadership and management in childcare and education. Throughout my time I've gained a wealth of experiences and knowledge and looking forward to sharing and expanding this during my time at Rising Fives. 
I am a wife and a mother to three beautiful children.

Abigail Annals 

Hello, I am Abby and I have been at Rising Fives since 2016. I am level 3 qualified in Childcare I am also working towards my level 3 in forest school leadership in which I will be able to bring forest school sessions to the Pre School once qualified.  I am a very positive and bubbly person who gets a lot out of working with children and watching them thrive in a positive learning environment.

I am a mother of fourand l live in St Mary Bourne with my husband and children and not forgetting the cat called James Bond!