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Meet the staff

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Leader – Carrie Gelder

Carrie has A Level 3 P.L.A and a Level 4 specialist T.A Certificate.

She has worked at Cygnets since September 2011. Carrie moved to Swanage with her daughter from Cumbria. She loves living by the sea.


Deputy Leader/Admininstrator – Jane Tillyard

Jane has a Foundation Degree in Early Years, Childcare and Education (level 5).

She has worked at Cygnets since Jan 2009. Jane has lived in Studland all of her life and loves walking in the countryside and paddle boarding.

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Gemma Johnston

Gemma has a NCFE CACHE level 3 Diploma for the childrens and young peoples workforce.

Gemma started at cygnets in February 2015. In her free time Gemma enjoys spending time with her family, going for walks to the beach and Durlston and reading to relax.

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Corina Ferrari

Corina has a City and Guilds level 3 in Early Years.

Corina started at Cygnets in March 2008. Corina loves living by the sea with her four children.

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Sue Crooks

Sue has a City and Guilds level 2 in Early Years.

She started at Cygnets in September 2010. Sue likes walking her dog around the Purbecks and going to the beach with her family and friends in the Summer.

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Julie-Ann Redout

Julie-Ann is studying for her Level 3 Early Years qualification

Julie-Ann has been a part of the Cygnets team since 2020. She lives with her family in Swanage.

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Ebony Welsh

Ebony is our apprentice and is working towards a level 2 Diploma in Early Years

She lives with her family in Swanage.

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