Our Team

 Our childcare staff are here to support children who attend our Centre. Our aim is to provide quality services for local families at affordable costs.


Our work has one clear focus: your child's individual needs. In order for us to support your child's development in the best possible way, we employ people with different educational training backgrounds. They all attend regular further training courses, which enable them to bring new ideas and proposals to their daily work - ideas that will also benefit your child!


Find out more about our staff.


Martin Besford 

Head of Highway Farm Activity Centre

Owns & manages the Centre


Main responsibility

All aspects of managing the Centre. Head of Early years & Little Explorers.



Various outdoor pursuits qualifications. Over 18 years experience in outdoor pursuits.

Over 18 years experience with children in outdoor environments.

Level 3 in Early years and playwork.

Early years & playwork course writer and tutor.

Developing and advising on outdoor spaces.


Motto on life

A smile speaks louder than a thousand words. Live for today.




Jane Neill

 Head of Highway Farm Activity Centre

Owns & manages the Centre


Main responsability

Manages the Finances of the Centre.

Head of cycle hire.

Child protection officer.

Health and Safety officer. (excluding risk assessments)



Over 20 years Nursing experience and several years specialising in Accident & Emergency department.

Over 10 years experience in some outdoor pursuits.

Level 3 in Early years and playwork.

10 years experience in Playwork.



Additional Staff

All instructors at Highway Farm are qualified through the appropriate national governing bodies. The centre provides activities which are registered with OFSTED. We take pride in ensuring that staff continually update qualifications as well extending the ones they already have. All staff are at least a level 3 in playwork and early years.


Barbara Nicholas
Multi trained across the Centre.

Area of expertise- Early years & growing.


Ken Paterson
Multi trained across the Centre

Area of expertise- Playwork

Level 3 playwork

Level 3 Early years


Sandie Hawkey

Early years practitioner

Area of expertise- Early years,

outdoor learning & play,

Advising on outdoor spaces.

Trainer in outdoor activities.


Maria Williams

Area of expertise, early years, animals, outdoor life