Our Team

Edale Stepping Stones invests in the professional development of our staff, giving your child access to people who are trained in evidence-based care and learning practices. All our staff have up-to-date accreditation in safeguarding,  paediatric first aid,  food hygiene and a broad range of other areas. As well as ensuring the centre environment is safe and educational, Stepping Stones invests in our communities by welcoming and supporting children needing more specialist care.

Naomi Compton

Head of Centre

Since working with others to establish Edale Stepping Stones, Naomi has consistently brought passion and dedication to the role, developing a well-qualified team of staff in order to provide the best quality care and education.  Her experience makes her a perfect leader for this Centre. 

Naomi was Deputy Head of a Children’s Centre working jointly with social care, health and the voluntary sector, before being appointed as Head teacher of a Nursery School, until she was seconded to the School Improvement Service as an adviser focussed on the quality of early year’s education. She was then appointed as Head of Early Years and Childcare for Derbyshire County Council, where she was honoured in 2003 to receive the national award of Public Sector Manager of the Year from the Office of Public Management, in recognition of ‘outstanding efforts to improve the early years and childcare services in Derbyshire through leadership and collaboration with a wide range of organisations and members of the community.’ Naomi has also worked for some time in the NHS in Derbyshire as Head of Commissioning for Children’s Health focused on mental health and wellbeing.


As well as her role of Head of Centre Naomi has responsibility as Designated Lead for Safeguarding.


Theresa Skillen

Deputy Head of Centre

Loved by children, parents and staff alike, Theresa brings knowledge, enthusiasm and joy to Edale Stepping Stones. Each child is a precious individual. As our Deputy Head of Centre Theresa leads on ensuring that each child’s receives the individual high quality provision they need. She has particular expertise and experience in working with children with additional needs and or/disabilities, whether those are medical conditions, allergies, autism, or learning or physical disabilities. 

"I have worked with children since the early 1980’s, first as a foster carer, then a childminder and also as a volunteer working with Edale Primary School organising after-school clubs, holiday clubs and a Stay & Play session for parents and carers to come together while their little ones play in a safe environment. I have particular interest and experience in supporting children to make sure that they are all able to fulfil their potential, using their individual strengths and supporting them to overcome any barriers to enjoying life.


I really enjoy being involved in the early education of the valley’s children, and being able to support local families with high quality childcare at Edale Stepping Stones."

As well as her role as Deputy Head of Centre Theresa has responsibility as the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).


Alex Cooper-Elliott

Childcare Practitioner

Alex is a wonderful caring fun member of the team. Alex is brilliant at encouraging children’s creativity and confidence in expressing themselves through the arts.

"As Childcare Practitioner, I help each child to discover the brilliance inside themselves and to celebrate the brilliance in others. Children are all individuals who learn and develop in their own ways. It is up to me to understand those individual pathways and support them on their learning journeys. Edale Stepping Stones is a wonderful place for children to start those journeys."

Rose Potter

Rose Potter is a wonderful addition to our small friendly team. Rose brings with her not only a love of children but a particular interest and experience in how individual children learn. Rose is also a musician. The children enjoy regular music sessions with Rose, singing a range of songs and having opportunities to play instruments together, and sometimes to perform a solo!