About us

The Oaks was founded nearly 20 years ago by working parents whose children attended local schools, preschools and the Oaks clubs, so they understand how important it is to find good local childcare. Day-to-day management is handled by the office team based in Mortimer and by the club management staff working at school/community sites in Mortimer, Burghfield, and Silchester.

The Oaks is led by a small team of Directors who are focused on top-quality childcare provided by highly qualified and highly caring staff. We are always available to talk to anyone who would like to know more about The Oaks.

Being a Community Interest Company (CIC) means that we have protected our non-profit status and our commitment to serving and supporting the local community.

We are an equal opportunities employer, our culture actively includes people with a diverse range of skills, experience, and backgrounds and we are committed to providing access for a wide range of families who use our services.

Meet the Managers

Jackie Rozentals

Jackie Rozentals is Playleader at both Early Big Oaks and at Big Oaks. She has been with us since 2015 loves the friendly, relaxed atmosphere at Breakfast Club and being co-leader of our busiest club, Big Oaks, with Graham.  She loves a competitive game of ‘Stop the Bus’! During lockdown Jackie started baking, and often delivers treats to her family!  She is also our Party Queen, often organising our Oaks get togethers.

Debra Brown

Debra Brown joined The Oaks in 2018 and has worked as a Playworker, and as the Playleader of two busy after school clubs.  Debra is now Preschool Manager of Mini Oaks, based in Burghfield.

Shigeko Weir

Shigeko Weir

Shigeko is our Breakfast Playleader at Aldermaston Oaks. She has been with The Oaks since 2019. She encourages outdoor activity but also enjoys helping children being creative with crafts and construction toys, drawing pictures, and playing board games. Her latest interest is origami – the art of paper folding. At home, she has two children and used to run a book/activity club for Japanese-speaking children. She enjoys travelling and walking her dog.

Debs Clarke

Debs Clarke joined The Oaks in September 2019, became our Little Oaks Playleader in December 2020, and now leads both breakfast and after-school clubs. She has many years of experience working with children and loves being outside with them, particularly in the sunshine.

Abi Showering

Abi Showering joined The Oaks in September 2020 as a Playworker, and quickly took to working with children of all ages across all of our clubs.  She became Deputy Playleader at Early Little Oaks and Little Oaks in July 2021, and is qualified at NVQ L3 in Playwork. Abi enjoys ice skating once a week and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Alice Walter

Alice Walter

Alice Walter joined The Oaks in May 2022 as a Deputy Playleader and Playworker at Priory Oaks and Big Oaks. She is also one of our Holiday Clubs Playleaders. Alice believes children (and adults) benefit from being outdoors in all weathers so she can often be found in her waterproofs and wellies jumping in muddy puddles with the children!
Natalie Coles

Natalie Coles

Natalie joined Mini Oaks in June 2022 after 15 years as a preschool manager at another setting. She has many years’ experience in working with children from babies to Reception year, and is qualified to level 3 in childcare and education. She is an avid reader and likes to share her love of books with the children. Natalie is also a very keen baker and cake decorator, and believes you are never too young to bake a cake!

Jessica Fabry

Jess joined Silchester Oaks in Sept 2022 as a Deputy Playleader for the after school club and is currently Acting Playleader. She loves getting to know the children and really being able to help them learn and grow while having fun. She is NVQ 3 qualified and has worked with children for a combined amount of 6 years.

Lewis Brown

Lewis Brown

Lewis is part of the Holiday Oaks team, with Alice and Colette. He is Level 2 qualified and trained in leading and delivering swim sessions as part of our holiday club provision.

Naomi Nash

Naomi Nash

Naomi joined the Oaks in November 2022 as Deputy Playleader at Aldermaston Oaks and is now Playleader at Aldermaston Oaks afterschool club. She has a background in education and care, supporting young people on their life journey. Naomi believes that a fun, friendly, and safe environment helps children develop at their own individual pace. She loves outdoor activities and encourages outdoor play, whenever possible.

Collette Bibby

Collette Bibby

Colette joined the Oaks in November 2022 as a Playleader and is currently based at Silchester Oaks breakfast and after-school clubs.

Colette’s passion is to support children and young people growing up in our ever changing world and she has worked with children and young people in many areas over the past 20 years. She likes to encourage and develop children’s skills and attitudes, supporting children in having a voice in our communities and teaching resilience and empowerment in making positive life choices. She enjoys creating new ideas with the children to turn into fun activities, developing their imagination and is happy to support children in trying out new skills or challenges. Having had 4 children and now 7 grandchildren Colette finds that her personal life experience with children comes in very useful!

Emily Breccini

Emily Breccini

Emily joined the Oaks in April 2021 as a playworker at Little Oaks and was promoted to Deputy Playleader at Little Oaks in May 2023. Emily feels privileged to be apart of the children’s lives, during her time at club, and loves organising fun craft activities for the children to enjoy.

During her personal time, Emily loves spending time with her little boy, having fun at the park or feeding the ducks!

Ann Morgan

Ann Morgan

Ann joined The Oaks in March 2023, after working as a Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten teacher and manager for 28 years. Ann has recently been promoted to Playleader for Priory Oaks afterschool club. She enjoys providing and supporting a safe and caring social environment for the children in the out-of-school clubs and especially enjoys sharing puzzles, games, and craft activities with them. Ann also works at our Mini Oaks Preschool, helping to support the children in their learning and development. Going to Forest School with the children is a particular favourite- spending time outdoors, walking, gardening, or collecting dinosaur bones!

Meet the Office Team

Abbey Arellano

Abbie Arellano

Office and Finance Coordinator
Abbie joined the Oaks Office in July 2022 and is enjoying working closely with the staff, parents, and children across the business.

At home, Abbie enjoys spending lots of time with her husband and daughter. With a background in musical theatre and dance they are partial to a good musical and sing-song.

Lucy Meechan

Lucy Meechan

Office Administrator
Lucy joined the Oaks office team in June 2023 from a well-established local Nursery and has a wide range of Childcare experience.

Lucy enjoys working in the office to support The Oaks Clubs, families and the Local Communities. In her spare time, Lucy loves reading, crocheting, and discovering shiny things in antique shops.

Lesley Soane

Maternity Cover – Finance and Office Assistant
Lesley has worked mainly in a finance setting for many years and is very much looking forward to working with The Oaks colleagues, parents, and children in her new role, whilst covering for Abbie during her maternity leave.

Lesley has 3 children and 2 stepchildren, and also 2 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren – the youngest being just 3 weeks old!
Lesley enjoys walking her little dog with her husband and spending time riding her shared horse.

Meet the Directors

Graham Viles

Graham Viles

Finance Director

Graham joined The Oaks in July 2021. Prior to joining us, he had been part of the sale of a highly successful business to a large US consultancy.

Graham is a Qualified Accountant and, having worked in finance for a long time, was keen to give something back to the community.

He is married with two daughters and loves all sport but is a massive fan of football and in particular Chelsea.

Prubie Payne-Sahota

Operations and Risk Director and Chair of Directors

Prubie has recently joined The Oaks in November 2021 and brings over 15 years of experience and expertise in education, having held numerous senior leader positions, culminating with being the Head of an outstanding Primary School, and is a veteran of 5 successful Ofsted visits.

She is the founder and owner of a successful educational services business, as well as being the Chair of Governors at a local primary school and sits on several committees, including safeguarding and risk.  She is married with two children and is a keen supporter of England rugby.

In addition to her operation and risk role, Prubie is also Chair of our Director Group.

Meet the Members

Bella Mehta

Bella was our Strategy and Community Director, and also Chair of the Director group until 2023. Since then, and as a Member rather than a Director, Bella continues to support The Oaks’ strategy and represent the local community, ensuring sound governance, philosophy, and ethos are reflected in the business. She has been involved with The Oaks in various roles since 2011, including operationally during COVID. She joined as a parent volunteer when The Oaks was a club run by a committee, and her first child started school. She and her husband were both working parents and the clubs were essential to their family for many years. She appreciated how sensitive and adaptive the clubs were in caring for her children as they arrived from preschool at one end, and left for secondary school at the other (returning later for DofE and summer jobs!). Her now grown-up children have many happy memories of The Oaks. In 2015, she led the transition to a Community Interest Company, protecting the not-for-profit status and the future of the Oaks as an asset for the community.

She sees how much emotional, physical, operational, and strategic work, underpinned by kindness, goes into childcare, and how essential this quality of support is to life in general. She takes the stance that caring work, playwork, and the associated management roles should be more widely recognised as the skilled and demanding professions they are, and has represented the interests of the sector beyond The Oaks. Over the years, she has enjoyed seeing the clubs, preschool, office, children, and staff grow, and has loved being part of a professional, hard-working, and fun team at the office.

We are delighted that Bella continues to be an integral part of the Community Interest Company, as a Member.

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