Our Pre-School is a charitable incorporated organisation registered with the Charities Commission, and run for the benefit of the children, their families and the community.  As such, we have a Management Committee (made up of volunteer parents/carers) that is responsible for the Pre-School and its staff.  Committee members are the charity trustees of the Pre-School, and meet to discuss key operational and strategic matters, as well as taking on specific responsibilities, from reviewing policies to undertaking risk assessments to meeting contacts at the local infant school.  Please see Our Committee to find out more.

Our Staff

Our Manager, Hayley Dawson, is a qualified Early Years Teacher with many years experience working with children. 

Two of our relief practitioners are qualified teachers, holding a PGCE.

Our practitioners hold an Early Years Level 3 qualification or above (or are working towards completing their qualification).    

Disclosure and Barring Service checks are carried out on all new members of staff and it is our policy that all our staff subscribe to the DBS Update Service on renewal of their DBS.  This ensures that their record is always up to date and can be checked and confirmed periodically.  References are always obtained for new employees.

Our practitioners regularly attend training including the Early Years Foundation Stage, special educational needs, safeguarding children, first aid, behaviour management and many more.

Please see Our Staff to meet the team.


Staff/Child Ratios

We work with a high ratio of practitioners to children:-

Morning session 3-4 years - we have at least one practitioner to every six children

Afternoon session 2-3 years – we have at least one practitioner to every four children

We gradually increase the number of children in our afternoon sessions once the children have had their third birthday and we then have a ratio of one adult to six children (for those children aged over 3 years).


Your Child’s Key Person

We believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to, who knows them and their parents well and with whom they can develop a trusting relationship. We believe that this benefits not only the child, but also the parents, staff and the Pre-School by providing secure relationships in which children thrive, parents have confidence, staff are committed and the Pre-School is a happy and well balanced place to attend or work in.  Your child's key person will ensure that your child's individual learning, welfare and developmental needs are supported through appropriate planning and intervention during free play and adult-initiated activity.

Your child’s key person will continually observe, assess, record and plan appropriate and purposeful activities, so that he or she can achieve his or her next steps for learning.  The key person will keep you informed and involved with regard to your child’s welfare, development and learning.