Our Team

Our experienced and caring team are what makes our pre-school wonderful. 

 

All of our team are dedicated and qualified in working with pre-school aged children. They all live in our local communities and most are mums themselves. Your child will be allocated a key person to help them settle in, help make them feel secure and record their development.

Read more about the key person approach here or recording development here.

“I love the preschool and my children are so happy there. The staff are amazing and do such a great job.”

Current Parent

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Kathleen Barrow, Manager

"I enjoy working at preschool and giving the children a chance to learn through play as well offering a range of daily activities throughout the week. 

 

Outside of preschool I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, yoga."

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional  Practice.

  • NNEB diploma in Nursery Nursing.

  • Safeguard Lead training, Paediatric First Aid Certificate, Basic Food Hygiene Certificate

Kathleen has worked for our setting since January 2010, she has a young son who attended our setting. She has 20 years’ experience working with children. 

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Marie Tomlinson,
Deputy Manager

"I loved the pre-school since I visited for my son several years ago and seeing how special it was.   The things I enjoy most about working at the preschool are being able to see the children grow and really build their confidence; we are a small community that builds strong bonds. We are lucky to meet such lovely families and be part of their child’s early learning journey.

 

Outside of pre-school I enjoy outdoor life and spending time with my own young family."

  • Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. 

  • Paediatric First Aid Certificate, Basic Food Hygiene Certificate, Safeguarding lead training.​

 

Marie joined us in  November 2015 having been one of our pre-school mums. She has a son who attends a local primary school and a young daughter.

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Julie Purdy,

Senior Play Assistant

"I love preschool because I love to watch each unique child’s personality develop.

 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking my dog and going on holiday."

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce.

  • Paediatric First Aid Certificate, Basic Food Hygiene Certificate, Safeguarding lead training.

Julie joined our setting in June 2009 and completed her Diploma in July 2011.

Julie has three children and is our Inclusion Coordinator.

 
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Linda Hardy,
Play Assistant

Linda joined us as a volunteer in October 2021 and now works part-time.  Linda has recently started her cache level 3 diploma in early years workforce (early years educator).

Linda says "I really enjoy pre-school because it is such a wonderful start to a child's development.  I love helping them learn new skills in a warm and friendly setting.  Every day is new and exciting.  In my spare time I enjoy gardening and at weekends I go for long country walks.  I also enjoy playing board games with my family."

  • Pediatric first aid certificate.

  • Generalist safeguarding training

  • Food hygiene training

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Molly Feeney,
Play Assistant

Molly started with us in the Summer term 2021, beginning her Level 3 Early Years Educator training.

 

Molly loves our pre-school "because it's small and friendly and loves to see the children learn.

"In my spare time I enjoy volunteering at a local dog rescue, reading and baking. I enjoy spending time with friends and family and going on holidays."

  • Pediatric first aid certificate

  • Generalist safeguarding training

  • Food hygiene training

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Rita Boyce,
Play Assistant

Rita joined us in Summer 2021. She says "Every day is a new opportunity to teach, learn and have fun.  No two days are the same.  It's fascinating and rewarding to see how young minds develop through learning experiences.  The best thing is the true unconditional love that the children have."

"Spending time with my family is priceless, squeezing in time for some baking, painting and gardening too.  I also find it extremely rewarding being the President of a local Charity which cares for the elderly and vulnerable."

  • Pediatric first-aid certificate.

  • Generalist Safeguarding training.