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


Kathleen Barrow, Manager & Supervisor

"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. 


Vicky Bisgrove,

Deputy Supervisor

"I enjoy watching the children play and develop. I love their individual personalities and talking to them. I like helping them to be creative and try new things. every day is different- it never gets boring


When not at preschool, I love spending time at home with my family.  I enjoy going on girly holidays with my little sister, reading and Harry Potter! My natural habitat is Costa!"

  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Level 4 in Childcare and Education.

  • Level 3 in Early Years Practice.

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

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

Vicky started in 2014 having previously worked with us several years ago before taking a break to have her children. Vicky has several years’ experience working with young children both in our setting and the primary school and has also been on the committee. Vicky has a son and daughter who attend local schools.


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.

"Staff are caring and attentive to children's needs, and support their social and emotional development well." 

Ofsted, 2017

Come and work with us!

Staff Vacancies
Staff checks, qualifications and training
  • All staff members have an enhanced CRB check.

  • In the event that the supervisor is absent, the Deputy Supervisor will step in.

  • Our members of staff attend training sessions arranged by SureStart, the Early Years Partnership and our local county council in order to keep up to date with their skills.

  • As well as gaining childcare qualifications, our staff take part in further training to help them to keep up-to-date with thinking about early years care and education. We also keep up-to-date with best practice, as a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, through Under 5 magazine and other publications produced by the Alliance. The current copy of Under 5 is available for you to read at pre-School.

  • At Whitchurch Pre-School, we continually strive to improve the care we provide.


Marie Tomlinson,

Play Assistant

"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.


Tara Harwood,

Trainee Play Assistant

"After completing my level two childcare qualification at Reading College, I am now studying at Chiltern College and look forward to finishing my level three qualification soon.


In my spare I time I like to go to the gym and do some baking, walking my dog and going down to Bournemouth and Torquay to see relatives."

  • Level 2 Certificate in Childcare and Education. 

  • General Safeguarding training.​


Molly Feeney,

Trainee 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."