Our Staff


We employ 2 Preschool Managers and 4 Preschool Assistants. We also employ an administrator and 1:1 support staff when required. All our staff are experienced, hold Ofsted-approved qualifications, current First Aid Certificates and take part in regular on-going training courses. 

Our adult to child ratios are excellent and are usually:
Up to 16 children - 3 staff
17-22 children - 4 staff
23-26 children - 5 staff 

All our staff, regular volunteer helpers and committee members are Ofsted approved and CRB checked. All staff members are CRB checked and OFSTED inspected.

Janet Croft
Preschool Manager and Safeguarding Officer

Janet first became involved with the preschool in 2003 when she joined the preschool committee soon taking on the role of Treasurer.

After several enjoyable years as a volunteer Janet decided that she would like to take on a more permanent role and embarked on undertaking her Early Years qualifications, joining the childcare team in November 2007.

Over the years she has become qualified to NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development and Level 4 in Leading and Managing a Community Based Childcare Setting.

Janet took on the role of Manager in September 2009 and enjoys the challenge of continually aiming to improve the quality of provision provided by the setting.

Barbara Heath
Preschool Manager, Health & Safety Officer and SENCO


After several years as a childminder Barbara joined the team in November 2007 and soon became an active member of the team displaying a passion for ensuring that every child has access to the learning opportunities they deserve.

In April 2013 Barbara took on the role of Manager undertaking a range of training to ensure she was fully equipped to carry out this new role and has since also taken on the role of Health and Safety Officer.

Barbara continues to remain focused on helping all the children work to their full potential.

Diane Head
Administrator and Preschool Assistant (Bank Staff)

Diane originally became part of the preschool back in 2000 when she spent several years as a committee volunteer serving first as Treasurer then as Chairperson.

After several years away gaining new qualifications Diane returned to Pewsham Preschool in 2010 as preschool administrator and is responsible for maintaining the preschool waiting list and registering of children.

Diane has since undertaken her NVQ Level 2 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development and has since taken on the additional role of Preschool Assistant (Bank Staff) and is enjoying her new, varied and challenging role.

Sue Shipway
Preschool Assistant

Having always wanted a career in Childcare Sue undertook her level 2 and 3 childcare after leaving school at sixteen.

After raising her own family, Sue returned to childcare in 2004. Finding a lot had changed Sue immediately embarked on updating her qualifications to equip herself with the skills required to help her further the learning and development opportunities available to our children.

Having always kept a little of the child within herself Sue is always happiest when partaking in messy play with the children.

Tracey Nicholls
Preschool Assistant

Tracey joined the preschool team in August 2007 after completing her Level 2 NVQ in childcare, learning and development.

Since arriving Tracey has undertaken her Level 3 NVQ , furthering her knowledge and personal development.

Tracey has a keen eye for maintaining the quality and safety of toys and resources within our preschool and keeps us on our toes ensuring they are all kept to the high standard required to keep the children from harm.

Mandy McCaw
Preschool Assistant

Mandy originally became interested in childcare after raising her own son and completed her Level 3 NVQ in Childcare and Learning development in August 2009 and soon after joined the preschool team.

Over the years Mandy has enjoyed good relationships with both the children and parents of our children and gets a real buzz from seeing the children develop during their time with us.

Jane Knight
Preschool Assistant

 

Jane has been part of the Pewsham team since November 2009 although she has a long history of working in early years since 1990 and obtaining her Diploma in Preschool practice in 1996.

Jane particularly likes working with children with speech and language difficulties and to this end has undertaken Makaton (a type of sign language) and BLAST (early years speech and language programme) training.

Jane currently runs the BLAST programme at Pewsham Preschool and works to ensure that all children who attend our setting get the support and professional assistance they may need to enable them to reach their full potential when they start school.

Helen Palmer

Bank Staff


 

Helen joined our team in September 2015 to enable her to update her Early Years Qualifications and take on a bank staff role.

Over the past year Helen has undertaken a one to one support role within the setting and has enjoyed learning more about supporting children's learning and development and putting this learning into practice.

Nicola Llewellyn
Preschool Assistant

Nicola joined our team in May 2017 bringing with her many years of experience as a childminder and working as bank staff within a nursery environment.

Nicola holds a Level 3 diploma in Early Learning and Childcare and is looking forward to working alongside other practioners, in a setting environment, to support children's learning and development and to continue her own professional development.

Samantha Lee
Preschool Assistant

 

Sam has over 10 years of experience working as a teacher in a variety of roles from foundation stage 2 to year 5, including running a centre for children with specific learning difficulties and supporting SEN children with their literacy skills.

Sam spent several years teaching in a British School in Asia and since her return to the UK has spent time looking after her young family.

Sam is looking forward to increasing her knowledge of working with preschool children and sharing her experience with us all to help increase outcomes for all children attending our setting.

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