The Team

Pre-school Manager / Early Years Teacher / DSL

Tracey has worked at the Pre-school since February 1999 firstly as Deputy Manager then Manager from September 2021.

Tracey endeavours to keep abreast of changes in legislation and good practise. Her dedication to promote and achieve strong partnerships with parents and families is evidence of her committment to childrens well being. She completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years Studies and then went on to acheive a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years Studies, which enabled her to qualify for the Early Years Teacher Status. Tracey ensures the latest information is posted on our website and facilitates our Facebook page. Tracey has been proactive with introducing 'Tapestry' (an online assessment tool) to the setting. Tracey is the 'go to' person for parents when setting their PIN access. She mentors all staff on how to use Tapestry and facilitates the analysis section so that childrens progress is tracked regularly.

Tracey and her partner have become 'foster carers' and have welcomed a long term child into their family. Tracey is the DSL for the pre-school and has experience in attending child protection conferences.

During the COVID 19 lockdown Tracey supported all staff with their Tapestry online accounts, helping them load activities for families, researching and implementing videos and organising 'Zoom' staff meetings. 

Supervisor - DSL

Lynn has worked at Pre-school since January 2000

Over the years Lynn has embarked on Professional development and completed a Foundation Degree in  Early Years Studies. Lynn is a senior member of staff with a wealth of experience in working towards the best outcomes for children and families. Lynn has been involved with transitions to school for children with additional needs. Her engagement in this are has made her a strong ambassador for the work we do in Early Years.

As a keyperson Lynn creates strong working relationships with her keychildrens parents and carers ensuring the interests of the child are at the forefront of her planning.

Lynn regularly takes a lead position in sessions and enjoys supporting all staff.

As we made our phased return to pre-school, post Covid 19 lockdown, Lynn has contributed to planning on how we move forward. Her reflective practice and engagement with families has boosted parents confidence. Her relationship with children and staff is inspiring.

Supervisor

Theresa has been a member of our team since January 1997. She brings a wealth of experience. Theresa keeps abreast of changes in legislation and is involved in auditing various areas of the setting to ensure we maintain a fresh and exciting environment.  She is excellent at looking from the childs perspective. Theresa supports the management with her research into the 'Tapestry' analysis tools and offers ideas to implement with observation and planning.

Theresa has a strong quiet demeanor and excellent at promoting confidence and self esteem across the setting. During the COVID 19 lockdown Theresa has been instrumental in promoting families involvement on their 'Online Journals'.

SENCO

Amelia has worked at Pre-school since October 2010. Amelia has previous experience through employment at a pre-school just outside the county.Amelia has previously delivered 'Fun Train' at local village halls promoting a love of music and movement from babies through to toddlers. She brings energy and enthusiasm to the team.  Amelia has a great understanding of child development through her work and as a parent of three children. She contributes to staff meetings and decision making and is happy to challenge ideas to achieve best practise. With a wealth of experience working with additional and special needs,  Amelia has taken on the role of setting SENCO.

During the COVID 19 lockdown and in the following weeks Amelia has continued to work with her keychildrens families promoting enthusiasm to use the activities posted on Tapestry accounts.

 

Practitioner

Deb has worked at Pre-school since September 2003. Deb is qualified as a practitioner holding a level 3 in childcare and development. She has a group of keychildren who thrive under her observation and planning. Deb takes pride in helping all children reach there full potential. With a family of her own she has many years expereince to draw on and often puts forward ideas to expand childrens development. 

During the COVID 19 lockdown and as we move through a phased return, Deb has stayed connected to her keychildren ensuring continuity for those off to school in September.

Practitioner

Pip joined us in October 2017. She had expressed a wish to return to Early Years and applied for the role of Practioner when a vacancy arose.

She holds a Diploma in Nursery Nursing.

Pip has three children and qualifications but also first hand experience of Early Years and child development through the eyes of a parent.

Pip has attended training and workshops during her time at previous settings and has updated these.

We are delighted that Pip has joined us and look forward to supporting her through continuous professional development.

As we return to Pre-school in the summer term post Covid 19 LOCKDOWN Pip has taken on a subject to support childrens well being using 'Yoga' .During the sessions Pip finds a moment to introduce breathing exercises, stretching and introduces mindfulness with music and colouring patterns.

Practitioner

Jemma joined us during the summer term 2018 and has 2 primary age boys.

Jemma holds a level 3 in Early Years and also has qualified as a T.A. in schools. 

Jemma has taken on key children and is successfully supporting their development, engaging with parents so that she can be informed. She is active at staff meetings and has added ideas to the curriculum. 

Jemma has been working on her keychildren journals throughout the COVID 19 lockdown and been involved in stories, videos and activities. As we return to pre-school Jemma has engaged with all children and families supporting them in moving forward with particular attention to well being. Her gentle demeanor has supported children as they return.

Practitioner

Ed joined us at St Michaels Pre-school this September 2019.

As a qualified Primary school teacher with a Degree in English, Ed has often visited the setting for story telling during his childrens' time with us. 

We are delighted to welcome Ed and know that he brings a new dynamic to our provision. Ed enjoys his role as house parent being involved in all aspects of his childrens development. and as a part time tutor he is well versed in safeguarding policy and practise.

During the period of Covid 19 lockdown , Ed has been immersed in video productions for the childrens online accounts. His story telling has kept families engaged in their childrens journals.as they await the next one.

St Michaels CEP School - Headteacher