My previous experience in child care and development has been achieved through child minding, during my own childrens younger years. Watching children develop at different stages was fascinating so it seemed natural to develop my own understanding with further study and training.
I have been the proud owner of the Pre-school since April 1999. We are fortunate to have a strong and loyal staff, many have been with me from the start. It is a delight to work in a setting based in the village where I grew up and now we have moved onto the primary school site , the school I attended many years ago.
It is a joy to work in Early Years, often being the first adults outside the family to support and influence childrens development.
I recently joined the Kent Provider Association Board as the representative for the Ashford District
Tracey has worked at the Pre-school since February 1999
As Deputy Manager 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. She updates the photo galleries reflecting on activities and outings.
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. More recently Lynn followed a child into mainstream school, supporting transition. This resulted in a part time post within reception to ensure the childs needs were understood and met.
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.
Amelia has worked at Pre-school since October 2010. Amelia has previous experience through employment at a pre-school just outside the county. She brings energy and enthusiasm to the team. She is a part time member of staff regulary answering an early morning call to cover staff absence. Amelia has a great understanding of child development through her work and as a parent of three young children. She contributes to staff meetings and decision making and is happy to challenge ideas to achieve best practise.
Deb has worked at Pre-school since September 2003. Deb has recently qualified as a practitioner holding a level 3 in childcare and development. With a family of her own she has many years expereince to draw on and often puts forward ideas to expand childrens development. Deb enjoys the role of keyperson, working for the best outcomes of her key children.
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 the youngest of which has just entered reception so not only does Pip have qualifications but also current, 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 already begun updating these, most recently Child Protection.
We are delighted that Pip has joined us and look forward to supporting her through continuous professional development.