Our Staff

CATHY DOLAN  – Office Manager – Cathy initially joined Pre-school as a parent in 2000, quickly becoming a member of our committee.  She began working for the setting in 2002.   Cathy holds an NVQ3 in Early Years Childcare and Education and  an NVQ3 Work with Parents.   She is the Office Manager and works all day Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and Wednesday and Friday mornings.  Cathy and Lesley work closely together to ensure the smooth running of the setting and ensuring that all policies and procedures are in compliance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014).  Cathy is also responsible for Equality and Inclusion.   Cathy is mum to two girls with her eldest studying Physiotherapy at Cardiff University.

LESLEY SHEASBY –  Pre-School Manager – Lesley began working for Pre-school in 2000 as a Pre-school Assistant.  She completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years (level 5) in July 2014 and obtained her BA (Honours) in Early Years Childcare  with the Open University in July of 2016 (level 6).    Lesley is the Designated Safeguarding Lead responsible  for Child Protection.   Lesley is responsible for the day to day running of the setting, planning in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012) as well as working with Cathy to ensure all policies and procedures are followed.   She works all day Tuesday,  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Lesley has one son who is studying Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham.

RACHAEL TURNER – Deputy Manager – Rachael joined us in 2006 as a Pre-school Assistant.  She became our Senior Assistant and now holds the position of Deputy, working alongside Cathy and Lesley to provide a happy and stimulating environment for the children.  Rachael supports Lesley in planning exciting and stimulating activities for the children.  She holds an NVQ3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development as well as being the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) for the setting. Rachael has two grown up sons and a daughter.

EMMA TITCHENER – Senior Pre-school Assistant – Emma joined our team in 2015.  She completed  a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) open  in Early Years Childcare in 2008.   Emma has responsibility for planning our Letters and Sounds activities in the setting.  She has two young sons.

CLAIRE JEPHCOTT – Senior Pre-school Assistant – Claire initially joined us in 2011 taking time off to have her daughter before leaving us just after the birth of her son in 2015.  She re-joined us in September 2016 taking on her previous role of Senior Pre-school Assistant.  She is also the Behaviour Co-ordinator (Beco) for the setting.  Claire holds a degree in Drama and an NVQ3 Diploma for Children and Young Peoples Workforce.

LOUISE WATTIS Pre-School Assistant – Louise has worked with us since 2009 and holds an NVQ3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.  Louise is also our Medical Needs Co-ordinator with responsibility for checking and updating children’s medication and records as well as keeping control of our library books. Louise  has two boys and a dog!

TRACEY LEWIS  – Pre-school Assistant – Tracey joined our team in September 2017 and holds an NVQ3 in Early Years.  She worked in a nursery setting for 18 years before joining us.  She has two grown up children.

TRACEY MURRAY – Pre-school Assistant – Tracey joined us in December 2017 and holds an NVQ3 in Early Years.  She worked in early years childcare for 9 years and was a  childminder for 2 years while her children were young.  Tracey has two teenage girls and a dog!

BETH BREAKWELL – Pre-school Apprentice – Beth joined us in September 2017 she holds an NVQ2 in Early Years and is currently working towards her NVQ3.