Our Team

The Staff Team

The management team are assisted by supervisors: 

Paula Dashwood, Jessica Kirby, Vicky Lund, Lorna Robinson, Sarah Summers and Abbie Waters ; who are all at least NVQ (or equivalent) level 3 qualified.

Sarah is also SENCo trained.

Cheryl Herridge and Claire Buckley have a NVQ Level 2.

Lesley Bray has a TA qualification.

All staff have current First aid and Safeguarding training.

We also have students Edy Herridge and Rebecca Bouttell with us this year

"Staff are so invested in our children, which makes the environment positive and exciting"

Parent Mrs A Feb 2022

“Thank you for making E's pre-school journey such a happy learning experience"

Parent Ms R July 2022

The Management Team:


Elaine Ford -
Elaine is the Pre-school Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). She has been with the pre-school for over 28 years. Elaine has a Foundation degree in Early Years and is also a qualified Early Years Assessor.


Melanie Pitcher -
Melanie is the Deputy Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL). She has been with the pre-school for over 20 years. Melanie has a BA in Early Years and is an Early Years Teacher. She is also the setting's Equalities Named Co-ordinator (ENCo).


Paula Long -
Paula is a Senior supervisor. She has been with the pre-school for over 13 years. Paula holds a NVQ Level 3 and a Level 4 Certificate.