Our staff team

A high adult: child ratio is essential in providing good quality pre-school care. The adults at each morning session comprise between three and five qualified and experienced staff and at least one additional adult volunteer from our rota of parents, grandparents and members of our local community. We also sometimes have trainee teachers or students studying for Early Years degrees on long term placement with us. During the afternoon sessions, when we have less children attending, we have at least 2 qualified staff members working.

Our Pre-school Manager is Debbie Giles.
Debbie has a NVQ3 in Caring for Children and Young People, and a BA Hons in Childhood and Youth Studies. Debbie's previous childcare experience includes leading a baby unit for children aged 3 months to 2.5 years in Bedfordshire, and leading a toddler room and a pre-school room in a nursery school near Salisbury. Debbie has 3 children of her own. Debbie works on all four days that the Pre-school is open.

Debbie has a Paediatric First Aid Certificate and is the Pre-school's Child Protection and Health & Safety Lead. 

We have recently recruited a new Deputy Manager, Emma Dodds-Smith, who will be starting with us in June 2018. Emma has nearly 20 years experience of working with under 5's, most recently as a childminder. Emma has an NVQ3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development, and a L3 Forest School Leader qualification. Emma will work on all 4 days that the Pre-School is open.

Our Senior Early Years Practitioner and Forest School Leader is Rosy Ritchie.
Rosy is a qualified Early Years teacher, and prior to working at the Pre-school and having her own 3 children, she worked as a Foundation stage coordinator at a London Primary school, and taught Nursery, Reception, and Years 1 and 2.  She has worked at the Pre-school since we opened in 2009, including 18 months as our Pre-school Manager. Rosy works on Tuesdays all day and Wednesday morning.  

Rosy has a Paediatric First Aid Certificate. 

Our Early Years Practitioner is Abi Jackson. Abi started at the Pre-school as a volunteer helper in 2010, before joining our team of supply staff in 2015.
 Abi brings particular talents in art, craft and design to the Pre-school. Abi has three young sons who all attend Freshford Primary School. Abi qualified as a Level 3 Early Years Educator (Advanced) in August 2017, and is our nominated SENCO.

Abi has a Paediatric First Aid Certificate. 

Candy Madath started at the Pre-school in September 2016 as our Assistant Early Years Practitioner. Having volunteered regularly whilst her daughter attended the Pre-school, Candy has an in-depth understanding of our ethos and a great enthusiasm for working with the children. Candy has recently completed part 1 of the Early Years Foundation Skills course.

Candy has a Paediatric First Aid Certificate. 

Jen Harper joined us in January 2017 as our Business Manager. Jen has been heavily involved in her own childrens' Pre-school as a Committee Member and has much relevant experience in her role as Volunteer Treasurer at St Barts Church, Bath. She ensures the smooth running of the business-side of Pre-school, including being the first port of call for Admissions enquiries. 

The Pre-school also has a team of regular supply staff who cover for staff absences. These are Alexandra Malir, Joanne Johnson, Jo Carter, Lucia Moat, Lisa Doughty, Jo Colebourne, Kath Bowland and Rosie Stowell.

Alex Malir is a qualified primary school teacher, and was deputy head of an Infant and Nursery school, and has taught Reception, Nursery, Years 1 and 3 prior to having her daughter. Alex has worked for the Pre-school since 2011, and was a committee member for 4 years until 2015.

Jo Johnson is a qualified Primary School Teacher having taught Reception and Years 1 & 2 prior to having her 3 boys. She has worked for the Pre-School since 2010 as a regular Supply.

Jo Carter has is a Supply Early Years Practitioner who has been working with us since 2015. She is a qualified Nursery Nurse with a NNEB Diploma.

Lucia Moat is our Supply Early Years Practitioner. She has Childcare and Education Level 3 and has worked with us on a supply basis since   2014.