Our Staff

We have an experienced and dedicated team of staff who cannot wait to welcome your child to the Ickwell Pre-school Family!

Claire Jeeves – Pre-school Manager 

Claire joined us in March 2023 and has almost 25 years of childcare experience. She particularly enjoys developing children’s imaginative play – the children get very excited to see Claire’s latest tuff tray invitation to play! Claire is our Safeguarding Lead.

  • Level 3 Diploma in Nursery Nursing
  • CACHE Level 3 Assessors Award
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene

 

Sarah Fox – Bank staff

Sarah has a wealth of knowledge and experience, having worked as a Childminder locally for 22 years before joining us in 2019. Sarah has a kind, caring and nurturing nature and her friendly, approachable face make her a valuable member of our staff team. Sarah really enjoys making stories come alive for the children.

  • Level 3 Early Years, Care and Education
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene

 

Anne Pressland – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

Anne is our Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator and SENCo. She has been at Ickwell since 2013. Anne can usually be found in her natural environment – outdoors! Anne recognises the positive impact the outdoors can have on a child’s emotional wellbeing and really enjoys sharing her knowledge of the outdoors with our children. Whether it is finding worms, identifying trees, creating fire pits, planting bulbs, cultivating vegetables or going for walks out and about – Anne is our Pre-school expert! Anne is also a Deputy Safeguarding Lead.

  • BA Honours in Applied Early Years Studies
  • Cache Level 3 in Children and Young Peoples Workforce
  • Level 3 BTEC National Advanced Award for Forest School Leaders
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children
  • Mental Health First Aider
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene

 

Jo Peters – Woodwork Co-ordinator

Jo has been at Ickwell since 2016. Jo has a keen interest in Woodwork and loves sharing this with the children. Using our fantastic woodwork bench; Jo and the children have produced games, tree decorations and many other abstract creations using saws, hammers, nails, screwdrivers and screws.

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene

Julia Morgan – Crafts Co-ordinator

Julia has been here at Ickwell since 2005. If there’s anything Julia doesn’t know about the Pre-school, it isn’t worth knowing! Julia loves crafts and creating things with the children. She can usually be found knee deep in paint, glitter, beads, jewels or sewing!

  • NVQ Level 2 Childcare Learning and Development
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene

 

Sally Burke – Community Partnerships Co-ordinator

Sally has been at Ickwell since 2020. Sally loves getting creative with the children and exploring lots of different messy activities. Be it playdough, paint, sand, water, foam, gloop or glitter, Sally will always be at the centre of it. There’s no competition as to who gets the messiest though – It’s always Sally!

  • NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene

 

Asha Gibson – Physical Activity and Well-being Co-ordinator

Asha has been at Ickwell since February 2023 and works predominantly as a 1:1 SEND Assistant. Asha has taught Football and Cheerleading to children for many years and welcomed the opportunity to join the Ickwell Team and learn more about a child’s holistic development in an Education setting. Asha’s pompoms and football skills have very quickly become firm favourites with our children and we can’t wait to see what other sports she can introduce us to!

  • TQUK Level 3 certificate in understanding mental health
  • Level 3 award in child anxiety and confidence
  • IAO Level 2 certificate in understanding nutrition and health
  • UKCA Level 3 Cheerleading award
  • Introduction to coaching football (Level 1, FA)
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children
  • Paediatric First Aid

 

Teona Halford – 1:1 SEND Assistant

Teona has been here since September 2023 and works as a 1:1 for our children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and an eagerness to learn. Teona is great fun and the children love when she is outside being noisy with them.

  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children
  • Paediatric First Aid

 

Keighley Northfield

All our staff have had enhanced DBS checks and are subject to monthly checks on the DBS update service. 

Ickwell Pre-school