Ickwell Pre-school

Ickwell Pre-school

Our Team


Pre-school Manager – Safeguarding Lead

Elaine Yates
  • NVQ 4 in Leadership and Management
  • Level 2 in Understanding Children’s and Young People’s Mental Heath
  • Level 3 Early Years Care and Education

Deputy Pre-school Manager

Charlotte Sale
  • Early Years Teachers Status
  • Foundation Degree in the Arts, Early Years Playwork and Education
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in Early Years studies

Key Person – SEND Coordinator

Samantha Thorogood
  • BTEC National Diploma in Nursery Nursing
  • Level 3 SENDco
  • Level 3 in supporting Children’s Speech, Language and Communication
  • Level 2 in Understanding Children’s and Young People’s Mental Heath
  • Level 1 in British Sign Language

Key Person – Outdoor Learning Coordinator

Anne Pressland
  • Cache Level 3 in Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • Level 3 BTEC National Advanced Award for Forest School Leaders
  • Foundation degree of the Arts with Distinction in Early Years studies
  • Level 2 in Understanding Children’s and Young People’s Mental Heath
  • BA Honours in Applied Early Years Studies

Key Person

Julia Morgan
  • NVQ2 in Childcare Learning and Development
  • Cache Level 2 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Key Person

Jo Peters
  • Level 3 Early Years Educator
  • Level 2 in Understanding Children’s and Young People’s Mental Heath

Key Person

Jasmine French
  • Level 2 in Understanding Children’s and Young People’s Mental Heath
  • Level 3 diploma for the children and young peoples workforce: Early Learning and Childcare Pathway

SEND Assistant and Bank Staff

Sarah Fox
  • Level 3 Early Years Care and Education

Bank Staff

Sally Burke
  • Currently undertaking her Cache level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Finance Manager

Sarah Ribbans
  • AAT Level 4


All staff have food hygiene and are First Aid trained.

The role of your child’s Key Person

Every child has a key person who is responsible for settling the child into the setting, ensuring the child’s learning and development is progressing, their needs and interests are met and ensuring these are incorporated into the planning and their ‘next steps’ are recorded. The key person co-ordinates the progress records and will share these with the parents.  We currently use ‘Tapestry’, an Online Learning journal to record children’s progress. Parents have continuous access to their child’s online journal and we welcome comments/photos to be posted from home, helping to build a bigger picture of the child’s achievements, learning and development.

There is a list displayed on the parent’s notice board showing your designated key person.   Your child’s key person should be your first point of contact should you have any concerns or wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s development.  The Manager or Deputy are also available to answer any questions or queries you may have.

Progress meetings will be held with parents 6-8 weeks after a child starts at the Pre-school. Every child will be given an integrated 3 year review alongside a health visitor, or a progress check if new to the setting, concentrating primarily on the child’s development within the three Prime areas.  The review is carried out in consultation with parents at a mutually agreed time.  Throughout their time at Pre-school each child’s progress will be constantly monitored and recorded by the staff, in line with The Early Years Foundation Stage.  Records remain confidential but are, of course available for parents to view any time.    If you have any concerns or worries regarding your child’s progress, this may include events happening at home, and/or information of a confidential nature that may affect your child’s behaviour at Pre-school, please speak to your child’s key person or our Special Needs adviser.   Any information you share with us with will remain confidential.

We work within the recommended adult to child ratio as set by Ofsted to ensure a safe and happy environment for your child to play and learn in.


Ickwell Pre-school