Kay, Teaching and Learning Manager

Hi, I’m Kay and I took on the role as the Teaching and Learning manager at Crich Pre-School in November 2018. I have thoroughly enjoyed a long teaching career of over 15 years working in both Early year’s settings and Key Stage One. More recently I set up a business running Arts and Crafts Pre-School classes across Derbyshire which were great fun and deepened my love for getting really hands on, creative and a little bit messy!

I am also a qualified Forest Schools leader, so I’m looking forward to sharing some of my experiences with the children and using the great outdoors to enhance their learning journeys.

I’m also looking forward to meeting parents and carers, getting to know the children more and learning all about their interests. I hope to bring lots of new learning opportunities to the setting to help Crich Pre-School children continue to blossom into little independent learners.

Lisa, Business Manager

Hi, I’m Lisa. I joined Crich Pre-school in September 2016. Having worked in Logistics Management for several years, I changed to a career in childcare in 2003 and haven’t looked back. I have a CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and a Professional Certificate in Management Studies.

They say variety is the spice of life and it certainly is at Crich Pre-School, each day brings something new as the children are creative, imaginative and eager to learn. My day is guided by the children, I encourage them to be independent and make their own decisions and I join in with their play, sometimes becoming a hairdresser’s model or a doctor’s patient but always providing guidance and support to develop their skills. I am really enjoying meeting the new children and looking forward to following them on their journey of discovery

Joyce

Hi I’m Joyce, better known to the children as ‘Silly Joyce’ . I was asked to join Crich Pre-School to help look after one larger than life little character, that was nearly 20 years ago and I’m still going strong!

I can honestly say I’ve got one of the best jobs in the world. Only the other day I was talking to a parent telling them that, in my opinion, this is the best age to teach as we see the biggest change in children. When a child first walks through the door they are often shy and uncertain but within the walls of our warm loving Pre-School they soon grow in confidence and begin to make friends and learn through play. Their personal, social and emotional skills and physical skills in particular develop rapidly and when they leave us to go to ‘big school’ they are confident, independent young learners. It’s always sad to our older ones leave but exciting to have more new children join us to help grow into confident little people.

Kim

Hello, I’m Kim, one of the newest members of the team. I started at Pre-school mid April 2018 and have had the wonderful opportunity to become a part of this supportive and experienced team as a trainee. Currently I am studying for my Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification whilst working.

I have lived in Crich for 5 years. I am a mother of two girls who have both been through Crich Pre-School and was a part of the Pre-School Committee before joining in my new role. This is my first role in a childcare setting, but I am relishing the opportunity to be learning from a great team (and the children!) and I am really enjoying this new career path. I think it helps that I am a bubbly, chatty person and I’m still a child at heart!

Sadie

Hi, I’m Sadie. After being a hairdresser and owning my own salon for 3 years I became a Mum. When my daughter started Pre-school in 2004 I became involved with the Committee and eventually became Chairperson. When the Pre-School needed help I always volunteered so when my son started school I decided on a change of career. I started working at Crich Pre-School and trained for my NVQ level 2 and 3. I am responsible for implementing the ECAM (Every Child A Mover) programme and also organise all of the Pre-School’s fundraising events.

Now 10 years have passed and every day is a new adventure. I love spending time with the children and engaging in their play – who knows where you might end up…the land of dinosaurs, a pirate island, a princesses castle or even making Harry Potter spells. Pre-school age children are like sponges, they are curious and eager learners who develop so much by learning through play and the experiences we provide. I’m always on hand to provide support, a cuddle when needed, a lap to sit on, or to be a fellow explorer and I have been known to search for ants, but if I’m truthful…I’m not that keen on ants!!! I work with a fantastic team and have made many friends with parents and families I’ve met along the way. I love meeting new children and families because I know there will be many new friends amongst them.

Tracie

Hi, my name is Tracie. I trained and practised as a dental nurse for many years but my youngest child was born with a complex heart condition and struggled to settle in at Pre-school so I went along to help – that was nearly 25 years ago! I hold an NVQ level 3 in Early Years Care and Education am responsible for safeguarding. I also have numerous other relevant qualifications.

I always treat the children as I would have wanted my children and subsequent grandchild to be treated. I can sympathise with anxious parents and hopefully reassure them that their children are in the best hands. Having been here so long, I have seen lots of children come and go and now see their children attend! It’s lovely to see the children grow and develop and to know that you’ve played a small part in it. Everyday is different and it’s a wonderful place to spend your working day, with amazing children, lovely parents/grandparents and colleagues I’m lucky enough to call my friends.

Cath

Hi, I’m Cath. I will be joining the team at Crich Pre-School after the Easter Break 2019. I have a BTEC National Diploma in Childcare, which I achieved at Basford Hall College.

I have worked in childcare for 20 years, with children aged from 0-11 years old. For the past 10 years, I have worked at a Pre-School in Nottingham and also at an After School Club (Breakfast club, After school care and Holiday care) which I thoroughly enjoyed. My favourite activities are arts and crafts; the messier the better! I also enjoy gardening and planting in unusual objects such as teapots and wellies!

We moved as a family to Crich in November 2017 and really enjoy living here. I have 3 children- a boy and 2 girls.

My hobbies are camping, Youth Hostelling, walking, swimming and Arts and Crafts.

I am looking forward to working within my community and getting to know the children, their parents and the Pre-School Team.