About Us

We are a warm, friendly, committee run preschool with close links to Bumps, Babes & Tots and Old Newton Primary School.

We operate in Old Newton Village Hall and have access to an outdoor area so Children can learn both in the indoors and outdoors learning environment. We are in the very fortunate position to be in a rural location surrounded by fields, woods and a play park. Staff ensure children have opportunities to access these facilities regularly allowing children to learn across the 7 areas of learning (for more information see the Tapestry section in the Parents Area ) within a variety of environments.  

We use and implement the ‘In the moment’ planning system. This is where we use our knowledge of each individual child and build and extend their development while doing something the child is interested in. We are very much child led with a great routine, structure and boundaries. 

We encourage the children to be as independent as possible, we are preparing them not only for school but for many other future experiences and the life skills they need to learn and thrive.


What Parents Say

“Helen was a very encouraging and supportive key worker, who my daughter adored”

Parent January 2020

“The staff go above and beyond to ensure the children have the best time and feel secure.”

Parent January 2020

“Feedback is always detailed and personal… Katy knows [my child] so well and clearly cares about her development. “

Parent January 2020

“I can’t thank them all enough”

Parent January 2020

Our Staff

Helen Thorby (Preschool Manager)
Helen joined the setting in spring 2016 as a play leader and started the role as Preschool manager in September 2020. Helen has 17 years of experience within childcare, working prodominantly with 0-5year olds. Helen has completed her BA Hons in Child Care, Learning and Development (Level 6) she also has her Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) and has completed her SENCO qualification.


Katy Graham (Deputy Manager)
Katy started in the Summer Term 2015, Katy originally started running the toddler group and is now working as our Deputy Manager. Katy has a CACHE level 3 Diploma in Early Years.


Carley Donovan (Preschool Assistant)
Carley joined our team in September 2016. Carley has previous experience working with children aged 0-11 years in local nurseries and supervising in another pre-school. Carley has her CACHE Level 2 & 3 in Childcare and Education. 


Bank Staff
We currently have 5 Preschool Assistants who help cover the sessions when needed at preschool – Sadie Wright, Emma Fielden, Lauren Wade, Sophie Thrower and Dawn Baker.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-Coordinator (SENCO) is Helen Thorby and our Deputy is Katy Graham.

Our Safeguarding Co-Coordinator is Katy Graham and our Deputy is Helen Thorby.

All staff continue to update qualifications regularly such as Food safety, Safeguarding and First Aid.

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