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

“The staff are very encouraging and supportive.

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… the staff know my child so well and clearly care about her development. “

Parent January 2020

“I can’t thank them all enough”

Parent January 2020

Our Staff

Jenny Springfield
Preschool Manager
Jenny joined the setting in November 2021 as preschool manager. Jenny has 12 years experience working in childcare and education, predominantly with 4 to 5 year olds. Jenny has completed her BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies (level 6) and is a qualified teacher.

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.

Sadie Wright
Play Assistant
Sadie joined our team in September 2018 running the toddler group and then as bank staff before joining us as a play assistant in 2021. Sadie holds an NVQ level 4 in children’s care, learning and development alongside many years experience working with children aged 0-5

Caroline Garrod
Play assistant
Caroline joined the setting in December 2021. Caroline has over 8 years experience working in childcare and education. She most recently worked as a Learning Mentor in a Further Education centre. Caroline holds a NVQ Level 2 and 3 qualification in Childcare Learning and Development.

Bank Staff
We currently have two play assistants who help cover the sessions when needed at preschool – Gemma Gayfer and Sophie Thrower.

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

Our Safeguarding Co-Coordinator is Katy Graham and our Deputy is Jenny Springfield.

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

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