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Pre-School Manager & SENDCO  


Sarah Morris, - Foundation Degree in Education Award Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice

Sarah has been at SPS for eight years and Manager for four years. She attained her Foundation Degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice in 2016, further strenghthening SPS's knowledge and expertise when caring for children with additional needs.


Assistant Managers and Room Leaders


Amy Mark, Assistant Manager, Room Leader, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Key Person  B.Ed. Hons  (Blue team leader)

Amy joined SPS in September 2010 and has been part of the Senior Leadership Team for the last four years.

Her skills as a teacher are invaluable when planning for getting every child ready for school!!


Natalie Apthorp, Assistant Manager, Room Leader, Health & Safety Officer, DDSL and Key Person   NVQ3 (Silver Team leader)

For more than seven years Natalie has brought to SPS a boundless and contagious enthusiasm that celebrates every child's individual achievement.   Natalie has been part of the Senior Leadership Team for the past four years.


Natalie and Amy lead, supervise and organise the day to day activities of the children at preschool, deputise in the absence of the manager and are the smiling faces of the preschool that greet everyone every morning.


Childcare Assistants, Pre-school Assistants and SEND Support - 'The Team'


Sylvia Bunce, Pre-school Assistant - Sylvia's toast is legendary and her support for the whole team immeasurable.


Emma Andrews,Key Person,Friday Room Lead & SEND Lead-NVQ L3(Pink team)

Emma joined us last year, her experience of running her own setting for many years has meant that she is a fantastic addition to the team.


Sue Blaney, Behaviour Lead & Key Person L2 C&YPW Diploma,  (Silver team)

Sue has now been with us for five years and has completed her level 2 diploma.  Her level headed approach brings another facet to the team and her consistency makes her the ideal person to be our Behaviour Lead.


Cheryl Dowse, ELSA & Key Person - L2 C&YPW, L3 C&YPW student,  (Blue team)

Cheryl joined us five years ago as a temporary SEND assistant but we managed to persuade her to stay, she has just completed her level 2 diploma and is now studying for her level 3. Her calm and gentle manner make her an excellent addition to our childcare team.  Cheryl has just completed her ELSA training and is now leading our ELSA approach here at Pre-School


Emma Scott,Key Person - L3 C&YPW student (Pink team)

Emma joined SPS as a permenant member of the team four years ago.

Her attention to detail and intuitive ideas are a real asset to the team.


Toni McAree, Team support - L3 C&YPW(Blue Team)

Toni  has now been with us for 3 years, her experience as a SEND support as well as her kind and gentle nature has become invaluable to us.  Toni has just returned to us from maternity leave


Lisa Fraser Key Person - L3 C&YPW  (Pink Team)

Lisa joined us in January 2018 and brought with her 6 years experience as a Teaching Assistant within a local school.


Holly Fraser, Key Person - L3 C&YPW (Blue Team)

Holly joined us in September 2018 as an Early Years Apprentice, she has brought a dynamic to the team that we have not had before but definitely appreciate.


Katy Swain, Key Person - QTS (Silver Team)

Katy joined us in April, her 20+ years of being a primary school teacher helps us when planning to get our children ready to go to 'big' school.


Laura Beavis, Key Person - (Silver Team)

Laura joined the team as a 1:1 SEND Support 2 years ago, her kind and gentle manner benefits all of the children in our care.


Sasha Gibbs, Team Support & SEND 1:1 Support - (Blue Team)

Sasha  joined us a year ago and along with being a 1:1 support she is also , along with Leanne a team support,  enabling the team to work at a higher ratio with all the children.


Leanne Searle, Team Support

Leanne joined our team last October, her gentle and kind manner is proving to be a real support to the team.


Pauline Miller, Friday Pre-School Assistant

Pauline supports the team on a Friday, helping the children with toast and fruit.  Pauline often brings her guitar into Pre-school and always provides the accompliment for our Christmas Concert.


Each member of our team has been carefully chosen for their friendly and approachable nature, love of children, and childcare skills. We have a robust recruitment and staff induction procedure that ensures all staff employed comply with the rigorous policies and ethics of the pre-school, and can uphold its excellent standards. They undertake continual training to ensure their skills are up to date and give them fresh ideas to bring to the setting. We hold weekly staff meetings where information is shared.

Enhanced DBS checks are obtained for each member of staff and regular volunteers.