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"I've been working at the Preschool since 2007. I have completed a BA (Hons) Education Studies degree and I hold an Early Years Professional Status. I am also the setting's designated lead person for Safeguarding Children. I am also a trained Forest School leader and have recently qualified as a Mental Health first Aider. I have a passion for promoting the best outcomes for all children in their early years of life. I believe children learn best through meaningful play and here, at the Preschool, we provided individualised experiences for the children in our care to do this naturally. I love watching children grow and develop throughout their time with us. Old Dalby Preschool is a unique setting and I feel privileged to be part of the dedicated team."

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"I have been with the Preschool since 2011, I became Deputy Manager in April 2021. I hold a BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies and have completed my Early Years Teacher status. I hold a Level 2 in Forest Schools. I am the setting's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator. I love being crafty, baking and going on adventures. I bring my love of crafts into the setting and enjoy supporting children to explore their creativity. Each day at the Preschool is different and there is new adventures all the time. I love seeing children's imaginations grow, one day we can be pirates, sailing the seven seas and the next we are dinosaurs, stomping through a forest."





"I started at Preschool in January 2021, I have a Level 3 NVQ in Early Years Care and Education. I love going camping and on holidays as well as bowling. I think the best thing about Old Dalby Preschool is the children. Every child is an individual and unique. Something different happens here every day which makes working here really fun. It's the children that make the Preschool so great. I love having conversations with them and getting to know each of their personalities."

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"I started at Preschool in November 2021. I have a NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma for the Early years Workforce. I love doing crafts and being outside. I really enjoy going for family walks with our dog. At Preschool, my favourite thing is to meet children and get to know them, finding out about their unique personalities and interests. I always make sure they have lots of fun while they are here!"

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I started at Preschool in April 2023 and I absolutely love it. I hold a Bsc Open degree specialising in Primary education. I am now looking to start my Early Years Initial Teacher Training. I love being outdoors, gardening, playing and exploring with my two daughters and two rescue dogs. I love to go and see the wildlife in the surrounding fields. At Preschool, I love watching the children grow and develop their own personalities. I enjoy watching them begin to make friendships that may last a lifetime."

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Our Committee

Old Dalby Preschool is a committee led, registered charity rather than a private childcare business. The preschool was started back in the 70’s by a group of enthusiastic parents and was set in the village hall. It has developed, over the years, into the preschool we have today in its own purpose built premises and very much part of the community.

Being a committee led setting means we, as parents, have a unique opportunity to be involved in these important years of our children’s development through the committee.

Obviously, we as parents are not experts in child care, Ofsted or the Early Years Foundation curriculum.  We therefore leave it to the qualified staff to manage the setting and care for the children! Our role is to contribute to the decisions about the development of the setting and to fund raise for all the “extras” which make the difference to the children’s experience at preschool. We are always looking for new members to join our committee.

Committee Chair: Carly Steel

Secretary: Shane Cooke

Treasurer: Phil Watson

Committee members:

Linzi Drury

Christopher Steel

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