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Pre School Team

Our Pre School staff are all qualified childcare assistants with a range of qualification levels. Many have parental experience too. Synetta has managed the setting for a number of years having previously been a childminder locally.

Most importantly, we’re a happy and enthusiastic team focused on the wellbeing of the children. Each child is allocated a ‘key worker’ as a primary point of contact for them and parents, while the whole team interacts with all children throughout the sessions and activities.


Pre School Manager
Synetta Howes
Level 4 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning & Development
Level 3 Award in Playwork for Early Years & Child Care Workers

Deputy Managers
Oxford Brookes University Foundation Degree in Arts with Merit in Early Years (Sector Endorsed)

Level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning & Development
Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ) (QCF)

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF)

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF) Early Learning & Childcare Pathway

Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Practice

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning & Development (Early Years Educator)

PLA Level 3 Diploma in Pre-school Practice



Pre School Committee

Pre School is managed by a volunteer committee of parents. We typically meet once a term, each of us having individual responsibilities. We liaise with Synetta and the team on day to day running matters, and the fun part - fundraising.

As children move on to ‘big’ school, parents often move on from pre school committee to supporting the school PFA. So we’re always looking for new committee members. Find out more about what’s involved and how you can help by talking to one of the team, or emailing the chair.


Felicity Ashley

Rachel Yardley

Beth Taylor


Gemma Lavery

Susana Patricio
Learning & Development

Caroline Allington
Health & Safety


Susannah Treherne

Kate Stinchcombe