Sara joined the Pre-School in September 2018 and has a wealth of experience to offer. She has been working in childcare for 23 years. Sara worked her way up the early years ladder becoming a deputy manager in 2001 and then manager in 2005. She started out in a full day nursery before leaving in 2016 to join a pre-school closer to home. Sara has a level 4 qualification in management and over the years has attended many courses including Safeguarding, First aid, Food Hygiene, an overview of SEND, Fire safety, Health and Safety, ENCO, Autism Awareness and Maths in early years. When she isn’t helping our children to flourish at Pre-School she has 3 children of her own and enjoys cooking at home with them.
Janet joined the Pre-School in February 2019. For the last four and a half years Janet has worked as a childminder (graded Outstanding by Ofsted), providing high quality care for children from 0-4 years in her own home. Before this she taught for a number of years as a Primary School teacher, in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. She studied at Homerton College and has a degree in Education Studies, and Qualified Teacher Status. Whilst teaching, Janet also held the role of SENCo, and will be taking on this role in the Pre-School too. She has two children of her own, who are now both at school. Early Years is now where she feels she belongs.
After a career in banking Julia became involved as a committee member at Debden Pre-School where her two sons attended. Once her children had moved on to primary school, Julia started to work at the Pre-School as an assistant. Julia then took her level 2 and level 3 qualifications and attended a number of courses during the 11 years she worked at the Pre-School. She became deputy manager and then manager before the Pre-School closed in July 2018. Julia then worked at the Bell Day Nursery for 6 months in Saffron Walden before joining Wendens Ambo Pre-School in February 2019. Julia enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and having long walks with her dog!
Clair has been with the Pre-School since January 1995 when the first of her 2 children started with us. She became involved as a Parent help and joined the Committee as Membership Secretary in 1998. Clair joined the staff as relief assistant in January 1999 and now works part-time. She has recently completed courses on Curriculum Planning, and a ‘Journey Through Learning’.
Mandy has been a parent at the Pre-School for many years now. Mandy has 3 children and her youngest finished up at the Pre-School in 2017 ready for “big school” in September. Other than being a mother of 3 ‘lively’ boys across a broad age range, she has also worked as a ‘mother’s help’ to a family with 3 children in their own home. Mandy started working at the Pre-School as an assistant in September 2017.