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"The playgroup benefits from strong leadership and management

The whole team has a vision of quality

and they strive for continual improvement."

Ofsted Nov 2014


"The partnership with parents is very good.

Parents are provided with a range of good quality information ...

and are kept informed of their childrens' progress through parents evenings, written diaries and discussion"

Ofsted Report


We are pleased to offer the children the opportunity

to learn music and Yoga from professional teachers

who come into our sessions.


We have an excellent team of staff at the pre-school who are committed to the children.


Our members of staff are Kat, a level 6 practitioner, Karyn, Susan, Keiley, Sam and Hayley who are our level 3 practitioners and Francesca who is a level 2 practitioner, currently training for her level 3. 


All  members of staff are Paediatric First Aid trained.

We are a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, and are up to date with current training strategies.

Staff are encouraged to attend any extra courses which are of interest to pre-school and to pursue training and study opportunities.


Kat  - Pre-School Manager


I have worked in childcare for 2 and a half years and have experience in a number of different settings including privately owned Day Nurseries and School Nurseries. This allowed me to gain lots of valuable experience and sparked my desire to study further. In 2011 I graduated from the University of Northampton after completing my BA in Early Childhood Studies. I have a son and in my spare time enjoy days out with my family.


Karyn - Deputy Manager & SENCO Co-Ordinator

I have a very arty background having worked for a large national company for 13yrs doing visual merchandising. More recently I worked at Whittlebury Hall as well as Whittlebury Pre-School. I have gained cache level 1, Paediatric First Aid and Introduction to Common Induction Standards in the 8 years I have been working at Blakesley Pre-School and have my level 3 Diploma. I took on the Deputy Manager role in 2014. I enjoy making crafts in my spare time and have two children.


Susan - Pre-School Practioner & Designated Safeguarding Officer

Most of the time whilst my own 3 children were growing up, I was involved in childcare on a voluntary basis - helping in sessions both in playschool and primary school, running the school library, and for 4 years volunteered at the local hospital working on the children's ward.

Since moving to Northamptonshire 20 years ago, I have worked at Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School for 10 years as a Learning Support Assistant/Classroom Assistant, mainly working 1 to 1 with children with learning difficulties.


Whilst working at Blakesley Pre-School, I also worked for the charity Homestart, which involves supporting families with children under 5 years of age, and obtained training in all aspects of childcare, e.g. first aid, safeguarding children, and child development. I have Paediatric First Aid training, and have recently completed my level 3 diploma in childcare.


Keiley - Pre-School Practioner

I moved back to the UK in 1997 after living in Qatar since I was 2months old. When I came back to the UK I went to Akeley Wood School where I studied until I completed my GCSE's. In September 2001 I started working at the Rocking Horse Day Nursery while studying with Triangle Training for my level 2 & 3 in childcare. I left in 2005 due to having my 1st child. Since then I have done child-minding, had my 2nd son & daughter and started to work at Blakesley Pre-school in 2014.


Sam - Pre-School Practioner


Before I had my 3 children I was Delegate Manager at Whittlebury Hall, organising meetings and conferences. Once I had my twins, I became a full time mum for 8 years and chaired their schools PTA. Once my third child was in school full time, I went back to work and started at Blakesley Pre-School in 2015. I have completed my level 3 and have Paedeatric First Aid training.


In my spare time I enjoy shopping trips with my daughter and watching my boys play football.


Hayley  - Pre-School Practitioner


Details to follow


Francesca - Pre-School Practitioner


Details to follow