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
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Francesca - Pre-School Practitioner
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