Sharon (Pre-School Manger)

I started working at Thakeham Pre-School since 1999 and I took over as manger a couple of years later.

Working with children is an absolute passion of mine and I can honestly say I love coming to work each day. I have seen the Pre-School grow over the years and I am very proud of our many achievements and developments, in particular our fantastic outdoor area which was completed in 2010.

I was delighted Thakeham Pre-School  achieved an  ‘Outstanding’ in all areas in our last OFSTED inspection in 2016.

I am very excited about our forthcoming move to our new purpose built Pre-School building which will open so many opportunities for me and us as a Pre-School.

In my spare time I love to go walking in the countryside with my dog and love spending time with my family either relaxing at home or eating out at local country pubs.

My qualifications:

  • Introduction to Pre-School Practice level 2
  • Diploma in Pre-School Practice level 3
  • Diploma in Early Years Childcare and Education level 4
  • Special Educational Care and Practice level 3
  • First Aid
  • Child Protection

  Louise (Deputy Pre-School Manager and child protection officer)

I have been involved with Thakeham Pre-school since my son first started in 2005. After being treasurer, volunteer and childcare assistant, I was lucky enough to be given the role of Deputy in 2011 and I can actually say that I love my job!

I enjoy spending time with each child, gaining their trust and becoming their friend too. I love the individuality of children; I like to see how each child approaches activities and uses resources so differently. Every child is unique and I am so proud to be part of their early school life and development.

When I have a spare moment from everyday life, I work on my hand painted canvases and I love to spend time with my family and friends.

My Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Childcare Practice level 3
  • First Aid
  • Certificate in Health and Hygiene
  • Designated Person for Child Protection

  Lucy (SENCO and Pre-School Supervisor)

I started working at Thakeham Pre-School in 2011. I am passionate in my work with children, at Pre-School. I love to build a good relationship with the children through play, messy play being my favourite. In 2016 I became the SENCO and i’m very much enjoying this new role.

Outside Pre- School I spend a lot of time with my niece and nephew and the rest of my family. I love to practice my photography skills, when I get some spare time, photographing animals or anything which else which may catch my eye.

My Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Childcare and Education level 3
  • Diploma in Playwork
  • On going SENCO training
  • First Aid
  • Child Protection

Cathy (pre-school practitioner and Forest School Teacher)

I have recently joined Thakeham pre-school having worked previously in a nursery for 8 years with the pre-school and after school club. Before this I worked with teenagers in the Cuthman centre linked to Steyning Grammar school.

I thoroughly enjoy working with pre-school children and find great pleasure from watching them learn and develop into individual characters. My greatest pleasure is educating the children about the great outdoors and nature from slugs and snails to birds, wildlife and plants i encompass all about the environment and how to protect it.

In my spare time i enjoy many pursuits from dog walking/ training, gardening, baking, arts and crafts, knitting and reading. I am also a director of wild foxes Forest school in Steyning which holds sessions in the holidays and this has become my latest endeavour/ passion.

My Qualifications

  • Advanced level Apprenticeship in Advance Playwork level 3 diploma
  • Forest school leader  level 3
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food safety in catering
  • Food safety in the outdoors

Katie (pre-school practitioner)

Hello my name is Katie , I Started working at Thakeham pre-school in April 2019. I feel so fortunate to have joined a small dedicated and enthusiastic team. I absolutely love coming into work seeing all the children walk into pre-school with beaming smiles and watching them flourish. I enjoy all activities however my particular favourite is messy play and dancing to music.

In my years i have gained a degree in childcare and also have 10 years experience in the childcare sector. Everyday is never the same and I learn something new  and exciting each day.

I have two children, I love spending time with them and taking them on days out. I also volunteer at a local rainbows group.

My Qualifications

  •  BA in childhood Studies
  • Diploma in childcare level 3
  • Paediatric first aid

Tracy (Administrator)

I joined Thakeham Pre-School in January 2012. I love it here as it is such a fun friendly place to work. My 2 sons came to Thakeham Pre-School and I have enjoyed watching their progress and development. I love coming  in to do P.E where we have lots of fun playing games and learning all about being healthy.

In my spare time i like to go running around the local area, spending time with my two lovely boys and socialising with friends.

My Qualifications:

  • First Aid

Amy (pre-school practitioner)

I started working here at Thakeham Pre-School in 2015. Both of my boys attended the Pre-school they very much enjoyed their time there, it was a pleasure to work alongside my youngest son. At Pre-School I love spending time with the children 1-1 getting to know them and helping to build their confidence, I also very much enjoy all types of messy play.

I love spending time with my two sons and my daughter. My partner and I love taking them on days out and to see our extended family.

My Qualifications:

  • NVQ in Childcare and Education level 2
  • Child Protection