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Jackie Lawrence

Supervisor, Deputy Safeguarding Practitioner, First Aider & Key Worker

Qualifications: NVQ 3-Early Years & Childcare; Paediatric First Aid; Safeguarding Level 1; worked at Barkham Pre-School for 12 ½ years.

“I love working at Barkham Pre-school because we are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside and it is lovely seeing the children as they enjoy watching the deer & birds that visit close by. I really enjoy the interaction with the children as they play & learn and watch their development as they increase in confidence. I have recently attended ‘Block Play’ training and am looking forward to introducing our new ideas to the children, staff & parents.”

Jackie Lawrence


Karen McBrearty (“Karen Mc”)

Deputy Supervisor, Pre-School Assistant, Lead Safeguarding Practitioner & Key Worker

Qualifications: CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce.

“I really enjoy working at Barkham Pre-School.  We offer a safe and supportive setting that plans and organises a wide range of learning and play activities for the children, giving them a great start in life.  When the time then comes for the children to go to ‘big school’ it’s so rewarding to see how far they have grown and developed, and that you have been part of that special and important journey.”

Karen McBrearty


Karen Brill

Pre-School Assistant, Lead Language Practitioner & Key Worker

Qualifications: Diploma in Pre-School Practice Level 3; Safeguarding Level 1; 14 years’ experience in a childcare setting.

“I enjoy working at Barkham Pre-School because we provide a welcoming atmosphere for both the children and their parents or carers, with lots of opportunities for the children to explore, discover and learn through their play.”

Karen Brill


Katie Murphy

Pre-School Assistant, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Behaviour Co-ordinator & Key Worker

Qualifications: NNEB

“I like working at Barkham Pre-School because it has a friendly family feel, and it’s lovely watching the children grow and develop their own personalities.  I have always wanted to work with children and when I left school I got my NNEB qualification in childcare. Barkham Pre-School has lovely grounds and a fantastic outdoor area where it’s lovely to see the children make mud cakes, worm pie, or stir their potions in the outside sink!”

Katie Murphy