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As a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA), we are committed to having a fully trained staff. Our staff attends foundation courses run by the PLA, Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) and other agencies. All members of staff are also qualified First Aiders.
Mrs Sarah Horsgood
  • Supervisor,

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Health and Safety Officer  

  • Keyworker

  • First Aider 

Qualifications: Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, Paediatric First Aid, TQUK Level 2 Understanding Autism, Designated Safeguarding Lead Training, Univeral Safeguarding, Prevent and FGM training, Food Hygiene, Safer Recruitment, Health and Safety, Fire Safety.

“I really enjoy working at Barkham Pre-school. The family ethos is great and we work closely with parents to ensure the children's development is supported and their full potential is reached. This is one of the main reasons why I chose to work in childcare. 

The outside space we have is amazing and is used as an extension of the children's learning environment which enables us all to enjoy being outside - exploring and maximising our learning"


Miss Helen Pitcher

  • Deputy Supervisor 

  • Behaviour Co-ordinator

  • Key Worker

  • First Aider 

Qualificactions: BEd Primary Teaching, Universal Safeguarding, Prevent and FGM Training, Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene, Safer Recruitment, Understanding Autism.

"I am really pleased to be part of the small and friendly team at Barkham Pre-school. There is a lovely family and community feel where we can really get to know all of the children and the ways they learn and develop. It’s so rewarding to be able the help the children meet their next steps for learning and take pride in their achievements."

Mrs Louise Lyons
  • 2nd Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

  • Keyworker

  • First Aider 

Qualifications:  Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, Paediatric First Aid, Designated Safeguarding Lead Training, SENCO Induction Training, Universal Safeguarding, Prevent and FGM Training, Food Hygiene, Safer Recruitment., Understanding Autism.

“I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend in Barkham Pre-school. We are fortunate to benefit from a fantastic environment. The external setting is lovely and the Pre-school has everything we need to help the children learn, develop and have fun. Seeing the children grow, and playing a small part in that, is incredibly rewarding. Nothing beats the smile of a child and as a parent myself I know the value of that. I'm very fortunate to have a job doing that I love."

Miss Hannah Kirk
Miss Lindsey Ryall 
  • Early Years Practitioner

  • Keyworker

  • First Aider

Qualifications;  Cache level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, TQUK Level 2 Understanding Autism, Paediatric First Aid, Universal Safeguarding, Prevent and FGM Training, Food Hygiene.

"I really enjoy being a part of the team at Barkham Pre-school. I have always enjoyed working with children and their families to watch them grow and achieve new things everyday. Every smile and laugh seen, every friendship and relationship made and knowing we have helped make this happen is such a rewarding part of being in childcare. 

Barkham Pre-school has fantastic indoor and outside spaces for the children to really explore and be inquisitive about their surroundings, further their knowledge and reach their full potential." 

  • Early Years Assistant

  • Keyworker

  • First Aider

Qualifications; Paediatric First Aid, Universal Safeguarding, Prevent and FGM Training, Food Hygine.

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