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.
Sarah Horsgood
  • Supervisor,

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead 

  • Key Worker

Qualifications: Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education , Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene.

“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"

Louise Lyons

Helen Pitcher

  • Deputy Supervisor

  • Lead Language Practitioner

  • Behaviour Co-ordinator

  • Key Worker

Qualificactions: BEd Primary Teaching, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene.

"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."

  • Deputy Safeguarding Lead

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

  • Keyworker

Qualifications:  Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene.

“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."

Nicole Bornman-Hill
  • Deputy SENCO

  • Key worker


Qualifications: PGCE and QTS, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene.


"I really enjoy working at Barkham Pre-school as the small nature of the groups we have in each day allows for a very rich family-like environment. I come from a SEN background and know that this will be out to good use as I take on the Deputy SENCO role."

Hannah Kirk
  • Early Years Practitioner

  • Keyworker

  • First Aider

Qualifications;  Cache level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, 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." 

Katie Murphy
  • Bank staff


Qualifications:  NNEB level 3

"I love working at Barkham Pre-school because it's 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!"

Emma Johnson
  •  Bank Staff


Qualifications: PGCE Primary