Meet the Team
Our small team of staff is experienced and dedicated to the wellbeing of the children. We have a range of interests to bring to the children, from music to science to outdoors resources. When necessary, we also have an experienced group of supply staff to provide extra adults to care for the children.
Sarah Smith- Manager
After completing my NNEB, I began my career with Nannying (in which I held positions in Switzerland, Hong Kong and England!) before settling down locally with my own family of 3 children where I became a Childminder. After 11 years of childminding, I extended my passion of Early Years and took the Deputy Manager position at Chedworth Pre-School (January 2016) and then in September 2018, I happily took the reins of the Manager’s position.
I grew up in Chedworth and attended St. Andrew’s Primary School, so I am deeply passionate to support and develop Chedworth Pre-School for the future generations.
I am a fully qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader and so I enjoy being outdoors with the children, whatever the weather – there is nothing more liberating than splashing through big puddles on a rainy day!! I also enjoy my weekly challenge of creating ways of offering play to the children, enriching their learning and development specifically in the outdoors environment as with our indoors environment our Forest School is also a ‘Pack away’ style too!
I feel very privileged to be trusted with every parent’s most precious possession along with watching each child to develop and flourish through Pre-School.
Jennifer Lowe- Deputy Manager
I completed my Level 3 Early Years Educator NVQ in January 2020 and have gone on to complete my Lead SENCO training. Recently I have developed my Makaton skills which I enjoy sharing with the children at Pre-School. I have a rural background and so have spent lots of time outdoors exploring with my own children and it makes me so happy to be able to do this with the children I work with too. I have many years of experience within childcare, so finally achieving an official qualification after having my own children was a particular milestone for me.
Chedworth Pre-School is a nurturing, supportive and stimulating setting that both my children have attended and to now be able to give back this experience to others is so rewarding. There is nothing better than watching children blossom into their individual personalities and I am proud to share this experience with them and their families.
Hannah Franklin – Early Years Educator
I am currently completing my Level 3 Early Years Educator NVQ. Childcare has always been my passion and now that I am a Mother myself (with my son having formerly having attended the Pre-School!) I can formalise my learning and practice from Nannying.
Coming from a rural background I enjoy sharing experiences and my knowledge of the outdoors environment with the children through play. I appreciate the importance of giving each and every child the best start in life, watching the children develop and grow is a very rewarding feeling.