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.

What The Parents Say

“We are really happy with the personalised care and attention to detail which Chedworth Pre-School offers our child. A particular highlight of the week are the forest school sessions which always seem to be super creative. Most importantly, our child is happy. To sum up, when he is told its Pre-School today, his response is always, “Yay!” Thank you, Sarah and team!”


My children attended two different nurseries before I heard about Chedworth preschool.
When I rang and spoke to Sarah she so warm and caring to what I had to say. We arranged a visit to see if my children would like it here, I was so worried as my son screamed every time I took him to nursery. We were welcomed in with professionalism, caring and loving staff. My two children got straight into the art corner. My little boy said goodbye to me (even though it was just a visit) I was overwhelmed by his response and just to know he felt happy.
My children have blossomed since being at Chedworth preschool. I drop them off knowing they are safe, loved, looked after it’s like dropping them off at a family members. The staff here are all amazing and just to have the peace of mind that my children love being there is an amazing feeling.
Thank you for all you support and hard work.


Chedworth pre-school is fantastic. Sarah and the team are so caring, loving and supportive and our son has an amazing time there. There is a strong community feel and we love the fact that the children have access to so much outside space and spend so much of their time playing and learning in nature. Forest School days are a particular highlight! We would highly recommend Chedworth pre-school to anyone looking for childcare in the area. We have complete peace of mind that our child is being well looked after and learning in a fun and supportive environment. Thank you to Sarah and all the staff for everything they do.”


Our child has additional needs, and we were very anxious when choosing a pre-school for him. As soon as we walked into Chedworth we felt at ease and knew pretty fast that the small, family like setting was the right place for him. The staff go above and beyond every day to care for the children and my son always comes home with the biggest smile on his face.