Meet the Staff

We have a dedicated highly skilled staff team here at Whitchurch Pre-School. All the staff work very hard in their individual roles. Please take a look and meet the staff!

ALL of our staff have current DBS Criminal Record checks and are Safeguarding and fully First Aid trained.

Our staff are constantly undertaking new and relevant training courses; we ensure all our staff are continuously developing their professional skills.

Marie Winnett – Pre-School Manager 


In April 2015, Marie returned to the role that she formerly held, following maternity leave.  Marie is a mum of three and brings many years of experience with her.

As a parent at the setting for several years, Marie became heavily involved in the management committee before becoming a member of staff in the setting.

Marie holds a L3 NVQ childcare qualification and has the skills in order to be our Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).  Marie is a highly skilled Early Years practitioner who strongly believes in the importance of learning through child led play and play focused activities, and has overall responsibility for the setting under the management committee. Marie is the driving force behind our introduction of the principles of Forest School, and outdoor learning.

Marie is currently completing her Level 2 Forest School Teaching award so that we may continue to expand our outdoor learning, which the children all absolutely love.

Helen Roberts – Office & Pre-School Support

Helen was appointed to this role in April 2015.  She is responsible for the business, finance and administrative tasks at the Pre-School and also supports the pre-school team.  Helen holds a L2 NVQ childcare qualification as well as other Business qualifications.

Helen has been a parent at the setting for many years, and was heavily involved in the management committee, before becoming a member of staff.

Becci Garner – Pre-School Deputy Manager 


Becci is a Level 3 qualified assistant, who joined our staff in 2015. She quickly became a real asset to the team and is usually responsible for some of our messier activities! Becci shares the role of Deputy Manager with Lauren, having been promoted in September 2017.

Becci is a mum of two with lots of previous experience and as a local farmer, brings lots of the rural life into our Pre-School.

Becci is our Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Lauren Cole – Pre-School Deputy Manager 

Lauren joined us in September 2016, and now shares the role of Deputy Manager with Becci, having been promoted in September 2017.  She is qualified to Level 5 and continuing her education at University.

Lauren is a favourite with all the children. She is often found cooking with the children, and in the reading corner.

Sally Legg – Pre-School Assistant

IMG_3422Sally is a mum of three and has been a parent of the Pre-School previously, as well as a member of the management committee. Sally joined the staff team in 2014.

She currently holds a L2 NVQ childcare qualification and is full of ideas for making a mess. She is also the first to volunteer for baking with the children!


Cara Austin – Pre-School Assistant


Kerry Adams – Pre-School Assistant

Kerry joined us at Easter 2017, returning to work after having her family.

Kerry is Level 3 qualified and brings with her a wealth of experience working with babies and young children.


Louise Symonds – Pre-School Assistant

IMG_4019Louise is a mum of two and has been a parent of the Pre-School for many years.  Louise has been a member of our management committee in the past, and although only employed in 2014, many parents will recognise her from previous employment at pre-school.

Louise is taking a break at the moment following Maternity leave, but will be in pre-school from time to time. Louise has a NVQ L3 childcare qualification and lots of nursery and childminding experience.

Jade Legg – Apprentice Pre-School Assistant

Jade spent several months here at Pre-School on a work placement during 2017, and was offered an apprenticeship after showing huge promise and ability. She is currently studying her Level 2 Certification in Children and Young People at Exeter College.

Jade has settled in extremely well, and is already a firm favourite amongst the children.

Bank Staff
We also regularly employ Bank Staff. These temporary staff cover staff absence and sickness etc. We have regular Bank Staff that we use or alternatively we use our part time play assistants to provide supply cover. All Bank Staff have a current valid DBS check and are qualified to Level 2 or 3 in Early Years.

We welcome Volunteer Pre-School and Play Assistants at our Pre-School. Volunteers are subject to the same safer recruitment process as we follow when recruiting our paid staff.

We also offer work experience and placements to local students, and had a very successful placement from Woodroffe School recently.

Parent Helper Rota
We also welcome our current parents to come along and attend a session with their children regularly to lend a helping hand and to see what exciting things the children get up to at our Pre-School. Please pop your name on the rota!