All our staff hold qualifications in early years and regularly attend professional development training. In addition, all members of staff have received training in paediatric first aid.
Watlington Pre-School has a 1:4 staff/child ratio for children under 3 and 1:8 for those 3 and above – this allows staff to provide a level of care which supports your child’s needs and for your child to have the appropriate amount of attention for their comfort and security.
The Pre-School team is as follows:
Supervisor –Saskia White
Saskia moved to Watlington from Hertfordshire with her husband and two daughters. When her eldest daughter started at Pre-School Saskia joined the Committee, and then in 2004, joined the Pre-School staff. Saskia graduated from the London Montessori Centre in 1988 with a Teaching and Childcare Diploma and the NNEB (National Nursery Examination Board) qualification.
Deputy Supervisor – Kim Priddle
Kim joined the Pre-School team in 2009. She attended Henley College where she successfully completed a BTEC First Diploma in Caring, and more recently the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. Kim worked for many years as a sole charge nanny before getting married and having her own children. Both her son and daughter attended Pre-School and are now at Icknield Community College/ Watlington Primary School.
Pre-School Assistant – Rachel Spicer
Rachel has lived in Watlington most of her life. She joined Pre-School in 2007 and has completed the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. Rachel also works at the local primary school and is married with two daughters, both of whom attended Pre-School and have since moved on to Watlington Primary School/ Icknield Community College.
SEN Support Assistant – Hazel Christian
Hazel is married with two adult sons. She joined the team in January 2016, and has worked with pre-school children for nearly 30 years, firstly as a mother and childminder then as a pre-school Supervisor. Hazel has a level 3 Diploma in Pre-school Practice and a keen interest in child development, especially helping children who have additional needs.