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About Pre-School

Our aim is to provide and ensure that the service we offer is the best available in the area.


We are open term time only - 5 days a week!


We are a vibrant, energetic, fully inclusive setting, and everyone is welcome to join us.

We offer a caring, nurturing environment that supports children as individuals, building confidence and independence while developing curiosity and a lovely of learning. The children learn through a varied and exciting continuous provision and small adult led groups.

Sharing and development of friendships is the focus for everything we do.

Our premises are self-contained and comprises of the spacious community room, small quiet room, kitchen and toilets which are decorated and furnished to a high standard. We also have access to a safe and secure outdoor play area which the children can access throughout the day under supervision of our staff. The outside area consists of two artificial grass areas one of which is undercover and a patio area.  This enables the children to have access to the outside area in all weathers.


Children attend from the local community and from across the whole of Melton and the surrounding villages. This means our children progress through primary schools throughout the borough.


The pre-school has both a teacher and a manager. The teacher in the setting (Mrs Jarvis) has a BA Honours Degree (QTS) who has worked in a number of outstanding preschools.  The manager of the setting  (Mandy Whitelocks) has Early Years Professional Status and a BA Honours in Education Studies and the deputy manager (Emma Sharpe) holds a Foundation Degree in Children and Young Peoples Services.  Our staff are highly qualified and undertake continuous professional development to maintain the highest standards of childcare practice in line with current legislation. We provide higher ratios of staff to children than required by the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework.


This enables us to:


§   Give time and attention to each child

§   Talk with the children about their interests and activities

§   Help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide

§   Allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety


Meet The Staff



Job Title

Qualifications and Experience

Mrs Mandy Whitelocks


Manager/ SENDCO

Deputy Safeguarding Lead


Early Years Professional Status Level 6.  

BA Honours Degree in Education Studies

Early Language Lead Practitioner (ELLP)

27 years experience


Mrs Karen Jarvis 

Pre-school Teacher 


BA Honours Education Studies (QTS) 

20 years teaching experience 

Mrs Emma Sharpe


Deputy Manager

Deputy Safeguarding Lead


Foundation Degree in Children & Young People’s Services.(Early Years) (Level 5).

30 years experience

Mrs Kim Giblett



BTEC National Diploma Caring Services (Nursery Nursing)
21 years experience

Mrs Lisa




BETC National Diploma Caring Services (Nursery Nursing)

10 years experience



Miss Heidi







Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Early Learning and Childcare

9 years experience


Miss Amy              Apprentice                            Working towards Early Years Educator Level 3

Hardy                                                           4 years experience


Most of our staff have first aid qualifications which are updated every 3.

All staff have basic Makaton sign language training which is used throughout the sessions.  This supports the children with their expressive language development. All staff receive annual safeguarding training and have level 2 food hygiene.