At Hanborough Meadows Pre-School we have a wonderfully strong team of highly qualified, caring and inspiring members of staff.
Pre-School Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead
‘I have lived in the village since 1997 having moved from the centre of Oxford. I live with my husband, three boys, and a menagerie of pets (crazy young dog, chickens, tortoise, fish and guinea pigs)!’
Kelly has an NVQ Level 4 qualification and has a wealth of experience having worked at Abingdon Kindergarten, The Radcliffe Infirmary Nursery and then The John Radcliffe Nursery.
‘After maternity leave with my third son I joined Long Hanborough Playgroup to just help out on two mornings a week on a temporary contract. Roll on a couple of years, I was appointed manager and have enjoyed the role ever since.’
‘I love working with children and their families. I enjoy leading a team of dedicated staff, striving to give the children the best early years education we can. I enjoy introducing new concepts to my team, such as Risk play, The Curiosity Approach, Loose parts, etc. Every day is fun and different.’
Kelly is really interested in finding new concepts that can be used at Hanborough Meadows and keeping up to date and ahead of development in early years. As such Kelly very much enjoys training; most recently she has received Autism awareness and Well-being training. This ‘is something we all need to focus on, it’s not just about being able to read and write. It’s about children being in a strong state of mind, ready to learn.’
‘Away from The Meadows I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy being outside, walking, running, kayaking, cycling and paddle boarding. I also love to read.’
Deputy Manager and Early Years Lead
Tamsin lives in Long Hanborough and has 2 children at school. As a family they enjoy the outdoors, camping and walking their dog. Tamsin is a qualified primary school teacher (BA QTS Hons) and has 14 years experience working in 3 different schools. She began working at Long Hanborough Playgroup in September 2017 as Deputy Manager. ‘I always wanted to work in early years and a job in the village seemed to fit around family life.’
Tamsin has recently completed some valuable training:
Phonics ‘Sounds Like Fun’ which provided updated information on best practice for phonics teaching.
‘Woodwork in the Early Years’ with Pete Moorhouse. This has enabled Tamsin to bring exciting woodwork activities to Hanborough Meadows Pre-School. We have a designated woodworking area and children benefit from learning life skills with real tools. These activities are very exciting and engaging for our children also covering many areas of the Early Years Framework.
‘My favourite part of my job is working with this age group of children and seeing them progress so quickly, especially in language and communication.’ Tamsin is passionate about learning in the outdoors so particularly enjoys our Forest Rangers sessions. She is working towards Level 1 Forest School Training online and hopes to progress to Level 3 Forest School Leader training. Her particular subject interest is in Mathematics and progression of number skills from Early Years and into school.
Deputy Manager, SENCo and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Toni has lived in the village for 7 years and has 2 children who both attend Hanborough Manor School. Whilst working in the restaurant trade, Toni began as a parent helper at Long Hanborough Playgroup when her daughter attended and when in September 2015 a position as a Practitioner arose she was successfully recruited.
Toni worked hard to complete her NVQ Level 2 and once qualified immediately began studying to complete her Level 3, qualifying in December 2018. In April 2019 Toni was promoted to the role of
Deputy Manager and has been thriving. She has recently attended 'Going for Gold' training which has helped her further develop her leadership skills. Toni is currently the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and the Designated Lead in Safeguarding.
‘I absolutely love my job, every day is different. It is so rewarding to see the children start as shy, unsure little ones then leave Pre-school aged 4 having blossomed into truly amazing, clever children. Knowing that I had a part to play in that is something that money can’t buy. I love to see the children engage with others; sharing, caring and working well together.’
Toni’s areas of interest are Mathematics and Physical Development. ‘When looking at Mathematics there is so much to learn. It is not all about numbers and counting but when the children look deeper into matching, recognising shapes not only within the classroom but out and about too, it is amazing to see their progression.’
Toni developed a great love of running in March 2015. In October 2015 she ran her first race, the Blenheim 10K which gave her the confidence to tackle the Oxford Half Marathon in October 2016. In May 2017 she took on the Milton Keynes Marathon and then fulfilled her dream of completing the London Marathon in April 2018.
Early Years Practitioner
Hollie has lived in the village for about 15 years and is the very proud mummy of 4 children; 3 boys aged 21,19,13 and a girl aged 5. Hollie currently has an NVQ Level 2 but is working hard towards her Level 3 qualification which she should be completing by the end of 2019.
Outside of Pre-School Hollie is extremely busy with college work and with her children’s social lives, clubs, hobbies and taxi service! ‘When we do get time to ourselves we like to be out and about, visiting new places, going to the seaside, local woods or Blenheim Palace.'
Hollie worked at Long Hanborough Playgroup 9 or 10 years ago but left to begin childminding as it suited her young family at the time. We are very lucky that Hollie returned to work with the team a year and a half ago.
‘Working with children is all I ever wanted to do, and I feel very lucky to have a job I love and enjoy so much. I work with a wonderful team and together we are committed to make The Meadows the best it can be. I love to see the children making their own games, using their own ideas. I love listening to their stories and seeing them succeed at something, especially if it’s something they may have been struggling with. I find this job so rewarding; seeing a child on their visit, to their first day, to seeing them off to school. Knowing that I have been a tiny part of that journey makes me feel very proud.’
‘We share all the jobs and responsibilities at The Meadows but I do look after the playdough station; making sure we have a good supply of playdough with new smells, textures or colours and trying to keep the ideas new and fresh.’
Early Years Practitioner
Sarah moved to Long Hanborough 3 years ago. She has extensive childcare experience and is qualified to NVQ Level 3. She started working at Hanborough Meadows Pre-School in March 2019 and enjoys everything about her role especially encouraging more outdoor learning experiences. She is excited to see what the future brings and is very much looking forward to becoming a Forest School Leader in 2021. She loves spending time with her family, enjoys walking with her two labradors and driving down to the coast to spend time by the beach.