Mrs Routledge (Lesley) – Supervisor, Forest School Leader
I love working as part of a team,interacting with children and their families and supporting, children’s learning and development. I particularly enjoy supporting children with special educational needs, helping them to achieve their full potential and assisting them in their transition to school and work together with Nicky in the role of Co-SENDCO. I am passionate about Forest School and love giving children the opportunity to experience nature and to see children’s risk taking skills emerge.
Before joining the Village Pre-School I was a Senior paediatric nurse experienced in general paediatrics, A&E and Paediatric Intensive Care.
Outside of work I am currently studying for BA(Hons) Degree in Professional Practice and (when I have time!) I love socialising with friends and family.
Mrs Barlow (Sarah)
I am Deputy Supervisor at The Village Pre-school and a keyworker.I oversee the daily running of the setting and run the group/carpet times. As Health and Safety officer and Fire officer I risk assess the setting and equipment daily for potential risks and we practise regular fire drills every half term. As a key worker I observe and plan for my key children in their learning and development, to ensure that they are happy, engaged and progressing well.
I enjoy playing with the children and love seeing them engage in their play, watching them learn new skills and seeing them having fun. I enjoy working in all areas of learning, from physical play to more structured activities and I don’t mind getting messy!
I love cooking and baking and enjoy watching cookery programmes. I also love animals, dancing, watching movies and spending time with my family and friends. I am a Christian and I run the youth groups for my church and a Holiday club in the summer holidays.
I am probably the longest serving member of staff as I have worked at The Village Pre-school for 28 years, since my own children were school age! I still love my job and it is a pleasure to serve the families of our local community and the surrounding area. I have been very fortunate to have worked with, and still work with, some wonderful colleagues and friends.
When I am not at work I enjoy reading, knitting, swimming and getting away in our caravan whenever we can.
Mrs Lynn (Gill)
I started my working life as a secretary in a bank, became a registered child-minder when I had my own children and in 1999 when I moved to Tylers Green, started working at The Village Pre-school as a Pre-school Assistant. I became Manager of the Pre-school in 2004 but left in 2008 to work in the finance department of a local business as I always wanted to work in an accounting environment. During my time away from the Pre-school I obtained some bookkeeping qualifications and I have now re-joined the Pre-school on a part time basis as Finance and Business Support to Nicky and her team. I act as Treasurer for the Pre-school and also help Nicky with some of the administration associated with running a Pre-school.
I am very supportive of the Village Pre-school and get a lot of satisfaction out of helping Nicky and her team run a successful, affordable community pre-school provision.
When not working I enjoy reading, baking, walking and holidays.
I am an Early Years Practitioner which involves Interacting with the children, and observing them to inform planning in order for them to achieve their next stage of development through different activities.
The things that I enjoy most about my job are interacting with the children, getting to know their likes/dislikes such as what book they most like to read and their favourite activity.
Outside of preschool I love travelling and exploring new cultures and environments, socialising with friends and family and doing workouts.
My job at The Village Pre-school is my first job, as I took on this job as soon as I finished my Childcare Level 3 course. However, I had a drive and passion to work with children so knew I wanted to go into the childcare sector. This then meant that I underwent work experience and voluntary work in primary schools, private nurseries and other childcare settings. This then provided me with an opportunity to work with a range of children aged from 0-8 years old.
I have also recently been assigned the role of the Behavioural Management Officer.
I am extremely happy; when I see children develop and move on from developmental milestones. I also enjoy speaking and listening to children as they all have unique personalities, which are wonderful. I also enjoy forming positive relationships with children as it introduces other attributes such as trust and confidence. I also like seeing children have fun and explore as they learn whilst they play.
When not at work I enjoy sports such as dodge ball, rounders and dance. I attended clubs such as zumba and boxing (Boxercise). I also get pleasure from shopping and days out with family and friends.