From a child’s very first day Bugbrooke Pre-school, we lay the foundation for a love of learning that will remain with them throughout the course of their school life, providing a foundation for future success.
Our staff of qualified and experienced Early Years Practitioners, led by Pre-School Manager, Victoria Rice whom has an Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies & EYP working closely with parents to ensure that each child’s individual needs are met in a safe, caring and stimulating environment that exceeds the requirements of the Early Years curriculum.
Throughout their time in the Pre-school, the children’s progress is monitored, both formally and informally, and parents receive regular updates on their child’s achievements. We currently use the Tapestry system to provide secure online updates on your child’s development and whereby parents can view photos and communicate regularly with your child’s key person.
Victoria Rice, Pre-School Manager (Ba.Hons.EYP)
Lorna Britten, Deputy Manager
Nicola Farmer, Business Manager
Victoria Rice – Keyperson for the Red ladybirds
I have been part of Pre-school for eleven years and recently completed my SENCo training. I believe that children are at their happiest when they are learning through their own play. That’s why I have created an environment whereby myself and my team have special moments where we can see children, completely absorbed in their play in an environment that allows them to do so. I am very proud of how Pre-school has developed over the years and is continuing to provide Early years education in an environment that gives children exploration to discovery their own interests.
Lorna Britten – Keyperson for the Grey dolphin group
I have been part of the Pre-school team for ten years; During this time I have also volunteered and worked on the committee with my children. I am Deputy Manager level 4 and qualified Communication & language champion and SENCO. I enjoy working as part of a great team and seeing the children’s progress in their communication and confidence in the time they are with us.
Kerrie David – Keyperson for the Yellow duck group
Hello my name is Kerrie. I have lived in Bugbrooke all of my life. All four of my children attended the Pre-school and enjoyed their time here. I have worked at the Pre-school for nine years. I obtained an Early years level 4 qualification through distance learning.
I enjoy watching both my boys play football at the weekend and spending time as a family at home.
Charlie Househam – Keyperson for the Purple hippo’s
Hello, my name is Charlie. I’ve worked in the early years sector for 25 years, I’m a qualified nursery nurse and have a BA HONS in Early Childhood with Early years professional status. I have worked across nurseries, child minding, nannying, children centres and with children social care, which has given me a wealth of knowledge and experience. I joined Pre-school this academic year (2019) and enjoy supporting the children’s development through an amazing learning environment and family atmosphere.
Sharon Harris – Keyperson for the Bluebird group
Hi my name is Sharon Harris . I have worked at Bugbrooke Pre-School for four years. I started off as a parent helper before completing an Open Study EYFS level 3 course. I also worked for two years at a Pre-School in London. I have two children. In my spare time I enjoy running, reading and going out with friends.
Children are assigned a key person and each key person group has a symbol: Red ladybird, Grey dolphins, Yellow ducks,Purple hippo’s and Blue birds. The key person monitors the progress of children in their group by means of target activities and observations and assessments. These happen without the children realising they are taking place and some are completed by parents in the home. These are then used to complete a profile which is given to their reception teacher when they start school. The secure online parent communication tool, Tapestry, is used to communicate the progress the child has made whilst at pre-school.
We have 2 year groups at the Pre-school and all children’s animal groups are made up of a mixture of the ages. The year groups are:
- Caterpillars: These are our younger children aged 2yrs+
- Butterflies: These are our pre-school children aged 3/4yrs+
Bugbrooke Pre-school tours, including a meeting with the Pre-school manager and Early Years team, are available all year round.
Please contact our Business Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a tour or see our website for future Open Day dates.
How we work
Bugbrooke Pre-school is a registered charity, not a commercial venture and therefore legally must be managed by a team of volunteers, nominated by parents at the AGM (usually held annually in September) who form the committee or trustees of the charity and take the role of the Ofsted ‘registered person’.
As well as benefiting children, volunteering offers parents the opportunity to meet other parents, get more involved in the community and widen their social network, update existing skills and learn new ones.
The voluntary parental committee work in conjunction with the Lead Practitioner and pre-school staff. This gives tremendous benefits to the children and families attending, as they are the primary focus and potentially are even the decision makers. The setting can be more responsive to the needs of it’s families when they are more closely involved; bringing their invaluable parental and community insight into the pre-school.
The committee has an overall responsibility for the oversight of the pre-school as well as being a positive support. They help out with fundraising, outings, special events and parties. Parents can also offer support skills in administration, technology or another profession. Parental support in this way is essential to maintain and improve the pre-school experiences for their children.
The committee currently meets once a month. There is an AGM held in September each year, and at this meeting the committee is elected (although members can join during the year).
Committee members are required to maintain confidentiality.
For further information on how the committee work within the pre-schools charitable status, please visit https://www.pre-school.org.uk/charitable-settings-legislation-and-governance