Our Staff Team
We have a high staff-children ratio and our small size means the staff team gets to know well each and every child and parent. This vital part of our work was observed by Ofsted who commented "Parents enjoy excellent relationships with the staff caring for their children." The Committee and staff have a commitment to overstaffing into the setting when required to maintain excellence, eg when settling new children.
Our Ofsted report recognised the quality of our staff; “Ably supported by a skilled and focused team of adults, children make the most of every learning opportunity and are frequently to be found concentrating for significant periods of time on their chosen activities, co-operating fully with their peers, and demonstrating genuine enjoyment of their learning.”
Breakfast Club, Pre-school and After-school Club
I live near Ermington with my husband Paul and three boys (two in secondary school, one primary-aged). Whilst I went to school in Plympton, I undertook a degree in Modern Languages and a teaching qualification, and I taught in infant schools in London and Essex. In 2008 I completed my Early Years Professional Status to give me relevant qualification in the early years sector. I have worked in Early Years for more than 7 years in a managerial role and love laying solid foundations for the youngest children’s future learning. I think the strength behind Ugborough and Bittaford Pre-School lies in the inter-personal skills of the staff team, and the kindness and affection given to every child in our care.
Pre-school Deputy Manager
Breakfast Club and After-school Club
I live in Ivybridge with my husband, two teenage sons and our springer spaniel. I started as a volunteer at the Pre-School in Ugborough in October 2004, I went on to do my NVQ3 qualification in Early Years Childcare and Development and qualified in September 2005.
I have been a joint Playleader since that time and have also recently completed training to become a Forest School Leader, which has enabled us to incorporate this ethos into the thriving Pre-School.
Pre-school and After school Club
My name is Sarah Bolton and I have lived in Ivybridge for 6 years with my husband, Mark and three daughters, Polly, Maisy and Tilly.
I have worked in childcare for 9½years. We were living in Germany when I started volunteering at my daughters' Pre-School. Within a short time I was taken on permanently and I worked there for the next 4 years.
I have been with Ugborough and Bittaford Pre-School for 5 years, where I have undertaken and achieved my NVQ2 and 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development. I have also undertaken other courses relating to childcare such as BSL – British Sign Language – 10 week course, paediatric first aid and many others.
This year I achieved a level 2 as a Playleader's Assistant in Forest School and really love to see the transformation in children who I think benefit hugely from taking part in these sessions.
I have also worked as Playleader in an After School Club for 13 months.
The Pre-School is a committee run charitable business. This means that it is run by a group of parents who volunteer to sit on the Committee which legally has a Chair, a Treasurer, and a Secretary. The Committee meets about twice a term to discuss and make decisions on all Pre-School policy, procedure, and business matters, as well as fund-raising and events. The day-to-day running of the Pre-School is managed by the Play Leaders but overseen by the Committee who have overall responsibility for the Pre-School as a business.
Parents on the Committee work very closely with staff which ensures that all points of view are represented in how the Pre-School is managed and run. Having a voluntary Chair means that there is another point of contact for parents should they have anything they wish to discuss with someone other than a member of staff.
We are always keen to welcome parents to join the Committee - it is a great way of being involved in the Pre-School experience that your child has, as well as getting to know the staff and other parents better. If you are interested in this, please do not hesitate to contact our Chair, Victoria Lywood, via the pre-school e mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Ugborough and Bittaford Pre-school, including Breakfast and After School Club follow these policies in the day to day running of the provision. These are reviewed and signed annually by the Pre-school and After school club committee.