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.”
BA Hons, PGCE, Early Years Professional Status
Breakfast Club, Pre-school and After-school Club
I have always wanted to teach so, after a degree in Modern Languages, I completed my PGCE in the Early Primary age range. After teaching in schools in East London and in Essex I returned to my home county of Devon to bring up my three sons.
I have been a pre-school manager since 2005, and in 2007 I joined the team at Ugborough. Through my time at Ugborough we have developed from a pre-school opening just four mornings a week, to our current 8am-6pm every day. I thoroughly enjoy working with my various colleagues who are passionate about getting the best out of every child, and our parents appreciate our kindness and welcome. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and good communication with our many parents and carers.
I am very much looking forward to our next chapter at preschool with plans afoot for a dedicated pre-school and after school club building.
Pre-school Deputy Manager
Breakfast Club and After-school Club
My name is Naomi Williams. I started working at pre-school in 2004 and completed my NVQ3 in Early Years Care and Education in 2005.
I have always had a particular interest in encouraging young children to explore and learn about their natural outdoor environment. This passion led me to complete my training as a Forest School Leader in 2012. This enabled me to set up our own Forest School area adjacent to the primary school from which we plan weekly sessions during the spring, summer and autumn terms.
I also lead weekly cooking sessions and enjoy joining the children in messy play activities.
Pre-school and After school Club
Hi. My name is Sarah Bolton and I have worked at Ugborough and Bittaford Pre-school since 2007, having moved back from Germany where I lived for 8 years with my husband and three daughers. I had previously worked at my daughters' pre-school in Catterick Barracks Bielefeld.
Since working in Ugborough I have achieved my NVQ2 and 3 in Childcare Learning and Development. I have also trained as a Forest School Assistant and help hold weekly sessions led by our Forest School Leader. It has always amazed me how the children blossom and thrive during these sessions and it is a joy to experience.
We are a fun and friendly pre-school and I enjoy very much coming to work.
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, Aimee Godfrey, 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.