Our team


Meet the team

Debra Hockin - Pre-school Manager

Busy playgroup Debra Hockin joined us in 2006 as our Playleader. She has over 12 years of experience managing Pre-Schools and Day Nurseries and has undertaken many courses during these years relating to planning and implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Debra is highly qualified and experienced in Early Years and holds a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and level 6 Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) qualification. She is fully trained in First Aid, Child Protection and Special Needs Education. She has also taken several additional courses studying Autism and ADHD, Dyslexia and Makaton. Debra started within the childcare sector helping to run a Baby and Toddler group after she had her first child, previous to this Debra worked within the mental health sector.

Melanie Walton – Deputy Pre-school Manager

Melanie Walton joined pre-school in January 2014, Melanie holds level 6, Early Years Professional Status. Prior to working at Preschool Melanie ran her own very successful child minding business in the local area caring for children aged between 8months and 5 years. Melanie also has a Degree in Psychology and a background in nursing/health visitor. Melanie has a passion for the outdoors and has a wealth of knowledge to develop our Pre-school even further. Melanie currently leads our Nature School and Nature Tots sessions.

Vicki Patterson – Pre-school Assistant

Vicki Paterson has been involved with pre-school for many years as both her children attended pre-school at different times. Vicki was a Fundraising Committee Member from 2006 and Committee Chairperson 2009, so has the benefit of understanding the importance of both staff and committee roles. Vicki re-joined pre-school as a casual staff member in 2012 and as a permanent member of staff in January 2013. Vicki gained her QCF level 2 for the Children’s & Young Persons Workforce in July 2013. Vicki gained her QCF level 3 for the Children's & Young Persons Workforce in July 2014.

Sarah Lewis – Pre-school Assistant

Sarah Lewis has been involved with pre-school for many years as both her children attended pre-school at different times. Sarah was a member of the management committee in different roles with the last role being Secretary for the committee undertaking many administration tasks in 2008. Sarah has also volunteered in the Reception Class at the local Primary School supporting children with phonics and numeracy activities. Sarah has a background in administration. Sarah rejoined pre-school in May 2012 as a casual staff member and has been a permanent member of staff since October 2013. Sarah gained her QCF level 3 for the Children's & Young Persons Workforce in March 2015

Sue Reid - Pre-school Financial Administrator

Sue Reid has many financial duties including claiming the government funding on your behalf. Her qualifications include LCCI Office Practise, LCCI Background to Business and courses on End of Year Returns and Focus on Finance.

All staff members are committed to attending workshops/courses each year. All staff are trained in the required areas of First Aid and Child Protection. They are required to update their First Aid and Child Protection every three years. All members of staff are encouraged to pursue their professional development.

Pre-school Voluntary Management Committee

If you there is anything you would like to discuss with the committee please don’t hesitate we are generally around at pick up or drop off! Our committee members are parents, elected each year at the AGM in the Autumn. No committee member is permitted to serve longer than six years and no committee member can receive payment of any kind. Our current committee members for 2015/16 are:

Chair Sarah Murrin
Treasurer & Admissions Ruth McKechnie
Secretary Catherine Hawkridge
Member Amy Conlin
Member Bethan Everitt
Member Esme Cowan
Member Amie McDonald
Member Danielle Foakes
Member Rachel McCulloch