The Tribe


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Our Tribe
Pollington-cum-Balne Preschool employs qualified early years’ practitioners who hold relevant qualifications at level three or above. We are keen to support continued professional development, and we offer training opportunities to students and apprentices following relevant checks. All Committee members and employees hold current DBS checks and early years’ educator's are required to complete statutory training in First Aid, Food Hygiene and Child protection.

Manager: Anna Laycock-Brown 
Anna-Laycock Brown is the Manager at Pollington Preschool and the Designated Lead for Safeguarding and Deputy Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator. With over 20 years experience working within the childcare sector Anna, an Early Years Teacher is passionate about supporting early years educators to become real superheroes of our setting. Using super powers of her own Anna supports and encourages the tribe to find their own ‘rhythms’ to empower and develop aspiration for young children’s learning by finding that special awe, curiosity and wonder in our family-feel environment!
Anna believes in our educators and is passionate about making a difference for young children, confident in the firm foundations of high quality educational experiences through natural interactions found right here at Pollington Preschool.
Deputy Manager: Olivia Brown
Olivia Brown is the Deputy Manager & Room Leader for the Adventurer’s Class (3 year olds/4 year olds/5 years olds) Olivia oversees learning and development for both the Explorer’s and Adventurer’s children; supporting all members of the Preschool Tribe to support their key children to soar!!
Olivia is very sparkly and loves all things glitter and mess! Olivia has a passion in sparking children’s imagination and capturing their learning through magic and wonder!
Olivia believes a child’s imagination is capable of anything and loves to spark learning through exciting adventures from the bottom of the sea, to the top of a rainbow!!

Senior Lead: Francesca-Lewis
Francesca Lewis is the Room Leader for the Explorer’s Class (2-3 year olds)! Francesca is very bubbly and always laughing! Francesca builds wonderful connections with the 2 year old’s through laughter and her crazy personality – she loves a good Boogie and a sing-song!!
Francesca captures her Explorer’s learning through excitement and fun! The Explorer’s are always go-go-go! Digging – Splashing – Splatting – Mixing!!
Francesca believes children returning home with sand in between their toes and mud splattered on their t-shirt is the sign of a good day!! Francesca is currently working towards her Level 4 and 5 Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies.

SENCo and Safeguarding Lead: Alice-Stobbs
Alice recently joined as an early years educator after ZOOOOMING through her level 3 apprenticeship qualification due to her passion in learning about Early Years! With a definite love of learning herself, Alice has recently qualified with a level 4 in working with and supporting children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities.  This means she is our super designated SEN coordinator. 
Alice is quirky and creative with a degree in photography! Although photography will always be very special to Alice, Alice has diverted her career into Early Years as she wants to make a difference to the future and is keen on learning how the children’s mind works!
Alice LOVES getting cosied up and getting lost in a storybook! She has some wonderful voices and facial expressions as she reads her stories to our intrigued Explorers and Adventurer’s! Alice fills our Preschool with laughter and love!

Early Years Educator: Maddie Beaumont
Maddie is also one of our hard-working, fantastic early years educators and has completed a Level 3 Childcare Qualification recently- well done Maddie!
Maddie is a massive part of our crazy preschool tribe and is doing a fantastic job in the 'Explorers Room' as she works with our wonderful 'Little Explorers' helping them to learn in their own unique way!
Maddie promotes respect, care and kindness beautifully through play, and loves to role-play with the children!
Maddie values every masterpiece like it’s the best thing she’s ever seen, and follows every child's interests like they are oh so special!
Early Years Educator: Megan Lloyd
Early Years Educator: Amy Parish
Early Years Educator: Pauline Dixon
Pauline Dixon is a valued member of the team with 17 years’ experience in childcare! Pauline has a passion in supporting children with literacy and mathematics in early years as they begin their adventure preparing for ‘big school!’.
Pauline loves to bring fun and exciting activities into play to encourage phonics, letters and sounds as well as mathematics such as numbers, shapes and measure through in the moment play and fun and exciting activities!
We’re learning without even realising!
Early Years Apprentice: Maegan Humphreys
Early Years Apprentice: Lottie Beaumont
Early Years Apprentice: Leona Shaw

Pollington Preschool

Pollington Preschool
Balne Moor Road
DN14 0DZ

Telephone : 01405 869498
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Registered Charity No: 1046836

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