STAFF TEAM

OUR AMAZING TEAM OF PROFESSIONAL, CARING AND SUPER-FUN STAFF MEMBERS

Our well established enthusiastic and dedicated team are vital to Eynsham Pre-school’s ability to provide high quality care and education. They are a highly qualified, experienced and friendly team who respect the individuality and needs of each child and their family.

All team members have completed training in Early Years, been through an in-depth selection process and are DBS checked.  All staff hold Ofsted approved Paediatric First Aid Certificates, have completed local authority safeguarding training and food hygiene; as well as a programme of continuous professional development to ensure the education and care we provide enables all children to discover their true potential.

KELLY HARRIS

PRE-SCHOOL MANAGER

About Me I became manager of Eynsham Pre-school in 2013 and have over 20 years’ experience in a number of Early Years roles. I am part of Oxfordshire County Council’s Leaders of Early Learning where I support other childcare settings within Oxfordshire. I have a passion for high quality childcare and education; believing every child should have the opportunity for the best start in their educational journey. I am lead safeguarding officer and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). I have three wonderful children who are full of fun and keep me busy!
Likes: I love to travel and have been luckily enough to spend time in many countries, my favourite is Italy in particular Venice. I love chocolate and enjoy exercising which is probably a good thing!
Fun Fact: I have scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef and swam with turtles in Barbados.
Qualifications:
• Currently completing last year of Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)
• NNEB Diploma in Early Years Care and Education
• ILM level 3 in Leadership and Management
• Designated Safeguarding Lead
• Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
• Paediatric First Aid

JOANNE CHAUNDY

DEPUTY MANAGER

About me: I'm one of those lucky people who love my job. I joined Eynsham Pre-School in 2001 and understand that children thrive in a positive and engaging setting. I love the interaction with the children and I am dedicated to helping children build an understanding of the world around them. I am also the Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design Co-ordinator.
Likes: I live in Eynsham with my partner and have 3 children. I enjoy long walks with the dog, travelling around Europe with my family and finding inspiration in the people we meet and the places we find on our travels.
Fun fact: Dining at my favourite restaurant involves two cable car rides from Chamonix to Le Brevent at 2,525m to enjoy great food accompanied by stunning panoramic views of Mont Blanc.
Qualifications:
• Diploma in Pre-school Practice (Level 3)
• ILM level 3 in Leadership and Management
• Currently completing Level 3 Forest School Leader training
• Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
• Paediatric First Aid
• Little Magic Train music and movement Co-ordinator

TONI

EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER

About me: My name is Toni, I have one daughter, Aziza, who’s 5 and is very excited to be starting Primary School! We recently returned home to Eynsham after 8 years living in East Africa. I am lucky to have had an amazing opportunity and experience living and working alongside a local community in a small fishing village in Zanzibar. For 5 years I managed a teaching and community volunteer project, and each day we would teach English language skills to over 100 adults, and run classes in 3 local nursery schools (with children aged between 3-7 years).
Likes: Now we are back in the UK, I simply enjoy my time with Aziza, being close to my family again and catching up with good friends.
Fun fact: Last year I completed a Swim to Survive swimming instructors course in Zanzibar. The aim was for us to teach local children and women to swim breaststroke confidently, and learn essential water survival skills. It was an awesome project, led by the local community, and within 2 months we had over 30 children and women joining us regularly for lessons in the pool and sea.
Qualifications:

TERESA SEENEY

EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER

About me: I have two girls , they are aged 25 and 19, so all grown up now. I have quite a collection of animals a dog, two rabbits two chickens and a budgie, also a part share in Pumpkin and Sparky the preschool guinea pigs. I am the Mathematics Co-ordinator and Pre-school vet!
Likes: Things I like to do are walking, watching any animal related film or programme , going to the cinema and spending time with family and friends.
Fun fact: I was a zookeeper for the day at Whipsnade Wildlife Park for my 40th birthday, I was able to muck out a rhino and feed wolves and giraffes.
Qualifications:
• Diploma in Pre-school Practice (Level 3)
• Generalist Safeguarding Training
• Paediatric First Aid
• Spirals supporting Communication and Language Development

PENNY THOMAS

EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER

About me: First of all I am a key person to a group of children, who I get to know well and encourage and develop to reach their potential. I am also the Communication and Language Co-ordinator and the Special Needs Co-ordinator.
I am married with two children. We are a sporty family and both my children play football and cricket, as well as my son playing American football for University. We have lived in Eynsham for 8 years after moving from London.
Likes: I like to play tennis, watch films at the cinema and meet friends for coffee and cake.
Fun fact: I was part of a team who rode the London to Brighton bike race on a 10 person bike!
Qualifications:
• Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Level 6)
• Diploma in Pre-school Practice (Level 3)
• Generalist Safeguarding Training
• Paediatric First Aid
• Phonics Co-ordinator

CONNIE HOLMAN

EARLY YEARS ASSISTANT

About me: Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator.
Likes: Dancing, Acting and Reading.
Fun fact: I once shaved my head for charity.
Qualifications:
• Working towards Early Years Educator (Level 3)
• Certificate for Children and Young Person Workforce (Level 2)
• Generalist Safeguarding Training
• Paediatric First Aid

LUCY MERRY

ADMIN, BOOKKEEPING & PAYROLL SUPPORT

About me: I have been a Committee member then appointed Admin, Bookkeeper & payroll Support for the Preschool and Committee. I have 2 children Reuben & Ethan, a wonderful husband, a nutty Dalmatian named Duke. I have grown up in Eynsham and have a vested interest in the community. My Back Ground consists of working for Victim Support, Witness Service for 15 years managing the service within Oxford Magistrates and Oxford Crown court supporting Victims and Witnesses of crime. During this time, I was the Chair of the Fundraising committee for the Thames Valley. I also run my own Craft business and enjoy making anything creative and crafty.
Likes: Crafting, family time, friends, chocolate.
Fun fact: I’ve been in a hot air balloon over Cairns and a helicopter over Sydney, and been snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef.

TRACEY LAU

EARLY YEARS ASSISTANT

About me: Lunch cover assistant and bank staff.
Likes:
Fun fact:
Qualifications:
• Certificate for Children and Young Person Workforce (Level 2)
• Generalist Safeguarding Training
• Paediatric First Aid

CLAIRE MALIN

EARLY YEARS ASSISTANT

About me: I live on a farm with my partner Brian and my two boys Ruben and Zak. We have chickens, ducks, goats sheep and cows. I have a large garden and we are growing lots of vegetables.
Likes: walking, gardening, movies and camping in the New Forest.
Fun fact: Climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a thunder storm.
Qualifications:
• Generalist Safeguarding Training
• First Aid