About Us

Jo – Manager (BA(Hons) EYP)

JoPlaygroupCropI have been Manager and Head teacher of the Pre-School since its inception in 2010. I have worked across the sector in schools, Children’s Centres, Private Day Care and an Orphanage in India. I have also written a number of articles for EYE magazine and I’m involved in a number of professional groups aiming to improve the delivery of childcare education for families in Derby; such as The Pre-School Playgroup Forum, I have also been a student teacher for Derby University Early Childhood Studies BA(HONS). My passion is to create a learning environment that listens to the needs of children and their families, we pride ourselves at St Paul’s for the Community environment that we have developed within our setting. The outstanding educational experiences we provide will give every child the best possible start in life. I am also a keen advocate of healthy eating and the effects that diet can have on a child’s wellbeing and behaviour and so am very keen to ensure that we provide healthy nutritious snacks for our children. I love working at St Paul’s Pre-School it is a very special place to work and play!

Judy – Assistant Manager (NVQ)

JudyPlaygroupI am Assistant Manager and Co-Founder of St. Paul’s Pre-School since 2010. I have over 20 years experience working in childcare and has attained several Early Years Foundation Stage qualifications. I have trained to Level 3 in childcare and a fully trained Safeguarding Officer and Safety Fire Officer at our Pre-School, attending regular Safeguarding seminars and workshops. I am also Head of Marketing Sub Group and Committee Secretary to St. Paul’s Pre-School. I adhere to our ethos which is “Learning through Play” offering each child unique experiences that will help shape, nurture and create an environment in which to grow and feel safe. We as a team continue to build foundations and strive to achieve a ‘Pre-School of Excellence’.

Rachel – SEN & Inclusion Officer (BSc. (Hons), PGCE, EYP)

At St Paul’s Preschool Playgroup our Special Educational Needs Inclusion Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Rachel Wiggins. She has a wealth of experience of working with children with additional needs and is responsible for the day-to-day provision for children attending our early years setting with SEN and works together with the key workers to maintain and oversee all records for children with SEN.

Volunteers and Students

We have a wonderful group of volunteers at Pre-School who are linked with the local Community of Chester Green. These range from grandparents, teachers, parents and a variety of highly skilled individuals who wish to enhance and improve the opportunities our children have. Having extra volunteers means we can do extra activities, go on extra trips and spend more quality time with our children. All our volunteers are DBS checked have valid and useful skills and experience to bring to our Pre-School and have had training.

We also have a student from Derby College who will be a younger volunteer generally aged 16-19yrs that will be completing a level 2 or 3 in childcare. We have had some fabulous students the last few years from Derby College and the children love interacting with the younger students who are always lots of fun!