We have five friendly and approachable members of staff. Four staff members are Paediatric First Aid Trained.
Hello. My name is Lorraine and I am the Manager at Blean Pre-school.
I began my pre-school life when my youngest daughter started attending in 2003 by joining the Committee. I sat as Chairperson for a year and when a job opportunity came up, I started work as an unqualified helper. I then undertook my Level 2 & 3 qualifications in Early Years, and finally, I studied for a BA(Hons) in Early Childhood, Education & Care.
There have been a lot of changes in the years I have been working at pre-school, the main one being the new hall and self-contained garden which makes free-flow and garden play so much easier. We are now more child-led and utilise a lot of natural resources.
I am lucky to have a very supportive and creative staff team around me. I love my job and the interaction with the children in our care, no two days are the same.
I am looking forward to celebrating 60 years of Blean Pre-school in 2028.
Hello, I’m Clare. I have lived in Kent for over 30 years (gulp!) since moving to Canterbury to train to become a teacher at Christchurch University. There I studied Art & Professional Education for 4 years and achieved a BA Ed Hons.
I went on to teach at a primary school in Thanet & became Head of Key Stage one and Early Years coordinator which involved liaising closely with the neighbouring nursery. During my time there I taught children from Reception to Year 5 but I have always preferred being with the younger children. After my children were born I did quite a lot of supply teaching across the primary years. When my youngest child joined Blean Pre School, 9 years ago, I became involved as a parent and subsequently was delighted to apply for and get the job of Deputy Supervisor.
I’m also in charge of monitoring our key children folders to ensure they are of a consistent standard & that they follow our early years guidelines. We have regular audits to ensure this. I especially love art & craft activities & enjoy the fun & mess that comes with this with our Pre School youngsters!
I really enjoy working in such a professional, enthusiastic, close knit and supported team of staff.
To summarise, I cherish the challenge, excitement & unpredictability of working with small children at Pre School. It's incredibly exciting to think that they are at the very beginning of their journey through life and we play a small part in this.
Early Years Educator
Hi, I'm May and I joined the team at Blean Pre-School in September 2019.
My working life before becoming a parent was right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a grown-ups professional world. Then I decided to take a big step. When I was pregnant, I left my old life behind me as I decided to take an extended maternity break to stay at home with my son. With a brief gap working for a charity, my extended break ended up continuing until he started Year R at primary school, leaving me to ponder over my next steps.
Having spent nearly half a decade being around small people and attending many play groups and training courses, the idea of nurturing children as a career choice was very appealing. I made the decision to re-train and enter the Childcare sector and qualified as a CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator in early 2019.
I am passionate about working in early years and helping to encourage children onto a path of lifelong learning. I love helping to provide an enabling environment both indoors and particularly outdoors, where children are learning through play and exploring at their own pace, whilst gaining independence and confidence.
Hi, I'm Vicki and I joined the team at Blean Pre-School in January 2020.
Back in 2007 when my son was 5, I was offered the position of unqualified practitioner at the Village Pre School he attended, and have worked in Early Years ever since. I then went on to study for my NVQ level 2 and 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development and qualified in 2010. I later became the Special Need Co-ordinator and then Deputy Manager. Unfortunately, the Pre School closed in October 2019.
Luckily, a position came up at Blean Pre School. I applied and was offered the job. I'm very grateful to be working with a very professional and caring team.
I feel extremely lucky and privileged to be working with the amazing children entrusted to our care, where every day is different and exciting. It is especially lovely to see, that by providing a safe, secure, enabling environment to promote the children's well-being, they then build the confidence and resilience to take the next steps on their learning journey.
Early Years Practitioner
Hi, I'm Becky and I joined the team at Blean Pre-School in March 2021.
After completing a Business degree at the University of Kent, I decided that I would actually like to pursue a career in Childcare.
I volunteered at Blean Primary School and then went on to work there as a Teaching Assistant, leaving in 2016 to have my own children. After spending many happy years looking after them, they are now older and are at Blean Primary School themselves.
I wished to continue caring for younger children - supporting and teaching them and helping to ensure they have the best possible start to learning. I saw that Blean Pre-School were looking for a new team member and I am so pleased to now be a part of the wonderful team. I feel very fortunate to work with such kind, caring people and I really enjoy spending time with all the fabulous children.
I am hoping to complete further qualifications in Childcare in the very near future and I am looking forward to spending many years at Blean Pre-School.