We have four friendly and approachable members of staff. All staff members are First Aid Trained.
Hi. My name is Lorraine and I am currently the Manager/Supervisor at Blean Pre-school. I began my pre-school life when my youngest daughter started attending at the age of 2.5 (she is now 17), 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. We have seen a lot of changes in the 15 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, but I am not so keen on the paperwork!
Outside of work, I have a husband, two daughters, a cat and 2 rabbits that keep me busy. I like to relax by baking (Mary Berry is my hero), and by having nice, long bubbly baths. The beach is my favourite place to be in all kinds of weather accompanied by my favourite people…
I am looking forward to celebrating 50 years of Blean Pre-school in the summer of 2018.
Hello, I’m Clare Butler. 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, 6 years ago, I became involved (by taking over the 30 club, which no longer exists) & subsequently got the job of Deputy Supervisor.
Since joining I have also taken on the role of SENDCO (Special Educational needs and disabilities coordinator) and attend meetings and courses to ensure I’m up to date with the latest policies and practices. These vary from the latest one on selective mutism to one I am due to attend shortly on cued articulation. I cascade the information back to the team & we put it into practise where we can. I also work with the staff at Pre school and local agencies and help with writing targeted plans etc for their key children where necessary. I attend local LIFT (local inclusion forum team) meetings which provide links with local nurseries & pre schools. They also provide help & advice if needed & access to outside agencies.
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 still love art & craft activities & enjoy the fun & mess that comes with this with our pre school youngsters! It has also been really nice to be able to visit our school leavers in their new school setting. They were so proud to show us round & greeted us like old friends! In the past we have also taken them on a visit to Blean school before they joined, in the Summer term.
To summarise, I love the challenge, excitement & unpredictability of working with small children at Pre School. There’s never a dull moment!!
Hi, I'm Alison (or Ali) and I joined Blean Pre-school as staff in 2000!! From 1998 I was Chairperson of the Committee when my daughters attended the pre-school.
Before having my daughters I worked for British Telecom for 13 years, doing sales, customer services and then working in the nuisance call bureau!!
I retrained and have an NVQ2 qualification as a childcare practitioner. I am also first aid trained.
At work I enjoy playing with the children to explore and extend their imaginations, integrate them and help with social skills. This helps them when they go on to school.
I think children learn by having fun and playing together.