Meet the Team

“The staff team are fully qualified and work very well together to ensure children’s learning experiences are interesting, challenging and fun. They show a strong capacity for maintaining continuous improvement, as they frequently reflect on their practice and adapt procedures to ensure they continue to meet children’s individual needs.”

 (OFSTED February 2013)

At Bollington Pre-school, we have a friendly, well qualified and experienced team, whose priority is offering first-class care to the children in our setting.

All staff are paediatric first aid trained, and receive regular safeguarding training.

Bollington Pre-school offers your child the best possible start, and you, peace of mind.

The Preschool Management Team and Administration

Shirley Sugden, Pre School Manager. NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator, Paediatric First Aid Trained, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and is currently Studying CACHE NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Young People’s Services.

Shirley first  joined the Preschool committee in 2010 when she took on the role of Chairperson of the committee. During this time Shirley overlooked the move from the Methodist church to the Water Street Centre in 2012. Shirley works closely with Bollington Initiative Trust the owners of the Water Street centre and negotiated a long term lease on the building and is currently involved with the development of the centre. Shirley’s previous career was with Greater Manchester Police  and she comes to us with over 20 years of management experience.

Hannah Potts, Early Years Professional Status

Hannah is  a highly qualified member of our team holding Early Years Professional status. Hannah has a wealth of knowledge and experience in early years settings and trains, supports and promotes outstanding practice at our Pre-school. Hannah helps us create our fantastic environment and constantly reflects upon our practice to ensure it is meeting the interests of our children.

Sandra Foster, Deputy Manager, Level 3 Early years workforce and SENCO –

Sandra  draws on her many years of experience to promote children’s play, grasping their lead and encouraging their imagination and creative thinking by guiding children to use resources to help them learn.

Louise Terrington Currently studying NVQ Level 3 in business studies and Administration.

Louise our fantastic business administrator, is always available to answer any queries you may have. Her calm, hardworking attitude helps ensure Bollington Pre-school runs smoothly for the benefit of our children, parents and staff

Preschool Room – 3-5 years

Karen Rose. Holding Qualified Teacher Status s

Karen has many years experience working with children in Early Years. Karen’s main passion is outdoor learning and she is currently

Danae Parsons, NVQ Level 2  -Paediatric First aid Trained

Danae is lively and outgoing. Her boundless energy means the children can always rely on her to participate in energetic games. Her willingness to tackle anything the setting asks of her, makes her an invaluable member of the staff.

Nicola Fall, NVQ Level 3, Paediatric First Aid Trained

Nicola works in the Preschool room on a Mondays and Tuesdays, Nicola joined the Preschool in 2013.

Louise Nolan – NVQ Level 3  Early Years , Paediatric First Aid Trained

Louise initially joined Bollington Preschool whilst we were located at the Methodist Church, and returned after a short break. Louise has Makaton training and


Sara Spencer-Norbury, Playworker, Level3-Designated Safeguarding Lead, Paediatric First Aid Trained

Sara brings us a wealth of knowledge on children’s play. As Leader of ‘Fun-Time’ holiday club, Sara provides continuity for those children who use the holiday club facilities.

Little Explorers room – 2-3 years 

Alison Sampson, NVQ Level 3 Early Years and Young Peoples Workforce, Paediatric First aid Trained

After many years childminding Alison joined the Preschool in 2012. Alison takes particular interest in the welfare of the children and is currently pursuing the possibility of the setting gaining the Millies Mark.

Jodie Manning, NVQ Level 3 Early Years and Young Peoples Workforce, Paediatric First Aid Trained

Jodie’s calm manner with the children is reflected in the way they respond to her. She encourages the children to do the very best they can, and they blossom under her care.

Vicki Cook, NVQ Level 2 – Currently working towards NVQ Level 3 Play work

Vicki not only provides the children with their healthy, nutritious snacks, but her bubbly personality and enthusiasm for giving the children the best possible experience in our pre-school, shines through in her interactions with them


Sharon Higgs – NVQ Level 3 Early years and Young Peoples workforce

After many years as a child minder in the Bollington area, Sharon is a full time member of staff and shares her time working on a one to one basis and with all the other chiuldren within the Preschool

Beth Ryan – currently studying NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator. Paediatric First Aid Trained

Beth initially worked at the Water Street centre for Heydays Preschool and moved to Bollington Pre school when they closed. Beth then took some time out to look after her family. Beth rejoined our team this year and is currently undergoing further training to complete her NVQ 3 Early Years Educator. Beth has a BSc in Forensic Psychology and is very caring member of the team.

Claire Heathcote, NVQ Level 3 Early Years and Young Peoples workforce

Claire is intuitive, kind and caring. She is a great support in the Two Year Old’s room where she offers the children a comforting, yet exciting start to their time in Bollington Pre-school.