Due to our commitment to safeguarding children, we follow a carefully structured recruitment and selection procedure. Our pre-school staff are experienced and trained to meet children’s individual emotional and development needs and provide inclusive play and learning opportunities.

At the preschool, you and your child will receive support from an experienced member of staff responsible for your child’s individual needs, known as the ‘key person’. Although the key person will be your main point of contact, all preschool staff will be happy to feedback on your Child’s development to progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you. They will also keep records of your child’s progress and achievements, which are available for you to see and contribute towards. Your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements.

All our staff are first aid trained and receive regular updates on Safeguarding and child protection.

Debbie Lownds
Pre-school Manager
Responsible for Child Protection and Designated Safeguarding  Lead
NNEB (Nursery Nursing Examination Board)

Debbie started work at Old Court in October 2001 and spent her working life in various childcare jobs. Initially Debbie worked as Deputy room leader in our Busy Bears room, being promoted to room leader, and then Manager in September 2008.

Michelle Miller
Deputy Manager, Curriculum Lead
and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Busy Bears Room Leader

Michelle started work at Old Court in January 2022. Michelle holds a degree in Early Years Care and Education and achieved Early Years Professional Status in 2010.  Michelle has a vast range of experience and training throughout the early years sector.

Alison Cliff

Alison started work at Old Court in February 2006 and took over the role of Administrator in October 2008 when the position became available.  Alison has a wide range of administration knowledge including payroll, accounting, pensions, general admin and planning.

Sarah Williamson
SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator)

Sarah has worked at Old Court since March 2007. Her background is in Paediatric Nursing (currently not registered). Sarah has been awarded, in July 2014, Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (CYPW), Early Learning and Childcare Pathway. Trained in BLAST (Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking).

Clare Davies

Clare started work at Old Court in November 2002. Clare has Makaton levels 1 and 2, and an NVQ 2 and 3 in Childcare. Trained in BLAST (Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking).

Tracey Little

Tracey has worked at Old Court since September 1994. Tracy has an NVQ 2 and NVQ 3 in Childcare.

Trudy Walduck

Trudy has worked at Old Court Pre-School since April 2003. Trudy has an NVQ 2 and an NVQ 3 in Childcare. Trudy has taken part in an Early Years Development Programme to promote children’s communication and language.

Clare Moreton

Clare started at Old Court as a bank staff member, in June 2016. Clare has completed her Early Years Diploma Level 3,  in Spring 2019.  Clare has achieved training in understanding nutrition and health, to level 2.

Clare has achieved a level 4 CACHE training in Early Years Advanced Practitioner in June 2021. 

Tracy Willis

Tracy has a level 3 qualification in Early Years. Tracy has been a bank staff member at Old Court since March 2009 and now works regularly with the children in the session and during lunch times.


Amy Morris

Amy has recently joined our staff as a bank staff member having previously volunteered within the setting. Amy is currently working with our Polar Bear room staff at lunchtimes.