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Meet the Team

Dedicated & Qualified

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Kayleigh Higson

Manager

I joined the established team at Findon Village Preschool 2022, becoming preschool manager in January 2023. I have a level 3 in childcare and education, a degree in Education and a PGCE in primary education with QTS. 

I have worked with children in a variety of age ranges, specialising in supporting children with special educational needs. I am the SENCo at our preschool and am a qualified peadiatric first aider. 


I believe that children’s learning and development is supported through free play and structured learning opportunities both indoors and outside. 

I have a three year old daughter who I love spending time with and watching her learn and grow. 

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Denise Lambourne

Deputy Manager

Information coming soon

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Charlotte Heath

Practitioner

Information coming soon

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Katherine Forest

Practitioner

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Ellie Minter

Apprentice Practitioner

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Yvonne Wilson

Special Educational Needs & Disability 

Chair of Trustees

Yvonne has over 30 years of academic and business management experience working with both SMEs and large international corporations.

 

Yvonne has also worked in further and higher education as a teacher, mentor, SENCO and manager. Her experience provides a valuable link between comprehensive business management and core academic principles.

 

She is highly committed to ensuring that our children receive the best possible education through a range of stimulating and exciting experiences and leave the preschool equipped with  the foundations to allow them to achieve and succeed in life.

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Steve Smith

Treasurer

Steve is responsible for managing the financial well-being of the preschool to ensure it operates within its responsibilities in this regard.

 

Steve was also Chair of Community Benefit Society structured Findon Village Store, a thriving village-owned and operated business.

 

With a background in technology and the financial services sectors working for blue-chip companies, Steve brings over 40 years of experience in business management and consultancy. 

Steve's established network enables him to develop connections within the local community and promote preschool wherever possible.

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Sian Northmore

Learning & Development

 & Parent Voice Trustee

Sian has worked in the Early Years sector for the past 15 years and is currently a Nursery Nurse in Brighton Hospital. She has experience working with children aged 0-8 years and holds her BA in Professional Studies in Learning and Development. Alongside this qualification she has also undertaken a study tour of the infant toddler centres and pre-schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, experiencing their unique education approach first hand.

 

As a Mum of two, Sian has a strong passion for ensuring that children are at the centre of their own learning, and are able to progress in their development through a variety of engaging experiences based around their personal interests

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John Wilson

Buildings & Grounds Trustee

John is a long-standing resident of Findon Village and has been a member of the Parish Council for over ten years, responsible for Open and Public spaces within the community. He is also a key member of the Findon Volunteers, who undertake many projects within the community public spaces, ensuring health and safety is maintained including within the parks and play areas.

John retired from being a career as a professional horticulturalist after 30 years and brings a wealth of experience and practical skills with extensive buildings and grounds maintenance knowledge to organise and assist in maintaining our preschool building, our adjacent woodland area, the playground and access track to our site.

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