Our Pre-School team of qualified staff helps the children to settle in and make friends, assesses their progress and liaises with parents, whilst ensuring that the activities on offer are tailored to each child's particular needs.
While at the Pre-School each child is assigned a Key Worker, who will take special interest in that child; helping them to settle in and make friends, assessing their progress and discussing this with parents, and ensuring that the activities on offer are tailored to the child’s particular needs.
Staff meet regularly to plan future activities, and share information about recent ones.
All our staff are assessed by Ofsted and have passed enhanced checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Our Senior Staff
Our senior Pre-School staff are a caring and close knit team, with many years of experience working with young children between them. They are all are qualified to at least NVQIII standard.
Please have a look at the profiles of our senior staff below, so you can get to know us all a little bit better.
Name: Natalie Lambert
Job Title: Pre-School Leader
Profile: My name is Natalie Terrett, I have been the Pre-School Leader since 2007. I was awarded a National Diploma in Nursery Nursing in 1998 and have been attending Child Development, Safeguarding, Educational and Health related courses regularly since then. I am committed to improving my knowledge about all aspects of Early Years Development and keeping my skills up to date.
I lead an active life, running and cycling regularly. I teach aerobics twice a week. I believe that an active life is a healthy one so I encourage the children to be active and enjoy the sporting and dancing activities that we have on offer daily.
I enjoy travelling and have worked abroad and travelled widely. I like to bring worldwide cultural events and festivities into the curriculum for the children to enjoy.
Name: Mo Viney
Job Title: Deputy Pre-School Leader
Profile: My name is Melissa Viney (Mo), and I am the Deputy Pre-School Leader and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. I have been working at the Pre-School since 2001 and I enjoy playing with the children and watching them develop in confidence and ability whilst they are with us.
The link with the school also gives us the chance to still keep in contact with the children who have moved onto the Primary School. I enjoy working with special needs children and their families. The staff are all part of a great team and I feel the staff all work well together and help each other out. I have attained my Foundation Stage Degree in Child Care and Development whilst at the Pre-School. I am adding to my training each year by doing a variety of courses.
I am married to Mark and have two boys called Stewart and Ryan. I enjoy walking, swimming and spending time with my family.
Name: Mandy Coward
Job Title: Senior Learning Support Assistant
Profile: My name is Mandy Coward and I am a Senior Learning Support Assistant at the Pre-School. I've been working at Corfe Castle Pre-School since the early 1990's. When I first started out I was a nanny as well, but I stopped when I had my own children.
I have an NVQ II and III in Childcare and Education and of course a First Aid Certificate. Helping children develop their early learning skills and bringing them up to a level ready for school gives me great satisfaction and bumping into them later on in life when they still remember me is particularly touching.
In my spare time I enjoy collecting Poole Pottery, yoga, dry flower arranging, walking and spending lots of quality time with my children.