Middleton Cheney Pre School Team

Our Pre School team are passionate and dedicated professionals who are determined to make a positive difference to the children in our care.

We are committed to continuous training and our membership of the Preschool Learning Alliance and the National Day Nurseries Association ensure that we are constantly in touch in the field of child education and care.

"As a parent, I always had the utmost confidence leaving my children in the care of the pre school team. Pre school always felt like a happy and safe environment, with nurturing staff who often go above and beyond." - Parent 2019


Jacqui Edwards B Ed (Hons) (Oxon), QTS, EYPS

Pre School Manager

Jacqui joined the setting in 2007 and took over as Manager in 2009. She has overall responsibility for the day to day running of the setting and in particular for Behaviour Management, EAL, Equal Opportunities, and Looked After Children. She also has the role of Keyworker, Designated Person for Safeguarding, SENCO and Coordinator for Language and Communication.


Linda Harvey, DCYPW

Pre School Deputy Manager

Linda joined the setting as a permanent member of staff in 2007 and became Deputy Manager in 2013. She has responsibility for running the setting in the absence of the Manager and has specific responsibility for Health and Safety and Healthy Eating. She also has the role of Keyworker, Deputy Designated Person for Safeguarding and is Maths Coordinator.


Paula Button, DCYPW

Early Years Practitioner and Assistant SENCO

Paula joined the setting as a permanent member of staff in 2007 and has shared responsibility for developing the Book Corner as well as having the role of Keyworker and Assistant SENCO.


Emilia Chisholm, DCYPW

Senior Early Year Practitioner

Emilia joined the team in September 2020.


Belinda Herring, NNEB

Early Year Practitioner

Belinda joined the setting in 2017 and along with her role of Keyworker she also has particular responsibility for encouraging the children’s involvement outside by involving them in exciting gardening projects.


Lynne Franks, DCYPW

Early Years Practitioner

Lynne joined the setting in 2013 and along with her role as Keyworker has particular responsibilities for looking after the under 3's.


Helen Harris, BA (Hons), PGCE, QTS

Early Year Practitioner

Helen joined the setting in 2014 and as well as being a Keyworker, has shared responsibility for developing the Book Corner as well as looking after the Tapestry Learning Records.


Kim Rogers, NVQ3

Early Year Practitioner

Kim joined us in 2018 and as well as being a Keyworker she has responsibility for developing art and craft in the setting as well as coordinating our displays. Kim is currently on Maternity Leave until October 2020.


Chrystal Harrison, Level 3 CACHE EYE

Early Year Practitioner

Chrystal joined us in 2019 and in February 2020 achieved her Level 3 CACHE EYE. As well as being a Keyworker to a small group of children, she assists staff in all aspects of the setting.


Pam Robinson, DCYPW

Early Years Practitioner

Pam joins the team in September 2020.


Heidi Oliver, NVQ3

Early Year Practitioner

Heidi joined us in September 2020.


Lesley Singleton

Early Years Practitioner - Cover staff

Lesley is one of the longest serving members of staff who despite retiring in July 2018, still supports the setting as cover staff.


Emma Thomas

Pre School Administrator

Emma joined the team in September 2017 and assists Jacqui and the team with the day to day running of the setting.

Kids at Playground

Middleton Cheney Pre School Management Team

The team is led by our three Directors - Kate, Taiba and John who are supported by a management team. They are all volunteers and work hard behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the Pre School and ensuring that it has a secure future. 

The team manages the Pre School's finances, staff employment, oversees the implementation of polices and supports staff with everyday matters when needed. 

Middleton Cheney Pre School is a charity which is run as a limited by guarantee company. It is governed by a volunteers which includes parent representatives. An A.G.M, is held yearly and parents are informed in advance and are encouraged to attend.


Kate Bannister



Taiba Smith



John Taylor



Alli Collier

Management Team


James Cromack

Management Team


Claire Pitt

Management Team