Sandra Sanderson – Manager, CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce & Level 3 Forest School Qualified

Katie Sowden – Deputy Manager, ED Excel NVQ Level 3 Children’s Care Learning & Development, SENCO Supervisor

Luan Longhorn – CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce, Safeguarding Qualified

Debra Metcalfe – CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice, Safeguarding Qualified

Emma Reilly – BA Hons Teaching Studies, Safeguarding Qualified

All staff hold an up to date Paediatric First Aid qualification.



Each child is allocated a key person when they start at Little St Mary’s Pre-School. The key person’s first role is to help settle the child into the group, getting to know both the child and their family. The key person works with the parents to build relationships and identify each child’s needs and interests. 

The progress check at age 2

A 2 year check is carried out for all 2 year olds and also a Baseline check when all children start Pre-School. These show their stage of development in Communication & Language, Physical Development and Social & Emotional Development. Progress checks (Assessments) are carried out at the end of each term until the child moves on to school. This is carried out by the child’s key person when the child has reached the age of 30 – 36 months. Parents are invited to discuss the report and contribute suggestions of next steps.


We maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting that is set by the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements. 2 year olds = 1 adult per 4 children, 3 years and above 1 adult per 8 children. We also have volunteers and parent helpers, where possible, to complement these ratios.