Carol Houghton

Carol Houghton is our Play Leader, and has led the PK team since 2007. Prior to this role, Carol worked as a Play Assistant within PK and as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) at Grayshott Primary School. As a parent herself, Carol embodies the spirit of PK.

‘ALL the staff are ALWAYS smiley and happy. They really know how to communicate with me and my child’ (Parent comment)

Carol is supported by a team of seven highly experienced Play Assistants. All the team hold childcare and relevant qualifications (most to Level 3 or above) – in addition to many years knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stages. They live in the local community and have worked at PK for at least two years – many for longer. This commitment and experience give the children at PK a very settled environment to develop in.

PK Staff

Staff qualifications:
Carol Houghton – is fully qualified holding a BA(hon) in Education and Training (Level 6), HND in Early Childhood Studies (Level 5) , NNEB (Level 3) in Early Years Childcare. Carol is our Designated Safeguarding Children Officer. First Aid and Safeguarding (level 4).

Diane Husband – is fully qualified holding a City and Guilds Childcare and Education (level3) and Leadership and Management (Level 3). Diane supports Carol as Deputy Pre-School Leader. Diane is our designated officer for Health and Safety. First Aid and Safeguarding (level 3) trained.

Julie Oliver – is fully qualified holding a Diploma in Preschool practice (level 3). Julie supports Carol as Deputy Pre-School Leader. Lead Practitioner for Two Year Olds, First Aid and Safeguarding level 3.

Anne Aitken – is fully qualified holding a NVQ 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development Qualification. Anne has SEN training and is the SEN Co-ordinator for PK Pre-School. In the absence of the pre-school leader, Anne is the Designated Safeguarding Children Officer, First Aid and Safeguarding level 4.

Cheryl Stafford-Jones – is fully qualified holding a NVQ 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development Qualification, First Aid and Safeguarding level 3. Vicky Venables – is fully qualified holding a NVQ 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development Qualification, First Aid and Safeguarding level 3.

Jackie Aldridge – Has CACHE Level 3 diploma in home-based childcare, training in First Aid  and Safeguarding. She has many years  experience as a child minder, working with the Early Years Foundation Stage document to monitor the children’s development.

Sue North – Has gained her CACHE Level 2 in Certificate in Childcare and Education, First Aid and Safeguarding level 3. 6

Vicky Venables – is fully qualified holding a NVQ 3 in Children’s Care Learning   and Development Qualification, First Aid and Safeguarding level 3.

Key Person

Each child is allocated a Key Person (a member of the PK team), who looks after them, and liaises with you to ensure your child quickly becomes happy and settled in at PK. Their first role is to get to know your child and your family, they’ll then help your child settle into their new environment, ensure their needs are met and they feel safe, secure and confident at all times.

The Key Person works with you to plan and deliver a personalised plan for your child’s wellbeing, care and learning. The Key Person is responsible for developmental records and for sharing information on a regular basis with you. Each child is also allocated a Co-Carer who will cover when the Key Person is on holiday, training, or unwell.

Although all the PK staff will actively interact with your child during their time at PreSchool, your child’s Key Person is there to support you and your child at all times.

EYFS Statutory Progress Check
An Age 2 (30-36 months) Progress Check is carried out by your child’s Key Person. The check considers your child’s general progress. Recording progress on their stage of development in: communication and language, physical, personal, social and emotional development. Parents and carers are invited to discuss the report and contribute suggestions for the next steps. This review supports your child’s 2 year health check carried out by health visitors.
Staffing Ratios
We maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting as set by Safeguarding and Welfare requirements. 2 year olds = 1 adult per 4 children, 3 years and above 1 adult per 8 children. However, we strive to keep our ratio’s lower than the statutory requirements.

‘The approach taken by staff to planning, play and learning activities is very impressive. It’s an extremely professional Organisation’.