Marion Harvey (Lead Safeguarding Officer) joined the team in September 2007 and has a Foundation degree in Early Years Education with Management NVQ level 5.

Deputy Manager

Josie Handley (Deputy Safeguarding Officer) joined the team in 2014 and has a Foundation degree in Early Years Education NVQ level 5


Alison Paviour joined the team in 2007 and is NVQ level 3 qualified.

Key Persons and Pre-School Assistants

Sarah Necrews joined the team in February 2019, and has started to work towards her NVQ level 3.
Nicki Whyte joined the team in 2016 and is NVQ level 3 qualified.
Marina Fattorini joined the team in 2016 and is NVQ level 3 qualified.
Victoria Burles completed her BA Honours degree in Educational Leadership in 2014 with St John’s University, allowing her to practice at level 6.  
Tracey Shield joined the team in 2021 and is TA level 3 qualified.
Julie Davies – Administrator
Julie joined the team in 2001 and has completed her NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration and  Level 1 qualification in British Sign language.
Staff Training and Development

We encourage all permanent members of staff to hold a formal childcare qualification (or its equivalent).  Staff are also encouraged to complete First Aid and Child Safeguarding courses. Courses are run by the City of York Early Years Partnership, and all staff have access to these courses, as supported by our appraisal process and the committee..

My child feels comfortable here because of friendly staff

The Committee

About The Committee

Once your child starts at the Pre-School you are automatically members of the Pre-School. As the Pre-School is a registered charity (No.1171257) it is run by an elected parent/carer Committee, with an Annual General Meeting (AGM) held once a year and monthly Committee meetings.

The Committee have ultimate responsibility for the management, the finances and employment of staff. The committee work closely with staff to ensure the Pre-School achieves its objectives and is successful in meeting its goals. Copies of our Constitution and Committee minutes are available to all parents and staff.

The Committee and staff organise various events during the year for parents and children to raise money for the Pre-School. We try to keep our fees as low as we can, so equipment and toys for the Pre-School must come from money fundraised, donations or grants.  We also gather support from local businesses and parents who can make generous donations of prizes. All funds raised are placed into a Fundraising Account and are only allocated when the Committee approve the expenditure.


Chair – Katie Arrowsmith
Treasurer – Samantha Hopwood
Other members:

Emma McLoughlin
Sarah Urmston
Helen Wilkinson
Leigh Shipley
Nick Shipley
Geoff Page
Leanne Morley

Get Involved!

Our parents are a great asset and have helped organise events including visits to the local church, Curry and Quiz nights and Christmas Parties. Parents can also help if they are employed by a large or small firm who make charitable donations. Please let our committee know as we can apply for funding from these companies.

There are lots of ways to be involved with the Pre-School, including attending committee meetings, help at and support fundraising events, share a skill or talent with the children, or help out at the Pre-School if a staff member is training or ill.

If you would like to get involved, email us at or use our Contact Us form.