Marion Harvey

Marion  joined the team in September 2007 and is NVQ Level 5 qualified. 
“Hello, my name is Marion Harvey, I am German, and moved to England in 2006. I used to be a dental hygiene nurse for children in Germany. I started working for Fulford Pre School in 2007 where I then trained NVQ level 5 in children’s care learning and development. I recently trained to become the SENCO for Fulford Pre School. My free-time I spend mostly with my 3 children taking them on trips out or clubs.”

Deputy Manager

Josie Handley

Josie joined the team in 2014 and is NVQ level 5 qualified.
“I have lived in York all my life. I’m married with three children aged 15,13 and 7. We have a busy life with the children and various clubs and hobbies. I enjoy socialising with my friends and shopping. I am level 5 qualified in childcare. Working in Pre School is very rewarding watching the children grow and progress.”

Preschool Curriculum & Education Lead Worker

Alison Paviour

Alison has varied experience with children being a full-time mother of two children. Alison joined the team in 2007 and is NVQ level 3 qualified. She is also our SENCO (Special Educational Needs) worker.
“I’ve lived in York for 17 years, I love it here as it’s so flat I can happily ride my bike around! I have two children aged 14 and 18 who go to school in Fulford. I have always enjoyed being with children”

Key Persons and Pre-School Assistants

Sarah Necrews

Sarah joined the team in February 2019, and has started to work towards her NVQ level 3.

“I have lived in York for the last 4 years, I have 2 daughters aged 5 and 9, one of which attended the Pre School. I enjoy the company of children and wanted to peruse a career in childcare which brought me to the setting”.

Nicki Whyte

Nikki joined the team in 2016 and is NVQ Level 3 qualified.

“I have two boys aged 13 and 10 and we like to go for days out, ie, Dalby Forest and the coast. I like swimming and going out for meals! I really enjoy my job as I love Observing children playing together and watching them develop”

Marina White

Marina joined the team in 2016.

Victoria Burles

Victoria completed her BA Honours degree in Educational Leadership in 2014 with St John’s University, allowing her to practice at level 6.          Victoria has over 23 years of childcare experience and joined Fulford Pre School in 2017, having previously worked in a private nursery with children aged from birth to 5 years.  Victoria has lived in Fulford all of her life and attended the playgroup (now Pre School) , then onto St Oswalds and Fulford School.

Julie Davies – Administrator

Julie has been involved with the Pre-School firstly as Chairperson and now as Administrator. She can provide information about funding and registration procedures.
Julie has completed her NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration and  Level 1 qualification in British Sign language.
“I have lived in Fulford all my life and attended Fulford Pre School when I was a little girl. My husband and I have two children, aged 18 and 15. I love spending time outdoors with my dog Millie and my horse Poppy. I really love working with children and families and I get a lot of satisfaction from assisting families at the start of their child’s education”

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.1040544) 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.