Meet the Staff

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Here at Sowood Pre-School we are lucky to employ a team of highly motivated and well trained staff. The children of a number of our staff attended Sowood Pre-School prior to starting their full time education.

  • Early Years Manager & Practitioner

Our Pre-School Leader Jo has been part of our setting since 2009. Jo holds a Diploma in Pre-School Practice, level 3, grade A. Jo regularly attends training courses to update and enhance her knowledge. Recent courses include Phonics in Early Years, Child Protection, First Aid, Medicine Management, Food Hygiene, Safeguarding Children.  Jo is working towards her Foundation Degree.                                                                                                                                         

  • Early Years Deputy Leader & Practitioner

Jen has been with the provision since September 2010 and holds an Early Years Foundation Degree and Level 6 Early Years Professional Status, Diploma in Early Years Education (NVQ Level 3), certificates in Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene, Quality Learning Journeys, Safeguarding Children, Understanding & Responding to Children’s Behaviour Level 4.  Jen is responsible for our Behaviour Management policy.

  • Early Years Practitioner , Key Worker and SEND Lead

Sarah started in January 2013 and has completed her NVQ Level 3 and Food Hygiene. She joined us when her daughter attended Pre-School.  Sarah is the Special Educational Needs Coordinator officer here at Sowood.

  • Early Years Practitioner, Key Worker and Safeguarding Lead

Claire joined us after having previously been a parent of a child who attended Sowood Pre-School. Claire has completed her NVQ Level 3, holds a Paediatric First Aid Certificate, Positive Behaviour Management Level 1 & 2, is responsible for Safeguarding Children (Lisa Parvaz, committee member oversees this work) and is a trustee for Calderdale Parents and Carers.

  • Bank Staff
    Linda Hughes

Linda has over 15 years experience working with children including 10 years with Pre-School Learning Alliance supporting children with additional needs.  Linda who holds a Paediatric First Aid certificate has worked as a Peripatetic Nursery Assistant and joined our team as bank staff when her Grandson attended.  More recently Linda has worked here as a Support Worker and Pre-School Assistant


Tracy has been with Preschool since March 2016 as our Administrator.  btyShe came to us from a banking background but has had a variety of administrative roles.  She has an NVQ level 2 & 3 in Business Administration and excellent customer  service experience.  Her little boy attended preschool until he started school.  Tracy completed her Food Hygiene and Allergy awareness courses in 2021 and until recently was cooking lunches on Monday and Friday

  • Preschool Cook

Nicola has just joined us in October 2021 as Preschool Cook.  Sher has worked in Early Years and caring roles for a number of years and has a level 3 in Childcare and has completed her Food Hygiene level 2   She loves cooking and trying new things


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