Meet the Staff


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 and Key Worker

Our Pre-School Leader Jo has 28 years experience of working with children has been a 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 Practitioner, Key Worker and Administrator

We were lucky to be able to recruit Jennifer in September 2010 as she has over 10 years experience of working in Nursery and Early Years Education. Jen holds a 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, has an Early Years Foundation Degree and is currently working towards achieving Early Years Professional Status.

  • Early Years Practitioner , Key Worker and SEND Lead

Sarah who has 13 years childcare experience and has completed her NVQ Level 3 and Food Hygiene 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.

  • Early Years Practitioner, Key Worker and Health and Safety Leadrossella bissolati 001

Rossella has completed her Level 3 Qualification in Childcare and Development and is responsible for Health and Safety. Since arriving over 6 years ago, Rossella’s energy and fresh ideas have been a real hit with our children


  • Early Years Practitioner and Key WorkerLinda 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

  • 1:1 Support Worker

Judith joined us in June 2017 to work as a 1:1 support worker for a child with additional needs.  She has worked in this area for a number of years and has her own children.  She has completed her Paediatric First Aid Course and we look forward to her being part of our team.

  • Administrator

Tracy has been with Preschool since March 2016 as our Administrator.  She came to us from a banking background but has done various administrative duties before that. She has a NVQ level 2 & 3 in Business Administration and excellent customer service experience.  She has 2 boys one of whom attends preschool.


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