Staff and Committee Members

We recognise that working in partnership with parents is key to allowing us to tailor the care and education we offer to your child and ensuring a smooth transition into the learning environment.

Before your child starts Pre-school they will be assigned a Key person and a buddy. Each key person is paired with a buddy to ensure consistent care in case your child’s key person is absent, the buddy will be present.

The role of a key person is to develop a secure bond with their key children to ensure they feel safe and secure at Pre-school.

Your child’s key person will work closely with you when your child first joins to identify what your child knows and can do and from that will observe and plan next steps and focused activities for your child to support their ongoing learning and development.


Your child’s key person will keep your child’s learning journey updated, giving you a termly development report at parent meetings.


We have a close-knit team of highly dedicated, experienced and qualified staff
“Staff support children’s learning well. They play alongside children and plan activities they know will interest them and offer relevant challenge.” Ofsted Report 2016

Wendy Powell

Pre-school Manager

Level 3 Children’s Care Learning & Development
Specialist Lead Safeguarding
Behaviour Co-ordinator
Paediatric First Aid
Food Hygiene Level 2

I am a mother of four. In my spare time I enjoy long walks with my dog, reading, travelling to different cities and spending time with my family.

Sam Hearn

Deputy Pre-school Manager

NNEB Qualification
Specialist Safeguarding
Paediatric First Aid
Food Hygiene Level 2

I am a mother of two. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and travelling to different places.

Helen Bucket

Pre-school Assistant

Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning & Development
Paediatric First Aid
Generalist Safeguarding
Level 2 Food Hygiene
Mother of two. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, arts and crafts.

Sophie Ayres

Pre-school Assistant

Cache Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People’s Workforce
Generalist Safeguarding
Paediatric First Aid
Food Hygiene Level 2

I enjoy shopping, horses and spending time with my family.

Tanya Yates

Chief Cook & Lunchtime Supervisor

Food Hygiene Level 2
Generalist Safeguarding
Paediatric First Aid

I am a mother of two. I like visiting national trust sites, listening to classic rock music and reading.


Pre-School Committee Members

The Committee is focused on working with the Pre-School Management Team to oversee the running of the pre-school and help provide the best possible environment for children to learn and have fun in.

Helen Pearce Harvey


Helen is a busy mother of 4 young children, William is at Woodcote Primary School and her 3 younger children, Angus, Oliver and Emilia all attend the pre-school. Prior to becoming a full time mum she worked for JP Morgan Asset Management as a Relationship Manager.  When she does get a minute to herself she enjoys sewing and generally making things, reading and running.

Amy Wheeler


Amy moved to Woodcote in 2015 and has two daughters, Sienna who is 5 and Mya who is 2. Sienna now attends the local primary school having previously attended the Pre-school and Mya is currently at the Pre-school. Before having her girls, Amy worked for Social Services.

Ben Callaway


Ben is married to Louise and works in the banking sector in London. He enjoys watching all sports with particular interest in rugby, football, American football and Ice Hockey.

Jaimie Pearce Harvey

Committee Member

Jamie moved to the village at the beginning of 2014. His 3 younger children currently attend pre-school and his eldest son William attended pre-school until he started Primary School in 2015. As a geologist, Jamie loves all things rocks as well as spending time with his family.

Maz Elsome

Committee Member

Maz has 3 children, Ned and Hector who both attend the local primary school and Maud who attends the Pre-school. Before having children Maz ran her own wine shop in Goring. She now fills her spare time crocheting pretty much anything she’s asked to, and giving a new lease of life to what my her husband likes to refer to as her “junk hoard”. Her hobbies include- running, cooking, reading and being outside.

Nik Elsome

Committee Member

Nik has 3 children, Ned 5 who attends the local primary school, Hector who is almost 4 and comes to the pre-school, and Maud aged 1 who is due to start pre-school soon. He is currently a Senior Site Manager and Project Lead for Morgan Sindall Construction, and is a Parish Councellor for Goring Heath Parish Council. In his spare time he enjoys falling asleep in front of the rugby, rambles in the countryside with his family and the odd game of bar billiards. Oh, and kitchen design!

If you would like to speak to a committee member about any suggestions or concerns
please send an email to the Chairperson here

Phone 01491-682300