Meet Our Team

Our outstanding graduate-led staff team are both exceptionally well qualified and experienced; we pride ourselves on having the very best staff made up of two Early years Professionals, a Qualified Teacher and Early years Educators.  

Janet - Owner and Manager

Janet  is the founder of "Patcham Village Pre-School registered in 2015 having evolved from the long established Church Hill Pre-School which served the local community for 15 years. Patcham Village Pre-school opened up in larger premises on London Road in the centre of the bustling village and soon became established as a large part of the community of Patcham; one which acts as an extension to the pre-school in providing exciting experiences for children. 

During this time Janet gained  a BA in 'Professional Studies in Learning and Development' at Brighton University and was part of only the second cohort nationally to gain 'Early Years Professional Status'.   

As well as running Patcham Village Pre-school, until recently she was also employed by Brighton University as a Reflective Practice Tutor  and assessor for the  'Early Years Professional Status' and 'Early Years Teacher programmes'.  But reliquished both posts to spend more time in the new setting 'Patcham Village Pre-school'. 

Janet has lived in Patcham for 31 years and is married with two grown-up children, two granddaughters and a grandson.

Her continued professional development is vast and includes gaining a nationally recognised qualification in Understanding Autism. 


Meet The Team

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Nikki is one of two supervisors at Patcham Village Pre-school and has been with us since 2015.

Nikki lives locally and has two children; her interests include cycling, walking and many other various outdoor pursuits.  

At pre-school Nikki especially enjoys the outdoor provision.   

Nikki’s other role within the setting is that of Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

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Vanessa is one two supervisors at Patcham Village Pre-school. 

Vanessa moved with us from the long established Church Hill Pre-school and has been part of our team since 2005. 

Vanessa lives locally and has two children and a grandson; her interests include spending time with her family, reading and walking her two dogs.  

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Clare is a Qualified teacher and has a wealth of experience in primary and early years; her most recent role was at the Dharma school in Patcham. 

Clare is the EYFS lead at Patcham Village Pre-school and in collaboration with the staff team plans some of our fabulous activities.

Clare lives locally and has three children; her interests include photography and baking, spending time with her family and walking her dog.

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Louise is our permanent long standing Additional Support Assistant at Patcham Village Pre-school.  

Louise lives locally and has two children; her interests include travel, spending time with her family, and enjoying long walks with her recently acquired dog. .  

At Pre-school Louise runs many of our small nurture groups for our children with additional needs.    

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Pam is one of our most recent practitioners, joining us as an Additional Support Assistant in 2020. 

 Pam has a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from years of childminding and private nanny roles.

 Pam lives locally and has six children, 7 granddaughters and grandson.

Pam is a very talented artist and in her spare time when not enjoying her family she takes commissions to draw and paint portraits.

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Catherine was a past pupil at the long established Church Hill Pre-school when she was 3 years of age.  16 years later Catherine joined us a level 3 apprentice and plans to study at for a degree in the autumn of 2021. 

Catherine lives locally with her parents and 2 brothers, her interests include socialising with friends (when she can) and taking her dog Reggie on long walks.   

At Pre-school Catherine is keen to learn all elements of childcare and education. 

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Pauline gained Early Years Professional Status at Brighton University and is one of our regular bank staff at Patcham Village Pre-school.

Pauline moved with us from the long established Church Hill Pre-school and has been part of our team since 2004. 

Pauline lives locally and has two children; her interests include running and walking her dog.  

Our Parents Say....

"Beautiful, nurturing place.  The best staff in town.  We can't sing your praises enough!"

"I love the relationship all the staff have with children, it's so nurturing - home from home".

" Children have so much attention because there are so many staff working everyday.  It's a fantastic place".

"My daughter settled in very well, thank you to all the staff for your love, care and support".

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