Meet the Staff

We provide a low adult to child ratio and never exceed a 1:4 ratio for under threes or a 1:8 ratio for three to five year olds. We employ a mixture of permanent and temporary childcare professionals, to          enable us to continually flex and adapt to demand for places. Our         temporary staff are usually ex-permanent staff who continue to help out on an ad-hoc basis. Our permanent staff are:


Manager: Helen Morris –

I have two children, I have been Manager of a pre-school for over 17 years and thoroughly enjoy the role,  meeting new children, parents and staff. I am very passionate about my job, I enjoy that every day is different and that the children are so enthusiastic and willing to learn something new daily.  They lighten up the day with chatter, smiles and happiness.

Joined: 2008 – Qualifications: NVQ level 3 in Childcare

Early Years training  in Early Learning Goals

Footsteps safety outside & cycling proficiency

Maths and Language co-ordinator

Food hygiene certificate.


Deputy Manager: Zoe Noakes

I have an 11 year old son. I have worked in many childcare settings since the the age of 18. I have helped run a creche, worked in a day nursery and pre-schools as well as being a private nanny. I enjoy making and decorating cakes for friends and family. I have known from a young age  that I would like to work with children. I enjoy each day with all the different challenges that come along and how each individual brings something to the pre-school.

Qualifications: NVQ level 3 in childcare

SEN levels 1,2 & 3/Early Years tracking co-ordinator

Food Hygiene certificate.

Pre-School Assistant: Valerie Beesley

I am married and have two children. I have worked in childcare for 24 years. I am a keen badminton player and enjoy cycling. I have worked in the setting for 17 years, and over the years I have enjoyed being part of children’s learning by offering children a happy environment alongside others. I enjoy working with children, it is very rewarding to see how children grow in confidence and learn through play.
Qualifications:NVQ level 3/Val is the safety officer at pre-school.

Pre-school Assistant : Elsa Dougan

I have been at Dorchester  pre-school for 15 years and have 3 children, who have attended the setting.  I work well in a team and stand in for staff when needed.

All above staff are qualified in  Paediatric First Aid and Generalist Safeguarding training.   All have taken the online Prevent course.

Administrator: Hayley Poole

Hayley lives in the village of Dorchester on Thames and plays a part time role assisting the Committee and Manager with administration including admissions & funding.  She has 3 grown up children and 6 grandchildren.  Hayley occasionally covers for staff and enjoys reading to the children and talking with them about their day. Hayley can be contacted at


All staff & volunteer committee  are DBS checked for safeguarding purposes.