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The Oxenhope Pre-School Team


All of our staff hold an Enhanced and Barred List Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Each child is assigned a Key Person, you can read more about this in the document below:

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Pre-School Manager - Sophie Linley

Sophie is Oxenhope Pre-School's Manager. Sophie joined pre-school in January 2022. Sophie holds a full & relevant Early Years qualification and is currently working towards her Level 5 qualification in Leadership & Management. She has extensive early years experience and experience within setting management. Sophie is on hand for all admin related queries at pre-school and oversees general daily running, ensuring high-standards and compliance with all statutory requirements. Sophie has a real passion for making a difference to children's lives within the early years and continuing to uphold and develop our outstanding pre-school standards. Sophie is the Designated Safeguarding Lead at pre-school and also holds a Level 3 Peadiatric First Aid certificate.


Pre-School Deputy Manager - Charlotte Whitrick 

Charlotte began volunteering at pre-school in September 2012 while completing her Early Years Level 3 qualification. She then joined us as a permanent member of staff in September 2014. Charlotte is an incredibly experienced and knowledgeable Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator and has undertaken extensive training in this area. Charlotte has a wonderful commitment to early identification, intervention and achieving the best possible outcomes for all children and their families. Charlotte is Key Person for Red Group and holds a current Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Certificate and is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, having attended all relevant training. Charlotte also leads on curriculum development at pre-school, ensuring the quality of education enables all children to make outstanding levels of progress. Charlotte's recent training includes 'Autism & ADHD awareness in girls' and 'supporting children who speak English as an additional language'. 


Pre-School Practitioner - Hannah Inman

Hannah began working at Oxenhope Pre-School in September 2014 and holds a level 3 qualification in The Children's and Young People's Workforce. Hannah is also the setting Health & Safety Officer following extensive training. Again, Hannah has a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Certificate and is the Key Person for Purple Group. 

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Pre-School Practitioner - Helen Feather

Helen joined pre-school as a practitioner in December 2021. She is currently working towards her Early Years Educator (Level 3) qualification. Helen is the Key Person for Yellow Group. Prior to working at pre-school, Helen worked in schools supporting children's development however Early Years is where her passion lies. Helen's recent training includes supporting children who speak English as an additional language (EAL) and Sign Language training. 


Pre-School Practitioner - Emily Bridge

Emily is our newest pre-school practitioner who we welcomed in 2022. Emily holds a full and relevant Early Years qualification at Level 3. Emily has extensive experience having worked in nurseries and schools for over 7 years. Emily has undertaken extensive training including Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding & 'Understanding Autism and Awareness'. Emily is the Key Person for Blue Group. 

The Oxenhope Pre-School Committee Members

Oxenhope Pre-School is a non-profit making, registered charity, which is run by a committee of volunteers.

Our committee is made up of parents and other individuals who volunteer their time to fill this important role.

Amongst other things the Committee are responsible for hiring staff, organising fundraising events, carrying out the leader's appraisal, managing the finances and much more!

We always welcome new members and no previous experience is necessary. If you feel that you can contribute some of your time please let one of us know. We generally meet once every term for a couple of hours in the village pub and are all members of the local community who want to contribute to the way pre-school is run. You do not need to be a parent to join our commitee nor do you need to have any childcare/education experience.


Pre-School Chair Person - Grace G

Updated information coming soon! 

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Treasurer - Tony N

Tony is the Pre-School Treasurer and has been involved in pre-school for many years. His background is in banking. Tony has 3 children who all attended pre-school. In his spare time, Tony enjoys cycling and running. 


Secretary - Emily H

Updated information coming soon! 

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