The Oxenhope Pre-School Team


All of our staff are DBS checked.

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

Manager - Clare Wild

Clare joined us in November 2014 as a play practitioner and became our Manager in April 2016. Clare has been  working in the early years sector for 22 years and is a busy mum to twins. Clare is the setting's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Deputy Health & Safety Officer and First Aid Leader for the children and staff. Clare oversees the running of Pre-School. Clare holds a BTEC National Diploma in Childcare and has a current paediatric and workforce first aid certificate.

Deputy Manager - Jessica Copland

Jessica is mum to 2 boys, both whom have attended pre-school previously. She joined us in September 2016 but had previously been involved with the Pre-School Committee and organising a lot of our fundraising events. Jessica has Qualified Teacher Status and Early Years Teacher Status and has previously taught in schools with EYFS & Key Stage 1 children. Jessica is responsible for the planning of play based provision and teaching experiences within the setting and also holds a Paediatric First Aid certificate. Jessica is the setting's Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead, Deputy Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) Health & Safety Officer and Behaviour Management Co-ordinator. Jessica is the Key Person for Green Group. 

Pre-School Practioner - Charlotte Whitrick

Charlotte began volunteering at pre-school in Sept 2012 whilst completing her Level 3 qualification.  She then joined us as a permanent staff member in Sept 2014. Charlotte has one daughter who used to attend Pre-School before moving on to the Primary School. Charlotte is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and has undertaken training in Special Educational Needs, specialising in Autism and holds a current paediatric first aid certificate. Charlotte is the Key Person for Red Group. Charlotte is mum to one daughter.

Pre-School Practitioner - Hannah Inman

Hannah holds a level 3 qualification in The Children’s and Young People’s Workforce and began working with us in September 2014. Hannah is the Key Person for Purple Group. Hannah is currently on maternity leave after the birth of her daughter. 

Pre-School Practioner - Bethany Eastwood

Beth joined us at pre-school in June 2016. She has experience working in another childcare setting and holds a Level 3 qualification in The Children’s and Young People’s Workforce and she holds a Paediatric first aid certificate.  Beth has one young son who has previously attended pre-school before moving onto the local Primary School. Beth is the Key Person for our Yellow Group.

Pre-School Practitioner - Chloe McKell

Chloe joined pre-school in September 2020 on a temporary maternity cover. Chloe recently graduated a BA (Hons) in Early Years Practice. She is the Key Person to the Purple group. 

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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.

Chairperson - Laura Cockroft

I have lived in Oxenhope for over seven years and have two boys aged one and three years old. The eldest is in his second year at Pre-School. I am a trained Nursery Nurse and Primary School Teacher and have worked in nurseries and primary schools for over ten years. I am currently working in Early Years. I enjoy cooking, walking, swimming and spending time with family. On the committee Laura is the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Secretary - Tamsin Foxon

Tamsin is our secretary and lives in Oxenhope. Her two boys have both attended the pre-school, with the oldest one now at the primary school. She is a trained primary school teacher and taught for 9 years before running her own swim school, which she recently sold. Tamsin really likes being part of the pre-school team and the community and enjoys walking, yoga and paddleboarding.

Treasurer - Tony Neary

Tony is the Pre-School Treasurer and his background is in banking. He has two daughters, both who attended pre-school in previous years. In his spare time Tony enjoys cycling and running.

Hilary Ellis

Hilary is a mum to two children, one who attends pre-school and her eldest is at Primary School. She works from home as a CAD Designer and enjoys helping out with fundraising events. Hilary feels being involved with pre-school where possible helps her to feel connected to her child’s experiences there and helps her family feel part of the community.

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