Our Staff


Staff at Parkside Pre-school hold Paediatric First Aid certificates, current DBS certificates and have attended Safe Guarding children training and Prevent Duty training.

Alison Bennet

Alison Bennett
Manager

I have a level 3 qualification for Early Years Child Care and Education and I have also gained, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status in 2009. I have worked in an Early Years setting and in key stage one for many years. I have full paediatric first aid training and trained in Prevent Duty. At Parkside Pre-School I am responsible for the day to day running of the Pre-School. I am the designated safeguarding lead, 2 year old check lead (joint with Mrs Nolan). Transition Lead (joint with Mrs Nolan). I also have a key person's role.

Away from Pre-School I enjoy my family life with my husband, two grown up children and walking my dog.

Marie Nolan

Marie Nolan
Deputy Pre-School Manager

I am a NNEB Nursery Nurse and I have worked in a school reception and nursery classes, as well as a day nursery. I have many years of experience of working with young children. I am paediatric first aid trained, Prevent Duty trained, the Deputy designated safeguarding lead, 2 year old check lead. (joint with Mrs Bennett), Transition Lead (joint with Mrs Bennett). I also have a key person’s role.

Away from Pre-School I enjoy my family time with my grown up children and walking my two dogs.

Elaine Perkins

Elaine Perkins
Pre-School Assistant (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

I am level 3 qualified in childcare, holding the NNEB certificate. I have worked with young children for 40 years in various roles including a Nursery school, Reception class, special needs assistant, Family Centre, Nannying and within Social Services.

I am paediatric first aid trained and trained in Safeguarding Children and Prevent Duty. I am responsible for providing lots of creative learning inside and outside of the Pre-School.

Away from the Pre-School I enjoy family time and doing lots of sewing.

Jo Roberts

Jo Roberts
Pre-School Assistant (Thursday & Friday)

I have a B.ED Hons Degree in Primary Education and have worked as an Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) teacher in schools in Reading and West Berkshire for many years.

At Parkside Pre-School I am the Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENco). I am first aid trained, trained in Safeguarding Children and Prevent Duty.

During my time away from Pre-School I do work for an autism charity and enjoy family time with my husband and children.

Lorraine Bushnell

Lorraine Bushnell
Pre-School Assistant (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

I have an NVQ level 3 qualification and have always enjoyed working with children of various different age groups. I was responsible for the running of a successful out of school setting for over 20 years.

I have undertaken Paediatric First Aid training, as well as training in Safeguarding Children and The Prevent Duty.

I enjoy being creative and love seeing the children in my care grow and progress, each developing their own unique personalities.

Away from the Pre-School I am trying to improve my fitness by running and I love spending time with my husband, grown up sons and the rest of my family.

Yvonne Coward

Yvonne Coward
Pre-School Assistant (Monday & Tuesday)

I am a Nursery Nurse with an NNEB certificate. I have many years of experience working in childcare including Nursery, Reception, Day Nursery, Childminding and as a Foster Carer.

Away from Pre-School I enjoy spending time with my grown up children and young grandchildren.

What our parents say:
Pxxxx has had a great year at Parkside Pre-School and loved every minute of it, she has made lots of friends and lovely memories. Thank you for the care and attention you have given Pxxxx and helped her to learn and grow and become a more confident little girl.
Mr & Mrs B
Exxxx has picked up many lovely traits from you. I feel confident she is ready for her next challenge at school. Congratulations on creating such a wonderful Pre-School, it’s a real asset to the area and I feel lucky Exxxx got to experience it.
Mr & Mrs S
Thank you for your patience and being so understanding with Kxxxx. Many thanks for your time, nice words and smile every day.
Mrs M
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