The Pre-School Team

All members of the team, staff and committee, hold an enhanced DBS certificate.


Tracey Agutter – Pre-school Manager

Tracey is our Supervisor and works every day. She has a Foundation Degree in Early Years and a Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice. Tracey oversees Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World. She is our Safeguarding Designated Lead and Equality and Diversity Officer.

Jane Gibbs – Deputy Manager

I joined Appleton Village Pre-school in January 2002. I have a Level 3 Diploma. I am the pre-school SENCO.

Natalie Morgan – Childcare Assistant

Susan Blomerus – Administrator

I am the pre-school administrator and parents/carers first point of contact with the Pre-School. I oversee a lot of the paperwork in the setting, including invoices and grants. I joined the pre-school in January 2018.

I work on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and will answer any queries you have!

Iris White

Iris is our much loved voluntary member of the team. Iris works with us on Monday and Thursday mornings, helping to prepare the snack. Iris has been involved in the Pre-School since it first opened and used to teach at Matthew Arnold School – she taught many in the village!

Committee – getting involved!

Being part of the committee does come with responsibility but equally, comes with great fulfilment. Here is what the Early Years Foundation Stage says about being part of the Committee:

It is widely recognised that when parents are actively involved in their children’s learning and development, children can achieve more. Charitable childcare providers strongly encourage the involvement of parents to help with the day‑to‑day running of the provision, organising fundraising and social events and with the management of the provision. Charitable settings are managed by a committee of volunteers nominated by the parents, who together form the trustees of the charity and the ‘registered person’ with Ofsted.

As well as the benefits for children, volunteering offers parents the opportunity to meet other parents, get more involved in the community and widen their social network, to update existing skills and learn new ones. This has valuable long term benefits when applying for jobs or undertaking further training.”