Our Staff


We are fortunate to have an experienced and well-qualified team at Holt Pre-school. We are proud of the high ratio of adults to children in our group. This means that we can give attention to the needs and development of each child.


Pre-School Leader – Karen Tripp

Karen has worked at Holt Pre-school for 17 years. She lives in the village and has 3 children all of whom have attended Holt Pre-school. Karen takes a particular interest in the speech, language and communication of the children inspired by a training programme called “Every Child's a Talker”. Karen has a level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.


Karen is currently responsible for preparing a stimulating and imaginative programme of activities for the children ensuring the Foundation Stage Curriculum is implemented.

Deputy Leader and SenCo Co-ordinator – Linda Mead

Linda has worked at Pre-school for 15 years. She lives in the village and has 2 children who both came to Holt Pre-school. Linda is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SenCo) and has a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.


Pre-School Assistant – Katy Brown 

Katy lives in Holt and her 3 children have all attended Holt Pre-school. She is a qualified Drama teacher and has also spent a number of years working within a child and family centre. 


Pre-School Assistant - Claire Sampson

Claire lives in Holt and has three children. She was previously a registered childminder and set up her own Childminding business in Holt.   

Pre-School Assistant - Kirsty Ralphs

Kirsty lives in Holt and has a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care and extensive experience in working with children of all ages and abilities.  She has 2 children


Finance /Business Manager  - Kate Buckrell

Kate lives in Holt and her 2 children have attended Holt Pre-school. She is a qualified accountant and has managed the finances of Holt Pre-school for 8 years.




Your child's key person

Each child is allocated a key person when they join Holt Pre-school.  We feel it is important that the staff know all the children so staff play and interact with all children in their care, not just those that are part of their key person group.

Learning Journey

Each child has a learning journey book to celebrate their experiences at Holt Pre-school. Although it is mainly kept at Holt Pre-school, it belongs to parents/carers and the child and will tell a story about a child – their learning, friends and the activities that they enjoy sharing with others. Our staff observe and notice each child at play because it helps us to understand and support their individual well-being and development. We really get to know the children as unique people with special skills, interests and ideas. The more we understand about the child, the better we can support them in a way that is right for them.


We value parents and carers taking the learning journey home and sharing in their child’s learning.

Call Us: 01225 782814   /      holt.preschool@gmail.com   /       The Gravel, Holt. Trowbridge. Wiltshire. BA14 6RA      /        Company No: 07732430 (England & Wales)