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 over 20 years. She 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 Gunning

Linda has worked at Pre-school for over 15 years and is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SenCo). Linda has a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.


Pre-School Assistant – Katy Brown 

Katy is a qualified teacher and has spent a number of years working within a child and family centre.   

Pre-School Assistant - Kirsty Ralphs

Kirsty has a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care and extensive experience in working with children of all ages and abilities.  She is currently completing her Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.


Pre-School Assistant - Abi Ledbury

Abi has volunteered at a local primary school and has experience in working with young children.  She is currently completing her Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.

Finance /Business Manager  - Kate Buckrell

Kate is a qualified accountant and has managed the finances of Holt Pre-school for over 10 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.