• Kathy Hudson - Director, Dip HE in youth and Community, 7th July 2004. Qualified in Paediatric first aid.      


  • Vicki Norman- Settings Manager, level 3 with 15 years experience. Qualified in Paediatric first aid.        


  • Emma Butterfield- Deputy Settings Manager, B A Honours young children's learning and development. Qualified in Paediatric first aid.                                                                                    
  • Suzanne Heighton- Pre-School Practitioner, level 3 with 11 years experience. Qualified in paediatric first aid.  


  • Tula Squire- Pre-school Practitioner, level 3 with 21 years experience. Qualified in Paediatric first aid.


  • Stacey Campbell- Pre-school Practitioner, level 3 with 2 years experience. Qualified in Paediatric first aid.


  • Helena Belaid- Accounts and Administration. Qualified in Paediatric first aid.                       


Deepdale Pre-School takes great pride in its staff team and ensures that all members undertake the releveant training required to offer a safe stimulating environment for all the children who attend our service.

All of our practitioners are qualified to a minimum level 3 in child care or equivilant and our deputy has BA honours in young childrens learning and development:

  • Paediatric first aid
  • Safeguarding level 2 or 3
  • Food hygiene
  • Health and Safety and much more

Our designated SENCO is Vicki Norman ( settings manager )

Our Safeguarding lead is Vicki Norman ( settings manager )

Our designated Health and Safety is Vicki Fox and Emma Butterfield  ( Manager and Deputy settings manager )

Deepdale pre schools qualified and experienced staff are all dedicated to the development of the children in their care, and to following the guidelines of the Early years foundation stage.



The Early Years Foundation Stage


What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.

This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and we are here to support their development, care and learning needs.

Nurseries registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

What is the EYFS Framework – why do we have one?

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.
In 2019 the framework was revised to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter most. This new framework also has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child develop.
It sets out:

  • The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
  • The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge
  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
  • Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”

There is also guidance for the professionals supporting your child on planning the learning activities, and observing and assessing what and how your child is learning and developing.

More information can be obtained from the EYFS website (