Elizabeth Huckle is the pre-school manager and has worked at Appleton Wiske pre-school for 9 years.  Liz has over 12 years of childcare experience and has Level 3 qualifications in Early Years Education.  Liz is also qualified as an Advanced Teaching Assistant.  Liz’s favourite thing about the preschool is being part of the children’s learning and celebrating their achievements.  She enjoys working in a family friendly community environment at the heart of a thriving village.  She likes seeing the children take their first steps in learning and have a secure start for the rest of their educational future.  Liz believes the pre-school’s main goal is to ensure that each child becomes confident, independent and excited about learning.  Liz explains that it is really important for children to attend a pre-school to gain personal and social skills, and to become independent of their parents or main carers before they attend a primary school.


Jane Brown
has worked at Appleton Wiske pre-school for 18 years.  She holds a full qualification from the NNEB since 1982 and a special needs certificate.  Jane is a first aider and holds other various in-service training certificates.  Jane’s favourite thing about the pre-school is that it is a small, rural, individual pre-school in a fabulous area with lovely children and good working colleagues. Jane has been trained to work in early years education since college, and she still enjoys it to this day. Additionally, Jane’s work at the pre-school enables her to work on her family’s farm during the busy times. Jane’s main goal in her work is for the children to become independent, confident and happy little people who move on to school looking forward to learning. Jane feels that a pre-school experience gives young children time to learn through their play. It gives them the opportunity to work to a good routine and follow instructions from other adults. She also believes it aids the transition from home to preschool and then on to school with their peers; as they meet the primary school teacher with the staff and the other children at pre-school prior to attending.


Dawn Nobbs
has worked at Appleton Wiske pre-school for 16 years. She has over 16 years experience working in early years education. She has a certificate in safeguarding and recently attended a refresher course in early years education. Dawn is first aid certified as well as attending courses relevant to the pre-school’s setting. Dawn’s favourite thing about the pre-school is its location; she feels so lucky to be in a fantastic rural setting, and to have such a fantastic outside area. Dawn used to help out at the pre-school when her son attended the setting, and she was so happy with the work that was being done there, when a position came up for pre-school assistant she jumped at the chance! She feels it is a really happy place to work and that Liz, Jane and she make a fantastic team! Dawn believes the main goal at Appleton Wiske pre-school is to develop and encourage the children to be confident, happy and comfortable children; in a setting that encourages independence and choice in all areas of learning. Dawn admires that there is an outstanding transition arrangement with the local primary school. She also likes that the preschool staff encourage parents to get involved with the pre-school to share ideas.