Our Team

Our staff are loyal, dedicated and are committed to creating a caring environment where the children feel safe and happy.

All staff are experienced in working with pre-school children and are fully qualified.  They work together as a strong team and we are committed to ensuring that training is kept up to date by attending relevant courses, such as first aid, safeguarding children and ensuring current knowledge of EYFS best practice. Our setting uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom they are particularly responsible.  We promote the role of the key person as the child’s primary carer in our setting, although all staff interact and work with all the children and promote the establishment of relationships between children.  Each key person maintains the learning journeys (record of learning) of their key children.


Jo Smith

Hi, my name is Jo.  I am the manager of Christ Church Pre-School.  I have the NNEB qualification and have been working in the early years sector since 1989, and as a manager for the last 16 years.  I am also a mum to two boys, so I have an extensive amount of knowledge and experience.

I am committed and passionate about the Pre-School and have a fantastic team who work with me.


Hannah Hayden

Hello, My name is Hannah Hayden and I am the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and Deputy Manager here at Christchurch Pre-school. I am a Mum to four girls and this has been my primary job for the last 8 years. My children all attended the pre-school and have loved every minute, so much so, I have started working here myself. Supporting young children to play, learn and develop is something I am hugely passionate about.

I hold a BSc. in Ecology, and went on to study a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Primary Education specialising in SEN (special educational needs). I gained QTS is 2011 and after leaving university I went to work in Early Years, and absolutely loved it. This is where my passion for the Early Years development alongside SEN started, and has continued to flourish.  

I love my job and care enormously about providing each child a safe, secure and fun place to learn.


As we are established as a charity, our fantastic team of staff are supported by the Parents’ Committee, who, together with the management team, are responsible for the overall management and smooth-running of the Pre-School. To find out more about our Parents’ Committee, including how you can become involved, please see our section on Parental Involvement.


Ofsted say:

‘Children are inquisitive and eager to learn. They make good progress from their starting points.’

‘Staff support children’s language development very well. For example, they encourage plenty of interesting conversations and encourage children’s ideas well.’