Fishbourne Pre School

Fishbourne Pre School

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Meet the staff

All our childcare practitioners have qualified at Level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development or Specialist Support for Teacher and Learning in Schools. They have attended Paediatric First Aid training and Child Protection courses, which are renewed every 3 years. All our staff have had Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks in the last 3 years.  

Our staff regularly attend training courses offered by West Sussex County Council Early Childhood Services in a variety of subjects. Many have attended basic SENCO / INCO training courses and several are trained to use Makaton. 

The Pre-School is managed by Sarah McLaughlin. Sarah is responsible for ensuring the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum within the Pre-School.

Sarah McLaughlin

Sarah     Manager

Sarah joined the Pre-School in 2023. She has an NVQ Level 5 in Early Years and is a Designated Person for Child Protection and safeguarding. She & is trained in the use of Makaton and is joint Sendco/Inco lead practitioner. Sarah has worked in Early Years for over 20 years most recently within the private sector, previously managed a local Pre-School.


Mandy     Deputy Manager 

Mandy joined the Pre-School in 2007. She has an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years. She is trained in Makaton and safe handling of food and hygiene. Mandy is also responsible for fire safety at the Pre-School and is a Designated Person for Safeguarding and Child Protection.


Bev     SENCo/INCo Lead Practitioner

Bev joined the Pre-School in 1996 and is our longest serving staff member. Bev has an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and is a Designated Person for Child Protection and safeguarding. She is also our Health & Safety Co-ordinator and is trained in the use of Makaton. She is our joint SENDCo/INCo lead practitioner and is responsible for COSHH. 


Sam    Early Years Practitioner

 Sam joined the Pre-School in 2011. She has an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and is trained in the use of Makaton. She also has some SENDCo/INCo training.



Jo     Early Years Practitioner

Jo joined the Pre-School in 2022 and is now a permanent member of staff. She has a Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.


Immy     Early Years Practitioner

Immy joined the Pre-School in 2021 after being with us to do her placement whilst studying for her NVQ in Early Years. She now has a Level 3 NVQ in Early Years and she is currently studying for her Level 5.

Immy is one of the Preschool Fire Wardens.






Michaela   Early Years Practitioner

Michaela joined the Pre-School in September 2022.  She has an NVQ level 3 in Early Years.


Jane    Business Administrator 

Jane joined the Pre School in 2022.  She has worked in various educational establishments for over 17 years and has a School Business Management qualification.