Meet the staff
Tracy Starkey - Supervisor and SENCO Lead

"I attended the University of Northampton and continued my Early Years experience by gaining Early Years Professional status in 2009. I have worked in a variety of settings including a large nursery chain for 10 years. I have a passion for play, children leading their own learning and providing exciting environments for children. Having the opportunity to introduce the Curiosity Approach to the pre school has been a fantastic opportunity and i am so proud of what we have acvhieved"



  • Early Years Professional Status (level 7) - Feb 2009

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies - Jun 2007

  • Safeguarding Children Refresher - Nov 2020

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead - June 2020

  • Paediatric First Aid - Sept 2019

  • Lead SENCO - Feb 2018

  • Level 2 Food Hygiene - Nov 2020

  • Behaviour Management level 3 - Mar 2019

  • Signs of safety awareness - Jan 2021

  • Channel General Awareness and FGM - June 2019

Jade Young - Deputy Supervisor and Safeguarding Lead
  • Level 4 (BA) Early Childhood Studies – Sept 2015

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead - Oct 2019

  • Paediatric First Aid - Feb 2020

  • Level 2 Food Hygiene - Sept 2019

  • SEND Behaviour Management - Jan 2019 

  • ICT & Tapestry - Oct 2016

  • Channel General Awareness & FGM - Jun 2019

  • Introduction to Safeguarding - Aug 2016


"I have currently been working at Yelvertoft pre school for 4 years, I went to Northampton university where I carried out my level 4 BA Hons in early childhood studies, this is where I found my love for ensuring that children have the best start to their lives to shape a wonderful future. I love all things mindfulness and regularly hold yoga classes with the children, enjoy mindful walks and encouraging positive thinking and creativity."


Catherine Scull - Practitioner
  • Level 3 Diploma in Children's Learning & Development - Feb 2020

  • Safeguarding Children refresher - Nov 2019

  • Paediatric First Aid - Nov 2018

  • Level 2 Food Hygiene - Apr 2019

  • SEND Behaviour Management - Jan 2019

  • British Values - Jun 2016

  • Emotional Wellbeing - Apr 2016

  • Managing Children's Behaviour - Mar 2016

  • Channel General Awareness & FGM - Jun 2019

  • Becoming a Pre-school Practitioner - May 2015


"Ive been involved with Yelvertoft Pre-School for over ten years, firstly as Chair of the committee, when my middle child started attending, then as Chair again a few years later when my youngest child attended pre-school. I then took on the position of Trainee Practitioner, whilst studying for my Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development in my spare time.

I absolutely love storytelling, which goes back to when I would read bedtime stories to my own children. I always like to use silly voices to bring the texts to life and to draw the children into the stories. Using plenty of descriptive words to help the development of their vocabulary.

Also having studied art at Bath Spa University, I enjoy all things creative and I love to encourage the imaginations of our pre-school children. Be that by incorporating our authentic resources into their role play, experimenting with mark making using different materials, to using messy play so the children can express themselves creatively with open ended play opportunities."


Jane Frodsham - Business Manager

"As a qualified Management Accountant and mum of two boys I took a step back from working for large commercial organisations to take up the role of Pre-school Business Manager in 2013. The Management Committee required dedicated, continuous financial, business and admin support, which previously fell to them as volunteers.

My role covers all the financial aspects of running an Early Years setting from payroll and fees invoicing to annual accounts, as well as grant funding applications, liaising with all professional bodies, premises management, staff training coordination and supporting the management committee with recruitment and personnel management.

Although I work predominantly from home, I love finding any excuse to call into Pre-school to see the children and the team enjoying all the wonderful activities in our beautiful setting and surroundings.

I feel very proud to be a part of our lovely village pre-school!"




Sophie Webb - Chair

Kate England-  Secretary

Louise Somers - Treasurer

Sonia Kaur - committee member

Chloe Gillies- committee member

Dawn Hedgecock - committee member