Tina, Pre-school Manager
Tina, our Pre-school Manager, has a CACHE Diploma in Childcare & Development (Level 3) and over 10 years’ experience in Early Years, as well as a wealth of leadership and management experience from her previous career. Tina is in charge of safeguarding and behaviour management, along with her managerial duties. With two children of her own, Tina became interested in childcare and early years education through helping at their pre-school and volunteering on the committee. She enjoys spending time outside with the children, as well as sensory play, singing and story time, and is a specialist play-dough maker!
Gail, Deputy Pre-School Manager
Gail is an experienced Pre-school Practitioner and has responsibility for equal opportunities as well as being our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO). Gail is a former primary school teacher with three children. She enjoys sports, so spends plenty of time with the children in our outside area, and coordinates our PE sessions. As well as organising some fabulous role-play areas, Gail also has a strong focus on maths, and ensures that lots of opportunities for learning are provided in all areas of our indoor and outdoor environment.
Lorraine, Pre-School Practitioner
Lorraine is a long-serving, experienced Level 3 Pre-school Practitioner, as well as being the Health and Safety Officer. Lorraine has two children and got involved with Busy Bees when her son attended. She is known for her wonderful baking and cooking creations, and always has a large group of willing volunteers to help! As well as her baking skills, Lorraine is also known as our 'Creative Director', with a talent for making lovely displays. She also really enjoys supporting the children in their chosen activities, to ensure they have a sense of pride in their achievements.
Alison, Pre-school Practitioner
Alison came to us on a student placement from Harrogate College, whilst completing her Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma. She then returned to help out on our Bank Staff rota before joining the team on a permanent basis. Alison is mum to 5 children, so has lots of experience and patience(!). She has a great sense of fun and enjoys all aspects of messy and outdoor play, and is passionate in continuing her own learning and studying in Early Years.
Indira, Pre-school Practitioner
Indira is a Level 3 Pre-school Practitioner. She enjoys creative activities, as well as playing games with the children both inside and out. Indira is also keen to share and teach the children about her culture, including how to make some wonderful traditional Indian foods. Indira is mum to two teenage children.
Amber, Pre-school Practitioner
Amber is a Level 3 Pre-School Practitioner. She enjoys creative and messy activities, and supporting the children in their day-to-day play and learning. She also enjoys supporting the Pre-School by helping with fundraising events, such as Bedtime Stories and our Easter Egg Hunt. She is mum to one little boy.
Vicki is the Busy Bees Admissions and Finance Administrator. She is a qualified Accountant (ACMA), having trained and worked for Kingfisher Plc for 7 years before running her own successful business in Harrogate. Vicki takes care of all our finances, admin and admissions.
Katharine, Pre-School Practitioner
Katharine is an experienced Level 3 Practitioner and a busy mum to three boys. She enjoys baking and cooking activities, sensory and outdoor play. She is also our Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCO), ensuring that children are fully involved and learning about food during the healthy cooking activities she organises. Katharine is passionate about planning and setting up fun, energetic activities to get all children involved in moving (e.g. obstacle courses, yoga, big playground games, etc).