Anne Cowie - Manager
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Special Needs Education Coordinator (Senco), Key Person
Qualified Teacher Status
Postgraduate Certificate in Primary & Early Years (3-7)
BA Honours Degree in Early Years Education
NNEB Early Years (Level 3)
Paediatric First Aid (2016)
Food Safety in Catering, Level 2 (2016)
WSBC Child Protection Course, Foundation level (2017)
WSBC Child Protection Course, Advanced Level (2018)
Natalie Draper - Deputy Manager
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL), Key Person
Foundation Degree in Working with Children & Young People
Paediatric First Aid (2017)
Food Safety in Catering, Level 2 (2017)
BLAST! Trained (2017)
Effective Safeguarding Practice course (2017)
Beverly O'Neill - Early Years Practitioner
Diploma for the Children & Yound Peoples Workforce
Children's Care, Learning & Development (NVQ Level 3)
Paediatric First Aid
Food Handling Level 2
Karen Matthews - Early Years Practitioner
Child Care & Development, Level 2
Committee members details are available at our pre-school. Please contact us if you would like more information.
OFSTED and the Disclosure and Barring Service carry out checks on all staff. All our staff undergo training in child protection. We work on a ratio of 1:4 for 2-3 year olds and 1:6 for over 3 years old with a minimum of 2 at all times. For outings this ratio is 1:2.
Our aim is to:
As a member of Brinkworth Butterflies Pre-School, your child:
What We Do
We cover the early years foundation stage (birth to 5 years). The children are included in the planning as the pre-school is very child orientated. We build the planning around the individual child’s needs.
We endeavour to go on as many trips as possible and in the last school year we visited:
- Westonbirt Arboretum
- A local farm
- A play center
- Butterfly World
- Lydiard Park
- Local libraries, church as well as taking part in many school events too
We were also visited by vets, the police and fire fighters, dentists and Longleat Safari Park!
Brinkworth Playgroup, as it was then, came into being in February 1968. This was after seven months of hard work by seven mothers, who were prepared to work with the authorities to form a playgroup in the village. Mavis Young and Mrs. Mann started the group with 10 children, in the old village hall, using items given or bought from an initial £5 donated by the founder members forming the committee (all mums). Equipment was basic, with a baby's bath being the first sandpit. Playgroup developed through the 70's and 80's under Lorna Williams and Di Williams who both held the supervisor's post for over ten years between them. In 1999 the name was changed to Brinkworth Butterflies Pre-School.
We are now overseen by OFSTED and work to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) laid down by them. In our most recent educational assessment we received passes in all areas.
We are a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.