The Team

Working with children of Preschool age requires specialist training and our staff are particularly highly qualified.  The setting endeavours to work at a higher than statutory staff to child ratio.  All staff hold current First Aid certificates, undergo Basic Food Hygiene training, Health and Safety training and comply with Kirklees Council’s Safeguarding Children Board.  All staff, volunteers and committee members are CRB checked.

Lead Practitioner - Jeanette Marshall

Our team is headed by Lead Practitioner Jeanette Marshall.  She began working at Kirkroyds Preschool in 1994 and has been Lead Practitioner since September 1999.  Jeanette holds a BA Honours Degree in Early Years.  Jeanette is also Preschool’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).

Deputy Lead Practitioner/Key Person - Sally Emmett

Sally began working at Preschool in 2002.  Prior to this Sally was a registered childminder for five years and also worked as a Quality Assurance Assessor for the National Childminding Association.  Sally is qualified to NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education..  Sally also has a Geography Degree and has worked in insurance and marketing.

Practitioner/Key Person - Nicola Pawsey

Nicola has been part of the team at Kirkroyd’s Preschool since 1997.  Prior to this she worked as a Nursery Nurse in a school nursery unit and as a Nanny.  She is also a Registered Childminder which she still combines with working at pr-school.  Nicola is NNEB qualified.

Practitioner/Key Person - Diane Taylor

Diane has been working at Preschool since 2000.  Diane worked in a Chemist for a number of years gaining qualifications along the way.  After spending time at home with her daughter she decided she wanted to work with children and joined the Preschool team.  Diane is also qualified to NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and Childcare. 

Practitioner/Key Person - Stephanie Lockwood                    

Steph began working as a relief member of staff in 2014 when the youngest of her three children attended preschool. She is NNEB qualified and  previously worked in nurseries and as a nanny to a private family. After having her  first child she became a childminder during which time her second child was born. When a qualified support post became available Steph applied and was offered the position then soon after took on the role of a key person.


The Key staff are supported by regular support staff to ensure consistency of care for the children attending the setting.

   Other members of staff are:

  • Gillie Crozier – Administrator and Support Staff (NVQ Level 3)
  • Julie Hewitt – Support Staff

    Staff training is reviewed annually and staff make full use of relevant appropriate training programs to update their                     knowledge and skills.