Our Team

Debbie Hyde (Supervisor)
Debbie has a child of her own and has been at Barby Pre-School
since 2012. Debbie has extensive experience in childcare and early years education. Debbie has the N.N.E.B qualification and is our Health and Safety Co-ordinator and our Child Protection Officer.


Mandy Reid (Deputy Supervisor)

Mandy has two grown up children, and a daughter at senior school. Mandy joined the Barby Pre-School team in September 2016 and is qualified to Level 3 in Children and Young Peoples Workforce, and has NVQ Level 2.  She has many years of experience of working in childcare settings, including working with children with have special needs.  

Karina Smith (Pre-School Assistant / Administrator (part time))

Karina has two young daughters and has been at Barby Pre-School since 2008. She is qualified to NVQ level 3 in children’s care, learning and development with the children.

Rachael Siggers

I joined the Committee in September 2015.  My older daughter Sophie loved her time at Barby Preschool, and has recently moved up to Barby School. My son George has just started and is enjoying it too!

Originally from New Zealand, I have been living in the UK since 2009.  I have a background in Early Childhood Education, and have worked as an ECE teacher in NZ, and taught pre-school music classes in the UK prior to having my own children.

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Catrina Pounds

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Pre-School Assistant BANK STAFF

In addition to our regular team we are fortunate to have additional members on our bank staff team.  They come in to cover when regular staff members are away due to illness or training.       


Sunnie Boneham (Bank Staff)

Sunnie is mum to 3 children two of which have attended Barby preschool she lives in the village



Becky Cullinane (Bank Staff)

Becky has two children Joe Jacob who is 6 who previously attended preschool and Ivy  2 who is starting in September. Becky has a level 3 in childcare. Becky will be covering for us as bank staff. 

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Martin House (Acting Chair and Treasurer)

I have lived in Barby for almost 33 years and am now retired.  I joined the Pre School committee as Treasurer in 2018.  In the past I managed the now defunct junior football team and played cricket (badly!) for the Village club.  My children attended Barby C of E Primary School and my son also attended, what was then, the Playgroup. 

One of my granddaughters recently attended Preschool and now attends Barby Primary School.  My professional background is in HR; I was HR Director for a number of large public sector organisations.  More latterly I worked both nationally and internationally as a performance improvement management consultant in both the public and private sectors until my retirement in late 2014.​

Briony Patel (Joint Secretary)

I live in the village and have 2 children. I joined the committee in 2018 when my eldest attended the pre-school. She absolutely loved it so I wanted to support and help with fundraising for the Pre-school. My youngest now attends the Pre-school and my eldest attends Barby Primary school. He also really enjoys his time at the Pre-school and is always excited for his Pre-school days. I am a Paediatric doctor specialising in allergy and immunology and currently work in Leicester.

Elinor Jelley (Joint Secretary)
I am a secondary school Geography teacher with 2 children living in the village. My eldest is currently attending Barby Preschool and absolutely loves it! I am keen for the Preschool to continue so my youngest can attend, therefore I have joined the committee and am looking forward to help with fundraising and provide ongoing support.  

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Cassie Hughes

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Samantha Saunders

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Rob Hewson

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Zoo Animals
Our Parents Comments:

Parents comments:

"My twins just settled in at pre-school so perfectly!"
"Fantastic and convenient care for my child."
"Children always come back home smiling and happy."

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Latest Newsletter
March 2020 newsletter now available
Quiz Night
Unfortunately our Pre-School Quiz on Friday 29th March 2020 has been cancelled due to the current Coronavirus situation.
Committee News
Pre-School Committee
Interested in becoming a member of the committee to share your skills, gain new ones and be part of a great team? Please call Martin, our Chair or speak to Debbie our Supervisor.
30 Hours Funding
30 Hour Funding available for eligible families here!
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Session Times

Monday to Friday
9.00am to 12.00noon and 12.00noon to 3.00pm 

Term Dates

Term 4
Pre-School open to children Monday 24th February
Term ends Thursday 2nd April
Teacher Training Day Friday 3rd April

Term 5
Pre-School open to children Monday 20th April
Pre-School closed Bank Holiday Monday 4th May
Term ends Friday 22nd May

2019/20 Term Dates are available on the Term Dates page within Useful Information

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This website is intended to provide an insight into the running of the Pre-School and answer any questions that you may have. However, if you have any further queries then please do not hesitate to contact the staff on 07789 428463.

Address: The Village Hall, Kilsby Road, Barby, CV23 8TT.

Tel: 07789 428463 | Email: info@barbypreschool.co.uk | Charity No: 1037947 | Ofsted No: 219877

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