About Us

We are a team of passionate practitioners with a vast range of experience, expertise and personalities.

  • We believe that each child is unique and different. We therefore ensure that our staff/child ratios are high. This enables us to spend time with individual children or small groups, in order to stimulate interests and extend learning at the specific pace they require.
  • We believe that children become confident and learn best when they are able to express themselves and take risks within a safe environment. Therefore we Observe, Watch and Listen (OWL) before we intervene in children’s play and actions.
  • Our behaviour management policy and strategy is implemented consistently to ensure children are confident in understanding boundaries and consequences.
  • We have an amazing play environment and excellent resources, enabling children of all ages and abilities to enjoy their play, get messy and extend their own learning.
  • We prepare children for the transition to school by running a ‘Bright Sparks’ session in the Summer Term ahead of their school start in September.
Michellé Vorster Early Years Teacher - Level 6
Paediatric First Aid
Designated Child Protection Officer
Level 2 Food Hygiene

I have worked with the team at Loxwood Pre-School since November 2012. I am passionate about everything that we do within our setting. I particularly enjoy seeing how our children progress, from their start to when they leave us to go onto school. My specialities include imaginative play; I enjoy experimenting with different ideas on how to extend the children's imagination.

In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis and sports with my son. I also run a very successful After School and Forest Club. I continue to attend short courses to ensure I am always up to date with current legislation.

My Magic

You may wonder why I look and act the way I do… It’s because my parents fed me magic as a child. As I grew up everyone told me it wasn’t real – but I didn't believe them. Magic is real! This has had a major effect on my actions and me. You see… I have magic and am I happy and it tends to rub off on children. So watch out: if you think you see your child flying they probably are!

Emma Gentle Deputy Lead - Level 3
Paediatric First Aid
Level 2 Food Hygiene

I have worked in Early Years since 2007. I worked abroad as a nanny and in a variety of nursery settings and with new-borns to teenagers.

I love working in Early Years because no day is the same. You never know where the children’s imagination or fascination might take you that day.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending it with my family and friends. I also enjoy taking my dog Max for long walks with my Son to find new adventures.

Natalie Burnley Paediatric First Aid
Basic Child Protection
Level 2 Food Hygiene

I have worked within the childcare profession since 1997. During this time, I spent four years working as a private nanny which involved working abroad. Since returning to the UK, I have worked both as a nanny and within private day care nurseries.

I really enjoy the closeness of working in a village pre-school. I have recently worked with the children to create a flower and herb garden, which has given the children opportunities to see visiting bees and butterflies.

In my spare time I enjoy meeting up with family and friends, and I have a love for reading.

Linda Bullivant Qualified teacher
Paediatric First Aid

I have worked in Early Years for 40 years now, and loved every minute. Initially I was a Reception teacher in Yorkshire and in Plymouth until starting my family and enjoying my own children. Since then I have worked as a Supply teacher, childminder, pre-school supervisor and, for the last 7 years, as a teaching assistant in a very busy school's Reception unit.

As my grandson is starting school there soon, I felt it was the right time for me to leave and I feel very fortunate to have been welcomed into Loxwood Pre-school. I am looking forward to working with Michelle and her team, and being part of the special 'magic'!

My interests are reading, walking, gardening (we also have a very time consuming allotment), and spending precious time with my 3 grown up children and adorable grandson. I have also just bought myself a ukelele (on a whim!) and hope to teach myself how to play it, with the help of youtube! I have a large collection of owls (sadly not the real ones!), bought for me by the children I've worked with over the years. The children may enjoy looking out for them as they often accompany me to work in some form! 

Jane Batchellor Level 2 Early Years Practitioner
Paediatric First Aid

I have worked at Loxwood Pre-school for over 20 years before deciding to retire. I still enjoy working with the children whilst at the same time enjoying the time to travel with my husband, spending time with my three daughters and gardening.

Karen Bicknell Paediatric First Aid

I have helped out at the Pre-school since my children attended and although both my girls are at Primary school now, I enjoy helping out as and when I can.

The short training courses I have attended have helped improve my practice with the children.

Lorraine Sparkes Paediatric First Aid
Basic Child Protection
Level 2 Food Hygiene

I have worked within the pre-school setting for the past twenty-seven years, both in the UK and Europe. I am passionate about the care of young children. I like nothing more than playing with puppets to bring a story to alive; I have introduced Pascal from France and Trevor the Troll from Germany to Loxwood Pre-School.

In my spare time I enjoy pottery, sculpture and metal sculpture.

Policies & Procedures

Our policies and procedures are reviewed regularly and updated in the light of any new legislation. They are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework.