MEET THE TEAM
We’re lucky to have a dedicated team. Get to know our team members and structure below. If you want to meet us, just book a visit!
MANAGEMENT & PRACTITIONERS
Lily Rajnovic – Manager (Butterfly Group)
Lily joined us in April 2016. She has been working with children for the past 30 years. She started her professional career as a primary school teacher in Croatia. She moved to the UK in the late ’90s and since then she has lived and worked in Didcot. After working for 15 years in Stephen Freeman Primary School, Lily was excited to join the team. Lily loves gardening, needlepoint and reading.
Dawn Dellow – Deputy (Ladybird Group)
Dawn joined us in June 2017 as a Pre-School Practitioner and then progressed onto becoming our Deputy Manager. Dawn has been involved with the pre-school for several years before being employed by us by being on the Committee and Fundraising Committee whilst her daughter attended the pre-school. Dawn’s hobbies include dog walking, watching touring cars, listening to music, spending time with her family and friends.
Claire Downer – Office Manager
Claire joined us in May 2016. Claire has been involved with the pre-school for several years before being employed by us by being on the Committee and Fundraising Committee whilst her two children attended the pre-school. Claire’s hobbies are speedway, swimming and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Sonia Fung (Caterpillar Group)
Sonia has lots of experience working as a teacher both overseas and in the UK and is excited to take these skills into working within the Early Years sector which she has been interested in since she had her own son. In her spare time, Sonia loves playing with their cat Oreo, binge watching tv drama series/Youtube videos and joining zumba/yoga classes.
Deepthi Dondapati (Bumblebee Group)
Deepthi has previously worked at Stephen Freeman school since 2019. She has chosen this profession due to the passion she has towards working with children and is dedication in her role. She has a keen interest in cooking and would like to travel around the world.
Nicola Vaughan (On Maternity Leave)
Stacey Chainey (On Maternity Leave)
KEY PERSON SYSTEM
Our key person system means that your child will be given a key person when they join pre-school and that key person will have a group of children for whom she is particularly responsible.
Your child’s key person will work with you to ensure we provide what’s right for their individual needs and interests.
When your child starts at the pre-school the key person will help them to settle and aid them in benefiting from our activities throughout their time with us.