MEET THE TEAM

We’re lucky to have an experienced and 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.

Holly Winterbourne – Pre-School Practitioner

Holly joined us in January 2021. Holly has been working with children for over 10 years and has recently found a love for messy and sensory play since having her own little boy. Holly loves horse riding, travelling and baking. 

Samantha Strickland – Pre-School Practitioner 

Samantha joined us in January 2019 as Bank Staff and has become a valued member of the team. Samantha has two boys and two girls and her hobbies are spending quality time with her family and friends. In September 2019, Samantha started her Level 3 training.

Shelley Brenchley – Bank Staff

Shelley joined us in April 2021 as our Bank Staff.  Shelley has been working with children for over 10 years and has worked for other local pre-schools in the area and loves working with children.

KEY PERSON SYSTEM

Our key person system means each member of staff has 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.

OFFICE STAFF

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.