About us

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Krakatoa Pre-School is OFSTED approved and inspected, and at the last inspection was rated “good”.  We are members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA) and have PLA accreditation. Krakatoa follows the educational and developmental guidelines as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). For further details of the EYFS click here.

The pre-school is run by a volunteer management committee of parents and local residents who employ a supervisor and staff to run the pre-school on their behalf.  Staff members are friendly, approachable, and passionate about providing a positive learning experience for pre-school children.

In accordance with Pre-School Learning Alliance guidelines and Charity Commission registration, Krakatoa Pre-School charity has an elected committee of between 5 and 12 volunteers, at minimum consisting of the posts of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.  All parents are invited to attend the AGM to elect these posts.

Krakatoa Pre-School considers the care and education of children to be a partnership between parents and staff.  We are committed to creating and maintaining great relationships with parents in order to share information about their children’s needs, interests and progress.  Parents are also encouraged to get involved with the pre-school in a number of ways, for example through supporting fundraising activities or becoming members of the management committee.

Jeanette Portnall has been with Krakatoa Pre-School since 2004, and was promoted to supervisor in 2006. She has an NVQ 3 in Early Years Care and Education, and  a Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Practice. She is currently undertaking the qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management – Level 3. Jeanette is the SENCO representative for the Pre-School.

Denise Bird joined Krakatoa Pre-School in 2009, and was promoted to Deputy Supervisor in 2010. She has an NVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Denise is also a qualified dance instructor and specialises in children’s music.

Rose Walker joined Krakatoa in February 2019 as Preschool Assistant.  She has a Diploma in Preschool Practices Level 3 and an Open College Network Certificate for including children with special educational needs in Early Years settings.  Rose has worked in preschools since 1992 and was Supervisor for 9 years in her previous role.

All the staff team have training in Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding.

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