At Minus Five we are proud of the high ratio of adults to children, we exceed the EYFS Statutory requirements of 1:4 for 2 year olds and 1:8 for 3-4 years olds.  This ensures individual attention to the needs and development of each child.  The staff are responsible for providing activities, which cover the EYFS, and for keeping individual records of these achievements.  All but one member of staff are qualified and attend regular training courses.  Each member of staff has an enhanced DBS disclosure, and is committed to providing a fun, caring environment in which children can learn and play. At Minus Five we are extremely proud of our low staff turnover.

Caroline Venner
Preschool Manager/Nominated Individual
Level 3 Qualified
PA First Aid
Caroline worked at the preschool for 10 years, and after a brief absence she has returned to take over as the Preschool Manager. With two grown up children, both of whom attended the preschool, Caroline has a lot of experience of both working with children and managing staff. Caroline has remained involved with the preschool for 6 years as Chair of the Committee. Caroline has recently become a licensed I CAN practitioner and is able to deliver the Early Talk Boost programme which helps 3-4 years olds with early language delay.

Shiobon Reed
Deputy Manager/SENCo
Level 3 Qualified
PA First Aid
Makaton Level 1
Shiobon has worked at Minus Five for 15 years. She has 2 children, who both attended the preschool. She has a wealth of experience and especially excited about her new role as SENCo. Shiobon has recently received a Level 2 in Children’s Mental Health Awareness, so is able to support children with the challenges of the current climate.

Maria Franklin
Supervisor
Level 3 Qualified
Maria has worked at Minus Five for 30 years. She has 4 children and a grandson, who all attended the preschool, when she was a member of the committee. Maria has seen generations of families come through the preschool, and remains as committed and enthusiastic as when she started.

Debbie Swindley
Early Years Practitioner
Safeguarding Lead (SSCB Modules 1 and 2, GCP2)
Makaton Level 1
Debbie has worked at the setting for 2 years. She has 2 children and her oldest child attended the preschool. Debbie has previously been a childminder. Debbie is currently undertaking her level 3 qualification.

Natalie Meadley
Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Qualified
PA First Aid
Natalie worked at the setting for over 7 years and has three children all of school age and has previously been a childminder. Natalie has started up her own children’s party business, and also a local pop up play cafĂ© within the local community.

Gill Parry
Admin Manager/Deputy Safeguarding Practitioner
Level 3 Qualified
Gill has worked at Minus Five for the past 25 years, and was the Manager for the past 12 years. Gill undertakes and processes all the paperwork that is now involved in an early years setting. Gill has 2 children who both attended the preschool, when she was a member of the committee.