Meet the team

Pepperpot is a warm and friendly environment where children are looked after and nurtured by the team of fully qualified, experienced staff. They are supported by a number of volunteers who also bring their wealth of professional skills and experiences to the group.

We operate a keyworker system at Pepperpot whereby each child has a named member of staff who is responsible for recording the progress your child is making against the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. The resulting learning diaries provide a comprehensive record of your child’s time at Pepperpot which are given to you to take home at the end of term.

Staff

Pepperpot member of staff - MARIA PIKE

MARIA PIKE

Maria our Pre-school Leader is married to Andrew and lives in Bath. She became a regular parent helper when her eldest son started at Pepperpot in 1992 and continued to volunteer when her two other children began. She joined the team permanently in 1996.

Maria is a Level 3 Practitioner.

“I absolutely love my job. It is so rewarding and there is never a dull moment.”

Pepperpot member of staff - CATHY SAUNDERS

CATHY SAUNDERS

Deputy Leader, SENCO and Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Cathy joined the team permanently in 2016 after providing staff cover for many years.

Cathy qualified with a NNEB Diploma in 1992 and since then has always worked in childcare. Firstly as a Nanny here and then abroad. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Gambia and has ran after-school clubs in the Bath area and managed a small Nursery in London.

Cathy has completed a variety of childcare courses over the years including Safeguarding, Child Protection and Paediatric First Aid training.

She lives in Bathford with her husband and two children.

“Working with children is so much fun and the 2-5 age group is my favourite!”

Pepperpot member of staff - LOUISA AUSTIN

LOUISA AUSTIN

Pre-School Assistant

Louisa joined the team in 2019 as a volunteer and became a permanent staff member in 2020.

She is currently working towards completing her Level 2 Cache Diploma in Early Years and has also completed Safeguarding and Pediatric First Aid training.

Louisa lives in Bathford with her partner and their 3 children, who have all attended Pepperpot over the past few years (and loved it!)

“I absolutely love working with this age group. It is a privilege to see the children grow into confident, happy, individuals ready for their next steps in life.”

Pepperpot member of staff - RACHEL MILSOM

RACHEL MILSOM

Pre School Assistant

Rachel joined the team in September 2020. She is a Level 3 Practitioner who has Diplomas in Cache (Children’s Care and Education) and a NNEB. Since qualifying in 1994 Rachel has worked in many different childcare settings including Nurseries, Pre Schools, after-school clubs and has also worked as a Nanny.

Rachel has completed various childcare related courses over the years including Safeguarding, Child Protection and Paediatric First Aid training.

She lives in Batheaston and has two grown up children.

“I feel blessed to be part of a child’s early years’ experience. Each and every individual is unique, and I am always learning from them. I have learnt to always  expect the unexpected and to be amazed each and every day! No two days are ever the same and I love that!”

 

Permanent Helpers

Committee

Pepperpot Pre-School is run by a Committee which is made up mostly of parents who have children at the pre-school. The Committee oversees the efficient running of the pre-school and is responsible for marketing, fundraising and finance. The names of the Committee members are shown on the notice board outside the front door. New members are always very welcome, so if you are interested in joining the Committee, please speak to Maria or the Chairperson. Meetings are very informal, usually once every six weeks. The Annual General Meeting is held in the summer term.

Parents are also very welcome to help at sessions where they can see the progress their children are making and pick up tips to support their child’s learning at home.

Policies and procedures

Policies and procedures are available on request from any member of the team.

The latest Ofsted report can be downloaded here. Our Ofsted registration number is 133065