Manager/SENDCO and Designated Safeguarding Lead
After graduating University with a Business and Law degree, I worked in retail management and Human Resources until the birth of my 2 children. Whilst they were little I started my own childminding business looking after children from 6 months to 11years old. During this time I learnt a lot about managing my own childcare business and teaching children through the Early Years Foundation Stage. I completed my Level 3 in Childcare with a particular Interest in working with children with special educational needs.
I joined Harbury Pre-School in 2017 and became the Manager in January 2018. I spend half of my time working with the children which is where I want to be, it is such a great age to work with. I love reading stories, singing songs, leading music and movement, and getting involved in their role playing (given the chance)
Outside Pre-School I enjoy spending time with family and friends, photography, reading and of course shopping.
Deputy Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead
I grew up on the South Coast and after gaining the NNEB (National Nursery Examination Board Certificate) I took my first position at the University of Sussex Crèche and Nursery. I went on after that to work in a variety of different Early Years settings with babies and children aged 0-5 years ranging from workplace and private nurseries to an LEA funded nursery school with 40 children attending each session! After taking a break to have my own two daughters, I returned to work. When my youngest daughter who attended the Pre-School moved on to school, I did some agency work in local children’s centres before joining the Harbury Pre-School staff team in 2010. All of this has given me over 30 years of experience since first gaining my qualification.
I feel privileged to share in the awe and wonder that fascinates and inspires young children to learn and I love to support them through their play as they develop friendships, communication skills, personal interests and independence.
In my own time I enjoy spending time with my family including our dog that I train and compete with as a member of a Warwickshire based Flyball team. I also enjoy cooking, gardening and generally being outside, especially beside the sea when I rekindle my own childhood experiences.
Early Years Practitioner/Session Leader
Originally from Birmingham I moved to Bishops Itchington where my husband and I raised three children. I returned to work through a 1:1 position at the Primary School within Special Needs. Moving on to the onsite Busy Bees Pre-school where I acquired my NVQIII in Early Years. In 2017 I joined Harbury Pre-school and next year complete my 20th year in Early Years.
I enjoy watching the world change and our lives evolve through caring, teaching and learning with the children. Out of work I like to spend time with my family and friends, playing tennis, pilates, going horse riding and learning Modern Greek.
Early Years Practitioner/Session Leader/SENDCO
I live in Napton-on-the-hill with my husband and two children, Ethan and Amelia. I am originally from North Wales and studied History and Archaeology for my first degree followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Studies. After graduating, I worked as an Administrator for a number of small disability-related charities and research projects. After my children were born, I benefited greatly from the support of the local children's centre and Pre-school. I decided I wanted to 'give something back' so started volunteering in my local Pre-School and assisting with running toddler and messy play groups at the Children's Centre. I had found my passion, so enrolled for the Level 2 Early Years Workforce Diploma in 2012. I started working in my local Pre-School initially and joined Harbury Pre-School in January 2015. I completed my Level 3 in 2018.
Outside of Pre-School, I enjoy spending time with my family, taking part and volunteering at my local parkrun and I am currently re-learning the piano.
Early Years Practitioner
I have 4 children with 20 years between the youngest and the oldest! I started working with children with additional needs before I had children of my own and then volunteered at my oldest child’s preschool which led to me childminding. I did this for 17 years, including working for Social Services which was challenging but really rewarding. I had a break from working with children and returned to it in 2017, gaining my Level 3 Early Years Workforce qualification. I joined Harbury Preschool in September 2019. I have recently completed a Makaton course and have a particular interest in supporting children with additional needs.
Out of preschool I am kept busy by my family and enjoy walking and Pilates when I can find the time!
Early Years Practitioner
My name is Yvonne Levis (Vonnie) I am the mother of two grown up and married girls and have 5 wonderful grandchildren aged 3-12. Although most of my working life was office based I have always been involved with children. When my own children were small I helped run a playgroup and helped with fund raising and although the group has changed hands several times it is still running today. I progressed to helping out at the school my girls attended listening to children read, help with swimming lessons and taking a small group of year 6 children for cookery lessons. I took voluntary redundancy to look after my elderly mother-in-law who moved in with us and passed away peacefully at 96. Not wanting to return to office work I decided to change careers and work with children as I felt I had a lot to share with them as well as learning a lot from them. So applied for a job at a nursery and gained my Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF). That was 11years ago. I also have my Paediatric First Aid. Children never cease to amaze me at how they adapt to their surroundings and their thirst for knowledge through their play.
Our bookkeeper is Jane Ekins.
The Management Committee
Harbury Pre-School is managed by a committee of parent volunteers who contribute their time thereby reducing overall costs. The membership, who are parents of the children currently attending Pre-School, elect the Committee at an annual general meeting. The Committee is governed by a constitution and assumes overall responsibility for the Pre-School business and charitable funds.
Our current Committee members are:
Kate Holliday - Chair
Carrie-Anne Heath - Secretary
Kathryn Prance - Treasurer