Our team

Dedicated, qualified and experienced Practitioners. We create a secure, safe and stimulating environment that encourages the children to play, explore and learn through exciting activities that children enjoy. We are passionate in nurturing our children to use their imaginations through creative exploration. Our enthusiasm for children’s learning knows no bounds.

Karen Illsley

Karen Illsley

Manager - Foundation Degree in Early Years (Level 5) & Level 3 in Supporting Special Educational Needs

is passionate about promoting opportunities and skills to enable children to be confident and resilient.

Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts

Assistant Manager - Level 3 NVQ

is the pre-school mummy and keeps everything running smoothly.

Debby Mann

Debby Mann

Pre-School Assistant - Level 3 NVQ

enjoys messy play with our children.

Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown

Pre-School Assistant - Level 3 Children & Young People and Level 3 Health & Social Care

enjoys spending time with our lovely children, particularly telling and enjoying amazing stories with them!

Michelle Tracey

Michelle Tracey

Early Years Assistant - Level 1 Award in Caring for Children

adores all aspects of watching children learn and grow and is extremely keen to gain more qualifications and experience in working with children.

Kirsty Rogers

Kirsty Rogers

Early Years Apprentice

is passionate about working with children. Particularly enjoys role play and arts and craft.

Tracey Brock

Tracey Brock

Senior Pre-School Administrator

runs our office, dealing with all our administrative work

Our Facilities

Pirton Pre-School is based in a modern purpose-built unit benefiting from extensive grounds to the rear which incorporate outdoor climbing equipment and our very own vegetable patch.

Inside the unit there is a central area that has been divided into the following:


Graphics Area

to encourage mark making and early attempts at writing

Malleable Materials

including play-dough, clay and cooking opportunities

Small-World Play

to encourage use of imagination for example using the doll’s house, garage with cars and wooden railway

Role-Play Area

to explore different roles and relationships using costumes and props

Water and Sand Play

used indoors or outdoors

Creative Area

where children can paint, use chalk and select various materials to cut, stick and paint and develop their own creative ideas

We are exceptionally well resourced with both small and large construction materials – including large plastic and wooden bricks and construction kits including Mobile. ICT is an integral part of the pupils learning. The children use a variety of software and can choose to work on the standalone computers.

Our specially designed outside area is partially covered allowing pupils to play outside every day. It is a safe and secure environment where the children can observe their surroundings and develop their fine and gross physical motor skills. Activities include a range of wheeled toys, climbing frame, balls, beanbags, tunnels and much more.

The unit benefits from a separate small-group room, kitchen, purpose-built toilets, changing area and office.

Our “Outstanding” Ofsted rating

Our last Ofsted inspection was in January 2016, when Pirton Pre-School was graded as OUTSTANDING in all areas.

This is testimony to the hard work, creativity and skill of the team. Whilst we are now judged to be among the best Pre-Schools in the country, it is just the beginning and gives us a solid foundation to be even better.

Ofsted report - January 2016


Session flexibility

The Pre-School offers up to 32 places per session for children aged from 2 years to rising fives. We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm. Children are welcome to attend for a morning session from 9am to 12pm, an afternoon session from 12pm to 3pm or a full day session from 9am to 3pm. A lunch club is also available from 12pm to 1pm every day.

Wraparound village childcare

For parents who require early morning or afterschool care there are a number of childminders in the village and a popular afterschool club who will all collect and/or drop children off at the Pre-School. Please feel free to speak to us for further information.

Pirton Pre-School, High Street, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 3PS