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.

Tracey Brock

Tracey Brock

Senior Pre-School Administrator

runs our office, dealing with all our financial and administrative work.

Helen Godfrey

Helen Godfrey

Early Years Educator - NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing

really enjoys reading stories and playing games with small groups of children.

Michelle Tracey

Michelle Tracey

Early Years Educator - NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce

adores all aspects of watching children learn and grow.

Ashleigh Cox

Ashleigh Cox

Early Years Educator - NVQ Level 3 Cache

enjoys being outside, using nature in play and learning.

Salima Begum

Salima Begum

Early Years Educator - BA(Hons) Early Childhood Education

enjoys helping children to be creative and expand their imagination!

Samantha Ellis

Samantha Ellis

Early Years Educator - Level 3 Early Years Educator

loves volunteering at her local Rainbows group.

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 latest Ofsted Inspection


At our most recent Ofsted inspection in November 2019, we were graded as “Good”. Strengths highlighted by the Inspector include:-

  • staff quickly identify and embrace children’s interests and passions, incorporating them into activities that are memorable and relevant to children’s individual progress
  • consistent high quality of education
  • the dedicated staff plan ambitious activities that focus on children’s individual next steps in learning
  • staff create unusual play spaces, helping to trigger children’s creativity and imagination
  • children are immersed in a language-rich environment, helping them develop greater skills in speaking and listening
  • children are confident learners
  • children are able to self-select and think critically
  • staff know children really well; their progress, strengths, areas for development
  • there is a positive partnership with external agencies
  • there is strong teaching

Ofsted Report - November 2019

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. 

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