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                                Holy Cross Pre-School

             ‘Working closely with local families & schools to provide & promote quality Childcare’

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Natalie Lynch

Head of Nursery

- Child Development Officer

Stephanie Neighbour

Deputy Nursery Assistant

- Special Educational Needs Assistant

I have been working at Holy Cross Pre-school since September 2006, after having left Harlow College on the successful completion of a BTEC National Diploma in Childhood studies, Level 3. During my studies I covered units in Child Protection, Special Needs, and Children at play and many more. My responsibilities include mentoring students who attend the Pre-school either on work experience or from colleges on Childcare courses. I am also responsible for ensuring we have varied programmes of play, ensuring the safety, high quality education and well-being of the children in the setting. I have a responsibility for a small group of key children, and constantly update my qualifications to help and assist the way in which I work.


Kiera Hyde

Midday Assistant

 All of my children have been pupils of holy cross pre school, of which one is remaining, the others have now gone on to primary school. A position for midday assistant became available for which I applied and was successful in gaining this role. I enjoy working with the children and this position will enable me to progress in this field. As from September 2018 I am starting my training in CACHE level 2

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As of September 2013 I became the new proud owner of Holy Cross Pre-school. I have worked here since 2006. I started as a volunteer helping out, carrying out every day duties, and became the nursery deputy in 2008 when my responsibilities became more varied. I completed my level 2 certificate in

Pre-school practice in December 2005 and my level 3 diploma in pre-school practice in 2007. I have recently completed my designated person child protection course and am now the pre-schools child protection officer. I am regularly attending meetings within the community and with other pre-schools.

I also keep my training up to date while attending anything new that arises.


I have two children who both attended Holy Cross Pre-School. I love working with all the children seeing all their different characters come through while watching and helping them to learn and develop through their play. I am very proud to have been given this opportunity and will strive to keep the setting with the standards that it has built.   


Claire Selwood

Nursery Assistant

- Health and safety officer

I have worked at Holy Cross Pre-school since September 2004 when the Pre-school moved to it’s new Nursery building. I am a nursery assistant and my responsibilities include Fire Protection Officer, Health and Safety assistant and Key Worker for a group of children attending each session. I completed my Certificate in Pre-school Practice in December 2005 and regularly attend training and qualifications to keep me up to date with what’s happening in childcare. In September 2014 I qualified in Level 3 Diploma for children and young people’s workforce. Between 2001 and 2004 I was a regular volunteer at Holy Cross Pre-school, and especially liked helping with their cooking activities. All of my 3 children attended Holy Cross Pre-school and gained so much out of their experiences. I wanted very much to be involved and love working with the children.

I am undertaking a level 2 apprenticeship in childcare. I chose to complete at holy cross preschool after completing my two weeks work experience as well as my college placements. My reason for choosing holy cross preschool to undertake my apprenticeship is that I liked the learning environment and the friendly family atmosphere. I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews and watching them grow and develop which is why I have chosen childcare as a career. I am now CACHE level 2, and working on

Level 3 CACHE, and have been taken on full time.


Paige Tobin

Nursery Assistant

Anna Chiswell

Nursery Assistant

 I began working at Holy Cross Pre School in January 2019, after a short period volunteering. My experience as a mother and grandmother has enhanced my work with the children at Pre School as well as my studies in childcare. Currently I am studying for my level 2 CACHE qualification which I hope to complete in June this year. After working for many years in retail management I now feel a greater sense of fulfilment in my employment at the Pre School.