We are extremely proud of our highly qualified, professional and friendly staff, who are fully committed to ensuring that your children have a wonderful time at our Pre-School.

All of our staff wear navy or pink Our Lady of the Wayside Pre-School staff uniforms so that they are easily identifiable to our children and parents. 

Meet our Team   

Our staff continually attend training courses to ensure that they are equipped with the current teaching approaches.  They are completely dedicated to our Pre-School children and are always caring and sympathetic to each child's individual needs.  They undertake continual professional development and training.

Our Ofsted inspection report in September 2017 reported that:

"Staff plan a wide range of interesting activities that motivates children to play and learn.  They support children well to make good progress in their development, given their individual starting points."

"Staff are well qualified and supported to develop further knowledge and skills."

"Effective and flexible settling-in procedures enable staff to meet the needs of all children.  A wealth of information is gathered from parents to help key persons get to know children and their families.  Children settle quickly and develop secure emotional attachments to staff."

"Staff use effective observation, planning and assessment procedures to ensure they have a good understanding about what children know and what they need to learn next.  Staff skillfully extend children's learning as they play".

"The manager and staff monitor the progress of individual children very effectively.  They target the gaps in children's learning to help them to catch up."

 Ann Marie Brady, Our Pre-School Manager

Ann Marie has been at the centre of our Pre-School for 17 years and before that volunteered at our Toddler Group, where she brought her daughter.

She has an NVQ 4 in Early Year Childcare and a wealth of other qualifications, including Safeguarding, Behavioural Management, Paediatric First Aid, Health & Safety, Autism training, Food Handling & is our dedicated Safeguarding Officer.

Ann Marie is committed to ensuring that every child in our setting is supported, happy and valued.



Sarah Nix, Our Pre-School Deputy Manager

Sarah became our Deputy Manager in 2013 and worked at setting for 13 years.

She brings an abundance of knowledge & experience to her role and her many qualifications include an NVQ3 in Childcare, Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid, Food Handling, Behavioural Management, Autism training and Health & Safety.

Annette McHale, Finance and Admissions Officer


Annette became our Finance Officer in 2009, after a number of years as the group's Treasurer.

Her role is manage the group's finances and admissions.

   Graham Girling, Pre-School SENCo



Graham has worked at our setting since January 2011 and has a long connection with our group as both of his daughters came to our Toddler and Pre-School groups.

Graham has CACHE Level 3 Advanced diploma for Children & Young People's Workforce. Also, CACHE Level 2 Award in Employment Rights & Responsibilities in Health, Social Care for Children & Young People's Settings.  His other qualifications include Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid, Food Handling, Autism Level 1, 2 & 3 training, Supporting Children's Thinking & Learning and many Early Years SENCo workshops.  He is also a keen gardener and has attended courses run by the Royal Horticultural Society.


 Our Pre-School Practitioners are:-

     Martina Wager, Pre-School Assistant

Martina has 10 years experience at our setting and her array of qualifications include an NVQ3 in Early Years Childcare, Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid and Food Handling  Martina has also attended Autism Level 1 & 2 training.

   Ruth McConnell, Pre-School Assistant
Ruth has worked at our Pre-School for 10 years.  She has a long association with our Group, as both of her daughters attended Toddlers & Pre-School.  Her wealth of qualifications include an NVQ3 in Early Years Childcare, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding & Food Handling.


      Penny Long, Pre-School Assistant

Penny joined our Pre-School team in September 2012.  She completed her CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Children & Young People's Workforce in August 2013.  She also has qualifications in Safeguarding, Food Handling and Paediatric First Aid.

     Beth Barry, Pre-School Assistant
 Beth joined our Pre-School team in February 2011 and has qualifications in Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid & Food Handling

     Hayley Demetriou, Pre-School Assistant

 Hayley joined our team in 2015 and has an NVQ3 in Early Years Childcare. She has completed her Autism level 1 training.