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.

Our Ofsted inspection report in March 2014 reported that:

"All Staff have a comprehensive knowledge and awareness of safeguarding issues, consequently, children's welfare and well being is very well promoted".

"Leadership is effective, creating a positive ethos within the Pre-School. High expectations are communicated through the recruitment of well-qualified staff and a commitment to continuous professional development".

"Teaching is good, because all staff interact well with children.  Children benefit from a successful blend of good quality adult-led and child initiated experiences.  As a result, children are making good progress in their learning and development.  Staff promote children's communication and language development well, by engaging children in spontaneous and sustained conversations."

 Ann Marie Brady, Our Pre-School Manager
Ann Marie has been at the centre of our Pre-School for 12 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, 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 after working at our setting for 8 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 and Health & Safety.

Annette McHale, Finance 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.

 Our Pre-School Practitioners are:-

     Martina Wager, Pre-School Assistant

Martina has 6 years experience at our setting and her array of qualifications include an NVQ3 in Early Years Childcare, Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid and Food Handling.

   Ruth McConnell, Pre-School Assistant
Ruth has worked at our Pre-School for 6 years and also assists with our 2's Group.  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.

   Graham Girling, SENCO, Pre-School Assistant
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 and Food Handling.  He is also a keen gardener and has attended courses run by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Graham is also the setting's dedicated Special Education Needs Co-ordinator.

      Penny Long, Pre-School Assistant

Penny joined our Pre-School team in September 2012 and also assists Sarah with our 2's Group.  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

         Joan Giblin, Pre-School Assistant

Joan joins our Pre-School team in September 2014 and has completed her NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Childcare.