Meet the Team

At Newick Preschool we have an experienced and passionate team of staff who are committed to providing the best possible care and early years education for your child.


I qualified as a Primary Teacher in 2006 (BA Hons and QTS) and have worked worked in various teaching and education leadership roles across Sussex and Hampshire. I was Deputy Headteacher of a large primary school and Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) in Early Years and Key Stage 1 – during this time working alongside and for the Local Authority and an Outstanding Multi Academy Trust to improve and develop practice in Early Years and KS1 in Primary Schools across Southampton and Hampshire. I also worked as a Professional Coach and Facilitator to support Teachers in developing and maintaining their practice at an Outstanding level. I am a qualified Level 3 Early Years SENCO and am currently reinforcing my Early Years Leadership knowledge by completing the NPQEYL. I am passionate about providing inclusive learning opportunities for all young children and am driven in ensuring that our team provides the best possible care for all children at our setting. I have two children who both attended (and loved the Preschool here). We spend most of our spare time in the outdoors; sailing, camping in our VW camper, SUPing, kayaking, climbing and walking our dog Hettie.


I qualified in 1988 with a NNEB level 3 qualification.  I have worked in several day nurseries in Brighton and Lewes area before having a family.  I have two grown up daughters.  I have worked at Newick Preschool since February 2003 when my youngest daughter was three years old.  I enjoy working in the community preschool, it is lovely to see the children grow up and mature in to young adults.  I live near the Reading rooms on a small farm, holding a variety animals.  The children enjoy coming down to the farm.  My interests are being an active member of Newick Bonfire Society, cooking, walking, swimming and being outdoors with the farm animals.


I qualified in 2014, completing a level 3 Early years course.  I have worked in pre-school settings since leaving college.  I have been a nanny for a local family since 2017.  I have worked at Newick Preschool since 2017. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going on holidays to different places.


I joined the preschool team in September 2018.  I live in the village and my two boys attended Newick Preschool.  During their time at the pre-school I was a committee member.  I qualified in 1998 and have worked with children in various roles ever since.  In my spare time I like spending time with my family, usually outdoors and involving mud.  I enjoy cooking, running and Pilates.


I gained my NVQ level 3 child care qualification in 2005. I have worked in child care since 1990 in a variety of different settings including, nurseries, Pre-Schools and creches. I have worked at Newick Preschool since September 2021. I enjoy going to the theatre and spending quality time with my grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with the children and supporting their learning and interests.


I gained my Level 3 qualification in Childcare in 2009. Since then I have worked in a range of preschools and nurseries. I lived in Arundel for 10years where I had my two boys, but have recently moved to Barcombe. In my spare time, I am usually out in the countryside, often walking dogs as we have 9!


Nicky Moffat (BSC Honours) in Speech and Language Therapy.

Sue Woolridge (Level 3 in Childcare)

Nina Lofting (Qualified Teacher Status)


We meet at least once a term and all parents or members of the local community are welcome to join us; we would love to hear your feedback. We work closely with the Preschool leadership team and offer further leadership and support when needed. Alongside some much needed fundraising! We are always keen for new members to join our team – if interested please email at

Elisabeth Dampney-Finch (Chair)

Holly Braggins (Secretary)

Melanie Aslin (Treasurer)

Claire Marsh (Committee Safeguarding Lead)

Melanie Myall – “I became a member of the Committee because I realised that the organisation is a charity and I wanted to help build funds so that the child could benefit from new resources and equipment. My youngest is in preschool so I wanted to make the most of these young years and support/help anyway I could. I think that Newick Preschool is fab because it’s such a small community feel unit and it feels very nuturing, safe and it also is important to me that they have such strong allies with the school, therefore helping prepare the children with what they need to cope well in Reception class at school.”

Jules De Burca (Treasurer)

Anna Palmer

Alexandra Furzer