Playgroup & Nursery for children of Ickleford, Hitchin & surrounding areas.

Telephone: 07951 801574


Playgroup & Nursery for children of Ickleford, Hitchin & surrounding areas.

Our Team


Lucy Barnes

Pre-School Leader
Both of my children attended the Pre-School when they were little. I started out as a member of the committee, then joined the staff team in 2010. In 2012 I gained my Level 3 Diploma and took on the role of Deputy Leader. I took over as Pre-School Leader in September 2018 and am also Room Leader of the Caterpillar Room. Working at the Pre-School is very rewarding. I enjoy helping the children become independent learners, ready for the next steps of their journey.

Kelly Southgate

Deputy Pre-School Leader
I have worked at Ickleford Pre-School since 2010. I started as a Pre-School Assistant and gained my Level 3 Diploma in 2012. I progressed to Senior Early Years Practitioner and am now the Pre-School Deputy Leader and Room Leader of the Butterfly Room. I enjoy seeing the children grow and helping them get ready for primary school.

Chloe Murray

Play Assistant
I joined the Butterfly Room in Ickleford Pre-School in 2016. Since then I have studied for my Level 2 Certificate, which I was awarded in June 2018. I love my role and enjoy helping the children grow and develop as individuals.

Toni Kempster-Mist

Play Assistant
I started at Ickleford Pre-School in March 2015 and achieved my Level 2 Certificate in November 2016. You can find me with our youngest children in the Caterpillar Room, where I like to do arts and crafts and enjoy messy play.

Sue Kelland

Play Assistant
I have worked or volunteered in schools since 2000. This was initially as a Lunchtime Supervisor, where I caught the bug of working with children. I gained my Level 2 qualification working as a teaching assistant in the reception class at a local Primary School. I joined the Caterpillar Room at Ickleford Pre-School in 2016. I find working with children to be the most rewarding thing. To see children confidently grow ready for their next stage in life, can’t be beaten.

Kelly Gear

Play Assistant
I joined Ickleford Preschool in May 2018 and I am looking forward to starting my Level 3 qualification in September. Within the Pre-School I particularly enjoy working in the craft area due to having a creative background.

Caroline Bradshaw

Play Assistant
I joined the team at Ickleford just before the May half term and so far I am loving it! I have two girls of my own at home and have also been childminding for the past year. I am looking forward to starting my Level 3 qualification in September. My favourite area at Pre-School is the craft and messy play!

Stephanie Woodhead

Pre-School Secretary
I have been in administrative roles for many years and it is work that I have always enjoyed.  Having initially joined the Pre-School as a Play Assistant in 2008, I have now been the secretary since 2010. I am the first point of contact for any administrative enquiries.

Donate to Ickleford Pre-School

As a registered charity, Ickleford Pre-School relies on the generosity of families and members of the community to help provide resources for our children’s learning. If you would like to donate, please use the Donate button to visit our donations page at