Staff

In order to provide the highest levels of care and education for your children, Duxford Preschool employs a team of professional, well-qualified and experienced early years staff. As a setting, we positively encourage all staff to attend regular training to keep up-to-date with best practice and wherever possible, support staff in studying for additional qualifications.

Pippa Eccleston

Pippa Eccleston Preschool Manager

Pippa started working in childcare after a career break to have her three children. She was the committee chairperson of her own children’s Preschool and then worked as an assistant and keyworker at another local setting before joining Duxford Preschool in 2015. Pippa is a keen gardener and also enjoys doing arts and crafts activities with the children.

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce
  • Child Protection Designated Person
  • Enco credited
  • 12 hour Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene Level 2
  • Safer Recruitment
Carrie Darlington

Carrie Darlington Deputy Manager

Carrie returned to the childcare sector after taking a break to have her two children. She has been a private nanny and was also previously employed at an after school club. Carrie loves to be outdoors, whatever the weather. Getting messy and seeing the children enjoying themselves, is the best part of her day.

  • Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • Food Hygiene Level 2
  • Basic Child Protection
  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
  • 12 hour Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Forest School Assistant
Nicola Turton

Nicola Turton Deputy Manager

 Nic has just returned to work after running a home-based childcare setting for the last 6 years while her own children were at home.  She has 15 years' experience in the childcare sector and has worked in a range of settings, as well as being on the committee of her daughter's preschool.  She likes being outdoors, really enjoys getting messy and most of all loves to read stories and rhymes with the children.

  • Early Years Professional Status
  • Child Protection Designated Person
  • Enco credited
  • 12 Hour Paediatric First Aid
  • Basic Child Protection
  • Food Hygiene Level 2
Danielle Chapman-Crisp

Danielle Chapman-Crisp Preschool Practitioner

Danielle has lived in Duxford her whole life and attended Duxford Preschool as a child! She also did a two-year college placement at the setting. Danielle enjoys being creative, particularly with painting and cooking and loves to explore different activities with the children both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • 12 hour Paediatric First Aid
  • Basic Child Protection
  • Food Hygiene Level 2
  • Level 1 Introduction to Forest School
Gail Farr

Gail Farr Preschool Practitioner

Gail has worked in childcare for over 10 years and joined the Preschool from a large day nursery, but has also worked as a nanny. She loves getting messy and likes trying out new activities with the children. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking and spending time with friends and family, especially her young son.

  • Level 3 Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development
  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
  • 12 hour Paediatric First Aid
  • Basic Child Protection
  • Food Hygiene Level 2
  • Level 1 Forest School Assistant
Heather Nedzynski

Heather Nedzynski Preschool Practitioner

Heather has 18 years’ experience of working in education, primarily in early years. After completing a degree in Early Years Education, she worked as a Nursery Teacher in central London and then more recently, as an Early Years Teacher and Coordinator at a school for children with special needs. Heather is a passionate believer in the importance of learning through play, particularly in the natural world.

  • Primary QTS
  • Basic Child Protection
  • 12 Hour Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
Joanne Carmel

Joanne Carmel Preschool Practitioner

Joanne Carmel is a part-time practitioner who works all day Monday, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Joanne has worked in childcare and early years education for over 5 years, and love working with the 2-5 age range. In her free time. Joanne loves Latin and Ballroom dancing and Art.

  • L3 Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • L3 Paediatric First Aid
  • L2 Keyperson in an Early Years Setting
  • L2 Food Hygiene
  • Basic Child Protection
Natalie Hanlon

Natalie Hanlon Business Manager

Natalie is our Business Manager and is responsible for making sure the staff and parents have everything they need. Natalie has a degree in Business Management, and has spent the last two years prior to joining us in 2019, as the Administrator for another local Preschool as well as being the Treasurer of the Duxford Preschool Management Committee. In her spare time, Natalie loves ballroom dancing and regularly competes in competitions around the UK. You will find Natalie in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and contactable via emails at other times.

  • BA(Hons) International Hospitality Management
  • AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping - Level 2
  • Basic Child Protection
  • Safer Recruitment
  • First Steps in Leading a Team
  • Designated Person for Child Protection
  • Maintaining Good & Outstanding Ofsted Judgements