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Gemma Jackson –  Manager

Hello I am Gemma Jackson and I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to be the new manager of Chelford Pre-School. I myself went to the Pre-School maybe 33 years ago when it was in the village hall and I loved it then and my son loves it now. It really is a special little place for the children to grow. I am mum to Obi who has just left the Pre-School. I am passionate about supporting children through their educational development and have been working with children since 2008. Over the years I have been a Teaching assistant, a One-to-One, worked in Nursery’s, Pre-Schools, Breakfast Clubs, After School Clubs and Holiday Clubs. I am a qualified level 2 & 3 Playworker and a level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning. I was previously the manager of the wrap around care and joint manager to the Pre-School at Nether Alderley School. For the past seven years I have been working at Terra Nova School working across the Nursery, Reception and Year One as a Teaching assistant aswell as the manager of the After School and Holiday Club there.                      I really am excited about working with all the children and being part of such a great team at Chelford.



Emma Close – Deputy Manager

I am mum to Harley and Lawson and live in Macclesfield. I have had lots of experience working with children and children with special needs of all ages over the years. I have a CACHE Level 3 in Childcare and Education and I am qualified in paediatric first aid.






Katherine Bones – Pre-School Assistant

I started at Chelford Village Pre-School in June 2013. I have 3 children and have always worked with children in some way. I have a CACHE Level 3 in Childcare. I have also ran the Peover Toddler Group as well as working as a dinner lady at Peover Superior.





Daphne Whiles – Pre-School Assistant

I moved to Chelford from Cumbria in the summer of 2010 and my daughter started at pre-school almost immediately. In 2011, whilst pregnant with my son, I decided to return to college and gained a certificate in ‘supporting teaching and learning’ and have recently attended a further safeguarding course. I have 2 children at school in Peover.





Kate Hurst – Pre-School Assistant

I live in Chelford and started working at the village pre-school in March 2016.  I have always wanted to work with children and really enjoy the school environment. In 2012 I completed a level 5 teaching qualification.  I have a little boy called Dexter who also attends the school.








Mardi Brown – Pre-School Assistant

I live in Chelford and stared working at the village pre-School in 2018.