• All female staff are qualified to a high level of Childcare and Early Years Development and have many years experience of working in Nurseries, Preschools and similar settings.

    All staff hold certificates in Paediatric First Aid.  Gareth and Kay hold Food Safety level 2 certificates. 

  • Kay Guildford-James BA EYPS
    Manager & Safeguarding Officer

    Kay has worked at Mount Preschool since 2002. During her time here, Kay has trained for Child Care Education and Development NVQ’s 3 and 4, Foundation Degree in Early Years and in 2012 successfully completed her BA degree as an Early Years Professional with Huddersfield University.

    Kay became manager in 2008 when the setting was a Committee Run Charity. In 2014 Kay bought out the franchise from the Pre-school Learning Alliance and took over as sole owner of Mount Preschool. Kay is the settings Safeguarding officer and is qualified in First Aid for Adults and Children.

  • Jo Williams
    Deputy Manager and SENCo

    Jo had DPP qualifications in child care having trained and worked at other settings before joining Mount Preschool in 2007. Jo is the settings Special Educational Needs Coordinator working with children that are identified as needing additional help in their learning and development.

  • Debbie Lambe

    Debbie started working at Mount Preschool in 2009. She has been a child-minder for many years and still leads a Brownie pack in Slaithwaite. Debbie is very keen on outdoor play and a firm believer in going out no matter what the weather.  Debbie likes to encourage children to learn phonics before they start primary school.

  • Mandy Nuttall

    Mandy originally started at Mount Preschool as the committee chair and served from 2003 until 2007. She then became the settings administrator dealing with all aspects such as policy updates, new children waiting lists and the settings payroll. Mandy has also qualified to NVQ3 standard in Childcare and Early Years Education.

  • Karen Hirst
    Childcare Practitioner

    Karen has been working at Mount preschool since 1998 and completed her NVQ3 qualification in 2003. She has much experience in dealing with children and is a firm believer in teaching good manners to all.  Many children that Karen has seen through

    Preschool are now leaving school and going on to University!

  • Julie Hoyle
    Childcare Practitioner

    Julie has spent all her working career being at nurseries or preschools. She has worked at Mount preschool since 2006. Julie has the NNEB nursery nursing qualifications since leaving school. She is very experienced in children’s early education and care.

  • Jayne Brooksbank
    Childcare Practitioner

    Jayne has been at mount preschool since 2008 and has recently passed her NVQ4 (2017).  She loves to engage children in learning through puzzles, games and problem solving activities. 

  • Joanne Lunn
    Childcare Practitioner

    Joanne is the youngest of all the ladies at Mount Preschool, she started as a student on placement whilst she was completing her NVQ 2 qualification. She then did NVQ3 when she became a member of staff in 2008. She is currently completing her Health and Social Care course through the Open University.

  • Joanne Ravenscroft
    Childcare Practitioner

    Joanne has worked in Nurseries and Preschools throughout her career. She has recently has a short break from Mount Preschool but is now back to work again. She loves to spend time with the children and help them in their development.

  • Gareth James

    Gareth is the settings cook and prepares all meals on site. The meals are designed for children aged 2 to 5 and follow Early Years cookbook recipes provided by the Preschool Learning Alliance.

    Gareth holds the Food Safety level 2 certificate and the setting has been awarded a 5 STAR, VERY GOOD rating in accordance with Kirklees Food Standards Agency.

  • At Mount Preschool we often have students on work placement schemes from Huddersfield University, Kirklees College, Huddersfield New College and work experience students from local schools and academies.