Kingfisher’s Preschool staff are all qualified and continue to develop their knowledge by attending regular courses throughout the year. Let me introduce them to you:

abbimurdockAbbi Murdock, Preschool Leader

Abbi has worked at Kingfishers Preschool since the summer of 2014 as Preschool Leader. Abbi has an NVQ Level 4 in Childcare, Learning and Development and also Paediatric First Aid. Before joining us she managed a committee run preschool for 8 years and a private nursery for 2 years. Abbi excels in her role and provides a safe, high quality education and care for preschool children. She provides an excellent learning, engaging environment for the children.


kathryngibbardKathryn Gibbard Deputy, Preschool Leader

Kathryn began working for Kingfishers Preschool in April 2013 and is a valued member of staff. She started as a preschool assistant and is now our Deputy Leader. Before joining us, she worked at various preschools, day nurseries and afterschool clubs. Kathryn holds a NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. She also works at our wraparound club at Drayton Parslow School.


ruthaustinRuth Austin, Preschool Assistant

Ruth has been with Kingfishers Preschool since October 2013. Ruth previously worked at Drayton Parslow Preschool and prior to that she was a parent helper in early years education. Like Sam Knaves, Ruth’s children have been educated in the Three Schools since 2005 and therefore have a long standing relationship with our schools. Ruth also currently mentors teenage girls through ‘Woman Can Do’ Ruth currently holds NVQ Level 2 and is looking forward to undertaking her Level 3 qualification.


samknavesSam Knaves,Preschool Assistant

Sam Knaves started with us at Kingfishers in May 2011. Her children have attended our schools and Sam is therefore familiar with the Three Schools and Preschool ethos. She brings with her an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development and continues to provide a caring and nurturing role to the children at our preschool.


Designated Person for Child Protection is the Headteacher, Ms Carol-Anne McCollum

Deputy Designated Persons for Child Protection are Deputy Head Mr David May, Assistant Headteacher Mrs Heidi Martin and Mrs Rebecca Chapman-Hill