Sturminster Marshall

Sturminster Marshall Pre-School

Introduction to Staff & Trustees


Patsy Barnes – Manager

Patsy I have been at Sturmiunster Marshall Preschool since 2003 and have worked to support children with additional needs.   I have a BA in Early Years Studies and hold Early Years Teacher Status.  I have been Manager since 2011.  I have my own children and feel I can support both parents and children through this very important stage of social interaction introducing children to learning through a play based curriculum.

Holly Keets -  Deputy Manager

I started at Sturminster Marshall Pre-school in 2013 and hold NVQ level 3 qualification in childcare.  I have three children of my own, and love spending family time together.  
I love my job and feel so very lucky to be part of each childs journey into learning.  I enjoy supporting the development and well-being of every child that comes into our setting.  It's so rewarding to see the children learning, developing and having so much fun through play based learning.  I have an interest in SEN  and have experience in supporting children needing additional support. 

Jan Ladbrook - Administrator and Childcare Assistant

JanI have worked for Sturminster Marshall Preschool since 2011 in an administrative role and childcare assistant.
Previously, I worked at Barclays Bank for 28 years which has provided me with the skills to carry out my administrator role.
I also work in the  setting as a childcare assistant which gives me the opportunity to spend time with the children which I really enjoy.
I have completed Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and Safeguarding Level 2 courses.


Louise Stubbs – Senior Childcare Worker

LouiseI have been working at Sturminster Marshall Pre-School as Senior Childcare worker since December 2012, with over 15 years previous experience.
I have level 3 qualification in childcare with First Aid training, have 2 children of my own and three step children.
I feel I have a good rapport with parents and love watching the children grow and develop over their time in Pre-School.

Sophie Clark

SophieI am Sophie mum to Lily. I have been working at Pre-school since 2010 where I started as an apprentice and now hold level 3 in childcare. I was Deputy Manager between September 2013 to August 2019 and have decided to step down when I had Lily so I could spend more time with her. I have always been passionate about working with children, I find it very rewarding helping and watching them grown into amazing little people.



There are many roles to be considered within the board of trustees.  They provide support and guidance to the Manager as well as having overall responsibility for finances, the upkeep of the building and preschool environment, employment of staff and overseeing the curriculum.

Our current board of trustees are:

Our AGM is held annually in October


Pre Scool library