Meet The Preschool team

SHARONDirector/Senior Practitioner
Meet Sharon, she has worked with Alston Pre-School for over 20 years and gained her NVQ level 3 childcare in 2000. Sharon enjoys running with her friends, spending time with her family and grandchildren and loves to bake.

Sharon is the director at Alston preschool.

Meet Sophie, she gained her level 3 CACHE diploma in 2012, she has been part of Alston Pre-School ever since and in 2017 she became part of the management team. Sophie loves being outdoors, especially riding, and looking after her horses, the preschool children also like to visit Sophie’s horses.

Sophie is the safe guarding officer and director at Alston Preschool.

Meet Amie, she has grown up in Alston on her family farm. Amie trained at Alston Pre-School and gained her CACHE level 3 childcare qualification. Amie especially enjoys outdoor learning; cooking up mud pies, hunting for fairies and making sparkly potions.

Amie is the SENCO at Alston Preschool.

HANNAHEarly years practitioner
Meet Hannah, she completed her BA honours Primary education degree in 2021 and is now a qualified teacher. Hannah loves dancing, singing and walking her dogs.

About Us

Our preschool is very much a part of the community with strong links to the local Primary schools, we are situated in Alston Moor Federation and have regular transition sessions with them.

We love to visit and explore local environments, such as; the local park, Tyne Willows playing field and the woodland area. The children especially love going to feed the ducks and horses.

We welcome members of the community into our preschool to share their individual interests and jobs. We have visits from our local fire service, ambulance team and vet. Jane from the library visits us regularly to do sing a long sessions and brings us library books.

We enjoy our annual visit from Tian to celebrate Chinese New Year, we like tasting different foods and learning about different cultures.

We also invite parents to join us to celebrate Easter and Christmas with us at Grisedale Croft Care home for an Easter egg hunt and carol singing.

What Parents Say

Alston Preschool has been a lovely environment for our son to develop and learn. The staff are warm, friendly and very amenable. The site is always secure and safe which is very reassuring. Thank you guys. 

Adam , parent

All 4 of  my children have attended Alston Preschool and they have absolutely loved their time there. My last is just starting his preschool journey and he counts down the days until his next visit.
The care is second to non, the staff are all so friendly and accommodating. They are constantly asking what your child’s interests and needs are so they can tailor their care and enhance their experience.
There is a great mix of indoor and outdoor activities so they never get bored and you are kept in the loop with everything they do on their online journal.
I couldn’t recommend it more. 

Kim , parent

“Alston preschool is a lovely little school and I think the fantastic staff make the place special, it has a home from home feel but with lots of exciting and different areas for little ones to play and get creative in.”

LIANNA , Parent

“Fantastic rural preschool with amazing outdoor space and resources. Friendly, safe and family-like setting that allows children to develop the independence skills required for starting school. The staff encourage children to explore their own interests and tailor learning activities and experiences accordingly. I would highly recommend.”

JACKIE , Parent

Can’t speak highly enough of the team at Alston pre school. From week one, although our daughter started as one of youngest attending we could see her development coming on leaps and bounds thanks to the enthusiasm and professionalism from the staff. Our daughter Joni is full of excitement telling us about her day and can’t wait to get back there each morning. It’s a real comfort knowing we can rely on the staff to guide her development in the right direction as well as being fun and safe. Thanks Alston Pre school!

RORY , Parent

“Both my kids loved it here, all the staff are lovely and my 9 yr old still asks to go back! fab preschool with great staff”

LU , Parent
Sharon, Sophie and Amie are all amazing preschool leaders. They are all very passionate about their job in taking care of the children. They always have fantastic tasks planned for the children, keeping them well educated. Children look forward to their next day at preschool.
Vanessa , parent

My daughter started Pre-school very nervous, after a few weeks with amazing staff she absolutely loves it! She comes home singing songs and showing me all the activities she has been up to. Knowing she is going to a Pre-school that genuinely care for every child’s needs is the best feeling as a parent, I couldn’t recommend it enough.  

Molly , parent