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Staff Profiles

We are committed to continuous professional development, all our staff are encouraged to attend training and complete online training. To aid child development and confidence each child is assigned with a ‘Key Person’ who will build a close relationship with the child and the family and monitor and record progress. Parents are encouraged to discuss their child’s needs with their 'Key Person' and have regular updates about their child’s progress.


Julie Horsman - Pre-School Manager

Julie is the Pre-School Manager. She holds a Btec National Diploma in nursery nursing and an ILM level 2 Management and Team Leading qualification.  Since gaining her qualification in 1998, Julie has worked in 3 private day nurseries in York  before coming to Appleton Roebuck Preschool  in June 2013. Julie has a good knowledge of the EYFS and  loves the fact that no two days are the same at Preschool and it is great to have the opportunity to give the children a solid foundation on which to start their journeys in life.


Polly Dadvar - Deputy Play Leader/Early Years Practitioner

Polly is the Deputy Play Leader. Polly has a BEd Hons degree and worked as a Primary School teacher for five years before having children. Polly has worked at summer play schemes for children with special needs and tutored Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) children in need of a little extra help. Polly thoroughly enjoys working at Appleton Roebuck Pre-school where the focus is learning through play.


Tracey Hirst – Preschool Early Years Practitioner, Admissions secretary and Key Person coordinator.

Tracey has worked at Appleton Roebuck Pre-School since April 2012. She has worked in Early Years settings since 2007 and obtained a Level 3 qualification in 2011. At her previous setting she worked as a supervisor then as a Deputy Manager for a year before joining Appleton Roebuck Preschool. Tracey loves being at preschool and being there to support the children and families and helping children develop and learn.


Marie Burke -Preschool Early Years Practitioner/Relief Staff

Marie has a Btec National Diploma in childhood studies and has worked in nursery settings and as a Nanny for 19 years and has lots of early years experience including RIE. Marie joined preschool in November 2016 and has taken on permanent hours from May 2018.

We also have an experienced team of relief staff who we can call upon in staff absence.