Staff & Committee


Buttercups currently has nine members of staff and the majority work on a part-time basis across the week. All members of staff, committee members and helpers are subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Baring Service) check. This helps us to ensure that all people involved with the setting are suitable for working with children.

The staff currently employed by Buttercups are:

Kirsty Salmons – Lead Practitioner and Manager 

Kirsty joined Buttercups in January 2006 and has been Lead Practitioner since September 2009.

Kirsty’s Qualifications include:

  • Foundation degree in Early Years Childcare & Education – Level 5
  • Early Language Lead Practitioner (ELLP)
  • CACHE Diploma in EYCE – Level 3
  • Designated Person for Child Protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene
  • Risk Assessment
  • Behaviour Management
  • Basic Signing

Lauren Deeks – Senior Pre-school Practitioner

Lauren joined Buttercups in September 2011 and became the Deputy in 2019.

Lauren’s Qualifications include:

  • Diploma in Children’s and Young People’s Workforce – Level 3
  • Equalities Co-ordinator
  • Designated Person for Child Protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene
  • Behaviour Management
  • Basic Signing

Gillian Crowe – Pre-school Practitioner

Gillian joined Buttercups in September 2019.

Gillian’s Qualifications include:

  • Cache NVQ in Childcare Level 2
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Safeguarding/Child Protection
  • Food Hygiene

Melanie Marshall & Donna Bray Ladds – Pre-school Practitioners

Melanie & Donna joined Buttercups in September 2019.

Qualifications include:

  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene
  • Safeguarding / Child Protection

Robyn Owens – Pre-school Practitioner

Robyn joined Buttercups in 2020.

Robyn’s Qualifications include:

  • Level 2 in childcare
  • Safeguarding / Child Protection

Sally Saunders, Maternity Leave Cover

Liz Smith – Admissions & Finance Officer

We also employ a dedicated cleaner, Sophie Matthews. Sophie makes sure the building is spotless every evening and is an integral part of our team. Sometimes we have extra people helping in the setting, for example work experience students, or additional staff to cope with extra demand for places. If we have other staff in the setting we will inform parents via our parent mail system.

Key Person System

Each child attending the setting is allocated a Key Person. This person will have particular responsibility for that child during his, or her time at Buttercups.

We find that this helps and benefits each child, as close monitoring and recording of information by their own Key Person will enable them to tailor the curriculum to meet the unique needs of each child they are responsible for. The Key Person will also maintain communication with the parent/carer of that child on a regular basis and be the contact person at Parent Consultations.

Committee and the status of our Pre-school

Status of the Pre-school

Buttercups Community Pre-school is a registered charity and we operate within the Charity Commission framework and statutory guidelines (our registration number is 1027856). As a registered charity we are heavily dependent on Nursery Education Funding and the fees and charges we levy parents/carers in respect of the care and education we provide. We try to keep our fees to a minimum and do this by undertaking a number of fundraising events and activities throughout the year. Because of our reliance on fundraising we greatly appreciate your support and involvement in this area.

The Pre-school is also a member of the Early Years Alliance and we are also registered with Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education). Our registration number is 221753 and we are subject to inspections by the agency. The Pre-school was last inspected in October 2014 and was rated as OUTSTANDING. A copy of the report is available from the Pre-school, or online on Ofsted’s website.


Buttercups is run by an elected committee of volunteers, which ensures that major decision making is in the hands of those parents/carers whose children attend the Pre-school.  These volunteers also act as our Charitable Trustees. The Committee is responsible for reviewing both policy and practice, and for the employment of members of staff. Fundraising is also a major part of the Committee’s role and responsibilities.

The Committee meets once every half term in the evening and any parents are welcome to attend and ask questions, or make comments. Details of the Committee meetings are e-mailed to parents and noted in our newsletters.

There is an Annual General meeting in the autumn term, at which the Committee for the following year is elected. Parents will be informed in good time of the meeting, as they are welcome to attend to meet the staff and other members of the Committee.

Without a committee of volunteers the Pre-school would not be able to function properly. If you are interested in joining the Committee please speak to a member of staff, or a Committee member. A list of current Committee members is displayed on the wall in the mobile. All Committee members are DBS checked and registered by Ofsted.