Clanfield Pre-School

Starting pre-school can seem a big leap. At Clanfield, we offer an exciting, nurturing and professional environment for your little ones first steps into school.  With excellent Outdoor Learning and our highly experienced staff, we are confident that your child will enjoy every minute of their time here, just as we do! 

Main Street, Clanfield. Oxon. OX18 2SP
 Tel: 01367 810365
​Text/Out of Hours: 07826 839173

Meet The Team

All our staff are highly trained professionals, and unlike lots of nursery settings, most are parents themselves. They have a huge wealth of experience across all areas of childcare and development.
  1. Lou Hughes-Taylor - Manager
    I joined here in 2011 and am qualified to diploma level 3 in EYS and have training in paediatric first aid and enhanced safeguarding. I also attended short courses in Autism in early years and providing quality care for 2 year olds. I’m a mother to 3 amazing children which I feel gives me great parent insight. I absolutely love my job and believe it is a privilege to be a part of any child's first steps into education.
  2. Kellie Say -Assistant
    I Joined the staff at Clanfield Preschool in February 2018. I have a foundation degree in Early Years. I have worked in childcare for the last five years and love seeing the children grow and watching them become more confident.
  3. Laura Newman - Assistant
    After working in a nursery for 6 years' I have gained great experience working with preschool children and babies. I joined Clanfield in early 2017 and I am so happy to be part of this lovely setting. I feel working with children is very rewarding. I have a NVQ level 3 in childcare.
  4. Laura G - Assistant Manager
    I joined the team in March 2018 to assist the manager with the administrative work. At the time I was a committee member and full time Mum to 3 children, all of whom attended the preschool. Before that, I worked in accounting for 14 years and I love spreadsheets :)
  5. Laura Matthews - Assistant
    I have a BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Early Years. I have worked in childcare for 9 years and absolutely love my job. It is very rewarding and we are fortunate to spend or days helping children to grow and develop within the pre-school.
  6. Mandy Warwick - Forest School Leader
    Outdoor Learning Lead. I am the founder of the Hedgehog Club. I am a Level 3 Forest School leader with over 30 years’ experience as a primary school teacher. Please visit my website at
  7. Gemma Viles - Supervisor
    Gemma joins us in November 2019 and brings a wealth of experience. We are so excited for her to join the team and can't wait for everybody to get to know her!
Clanfield Pre-school is a community based registered charity managed by a committee of parents. Anyone who has a child with us can join and it is a great way to get involved in the ongoing development and success of the pre-school.  The committee is responsible for the financial and administrative aspects of the pre-school. Committee meetings are held once every term where various issues are discussed and actions taken to ensure all legislation and financial requirements are being met, the minutes of these are distributed to every parent. 
​The committee also organises fundraising events, parties and outings throughout the year. It  is worth remembering that if we don't have a committee we won't have a pre-school, so it is an essential aspect of  the setting. Many pre-schools  across the country have had to close as they didn't have an efficient and dedicated committee.  So any help we can get is gratefully received.
Join us and find out how you can make a difference! For further details please email us on