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Cowplain Pre-School

Cowplain Community Pre-School is an equal opportunities group, open to all children and families in the Cowplain area. The pre-school has been open since 1975. We currently offer places to approximately 60 children – a maximum of 26 children per session.

The pre-school is registered annually by OFSTED. We are fully insured (through Pre-School Learning Alliance) for all times children attend.

We are registered to accept nursery funding.

We are committed to putting the rights of our children to be cared for, to be educated, to have nutritious food and clean water, to learn how to make friends and care for each other and to respect each others families and cultures.

We provide a high ratio of trained, experienced and dedicated staff who offer a curriculum, which works towards approved learning outcomes.

We recognize the important role of parents in the education of their young children and aim to have strong parent partnerships, as we directly involve the parents in their own child’s learning and development progress.

We hope you will find our pre-school a secure and welcoming place with opportunities for fun and friendship in a caring environment where children can learn through play.

OFSTED UPDATE

Our latest inspection was carried out in January 2015.  We are pleased to announce we have been awarded  "Good".

Board of Trustees / Directors

Company History

COMMUNITY CHILDCARE CENTRES (Growing Places) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, company registered by guarantee, and is also registered as a charity.   The company was founded on 26 January 2001 and registered as a charity on 7 June 2001.  Company details and accounts information is submitted on an annual basis to both Companies House (registration number 4148695) and the Charities Commission (registration number 1086957). 

Who is who

Alongside the Chief Executive, the Trustees (Directors) have overall responsibility for the governance of COMMUNITY CHILDCARE CENTRES (Growing Places), ensuring that the company/charity has appropriate control systems (financial and otherwise) in place, and that these are reviewed and/updated as is appropriate.  

A scheme of delegation is in place such that day-to-day responsibility for the provision of services rests with the Chief Executive and the Senior Management Team.

Pen-Portraits: Board of Trustees

Matt Goodwin – CHAIR  

After graduating from university with a degree in Biology, I initially went into a private sector role within the IT services industry. I then took up a management role within Royal Mail, to begin a longstanding commitment to working in the public sector. This has seen me take up a series of postings in operational & executive management, planning, projects and performance, in settings as diverse as the NHS, Local Government, Fire and Rescue, and a non-departmental governmental body (a Quango to you and me…).  I am a manager by profession, and have achieved Chartered Manager status, as well as being a fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management.

I joined the board of trustees for Community Childcare Centres, not long after my daughter started attending Morelands, and have very much enjoyed learning about how this excellent organisation delivers its vital services, and using my experience in the management & governance sphere to help out where I can.

Outside of work, pastimes include learning to cook, reading, travel, bad golf, and, very importantly, practising to be a good dad!

Gueilyn Swaine – VICE CHAIR

My name is Gueilyn Swaine, originally from Venezuela I came to England in 1992, studied Design & Materials Engineering at University of Portsmouth and worked as a Design Engineer at Pall Europe Ltd for 16 years designing filters for the Industrial market.  I was formally a parent and chairperson at Growing Places @ Morelands until 2013.  Recently, I left my job to pursuit a new career on teaching and I am currently volunteering and working as a lunchtime supervisor for Padnell Infant School.  I am also an exam invigilator for Cowplain Community School.

Gary Hyam

After finishing school in 1996, I went straight into employment working as a locksmith. I moved to Portsmouth from Essex in 2001 where I started working at a large company in the finance department. I am currently employed at a newly founded company based in Kingston as a Financial Controller.

I live in Havant with my wife and two children. I am a family person who likes to do various activities. I have an interest in computers, gaming and cooking.

I have been a Trustee at Growing Places since 2014 my daughter attends Morelands nursery. I began as a trustee because I wanted to be part of the growing places family and return the support the charity give with the knowledge I have. 

I enjoy providing support to Growing Places through my role as trustee, the team are passionate about the vision and goals. Looking forward to what the future holds.

Sue Cleaveley

I retired 4 years ago from my role of Senior HR Business Partner at Wyeth Laboratories based in Havant (now Pfizer) after 42 years of service.  I joined Wyeth straight from school and after an initial 9 year period in a Secretarial role In the Engineering Department, I transferred to the HR department where I commenced my HR studies.  

My role involved all aspects of HR including strategic management, restructuring, redundancies, recruitment, disciplinary and grievances and mediation etc.  

I am a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, I also hold a British Psychological Society qualification and a Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

My interest in becoming a Trustee for Community Childcare Centres is the involvement I have had with Morelands School and Nursery since Matt Goodwin's daughter Isabel started there some 5 years ago.  I have attended sports days, nativity plays, nursery graduation and have had the privilege of being a nominated person to collect Isabel when needed.  These opportunities have given me a good insight into the professional and caring structure of this organisation. I feel my HR background and experience in a very broad HR generalist role would be of benefit to the organisation.

Outside of work, past times include, photography, cooking, travel, motorhome trips.

Belinda Holly Lipscomb 

After leaving college I worked in numerous retail management areas, mainly clothing stores.  I used my knowledge of graphic design to complete a Merchandising and window management course.  I also trained in beauty and worked as a receptionist manager at a busy beautician salon.  It was here that I worked in HR and helped out with accounts and finance.  I am now working and training as a dispensing optician at Peter Collins opticians in Waterlooville where I manager the Waterlooville and Hayling practise.

I live with my husband and two daughters who are four and two in Waterlooville.  I try to keep fit and active and enjoy any craft activities, being outdoors and horse riding.  Our family love animals and at present we have a dog, fish and 6 chickens. 

I wanted to become a trustee because I was so impressed with the company and the way that it provides brilliant childcare at all levels. I wanted to be able to support its staff in any way I can.    My eldest daughter went to Mill Hill nursery and I loved watching her grow and develop with the nurseries help.  My youngest now goes to Mill Hill and the nursery is helping her come out of her shell. 

Katherine Bradbury 

While at school I always had eye for numbers and solving ambiguous problems so I thought accounting would be a great career path. Five years later I have climbed the ranks at Havant Academy, starting as the Finance Assistant, being promoted first to Finance Administrator and now I am the Finance Manager in charge of all aspects of finance business.

Working at Havant Academy has allowed me to gain a wide array of responsibilities and has given me an amazing experience and developed my technical, professional and personal skills.  

I am a very flexible and enthusiastic person and am now really interested in seeing how Early Years provision helps shape the future of those who we see coming to start with us at senior school, and beyond.   So the opportunity to become a Trustee with Growing Places is really exciting.  I am hoping to both learn and share experiences with the wider Senior Management team and those working for the company.

My husband and I enjoy traveling and hope to start exploring more of this wonderful world; starting with a three week backpacking holiday around Thailand this summer. We hope to explore more of the Far East in the years to come and experience new cultures outside of traditional tourist resorts.

Simon Tout

I originally trained to be an electrician qualifying in 1988 and having attended college I got the bug for education that passed me by at school.  This enthusiasm led me to enrol on a general access course, in 1991, run by Portsmouth University.  Having a successful year I proceeded straight on with a Degree in Engineering, Design & Materials, graduating with a Beng 1st Class honours in 1996.  After graduating I took the decision to get a job in finance and in particular Tax. Why Tax? As one of life’s certainties I felt it was a good career choice and marginally more fun than being an undertaker! Having completed my professional training with KMPG, to become a Chartered Tax Adviser, in 2000 I got a Job with Shell.  Whilst working for Shell their policy of job rotation has seen me in numerous roles from UK Group Tax Planner to Senior Internal auditor, based in Port Harcourt Nigeria.  My current role is UK Senior Corporate Tax Adviser.

I have an interest in becoming a trustee as I would like to obtain a different perspective to running a business.  I relish the opportunity to work in an environment which is unlike that which I am used to and feel a great amount of energy towards developing my competence in this space.  Furthermore I am motivated by the feeling of wanting to do something for the community.  My daughter attends Growing Places Havant Academy, I found the environment there had an authenticity that “had me at hello” and as I have got to know other members of staff I can see this open, honest and friendly attitude is endemic across the organisation.  I find this attitude infectious and it gives me a powerful sense of wanting to belong.

Outside of work I have been a competitive cyclist racing for various trade teams across the South Coast, and it is through bike racing that I met my wife Rachel who was also a competitive cyclist.  Since the arrival of our daughter, Martha, I have taken on a more relaxing and inclusive hobby of keeping Marine Tropical fish. 

Emma Jervis

I was a founding member of Growing Places, and up until summer 2016, I have worked alongside the Senior Management Team and Nursery Practitioners to help support settings.  I started with the Growing Places as a student, undertaking my training with the company, and have since built over 20 years’ experience as a nursery practitioner and as senior lead, supporting teams with good childcare practice. 

I successfully run my own child-minding business, and as such, I am in contact with local other childcare services and schools. 

I have two young girls who have been part of Growing Places nursery and Out-of-School provision over many years.  

I am keen to join the Board to support both the CARE & EDUCATION subcommittee and the HR subcommittee.

Marie-Claire Taylor

Previously I was the Treasurer for Cowplain Pre-School, when it existed as a stand-alone pre-school / charity, for 4 years on a voluntary basis. As part of the Committee it was important to me that the provision at Cowplain remained sustainable and I therefore took a recommendation of approaching Growing Places to discuss a potential merger, as we had similar childcare values and both are charities.   The rest, as they say, is history!

I have worked as a Customer Service Manager for a company which specializes in Santa Christmas grottos and also have experience both as an Estate Agent and as a manager at Natwest Bank.   I was keen to join Growing Places Board of Trustees to further my childcare / Trustee experience. 

I am married and have two young daughters, one who currently attends Cowplain Pre-School.  I am looking forward to Cowplain Pre-School being part of Growing Places. 

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