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The Windmill Preschool

Bolford Street Hall, Thaxted, CM6 2PY

"Children arrive happy and quickly settle into this calm and welcoming pre-school"

OFSTED, 2018

01371 831457 (session times only)

Meet the Windmill Team

We are very lucky at The Windmill Preschool to have a dedicated and close-knit team of professional staff, most of whom have been with us now for a number of years.  All staff, including the Manager, are Key-Persons, and form part of the staff:child ratios.


Claire Rooney, Deputy Manager

"I began working at The Windmill in September 2015 when my youngest son started school. Prior to this I was secretary of the committee for four years, and both of my children came to The Windmill. I have a degree in Health, Welfare and Social Policy and lots of experience working with people of all ages and abilities. I love working with children and I have recently attained my Level 3 qualification."  

Rachel Kesterton, Assistant

"I have a history degree from Cambridge University and am a qualified secondary school teacher but that was in a previous life! I have four children of my own, which is how I discovered a love of small children. I gained my Level 3 Diploma in Preschool Practice and joined Windmill in 2006. I love every minute but particularly anything sticky, creative or involving the telling of tales, being a passionate believer in the importance of stories not just for children, but for all of us."

Louise George, Assistant

"My son came to The Windmill and I was a volunteer at The Windmill for two years before joining the team in January 2014. I have a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies (Nursery Nursing). The activities I enjoy the most are creative play and cooking."

Peta Gilbert, Assistant

"I have a background in education and was part of the team that set up the child care voucher system that we all use today. I left London to bring up my family and started at the Windmill in 2010 when my third child started school.  All of my children came to The Windmill and I was on the Committee.   I enjoy all the activities, particularly the creative ones, and love our nature walks to the secret garden."

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