At 345 Preschools, we pride ourselves that we retain hard-working, dedicated and caring staff. We have relatively low staff attrition, and take the welfare of our staff and duty as a local employer seriously, including following the Living Wage Foundation principles.

MEet the Team

We have amazing Setting Managers at 345 Preschools, here's a little more about them:

Donna Sandford

Setting Manager, Springfield

NVQ Level 5

Both of my daughters went to 345 Springfield. I have been employed by 345 Preschools since 2004, and was promoted to Preschool Manager in 2013.

Sarah Matejczyk 

Setting Manager, Page's Lane

NVQ Level 3

I have lived in Muswell Hill all my life and went to 345 Preschools many moons ago.  Both of my children went to 345.

In 2009, I joined 345 as a Nursery Practitioner, and subsequently the Preschool Setting Manager for Page's Lane. I enjoy my job immensely!

Qualifications & Training

All of our staff have extensive experience in childcare/early years learning, including obtaining relevant qualifications (or are currently studying for). We support and encourage our staff to continue their professional development, in areas they are interested in pursuing.

Our staff are also expected to take part in mandatory training as required by Ofsted, to help them keep up-to-date on all aspects of childcare (including fire safety, first aid, child protection and specific training around the Early Years Foundation Stage principles). This may mean that the preschools could be closed for training and development inset days, but notice is given in advance.

Key Person

We assign a key person to each child. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom they have special responsibilities, including:  

Special Needs

As part of the setting's policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs which a child may have. 

The preschool works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2000). Each of our settings has a Special Educational Needs Coordinator.