Meet the Team

Jenny Ivory - Proprietor

I took over ownership of Little Gaddesden Preschool in November 2014. Prior to that I had spent 12 years working in the Early Years sector in a variety of settings, with children ranging from Birth to 5 Years. I have a First Class BA Hons Degree in Education and Early Years. It is a passion of mine to enable children to have the best possible experiences in their Early Years to support and enable them to grow, learn and develop to their full potential. I am also very passionate about the benefits of Outdoor Learning and this filters down into the preschool itself.

I have a husband, daughter and son at home and enjoy spending time with them and family. I also enjoy going for walks, cooking and being creative.

Louise Cleveland – Preschool Manager

I started working for Little Gaddesden Preschool in January 2015. I have a Diploma in Nursery Nursing (DNN) Qualification and have been working in child care for over 25 years, working in a variety of child care settings.

I am the designated Safeguarding Officer, Health and Safety Officer and Outings Co-ordinator. I enjoy supporting children to grow, thrive and achieve their goals. My favourite thing to do at preschool is creative activities like painting, sticking and making things.

At home I am a mum of twins, in our house we have 3 cats, 2 rabbits and lots of fish.

Katy Ratcliffe – Senior Preschool Assistant

Hi, I'm Katy and I qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1995. Since then, I have worked in various settings, both in Early Years and beyond. I worked for eleven years at Potten End Preschool, where I set up and ran the Upper Preschool from 2017. Prior to this I worked in a school for children with severe learning difficulties, which taught me a deeper understanding and empathy for families faced with what often seemed like insurmountable challenges. I set up my own dance school in 2010, aimed at children from 3 years and up, building confidence, self-esteem and a love of music and movement. I also have three almost grown up children!

I am fun loving, creative and caring, and committed to providing children with the best possible opportunities I can, by creating positive relationships with them and their families and ensuring positive experiences to enable them to flourish.

Rachael Cantellow – Qualified Preschool Assistant

I have a Level 3 qualification in Caring for Children and Young People. I am a mum to my daughter Grace and love cooking and spending time with her at the zoo or soft play.

Natasha Osmond - Forest School Leader

I have a Level 3 qualification in Caring for Children and Young People and a Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification. I have been working in Child Care for over 4 years, starting in a Day Nursery after finishing college.

I've had experience with all ages of children and enjoy working alongside children to help them grow and learn. What I love the most, is being able to look for lots of great ideas and activities for the children to do.


Christina Eames - Qualified Preschool Assistant

Hello, my name is Christina Eames.  I have been working as a nursery and Preschool practitioner since 2013 when I gained my level 3 in childcare.  I also, worked in a local Montessori nursery where I gained a lot of experience with their educational theories.

I have fond memories of Little Gaddesden, as one of my children attended the Little Gaddesden Primary school.  I also have three children of my own, which has given a lot of first-hand experience to my knowledge.

I enjoy the beautiful countryside walking our pet dog Benson and regular exercise.


Carly Bird - Unqualified Preschool Assistant


Alice Norman - Qualified Preschool Assistant