Established in 1976, Landulph Under Fives has evolved over the last 45 years into a successful and thriving preschool which really cares for and nurtures the children in our care. We are based in a bespoke preschool learning room at the back of Landulph Memorial Hall in Cargreen. After running a pop up preschool in the main hall for around 35 years, we raised enough funds and converted the old snooker room which had run into disrepair and revived it for many generations to come.
Landulph Under Fives is a small committee led pre-school for 2-5 year olds in the riverside village of Cargreen, just 5 miles from both Saltash and Callington. We are a registered charity which requires a committee with the majority of membership being reserved for parents (60%).
We were rated Good in our most recent Ofsted inspection in November 2018.
The pre-school has a dedicated space attached to the lively village hall, with use of a fabulous outside space. Many of the children go on to Landulph School, with children attending from the parish of Landulph as well as from Hatt, Botus Fleming, Callington, Landrake, Saltash and the surrounding areas.
Landulph Under Fives Preschool is a friendly and enthusiastic group, aiming to provide all our children with a secure and motivating environment in which they can develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. A friendly place to grow, to think, to learn, to play and to make friends.
We offer a space for children to be themselves, to explore the world around them and learn through play. We follow a structure at preschool so the children become comfortable with a routine and this helps them to feel safe and secure. We encourage friendships in an inclusive setting where new friendships are borne which can last a lifetime. As a small, friendly and dedicated preschool, we can offer your child the attention and nurturing they need at preschool age. We are able to have fun with the children in our setting while also being available to comfort the little ones if needed or wanted.
Landulph Under Fives is Ofsted inspected and was rated as “Good in all areas” in its most recent inspection in Autumn 2018.
Landulph Under Fives is particularly proud of the recent improvements in the leadership and management section
“The new manager is committed to providing high – quality care and education for the children.”
…and delighted that quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children all maintained their good ratings.
Landulph Under Fives is also particularly proud of the team who work hard to maintain the high standards and lovely atmosphere of the Landulph Under Fives setting
“Staff know the children well and welcome them warmly at the start of each session. Children arrive confidently and settle in quickly, happy to see their friends and eager to start playing.”
Who Are We?
Claire Fry - Preschool Leader
Claire joined the team in September 2019 and has NVQ level 3 in Early Years. Having worked in childcare for over 20 years she brings a wide range of knowledge and a wealth of experience to the preschool. Claire is also a keen musician (flute) and has introduced musical activities to the setting on a daily basis. Claire is also our lead SENCO for the setting. When she’s not at preschool, Claire enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew.
Nicola Feltham - Deputy Leader
Nicola is a mum of 3 teenage boys and has been part of the team for many years, initially as a volunteer before taking a formal employed position in 2016 and has NVQ Level 3 in Childcare. She thoroughly enjoys working with the children and feels lucky to work in such an inspiring and beautiful environment. Nicola is our queen of funding and, along with Claire, deals with all the council queries!
Kelly Welsh - Preschool Practitioner
Kelly joined the team in March 2021 and is a mum of 2 girls aged 10 and 7. She has a level 3 in Childcare and Education and 6+ years experience in childcare including day nurseries, where she worked in both a baby room and with foundation stage. She also worked in a primary school as a classroom assistant and a lunchtime supervisor. Kelly kindly runs Landulph Stay and Play for us in her own time.
Cat Packer - Chair
Cat is a mum of one of the current preschoolers and has been part of the committee since her daughter joined Landulph Under Fives in 2017. By day she is Fundraising and Evaluation Coordinator for a Cornish mental health charity. She is a mum to two children aged 6 and 3 and in her ‘spare’ time, chairs Landulph Under Fives committee, and when she’s not busy with raising her children, chairing the preschool committee and her day job, you’ll probably find her on the river on her paddleboard or kayak or enjoying a walk around the village!
Emily Duckering - Treasurer
Emily is also a mum of a current preschooler and has been part of the committee since her eldest son started attending in 2015. By day Emily runs a farm with a caravan site and holiday lets and is a master of the accounts. She keeps us on the straight and narrow with our financial situation and keeps the purse strings tight to ensure we remain sustainable. Emily is a mum to two boys aged 3 and 8 and in her ‘spare’ time she is Treasurer for Landulph Under Fives committee and when she’s not doing that, you’ll probably find her on her farm with the chickens!
Jess Dyer - Committee Member
Jess is a parent of one of the children who attends Landulph Under Fives. She is an admin queen and her day job is ensuring the family Kayaks and Paddles business is run smoothly and efficiently. She moved to Cargreen 2 years ago and regularly attends Landulph Stay and Play with her 18 month old daughter. She is a valued member of the Landulph Under Fives committee and we are looking forward to utilising her organisational skills!
Jo Butcher - Committee Member
Jo is a retired GP and is a long time resident of Cargreen who has been involved with the preschool for many, many years. She was instrumental in the snooker room conversion to the wonderful preschool room it is now. Jo is a master of fundraising and has an immense amount of experience that she brings to the committee. She has two daughters, who attended the preschool in 1980’s and three grandchildren. When she’s not nurturing her garden, you’ll find her out in Australia with her grandchildren.
Norman Watts - Committee Member
Norman is a retired primary school Head Teacher having worked at four schools in Plymouth; Drake, Montpelier, Whitleigh and Southway. Alongside this, Norman was involved in school inspections whilst working as an educational adviser. He brings a wealth of educational knowledge to the preschool and we look forward to utilising this to drive the preschool forward for the next generation. Norman loves to travel and has been to 99 countries. He was due to visit his 100th and then the pandemic struck.
Geraldine Packer - Committee Member
After qualifying as a teacher, Geraldine taught French until she was given the opportunity to undertake a University of Birmingham course to become a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf. When she retired she had been in charge of a large secondary school Hearing Support Centre for many years. With her expertise in supporting children who are deaf to thrive in their education, Geraldine brings a knowledge of inclusive learning and supporting children with Special Educational Needs as her forte. Geraldine is Grandma to one of our current preschoolers and has 3 other grandchildren who all attended Landulph Under Fives. When she’s not being Grandma or a committee member, you’ll find her walking the Cornish cliffs and countryside.
Lisa Gough - Committee Member
Lisa attended Landulph Baby and Toddler group (now Landulph Stay and Play) when her son was born in 2018. She became a very valued member of the group and was integral in creating a welcoming and warm environment. She is a very friendly person who helped to make everyone in the group feel welcome. Lisa joined the committee as a member of the community as she loved the ethos of Landulph Under Fives and wanted to help us thrive.