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Our Staff


My name is Donna and I am the manager of the preschool.

I have lived in Grove for 10 years with my husband, son, daughter and cockapoo Gizmo!

I am passionate about early years and supporting children in the community to get the best possible start in education.

Donna Priestley


My name is Amy and I have been at Grovelands since September 2021.

I have recently qualified as a Level 3.

I love working with the children and thinking of new activities they will enjoy. I enjoy creative and messy play the best - the messier the better!

Amy Miller

Key Person

My name is Lucy and I'm on purple team.

I've been at Grovelands since September 2013.

I am married and have 3 sons, a dog and a bunny!

I love to set up different role play areas for the children and to watch them learn, and grow in confidence through using their imagination.

Lucy Blake

Deputy Manager Cover

My name is Laura and I am currently the 1:1 so my team colour changes.

I've been supporting children at Grovelands since September 2018. 

I live in Grove with my husband and 2 children.

I love working with and supporting SEN children and their families to learn, grow and achieve their best.

Laura Gale


My name is Andrea. I joined Grovelands in November 2016 and I am on blue team.

I live with my husband and 2 daughters. I have lived in this area all my life.

I love watching the children grow into independent, confident little people, ready for their next adventure when they leave.

Andrea Routledge

Key Person

My name is Karen. I have been at Grovelands since April 2018 and I am on pink team.

I live in Wantage with my partner Dave and my 21 year old son Oliver.

I have always worked in childcare since the age of 19 and absolutely love watching the children develop, grow and learn through play.

Karen Selwood

Key Person

Our Committee


Leeanne Brownlie


I joined the committee in April 2023 although I was the Admin Manager at Grovelands before that.

I have seen first-hand both as a parent and a staff member what a difference the preschool can make to each child who attends. Supporting the preschool as Chair has been a great way to have a real impact on this as well as ensuring that Grovelands continues to be a success.


Lizzy Henson

Committee Member

I joined the committee in April 2023 because my son was thriving in ways that I could not have achieved at home - joining the committee was a way to give back.

I believe in the importance of children being able to attend a preschool, and from my own experience, it has made the transition to primary school smoother and more enjoyable for both myself and my son.


Jess Bennett


I joined the committee in March 2022 while my son was at the preschool.


Since then, he has gone on to start primary school and my daughter now attends the preschool.

It genuinely feels like we get to make a positive impact on how the preschool runs, and it's a great way to contribute to your local community.


Annie Bosley

Committee Member

I joined the committee in December 2023 because I wanted to be involved in the preschool community and support the amazing work that they do with our children.

You get a real insight into what goes on behind the scenes as well as the opportunity to have a genuine impact on your child's early years education.


Jess Musgrove


I joined the committee in April 2023, after my daughter started attending in January 2023.

I am passionate about supporting the preschool by helping raise funds or in any other way they may need to keep the preschool running successfully.

The staff are lovely and the children really thrive there.


Niki Collett

Committee Member

I joined the committee in March 2022 because my son enjoyed his preschool experience so much I wanted to give back to say thank you.

I enjoy working on the committee because the staff do such an amazing job helping our children enjoy their preschool experience and helping on the committee means they have more time to concentrate on the children.

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