Downton Pre-School

Downton Community Pre-School
Growing and Learning Through Play

Meet The Staff

Becci Lanham Becci Lanham
Pre-School Leader

My name is Becci, I am 22 years old and I am manager and a key worker at Downton Pre-school. I have been studying childcare for 7 years as I chose to study child care at GCSE and then I went onto college to gain my Level 3 in Early Years. I also studied Psychology and worked with college students who had special educational needs. After two years I continued my studies at the University of Portsmouth where i gained a degree in Early childhood studies.

Alongside my degree I completed my Early Years Professional Status qualification too. I have experienced a range of settings within the mainstream and special needs sectors through my study placements and in a work capacity at a local infant school, where I was employed as a 1:1 worker for a child with Down’s syndrome which I thoroughly enjoyed. I love seeing how children learn and develop in their own ways and providing them with resources to help stimulate their imaginations.

I am a creative person who enjoys cooking and sports – particularly netball which I play regularly. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family and going on holidays.


Angela Mitchell Angela Mitchell
Pre-School Deputy

My name is Angela and I have worked in childcare for over 20 years. I gained my PGCE in Early years at Southbank University in 2006 and achieved Early Years Professional Status at Portsmouth University in 2010. I have managed 2 very different Day Nurseries and a Preschool. I thoroughly enjoy working with children and seeing them blossom.

I have recently moved to the New Forest and I am enjoying renovating my idyllic cottage. I also like reading books, gardening and being creative.


Nicky Lanham Nicky Lanham
Pre-School Assistant

My name is Nicky and I have been working at Downton Pre-School for 14 years. I have several qualifications and have been on many courses throughout the years here. These include gaining my NVQ Level 2 in Childcare, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene. My hobbies are reading, crosswords, watching football, especially Chelsea who I have supported for many years. I also enjoy holidays abroad with my husband and two girls, Florida being our favourite destination. My family and friends are very important to me also.


Jane Rudd Jane Rudd
Pre-School Assistant

My name is Jane and I started my career in childcare as a helper at Downton Pre-School when my two children attended. I am an experienced nursery teacher and have a diploma in Pre-School practice, a Montessori certificate and have been on numerous childcare courses. I really enjoy working with children and being involved as they start on their journey of learning.

I enjoy walking my dog Molly, gardening, Tai Chi and spending time with my family.


Kate Hartford Kate Hartford

Administrative, Finance and Admissions Officer

My name is Kate and I have a background in scientific research and teaching. I am a mum of two and both my children have attended Downton Pre-school, although they both now go to primary school.

In my spare time I enjoy swimming, cycling, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.


All our staff hold an appropriate First Aid Certificate.

At times we have students on short and long term placements from school or college.

All staff and committee members work under the settings’ policy of confidentiality, so any information you give will be treated in confidence and only discussed with those who need to know.