Happy Children & Staff

Let’s be happy and smile together

Southgate Pre-School has been established since 1971, we offer a wide range of learning activities for children aged between two and five years. We are currently open for five morning & afternoon sessions and five lunch club sessions Monday to Friday. Our premises are within the grounds of Hardwick Primary School (Steward Road) in Bury St Edmunds IP33 2PW with whom we work closely, please visit their website for more information as Hardwick Primary School will be the next step in your child’s education in most cases, http://www.hardwickprimarysuffolk.co.uk . Our Morning sessions currently run from 8:45am-11:45am, Lunchclub 11:45-12:30, and Afternoon 12:30-3:30pm.

  • We offer a full range of services.
  • We are open to every family in the community.
  • Children can start from as young as two years old.
  • Pre-School recognises a wide range of special needs, and will aim to meet these needs where possible.
  • Free places for three* and four year olds (Early Education Grant Funding).

Meet Our Expert Staff

Our staff are first aid trained. All of our staff help the children to learn through play. Safeguarding is their top priority.



Pre-School Leader

Hi, I’m Sophie, Pre-School Leader. I have worked at Southgate Pre-School for the past 9 years. Prior to working here, I have worked in a nursery and as a nanny.
I love getting involved in different activities and enjoy capturing children’s interests and creating new learning opportunities. I have always been extremely passionate about how children develop and learn through play. Throughout my working career I have continued to study. Currently I am studying for a Level 5 in Early Years and Child Development. In my spare time I love getting lost in a good book. I enjoy being with my family and friends and exploring new walks.


Pre-School Deputy

Hello, my name is Laura, Deputy Leader and Safeguarding Officer at Southgate Pre-School. I have had the pleasure of working here for over 11 years, after spending 9 years as a Childminder whilst being a stay at home Mum to my 4 children.  I have a particular love for the outdoors and sharing my love, knowledge and interest of wildlife and the environment. I am a fun and active member of the team who enjoys keeping fit, spending time with my family and walking my dogs.


Pre-School Room Leader & SENCO

Hi, I’m Sharon, I am a mum and a grandmother. I have worked at Pre-School for 16 years. I started off as a volunteer and went on to complete my qualifications in Early Years. My role is Room Leader and Senco. As the Senco, I support children with special educational needs and disabilities. I find it so rewarding and I especially enjoy helping the children to learn and develop through play whilst preparing them for “Big school”. I also enjoy reading stories and singing with the children.


Pre-School Assistant

Hi, I’m Lucy, a mum of 2 I’ve worked for Southgate Pre-School for 10 years. I enjoy walking my dog and days out with my family. I love working at Southgate Pre-School, my favourite area is the craft area. we always have lots of fun while learning.


Pre-School Assistant

Hi, I’m Kate, a mum of 3. I’ve worked for Southgate Pre-School for 9 years. I like gardening and being outside. My favourite activity at Pre-School is messy play. I love helping children develop while they learn through play


Pre-School Assistant

Hi I’m Ellie. I have a level three childcare qualification and prior to Southgate PreSchool I worked in a nursery for 3 years. I love spending time with all the children at Southgate and seeing them develop their skills. I enjoy singing songs with the children at circle times and playing games with them outside in the garden.


Pre-School Apprentice

Hi, I’m Jazz. I am just at the end of my 2nd year at Southgate Pre-School. I am completing a 2-year apprenticeship. I enjoy socialising with my friends and family. I like to see the children’s progression, and my favourite activity is water play.


Pre-School Volunteer

Hi, I’m Chris, I am a volunteer at Southgate Pre-School. I volunteered while my granddaughter attended and have been here ever since, over 11 years. I help to look after the children, prepare snack and tidy up. I like art and craft and enjoy time away in my caravan on the coast.


Finance & Administration Officer

Hi, I’m Donna. I’m the Finance & Administration Officer for Southgate Pre-School. I’m a Mum of 2 with a Labrador as my 3rd child! I was Treasurer at the Pre-School for 9 years before becoming a staff member 5 years ago. I love my role and enjoy emailing parents new and existing keeping them up to date with activities and events. I make sure Pre-School is run as effectively as possible. I love helping to raise funds for new resources I’m the face behind the emails as my office is at home.