We’re lucky to have an experienced and dedicated team. Get to know our team members and structure below. If you want to meet us, just book a visit!


Lily Rajnovic – Manager

(Butterfly Group)

Lily joined us in April 2016.  She has been working with children for the past 30 years. She started her professional career as a primary school teacher in Croatia. She moved to the UK in the late ’90s and since then she has lived and worked in Didcot. After working for 15 years in Stephen Freeman Primary School, Lily was excited to join the team. Lily loves gardening, needlepoint and reading.

Dawn Dellow – Deputy Supervisor

(Ladybird Group)

Dawn joined us in June 2017. Dawn has been involved with the pre-school for several years by being on the Committee and Fundraising Committee whilst her daughter attended the pre-school. Dawn’s hobbies include dog walking, watching touring cars, listening to music, spending time with her family and friends and looking after her cat and 2 rabbits.

Zoe Barrington-Groves – Pre-School Practitioner

(Caterpillar Group)

Zoe joined us in June 2017 as bank staff. She has now successfully completed her Level 2 and is now a full-time member of staff with her own key group. In September 2019, Zoe will start the process of completing her Level 3. She previously worked as a Hairdresser for over 20 years and decided to make a career change. Zoe has two daughters and enjoys long family walks and listening to music.

Melanie Marks – Pre-School Practitioner

Mel joined us in June 2018. She studied Childcare after leaving school and qualified to Level 3 in 1993. She is married and has two sons and one daughter. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, going on walks and spending quality time with her family.

Patricia Griffiths – Pre-School Practitioner

Patricia joined us in September 2017 as bank staff. She is now in the process of completing her Level 3 and is a valued member of the team. Patricia has a daughter and her hobbies are dog walking, playing the piano and spending quality time with her family & friends.

Samantha Strickland – Volunteer & Bank Staff 

Samantha joined us in January 2019 as Bank Staff and has become a valued member of the team.  Samantha has two boys and two girls and her hobbies are spending quality time with her family and friends.  In September 2019, Samantha is starting her Level 3 training and will be volunteering in the pre-school.


Our key person system means each member of staff has a group of children for whom she is particularly responsible.

Your child’s key person will work with you to ensure we provide what’s right for their individual needs and interests.

When your child starts at the pre-school the key person will help them to settle and aid them in benefiting from our activities throughout their time with us.


Claire Downer – Office Manager

Claire joined us in May 2016 and has been involved with the pre-school for several years when her own two children attended the setting and has previously been part of the Committee and Fundraising Team. Claire’s hobbies are speedway, swimming and spending quality time with her family and friends.