Crescent Under 5s Pre-school in Reading

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday

08:40 - 11:40 (Morning session)
11:40 - 12:20 (Lunch club)
12:20 - 15:20 (Afternoon session)

Term time only.

Who We Are

Our staff have many years of experience between them. All 5 key carers have NVQ level 3 (or working towards through an apprenticeship) or equivalent.

We have 6 play workers who are very experienced and highly valued in the group. All staff attend training courses on a regular basis, Majority of the staff have up to date Ofsted Approved Paediatric First Aid Training/Emergency First Aid Training and the appropriate Safeguarding and Prevent Training which is renewed in line with legal requirements.

Our Designated Safeguarding Officers for the setting are, Fiona, Mythili and Carley. Our Chair of Committee – Shabana is also trained.

Affat and Sameea are our named Special Educational Needs Coordinators.

Ofsted report


Our Team



Pre-School Supervisor / Safeguarding Lead / Key Carer


"I began working in preschools in 2008 and joined Crescent Under Fives as deputy supervisor and key carer in 2018.

I love getting to know our children and their families. Finding out how individual children learn and their interests and goals and helping them to achieve those goals is what makes my job so rewarding.

I enjoy gardening and the natural world and enjoy sharing this with children at preschool. I also like to cook, especially vegetarian meals."




Deputy Supervisor / Designated Safeguarding Officer / Key Carer / Two Year Check Co-ordinator


"I am from India and I joined Crescent Under Fives at 2011 as a volunteer. I did my level 2 & level 3 and started to work as a fully qualified key carer since 2014.

I love playing with children a lot and I feel Crescent Under Fives Pre-school as my second family in UK. I enjoy doing number and shape problems with them!

I love talking to my family members back home and listening to music."

Language Spoken: Saurashtra, Tamil, Hindi




Administrator / Admissions / Accounts Assistant






Administrator / Admissions / Accounts Assistant






Key Carer / Special Educational Needs Coordinator


"I joined Crescent Under Fives in 2017 and have worked in childcare since 2010.

I love coming into Crescent Under Fives and getting to know our children and families.

I enjoy shopping, cooking and spending time with my family."

Language Spoken: Punjabi, Urdu




Key Carer / SENCO /Behaviour Ambassador


"I started Crescent Under Fives in June 2019.

The staff is very friendly and work together as a team.

I enjoy arty, crafty activities and enjoy watching movies."

Language Spoken: Urdu, Punjabi, Pothwari, Hindi




Key Carer

Sudine has had links to Crescent as a parent and joined our team as a play worker in 2018. Sudine has now gained her level 2 NVQ and has started the role of key carer. She will continue to study her level 3 NVQ as an apprentice. Sudine is also our Equal Opportunities Officer.





Play Worker


“I have worked at Crescent Under Fives for 22 years. I started as a parent helper in 1997, then progressed to a volunteer and now a play worker.

I really like to see the children enjoy themselves and learn through play.

My hobby is nature, mainly birdwatching. I like to encourage the children to notice nature in their surroundings.”




Pastoral Play Worker / Special Need Support Play Worker


"I’ve been working in Crescent Under Fives for more than 4 years. I came to know the pre-school when my 2 children attended the setting. Years ago parents were invited to do a rota helping around therefore given the chance to be with their child while engaged in learning and activities.

Since then I’ve been offered the position regarding my interest for the happiness the safety of the children, the team work spirit and yet been able to raise my children.

I like reading, hiking, gardening and music."

Language Spoken: French, Arabic




Play Worker


"I have a particular interest in communication and early years language development. I enjoy encouraging reluctant talkers find their voice, and communicate their needs.

I like a good night in on the sofa watching movies, listening to Radio 6 and doing a lot of quilting.

I also enjoy visiting museums and drawing with my kids."

Language Spoken: Makaton signs




Play Worker / Emotional Literacy Advisor


"I have been working at Crescent Under Fives for 9 years. Previously, I volunteered as I was a parent of 2 young pre-schoolers.

My favourite activity is singing with the children. I occasionally bring in my rabbit, Lester who is adored by the children. It is a great way to encourage children socially and developmentally.

My hobbies are going on long walks with my dog, Otis."




Play Worker


"I have worked at Crescent Under Fives for two years.

I like the nurturing feel of the nursery.

I love nature and being outside hiking and visiting galleries and art exhibitions."




Play Worker

Sheila is a play worker, and has many years experience with the group and is very approachable. She always wants to make learning and play fun and enjoyable. She enjoys her football and conducts an enthusiastic PE session. She creates a relaxed atmosphere, and there is lots of laughter when Sheila is in the playroom. She has excellent imaginative ideas, and is good at working out how to do things in practical ways. Sheila is a named second deputy.




Founder / Advisor / Cover Staff / Volunteer


"I am now retired as supervisor, a post I held for 45 years. After having my first child I founded the pre-school at the old Reading Activity Centre. I went on to have 3 more children and moved the pre-school to 3 subsequent sites before settling it permanently in its present building.

I now have 8 grandchildren that keep me very busy. I still feel highly motivated when working with the children at Crescent Under Fives, so am pleased to act as EYFS adviser, sharing good practise and support the stuff in their personal development.

I love eating out, spending time with my family and bird watching with my husband, Paul who volunteers his 'mending’ abilities and skills with a drill to the pre-school."





Cover Staff


"I started as a volunteer at Crescent Under Fives in 1997, becoming a member of staff in 1999. I am retired in 2018, but still active as bank staff.

I enjoyed working as a team member at Crescent Under Fives and appreciated the scope we have in planning the daily and weekly curriculum, bringing creativity and ‘thinking out of the box’ to the planning.

I particularly love to see the children (+ adults) develop and grow in confidence in the settling.

I enjoy encouraging children in talking, listening and mark making, and exploring colour in paint, and fostering imaginative play."




Cover Staff

Roopa joined us in November 2015. She is a friendly, hardworking individual and has her QCF 3 qualification and now works as a 'bank' staff and will lend a helping hand when needed. Roopa has worked at Dingley Childrens Centre and has experience with working with children with additional needs. We all benefit from her calm and caring approach to adults and children alike.





Sylvia has been one of our valued volunteers for many years, joining us in 1986 while she was working as a nurse at Great Ormand Street. She has remained with us ever since while still working - (later changing career to radiographer) and in to her retirement. Now in her late eighties she still supports the pre-school - making our play dough for us every week, and organising the loan of books for the children to enjoy from her local library. Sylvia is a much valued member of this pre-school.

Back to top