Hobbyhorse is an Ofsted registered pre-school and a registered charity that serves the local community of Stony Stratford, Galley Hill, Fullers Slade and the surrounding areas. Hobbyhorse has been located in the historic town of Stony Stratford since 1985 and is based at the Children’s Centre on London Road.

We welcome children from the age of 2yrs up to school entry age. Children are introduced to a safe, stimulating and fun environment, focusing on developing their core skills based on the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).  We aim to learn through play while recognising differences in age, development and interests. We work to the Ofsted’s ‘best practice’ ratios. Staff : 2yr old = 1:4 Staff : 3yr old = 1:6

The Staff and Committee hope that you and your child enjoy being members of Hobbyhorse Pre-school.  We look forward to welcoming you in the near future.


Meet our staff:

  • Lana Race: LVL6 Pre-school Manager

  • Carol Fowler: LVL3 Deputy Pre-school Manager, Safe Guarding Lead, Home Partnership Coordinator

  • Louise Davis: Administrator

  • Tracey Spivey: LVL3 Early Years Practitioner, SEND Officer, Safe Guarding Lead

  • Cheryl Turp: LVL3 Early Years Practitioner, Early Explorers Lead (Currently on Maternity leave)

  • Rachael Arthur: LVL3 Early Years Practitioner, Extended Lead

  • Vicky Dell: LVL 2 Early Years Practitioner

  • Marina Usmani: LVL 2 Early Years Practitioner

  • Lacey Yates: Pre-school Assistant, Studying towards LVL 3 Years Practitioner


Parental Contributions and the Committee 


An elected committee of parents/carers help manage Hobbyhorse andmonthly meetings are held to ensure the smooth running of our pre-school. There is also a fundraising group who arrange events throughout the year. All money raised is spent directly on equipment and activities for the children to enjoy. The committee is supported by the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PSLA). Joining the committee is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. If you would like to join, please let a member of staff know.

In addition to the committee, Hobbyhorse sees parents as partners in the provision of the children’s care and education and as such encourages parents to be involved at Hobbyhorse. This might include volunteering for a session, sharing a special talent (e.g. music), helping to raise funds, or simply ensuring active communication with your child’s key worker.

Meet our committee:

  • Colin Wilderspin – Chair

  • Alisia Lovell – Secretary

  • Beatrice Reinart – Treasurer