About Us

Doddiscombsleigh Pre-School is a community-run, not-for-profit pre-school with charitable status. We are a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, registered with the Charity Commission and are regulated by Ofsted.  Founded in 1992 by local parents and the school, the management of the pre-school is now the responsibility of an elected committee comprising of parents, carers, community members and school staff who volunteer their time, experience and resources. 

The Pre-School is located in a stunning rural setting on the edge of Dartmoor and just 7 miles from Exeter. Our staff are highly experienced and fully qualified early years practitioners.  We have strong links with Doddiscombsleigh Primary School which aids transition into full time education and Class One; although we welcome applications from all children from the community regardless of future school plans.

Our Team

Mrs Jo Stratton (Pre-School Leader) 

Jo has been working at the pre-school since May 2015. Her background includes work as a youth worker, children’s centre worker and early years practitioner. Relevant qualifications include a Community and youth Work Certificate, a forest school certificate and an NVQ in early years. Since working at the setting Jo has developed a warm and accessible environment in which the children are free to explore and discover at their own pace, ensuring stimulating and exciting opportunities are always available for the children to experiment and grow with. Jo has a particular passion for creating a truly child led and family friendly Pre-School and welcomes input from parents and carers.

Mrs Faulkner-Lloyd (Pre-School Senior Assistant)

Gillian has been working at the pre-school since 2005. She is a dedicated and valued member of staff who brings a sense of playfulness and fun to the setting. She enjoys thinking up creative activities for the children to explore and is skilled at recognising when it is time to extend their learning.

She currently holds an NVQ in Early years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from bringing up her own family.

She enjoys spending her spare time with her grandchild.


Vanessa Fraser (Chair of Committee)

The staff and committee at the Pre-School can be contacted through preschool@doddi.devon.sch.uk or on 01647 253695