Meet the team

Head of School and Owner – Jane Smalley

Shrewsbury Prepatoria is owned and run by Jane Smalley who has twenty years experience and qualifications in the childcare sector.

Jane lectured in Childhood studies from 2000-2005 before launching Nurserywise, her training and consultancy service. Jane provided advice and guidance for local authorities across the north of England, supporting settings to raise the quality of education and care provided to children. Delivering training for early years teachers and practitioners and writing bespoke training packages, Jane was able to support settings to make considerable improvement. As an Associate trainer for the National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) Jane continues to provide pre-inspection visits to other settings across Central England and delivers training specialised training to day care practitioners.

In 2010 Jane joined a prestigious independent school where she led the nursery through a period of growth and change.

In 2013 Jane opened Shrewsbury Prepatoria, a unique preparatory school delivering the most comprehensive approach to Reggio Emilia education in the UK.

Jane says,’I have spent most of my working life trying to persuade other people that there is a better way to care for and to educate children. I have realised that the very best way to do this is to lead by example. That is exactly what we are doing at Shrewsbury Prepatoria.’

Jane is a mother of four children and grandparent to seven grandchildren. Jane lives in Shropshire with her husband, Graeme, who is also her business partner.

Deputy Head – Victoria Waring

Early Years Teacher – Stephanie Lewis

Steph has 10+ years’ experience working with children ages 0-16 years. She has gained many qualifications over the years including a BA degree in Childhood and Family Studies, Special Education Needs training, Early Years Teacher Status, a Management and Leadership Qualification and Sports coaching awards in Football, Tag Rugby and Cheerleading. Steph is currently working towards completing her Forest school qualification.

Steph currently leads the Pre-School rooms and especially enjoys implementing new and exciting activities and ideas into Pre-School.

In her spare time Steph enjoys travelling, having previously lived in Italy, and visited America, Iceland, Spain, France and Ireland.