Staff Spotlight: Abi Preston-Rees

We are lucky to have such amazing staff at Dingley’s Promise, and we want to put them in the spotlight because they are at the heart of everything we do! 

Abi Preston-Rees is the Manager at our West Berkshire Centre in Newbury and has been with Dingley’s Promise since 2014. We managed to grab her for a chat about life, work and Justin Fletcher – and here’s what she said:


What do you enjoy most about your role at Dingley’s Promise?

Working with such lovely families, children and staff, and being able to provide a safe environment where everyone feels welcome and supported.

What has been your favourite memory from working at Dingley’s Promise so for?

Going to watch the Panto at the Hexagon in Reading and meeting Justin Fletcher (Mr Tumble). The children were so excited to meet him and so was I as I’m a big fan!

Can you tell us about your background in the Early Years/ Education sector?

Before starting at Dingley’s Promise in 2014 I had previously worked at Treloars, a Special School, as a Health Care Assistant and then a Physio Assistant. I had also spent some time in a mainstream nursery and worked 1:1 with a child with ASD within her family home. I have been a foster carer since 2010 and provide respite care for children with additional needs within my own home. 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 

Spending time with my husband and 3 daughters going on adventures and making memories. I also love to go to the theatre and have seen numerous musicals!

How would you describe yourself in three words? 

Friendly, Determined, Busy.

What are you passionate about?

Children, especially in the early years. I really feel it is important to expose them to as many new experiences as possible from an early age. This gives them the opportunity to make their own decisions and take risks in order to learn and grow into the best versions of themselves. 

What is an accomplishment you are proud of? 

Being given the opportunity to become Manager of the West Berks Centre and completing my Level 5 in Early Years Management. 

What makes you laugh? 

My daughters. They are a constant form of entertainment and make me laugh every day.