Our team of staff recognise that children have individual needs and develop at different rates. We encourage and support staff to participate in training to ensure their skills are continuously updated. We have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator who ensures that children's additional needs are met.
Hilary –Nursery Manager BA(Hons) EYP currently studying level 3 Forest school
I have been working in Early Years Education since 2000. I fell into Early Years by accident. I used to help out as a mum and really enjoyed it. So when an opening became available at my children’s nursery, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve not really looked back. Initially qualifying with my Level 3 in 2004, I went on to study for an Early Years Degree, which I achieved in July 2008. I also have Early Years Professional Status (2010) and continue to update my knowledge now having have additional qualifications in both Creativity and Speech and Language Support. I am currently studying for My Forest School leader qualification. I became the Manager of St Michael’s in September 2008, and still consider myself lucky to be working in such a fantastic environment with a supportive team of colleagues and parents. I’m a farmer’s daughter so have a natural love of the outdoors and I’m delighted we have our own nursery chickens! I have two dogs, who are my babies now that my own children have both left school!
Dana – Deputy Manager BA(Hons) & Forest School Practitioner
I moved to England in 1998 from Czech Republic. I am married to Paul and we have three children, two girls, Anna and Eliska and a boy, Daniel. I started to work in childcare as a childminder in 2003 in Dorking. Working with children has inspired me and since than I have studied from NVQ3 up to BA (hons) in Early Years Education and Childcare, which I completed in July 2012. I joined St Michael's Community Nursery in 2010 as a nursery practitioner and in 2014 became the Deputy Manager. I am truly passionate about play and the outdoor environment so I was naturally exited to complete my Forest School practitioner qualification in 2012.
Jo – Nursery Practitioner ~ level 3
I have worked for St Michael’s Community Nursery since 2003. I'm married with 4 children and 2 grandchildren. I have a CACHE level 3 diploma for Children and Young Peoples Workforce which I completed in July 2011 following a 1 year course. I am a trained paediatric First Aider. I love gardening, the outdoors, reading and arts and crafts all of which I bring as a contribution to the nursery.
Lisa – Nursery Practitioner ~ Forest School Practitioner
I joined St. Michael’s Community Nursery in 2005 after running a playgroup on Boxhill. My two boys are now teenagers! I am especially interested in country pursuits, all animals and outdoor things! I have a working cocker Spaniel and occasional rescue animals of varying descriptions! I completed my Forest School Practitioner qualification in 2012 and enjoy leading learning in the woods.
Bev – Nursery Practitioner ~ level 3
I am married to Howard. We have six children and currently one grandchild. I have been working at St Michael's Community Nursery since 2010 and still feel privileged to do so! I have a CACHE Level 3 and I am also the Designated Safeguarding Lead. In my limited free time, I love to read and I enjoy walking our 2 dogs Pippy and Louie.
Anna– Nursery Practitioner ~ level 3 currently studying level 3 Forest school
Sophie –Nursery Practitioner ~ Currently studying Level 3
Sadly Sophie is leaving us to take up a full time position at a new nursery. We are now advertising for a new part time practitioner.
Jennie –Nursery Practitioner ~ Level 3
I joined St Michael's in 2014 as a parent helper and soon after began studying for the CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification, which I completed in June 2016. After working in admin and marketing for many years I am thoroughly enjoying my change of direction!
I have three children - Maddie, Jasper and Leo - who have all previously attended St Michael's. I really enjoy singing and have a lifelong love of reading, which I hope to share with the children at nursery.
Michelle - Nursery Practitiober ~ Level 3 & Special Educational Needs Coordinator
I have three children aged 22,9 and 6. Having been a single mum with my eldest, one of my proudest moments has been seeing her graduate from university. In 2004 I met my husband and we have two children together. I qualified in 1996 with a Diploma in pre-school practice which is NVQ level 3 and then I worked my way up to manager of Peter Pan playschool in Bookham. I left in 2005 to work as a learning support assistant at the Priory School in Dorking until 2007, with the birth of my second child. During the last few years I have spent my time volunteering with under 8’s in a variety of settings. In 2017 I will be applying to undertake the foundation degree in Early years.
The nursery was established in 1993 by a group of parents and is run by a voluntary committee of enthusiastic parents who have the common goal of providing a high standard of nursery education locally. The nursery has strong links to the local school, St. Michael's C of E (A) First School. www.stmichaels-dorking.surrey.sch.uk