Hilary –Nursery Manager BA(Hons) EYP & Forest School Practitioner
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 qualified as a Forest School leader in 2017. 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 excited 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 deputy 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 & Forest School 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 Practitioner ~ Level 3 & Special Educational Needs Coordinator
I have three children, 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 September 2017 I started studying for my 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