Hilary –Nursery Manager BA(Hons) EYP & Forest School Practitioner, acting SENCO
I have been working in Early Years Education since 2000. I used to help out as a mum at my own children’s nursery and really enjoyed it. So when an opening became available, I jumped at the opportunity. 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 additional qualifications in both Creativity and Speech and Language Support , I am also a level 3 Forest School practitioner. 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, and I quite enjoy a bit of boxercise!
Jennie – Deputy Manager – 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 the nursery.
Charlotte – Nursery practitioner BA(Hons) QTS ~ Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
On maternity leave from July 2019 ~July 2020
I joined the team at St Michael’s in summer 2018. I qualified as a teacher in 2012 and since then have taught children at a specialist speech and language school.
I am married to Tim and we currently have two boys. When I have spare time I love a good book! I also enjoy yoga and getting out in nature.
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 old 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.
Elaine – Nursery Practitioner 1:1 support worker ~ Level 3
I am married, have four children and five grandchildren. It’s through my children that I started to work in my local nursery school. Enjoying this role, I decided to train further and completed my NVQ level 3 in Childcare. It was through one of my assignments focusing on Special Educational Needs, that I decided to gain more experience in this area and have been working with children with special needs in a specialist school in Reigate. I’m now delighted to be able to share the knowledge and experience I gained with my colleagues at St. Michael’s and to support children in the setting. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors, crafts and playing with my grandchildren.
Gemma Hine – Nursery Practitioner Currently studying for level 3 Early Years Educator qualification.
During the later stages of my policing career I realised I enjoyed helping others learn. When my son Ben started at St Michael’s I started volunteering in the nursery and wondered how I could change careers. I decided after nearly 20 years I was going to leave the Met and in early 2019 was given the opportunity to cover staff absences and joined the team. I am delighted to now be able to develop my knowledge as I have started the Level 3 diploma and share my enthusiasm as a permanent member of the team. My husband and son have supported me in this career change and also in reigniting my love of horse riding.
Natacha Fricker – Nursery practitioner MA (Hons) PGCE QTS
I trained as a teacher in 2013 and then taught from Reception to Year 2 in two local Dorking schools. I am passionate about play based learning that develops the whole child (which St Michael’s is excellent at!). I am married to Oli and we have two children, Florence and Rupert. I love playing with my children and also cooking, baking, reading and being outside. We go to church in Dorking where Oli is training to be a vicar.
Georgie Handover – Nursery Practitioner level 3
I have worked in various Early years settings for over 20 years. I qualified with my level 3 in childcare in 1998.
I joined St Michaels Community Nursery in September 2019. It was an exciting opportunity as the setting really inspired me as I have a passion for outside Learning.
I have five children myself which keep me very busy. When I do have spare time I enjoy reading, listening to music, swimming and family days out.
Louise Bacchus – Nursery Practitioner NNEB
Hollie Barnes – Nursery Practitioner
I joined St.Michael’s in 2019 after my youngest started school. Both my children went to the nursery and I loved being a happy helper whenever I could. So, when the opportunity arose to work for Hilary, I didn’t hesitate!
For years I helped out with children’s summer activity camps and have thoroughly enjoyed organising the children’s craft workshops at the school.
I love arts and crafts, gardening, camping, skiing, dancing and spending time with my family.
Lizzie Rice – Nursery Practitioner ~ Training Forest School practitioner Level 3.
Tiffany Brant- Nursery practitioner
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