Hilary – Nursery Manager & Forest School Practitioner – BA(Hons) EYP
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 after running a parent/toddler group in Mickleham. Soon after I began studying towards the CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification, which I completed in June 2016. After working in admin and marketing for many years I have thoroughly enjoyed my change of direction! I have three children – Maddie, Jasper and Leo – who have all previously attended St Michael’s. I enjoy walking, singing and have a lifelong love of reading.
Charlotte – Nursery Practitioner & Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) – BA(Hons) QTS
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.
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 – Nursery Practitioner – Level 3
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 qualified and able to develop my knowledge 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.
Georgie – 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 Michael’s Community Nursery in September 2019. It was an exciting opportunity, 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.
Hollie – 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.
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.
Lizzie – Nursery Practitioner – Level 3 and Trainee Forest School Practitioner
I began volunteering as a committee member when my daughter Chloe started at St Michael’s in 2017, and I loved being part of the workings behind the scene. My youngest daughter Eleanor started in 2019 and I began working as a Nursery Practitioner in October 2019. I have worked in childcare since 2008, as a nursery nurse and sole charge nanny, qualifying with my CACHE Level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care Learning and Development in 2010. I am currently working towards my Level 3 Forest School Leaders qualification. I love gardening and being outdoors. I have enjoyed coordinating the Dorking Children’s Allotment and with the help of some very friendly families we are developing it into a space for parents/carers and children to play, learn and grow.
Louise – Nursery Practitioner –
I joined St Michael’s in September 2019. My youngest daughter attended the nursery and we both fell in love with it, so when the opportunity arose I was delighted to be able to join the wonderful team. I have two daughters and in our spare time we enjoy walks with our dog Eva, family days out and catching up with friends and family.
Natacha – 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.
Tiffany – 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