We have 11 staff who work in the preschool, some who have worked here a long time and some who have recently joined the preschool in the last 5 years.
Hello, my name is Deirdre.
After working in medical science laboratories, I trained to teach and hold a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education). I taught in a primary school for 16 years and have been working at The Ark since 2009. I have 3 grown up children and 4 grand children.
Hello, My name is Penny. I have worked in early years education since 1995 and have worked at The Ark Preschool since 2009.
In 2017 I completed my BA Hons in Early Years Education with the Open University and in 2018 I took over as Manager of The Ark Preschool. I enjoy encouraging children to have an input into their learning and show them that their opinions matter to us as a preschool.
Hi there, My name is Joanne Hitchin and I have worked at the Ark preschool for 5 years. I have been a qualified nursery nurse for 20 years having worked in a variety of nursery settings. I particularly like developing exciting craft and sensory activities for the children to experience, as well as reading stories and singing songs.
I am married with 2 children.
I look forward to meeting you when you visit the Ark preschool
I've worked in the preschool for 5 years and throughout that time I have completed my level 3 in childhood studies.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator
Health & Safety Officer
Hello, my name is Michaela but some of the children call me Kayla. I have 2 young children and love being a Mum. I started at the Ark in 2017. I have worked within the childcare industry for many years as I have always enjoyed being able to support/teach children as they are our future. I am a qualified level 3 practitioner and I have recently taken on the role of the Safeguarding Lead and am currently training as an Early Years Senco.
I am Level 3 trained and have been working in early years for more than 20 years and have also worked as both a manager and a deputy manager in my two previous settings. I strive to make a difference in all our pre-school children's lives. I have two grown up children of my own.
My name is Kezi. I have been working at the Ark Pre-school since January 2011. I am a qualified level 3 Practioner and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (Senco). I am also a mum to two beautiful children. I trained in Paediatric First Aid and have completed a variety of additional training around Special Educational Needs including Portage. I am currently studying to further my knowledge and development to gain a recognised qualification for Early Years Sencos.
My name is Leanne. I am a qualified practitioner, holding a NCFE qualification and first aid paediatric trained. I am also Mum to a son at secondary school and have worked at the Ark since 2013. I love working with children, every day brings a smile.
Hello, I’m Dee (short for Diana !)
I’ve been working with pre-school children since 2001 and hold an NVQ3 qualification in Early Years Childcare & Education and hold a current Paediatric First Aid Certificate. I joined The Ark in September 2017 having previously worked for 15 years at a Bromley nursery followed by a year at a Montessori pre-school. I am mum to boy/girl young adult twins. I especially enjoy helping the children to explore their imagination and promoting their emotional wellbeing.
Hello I started working at The Ark in September 2019. I am Level 3 trained and have worked with children aged from 6 months. Before coming to England I worked in childcare in Romania. I am also mother to 2 girls.