Our Staff

We have 10 staff who work in the preschool, some who have worked here a long time and some who have joined the preschool during the last 5 years.  
Designated Safeguarding Lead and SENCo

Hello, my name is Arzu.  I have been working with children since 2005.  I hold a BA (Honours) Degree in Education, an Early Years Foundation Degree PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management) and a Level 3 Qualification in Children & Young People's Workforce (0-18).  I enjoy working in partnership with parents and going the extra mile to meet the needs of each individual child.  I am also a mother to two children.

Deputy Manager
Safeguarding Officer and 
Health & Safety Officer

Hello, I’m Dee (short for Diana !)

I’ve been working with pre-school children since 2001; I have 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 young adult twins. I love working with young children and especially enjoy helping them to explore their imagination and develop curious minds and promoting their emotional wellbeing.

Deputy Manager
and Wellbeing Officer

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 and a little grandson.


SENCo Support

My name is Leanne but I'm known as Lee, I'm a Level 3 practitioner with 5 years' experience within a childcare setting working with children from 6 months - 4 years old.  I am also a mummy of two, a 5 year old girl and an 11 year old boy.  My favourite thing about working with young children is to watch them grow and to flourish.


My name is Leanne.  I am a qualified practitioner, holding a NCFE qualification and am trained in paediatric first aid. 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, 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 grandchildren.  


I've worked in the preschool for several years and completed my level 3 in childhood studies. 


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. 



Hello I'm Chelsey, I'm Level 3 trained and am experienced in childcare, I love working with children. 

My name is Priscilla or Pri for short.  I am part of the BCC Church and was  their Children & Families Co-Ordinator.  Some of you may know me from Pebbles (the Church's twice weekly parent/carer toddler group.  I am studying for a Level 4 SENCo course qualification and after that will be enrolling in an art therapy course.  I love all things creative.