Our Staff

We have 10 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.  
Aymalia 

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

Penny 
Manager
and
Safeguarding Officer

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.

Michaela
Deputy Manager
and
Designated Safeguarding Lead

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 Deputy Manager, I am also the Designated Safeguarding Lead and have qualified as an Early Years Senco. 

Kezi
Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator
Dee
Health & Safety Officer
Deirdre

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.

Linda 

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.

Leanne

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.  

Elena

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 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 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.