Our Staff

At The Old School Nursery, your children are cared for by enthusiastic, caring and highly qualified staff.

  • We employ 25 staff, 97% of whom have attained NVQ level 3 in Early Years Education and Childcare.
  • We also have a qualified Early Years Teacher, four staff who have achieved a Foundation Degree in Early Years, and another member of staff who is studying for Early Years Teacher status.
  • This means 20% of our staff have a degree in early years childcare, that’s one in each room.

In addition, our SENCO (special educational needs coordinator) has extensive experience of working with children with a broad range of  special educational needs.

We also have a ENCO (Equality Named Coordinator) who promotes equality and diversity across our setting and ensures that faiths, cultures and festivals are recognised and celebrated during the year.

We are proud to continually invest in our staff to ensure that they provide the best quality childcare for your children. Part of this is training, a key element in ongoing staff development. We support staff training across many areas including child development, the Early Years curriculum, leadership, management, health and safety, safeguarding and customer service. As a result, our staff want to stay with us. Indeed, some of them have been with us for over ten years.


Key workers

In order to ensure your child receives the best possible care, the nursery operates a key worker system. Your child will be gently introduced to nursery life with a carefully selected member of staff who will support them during their settling in sessions prior to starting nursery.

The key worker monitors your child`s development through their individual Tapestry online learning journal. They also plan specific activities along with their team members and supports your child in any new events.This ensures we establish a warm and trusting relationship between your key worker, you and your child.

Our Staff

Ewa Praschma

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Job Title
Owner

After 7 years working as a nanny and child minder in the USA and UK I decided I wanted to work in a Nursery environment gaining qualifications in Early Years. It soon became apparent that the Nurseries I was working in did not provide the very best quality in childcare and I decided to open up my own nursery. After gaining a Diploma in Business Studies in 2002 I opened the doors to The Old School Nursery with three children and six full time staff.

We have now created a ‘home away from home environment.’ where your precious little ones will learn, grow, flourish and be loved and cherished. With 25 amazing, highly experienced and qualified staff we will do all we can to support you and your child during your journey with us.

In 2015 my husband Will joined the team, developing our marketing and financial management. With 15 years experience as an education consultant, he is a great addition to the nursery.  It’s also great to have a man around!!

We were both blessed with a precious little bean called Jake in 2012. He has brought such joy and love into our lives along with many sleepless nights!!

I am incredibly proud of what we do at The Old School Nursery and the difference we make to the lives of children at such an important stage of their development. We are constantly striving to improve the childcare we offer and welcome your feedback. So please contact me or even better, knock on the office door, and help us make the nursery even better.

Sarah Worsley

Sarah
Job Title
Nursery Manager
Year Joined
14/02/2007

I have worked in Child care for over 20 years both as a private nanny and in Nursery Settings.

I have worked at the Old School Nursery since 2008 and it is a pleasure to work with such fantastic colleagues and families.

I have an NVQ Level 4 in Children’s care, learning and development and a Level 3 in Intermediate Leadership Management.

I love running, horse riding and skiing and I’m kept very busy with my two boys who are full of energy!

I believe the nursery is a very special place to work as the staff have created a wonderfully nurturing and caring environment for all the children to thrive and develop lifelong skills and strong friendships in a beautiful setting.

Wendy Duncalfe

Wendy
Job Title
Nursery Practitioner and Room Supervisor
Year Joined
23/02/2010

I have worked in Early Years for over 10 years and in a school as a Special Educational Needs Assistant. I have achieved a Foundation Degree in Early Years and currently work in the Pre School Room as Supervisor.

I have been involved in the Guiding movement for many years and more notably as a District Commissioner. I enjoy reading and walking.

I love working with children; being able to share my knowledge and create new learning experiences for the children is incredibly rewarding.

The Old School Nursery is simply a very special place to work. There is a close bond with all the families in our care which often extends long after they have made their next step into their learning journey.

Liz Hobbs

Liz
Job Title
Nursery Assistant
Year Joined
12/06/2003

I have worked at the Old School Nursery for over 12 years. I completed my NVQ Level 2 in Children’s Care, learning and development during my time here and have been fortunate enough to work with all the age groups; I especially enjoyed the babies!

My favourite pastimes are gardening and knitting and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

I like working with children because I love the look of enjoyment on their faces when they achieve something for the first time, it is very special.

I believe the Old School Nursery is a very unique place as the staff and parents have very strong relationships which I feels makes for one big family.

Joanne Duncalfe

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Job Title
Nursery Worker
Year Joined
01/09/2011

I have worked at The Old School Nursery for 5 years whilst studying at University during the holidays.

I have recently graduated with a First Class Honours in English Language and Literature.

I enjoy travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

I love working with children; each day is different but just as rewarding and I always leave work with a smile on my face!

Working at The Old School Nursery is fantastic! The Staff, the children and parents are all lovely and it makes the setting a truly special place to work in.

Emily Davis

Emily Davis
Job Title
Nurse Practitioner
Year Joined
03/03/2017

I have a NVQ Level 3 qualification in Social Care and Early Years.

I have spent time gaining experience in Learning Disability Nursing and have worked for three years for Autism Wessex in schools with children.

I love cycling, walking and going to the gym.

I love working with children and supporting their learning and development. They bring so much enjoyment and it’s lovely knowing you have contributed to their day in a positive and fun way.

Working at The Old School Nursery is so much fun; amazing! The children and staff are all lovely!

Melanie Lamb

Melanie Lamb
Job Title
Nursery Worker
Year Joined
16/06/2016

I am a mum of two grown up children ( one of whom I work with!).  Previously I was a childminder for 15 years and I also worked as a qualified gymnastics coach with children including preschool age. I am currently studying for my NVQ Level 2.

I love running and have competed in quite a few events! I also love walking and spending time with my family.

I love working with children and seeing how much they grow and develop during their time with us.

The Old School Nursery is a special place to work because it is one big family, everyone supports each other and the children are truly loved and nurtured by all the staff.

Gemma Steel

Gemma
Job Title
Nursery Practitioner and Room Supervisor
Year Joined
02/02/2009

I am NVQ Level 3 qualified in Child Care and Education. I am the Room Supervisor for the 18months to 2 year olds which definitely keeps me on my toes!!

I have a little boy whom I love to spend time with and he enjoys a day at Nursery too.

I love working with children as it is a special role to be part of their education and development in their time at Nursery.

I believe the Old School Nursery is a unique place as it is a home from home environment with incredible care from very lovely professionals.

Hayley Frear

Hayley
Job Title
Nursery Practitioner and New Staff Mentor (On Maternity)
Year Joined
02/06/2005

I am an NVQ Level 3 qualified member of staff with over 10 years experience. I have worked at the Old School Nursery for almost all of my training and qualified career which most definitely makes me part of the furniture!

I have a little boy whom I love spending time with and he also enjoys a day at nursery during the week. I enjoy socialising with friends and family and we both enjoy watching our local football team do well!

I like working with children as it is incredibly rewarding and two days at nursery are never the same!

I believe the Old School Nursery is a very unique place as it is a very beautiful setting and environment in which the children can explore, learn and develop.

Fulzan Jenkinson

Fulzan
Job Title
Nursery Practitioner, Room Supervisor and SENCO
Year Joined
18/04/2013

I first started my career in child care over 20 years ag. I have a Diploma in Pre School Practice and an NVQ Level 4.

I enjoy my role within the setting as the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator which is both interesting and challenging.

In my spare time I love Zumba, cycling, spending time with my family and reading.

I enjoy working with children because I like to make a difference. I am fortunate to be part of their individual learning and development and it is very rewarding seeing their faces light up when they achieve something for the first time.

The Old School is a special place because they encourage the staff to widen the knowledge and potential. They listen to your ideas and are always willing to help you achieve them. The staff are friendly, caring and the children are all full of character!

Stephanie Andrews

Steph
Job Title
Nursery Worker
Year Joined
07/05/2015

I have worked in Child Care for four years, initially as a private Nanny for a family locally and then as a Nursery Worker at the Old School Nursery.

I adore animals and I have dogs and horses at home and I enjoy riding and competing when I have the opportunity.

I love working with children because it is so rewarding when a child achieves something new and you have been part of that process.

I believe the Old School Nursery is a unique place to be because the atmosphere is incredible, the staff are welcoming and friendly and the working environment is amazing!!

Annabel de Souza

Annabel
Job Title
Nursery Practitioner and Room Supervisor
Year Joined
01/01/2008

I have worked with children for 8 years and recently achieved my Foundation Degree in Early Years and I aspire to become an Early Years Professional.

I enjoy circuit training and socialising with friends and family.

I like working with children because it’s rewarding, I can have a positive impact in their formative years and help them develop and grow holistically.

Working at The Old School is like being one big family. Everybody works together and supports each other just like a family! Everyday is unique and special as the next.

Denise Andrews

Denise Andrews
Job Title
Nursery Assistant
Year Joined
10/03/2016

I have worked with children for many years; as a childminder when my own were small and more recently in a residential school for young children with behavioural and associated learning difficulties.

I really enjoy working in Early Years as it’s so rewarding helping children to build new skills and gain confidence in the world around them.

I enjoy ski-ing, walking, have horses of my own and cooking.

I believe The Old School Nursery is a great learning environment for the children. They are encouraged in all the activities and they are happy, confident little individuals.

Kiri Froud

Kiri
Job Title
Nursery Practitioner and Room Supervisor
Year Joined
25/03/2006

I am a Level 3 qualified practioner and supervisor and have worked at The Old School Nursery for 9 years and have enjoyed working with all the age groups.

Outside of work I like to keep active at the gym, enjoy walking our dog and spending quality time with my daughter, family and friends.

I love the rewarding aspect of working with children. It is privilege to build relationships with the children and their parents and give them the best start in nursery life.

The Old School is a unique place to work as it is set in a quiet and beautiful location, surrounded by animals and it’s a wonderful environment to visit with the children.

We have a very close team and most of the staff have been here for many years; it is a lovely nursery.

Verina Cutler

Verina
Job Title
Nursery Practitioner
Year Joined
07/01/2016

I have been working in Child Care since 2002 when the youngest of my own three children went to school. I ran a Pre School for 7 years in Milton Abbas during which time I completed my Foundation Degree in Early Years.

I then worked at a large Day Nursery in Dorchester for 5 years where I worked in several rooms and was also an Early Years musician.  I have a passion for music; I play many instruments and write my own music too. I strongly believe that music has magical qualities and can be used very effectively to enhance children’s learning. Children naturally love music and the benefits to their development in communication language and literacy are huge.

I love the fun that the children bring. Watching them learn and progress is extremely rewarding. Conversations can be funny, frustrating and magical all at once! Children are very special.

Working at The Old School is a pleasure. The children are the most important consideration and their needs always come first.

Alison Hargreaves

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Job Title
Nursery Practitioner and Room Supervisor
Year Joined
11/04/2016

I have a Level 3 National Diploma in Childcare and Education and have been working in Childcare for 5 years

I enjoy going to the gym, seeing family, eating out, shopping and spending time with my niece and nephew.

I love working with children as they have such different characters and make me laugh and smile. I love seeing them learn, grow and develop. Knowing that I have played such an important role in their development is very rewarding.

The Old School Nursery is such a special place because we all stick together and make a great team. Everyone is involved and has the opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas. We are one ‘Big Family’

Megan Henderson

Megan Henderson
Job Title
Nursery Practitioner
Year Joined
10/08/2016

I have had my heart set on working with children for a long time; since I can remember! I qualified after leaving school with an NVQ Level 2 and I am currently studying for my NVQ Level 3.

I love working with children as its such a rewarding career; seeing each child grow and learn through play in a nurturing environment.

I love socialising, shopping and spending time with my family and friends.

The Old School Nursery is a special place to work as it feels like one big family and it’s a pleasure working with staff who have experience and knowledge to share.

Pru Denney

Pru
Job Title
Early Years Teacher and Deputy Manager
Year Joined
06/05/2008

I am a Level 6 Practitioner and I work in my EYT role within our busy pre-school room.

I enjoy working in child care as every day is varied and fun! It is a pleasure watching them grow into ‘little independent people’ and knowing that I played an important part in this.

I believe the nursery is a very special place because of the staff! Everyone is friendly, happy and makes the setting a fun and welcoming place to be!

Outside work, I love the outdoors and enjoy time walking the dog, going to the gym and socialising with friends and family.

Laura Lamb

Laura
Job Title
Nursery Practitioner and Room Supervisor and
Year Joined
07/01/2014

I have been working with children for over 10 years in a variety of nursery settings, schools and a local gymnastics club.

I have a Foundation Degree in Early Years and I am aiming to complete a teaching course in the future.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, baking, cooking and exploring new places; more recently Australia! Travel is a big interest of mine and I look forward to seeing much more of the world.

I enjoy the challenge working with young children and the rewards it inevitably brings. Every day is different which keeps me on my toes!

I believe the Old School is a very special place to work because it feels like one big family; everyone knows all the children and parents which makes it a super friendly and welcoming place.

Jessica Goodfield

Jessica Goodfield
Job Title
Nurse Practitioner
Year Joined
02/02/2017

I’m 29 years old and started working with children over 10 years ago. I have my NVQ Level 2 and 3 and have a lot of experience with SENCO and children’s additional needs.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, swimming, cooking, reading and knitting.

I enjoy working with children as there is never a dull moment! Each day is varied and its a pleasure to work with children and see them learning and having so much fun.

Working at The Old School Nursery is really enjoyable and all the staff are friendly and helpful and its lovely to be part of the Old School family!

Debbie Hannam

Debbie
Job Title
Cook
Year Joined
13/01/2014

I have worked in Child Care since 1998 and completed my NVQ Level 2 in a rural day nursery. Since moving into the village I wanted to try something different and was fortunate to gain the position of Nursery Cook at The Old School Nursery. I now have my Health and Hygiene Certificate Level 2.

I enjoy walking, pilates and I love looking after my two grandchildren who I have the pleasure of seeing on a regular basis.

I enjoy working as the Nursery Cook as it is challenging and different; I enjoy seeking new ways to adopt healthy food and menus and engaging the children with this.

I believe The Old School Nursery is a unique place to work because it’s a lovely caring environment! The children are well looked after, the staff work extremely hard and their commitment to their roles and responsibilities is wonderful!

Elizabeth Holman

Elizabeth
Job Title
Nursery Administrator
Year Joined
03/01/2011

I have enjoyed working at the Old School in the role of Office Admin for over 5 years.

When I’m not at nursery I enjoy spending time with my family, cycling and walking in our beautiful county with our energetic spaniel!!

My son was one of the first ‘special beans’ to join the nursery in its opening year and he has lots of happy memories!

I enjoy being part of a happy and motivated team and use my organisational skills to ensure the smooth running of the office.

I believe the Old School Nursery is a very unique place because of the genuine love and individual care given to each child and the fantastic staff.

Vanessa Galvin

Vanessa Galvin
Job Title
Cook