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Bilingual Day Nursery Ravenstone Team

We are honoured to have an incredible team of Highly Qualified Nursery Practitioners and Teachers.

As a small family-run business, it is paramount for us that every child feels part of our nursery family and that we know each and every child and parent on a personal level. 

We use the 1 person 1 language approach - meaning it does not matter if parents do not speak any Spanish at home. However, this will obviously accelerate children's fluency in Spanish.

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Rachel

Managing Director

An excellent mentor to our team who strives to be the best in education, Rachel is always thinking of ways to make our nursery the best that it can be!
Her commitment to early years education makes her the perfect Managing Director.

-Level 5 Qualified in Childcare
-Level 2 in Childhood Nutrition
-BSc Degree in International Management & French
-Languages: English, French, Spanish

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

-Designated Safeguarding Lead

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Georgia

Nursery Manager

Georgia started at our Ashby setting as the pre-school room leader and deputy manager to acting manager. Showing dedication to the children and ensuring the best in education and care, she has now taken on her next challenge with taking on the new role of the nursery manager at our new Ravenstone nursery. 

Georgia has a First Class honours degree in Early Childhood Studies (Early Years Professional Status) as well as continuing her study to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education 3-7 years (Qualified Teacher Status), teaching in a primary school for 4 years.

-BA (Honours) Early Childhood Studies (Early Years Professional Status) (equivalent to Level 6)

-PGCE Primary Education 3-7 years (Qualified Teacher Status)

-Youth Mental Health First Aider

-Languages spoken: English

-Designated Safeguarding Lead

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

-Level 3 Advanced Food Safety

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Kerry

Director

​With a profound knowledge in Finance and Budget Management, Kerry is an asset to the team. Running two other education companies both nationally and in Spain, Kerry is not present in the Nursery on a daily basis but is always involved in the decision making. Her commitment to childhood education makes them the perfect Director.

​-BA Degree in Spanish
-Languages: English, Spanish

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Kelly

Deputy Manager and SENDCo

Kelly joined our team mid 2022 and has lots of experience of being in several upper management roles. 

Kelly has over 17 years of experience in early childhood settings, bringing a wealth of skills and knowledge to our nursery. She is also a speech and language expert, who can support our children's essential skills.

Kelly is passionate about high standards of children's care and education, and can be often found getting messy in the garden or elbows deep in a messy play activity!

-Level 3 in Playwork

-Level 3 in Childcare

-Level 3 SENDCo

-started Elklan Level 3 and Level 4 training

-Languages spoken: English

-Designated Safeguarding Lead

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

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Stacey

Director

Possessing a contagious enthusiasm, Stacey was one of the founders of the Bilingual Day Nursery Ashby. Running two other education companies both nationally and in Spain, Stacey is not present in the Nursery on a daily basis but is always busy in the background of the day to day running of the nursery.

​-BA Degree in Spanish and Italian with translation
-Languages: English, Spanish, Italian

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Maria

Baby Room Leader

Maria joined us in February 2022 to be our Spanish practitioner at our Ashby before moving over to our Ravenstone nursery once it was once.

 

Maria is highly qualified, having a VRQ Level 3 to make her an Early Years Educator. She then continued her studying in Valencia to have Higher Education in Education. Maria brings with her years of experience of being an early years teacher in different settings, as well as owning her own nursery in Spain! 

 

Maria has joined us to help our little ones be fully immersed in Spanish through their play. Maria thoroughly enjoys reading stories to the children, as well as following their own interests within their play, always ready with a helping hand to challenge the children towards their next steps.

-VRQ Level 3 Award (Early Years Educator)

-Certificate of Higher Education in Education in Valencia
-Languages spoken: Spanish, Catalan, German and English

-Safeguarding Trained

-Paediatric First Aid trained

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Linsey

Apprentice Practitioner

Linsey has recently joined our ever-expanding team. She is patience and very caring, and is someone that all of our little ones at nursery are bonding with.

She is currently studying for her Level 3 in Early Years Child Care, and is based across all three rooms to develop an expanse of knowledge and understanding across all of our age ranges as she studies. 

Linsey's little girl also comes to our setting! Linsey loves being outside, and exploring the senses in her messy play activities! When she's at home, Linsey enjoys spending time with her family. 

Linsey is currently on mat leave, and we look forward to welcoming her back towards the end of this year.

-studying for Level 3 Early Years Educator

-Languages spoken: English

-Safeguarding Trained

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

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Savanna

Baby Room Practitioner

Savanna has recently joined our main room as one of our qualified English practitioners.

Savanna loves nothing more than setting up an activity that engages the children through their interests, as well as challenges what they already know. 

Savanna holds Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications, and has a range of experiences in different early year settings. Savanna has a love for learning, and is hoping to take part in lots of CPD to enrich her current knowledge to support our children.

-Level 2 in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care

-Level 3 diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

-Kimbles Music and Movement trained
-Languages spoken: English

-Safeguarding Trained

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

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Giselle

Baby Room Spanish Practitioner

Giselle has joined us from Mexico. She was excited to start with us to learn about our bilingual approach and bring her Mexico culture with her, to help us to immerse the children in Spanish in differing cultures.

She enjoys doing arts and crafts with the children, and getting to know all of the children individually!

Giselle has a degree as an English Teacher as a Second Language. This allow her to have a good understanding of language acquisition and how best to support our little ones with developing their understanding and speaking of Spanish.

-Mexican Degree in English Teacher as a Second Language

-Languages spoken: Spanish; English

-Safeguarding trained

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

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Penny

Toddler Room Leader

Penny has recently joined our setting and is a credit to our toddler room! She has years of experience with young children in different nursery settings, holding different levels of responsibilities. 

Penny loves setting up new and exciting activities that will help our little ones grow and development. It is wonderful to see the joy and thoughtfulness on their faces. 

Penny has a level 3 qualification, as well as SEND training and a degree. She also has her little girl who attends our Ashby nursery. 

-Level 3 Early Years Educator

-SEND qualification

-Degree in

-Languages spoken: English

-Safeguarding trained

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

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Larisa

Toddler Room Spanish Practitioner

Larisa has joined us from her most recent employment in Spain. Larisa was born in Romania, but has spent a lot of her childhood either in Spain or in the UK. She speaks Spanish, Romanian and English, She ha slots of experience nurturing young children, with her experience of being an au pair, as well as training in other English nurseries.

She enjoys immersing the children in her small worlds to create an imaginative world for the children to learn and play in!

Larisa will be working towards her Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification, supported by the other experienced staff in our team! 

-studying for Level 3 Early Years Educator

-Languages spoken: Spanish, Romania, English

-Safeguarding trained

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

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Jess

Toddler Room Practitioner

Jess has been working whilst completing her apprenticeship for over a year now. She has a kind and bubbly personality, which all of our toddlers adore!

She is currently studying for her Level 3 in Early Years Child Care, with the help of our amazingly diverse team.

Jess has two little boys who attend our Ashby nursery, too Jess loves reading the children stories in a quiet, calm manner, which is amazing for our children who like some quieter space. When Jess is at home, she enjoys spending lots of time with her family! 

-studying for Level 3 Early Years Educator

- Kimbles Music and Movement Trained

-Languages spoken: English

-Safeguarding trained

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

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Lehara

Toddler Room Practitioner

Lehara is from Sri Lanka, and has joined our team from starting her journey with us at our Ashby nursery. 

Lehara’s calm and collective approach has a positive influence on all of the children. Lehara enjoys spending her time with all the children throughout the week. She particularly enjoys time exploring the outdoors in our huge garden and our forest school! 

 

Whilst being in the UK, Lehara has gained experience and is studying towards her Level 5 qualification in childcare whilst living with her family. Lehara moved here in 2023 with her partner and daughter (who also goes to our Ashby nursery) and in her spare time she loves to see different places, study and sew her tapestry.​​

-studying for Level 5 Early Years Educator

-Languages spoken: Tamil, Sinhala, English

-Safeguarding trained

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

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Marian

Toddler Room Spanish Practitioner

Marian had joined us from Spain. She speaks Spanish, Catalan as well as English, She ha slots of experience nurturing young children, with her experience of being an au pair.

She enjoys immersing the children in her story telling with the children's favourite stories, as well as introducing us to some of her Catalonia culture. 

Marian has a degree in Primary Teaching, as well as training towards a Master's degree in Early Years.  

-Degree in Primary Teaching 

-Training in a Master's Degree in Early Years

-Languages spoken: Spanish, Catalan, English

-Safeguarding trained

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

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Georgia

Pre-School Room Forest School Practitioner

Georgia has years of experience within early years settings, starting as an apprentice and working her way up to room leader and management responsibilities. Georgia is now excited to develop her skills in the Ravenstone team through following her interest in outdoor learning through taking part in Forest School training.

Georgia has a love of learning, and not only enjoys to complete a range of continual professional development courses. She has started her Forest School training, and we have already seen some super forest school provision for our pre-schoolers!

Georgiaa has a very caring nature, with her empathy and patience making her the perfect main room leader.

-Level 3 Children and Education (Early Years Educator)

-Kimbles Music and Movement Training

-Studying for Forest School Leader qualification

-Studying for Level 3 Outdoor First Aid Training

-Languages spoken: English

-Safeguarding Trained

Paediatric First Aid Trained

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Elena

Pre-School Room Spanish Practitioner

Elena is a Spanish speaking practitioner, all of the way from Spain. She heard about our approach to Early Years, and came back to the UK to be a part of our ethos!

Elena has brought with her lots of rich culture from Spain, as well as her knowledge and experiences. She has a degree in Primary Teaching, with a major in music! She has also been involved in lots of collaborative research projects, and her work has been published in books and articles!

Elena has had experiences in many different education settings, and enjoys learning and meeting all of our children and their families. You will often find Elena with a group of musicians in the music area of our nursery, beautifully singing some Spanish songs.

-Degree in Primary Teaching (with a major in Music Education)

-Master's degree in Peace Education, Conflicts and Diversity

-Kimbles Music and Movement Training
-Languages spoken: Spanish, Catalan, English

-Safeguarding Trained

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

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Wendy

Nursery Chef

Wendy has years of experiences of working in a range of culinary settings.

She loves preparing and cooking the children a wide variety of delicious and nutritious meals and snacks! Wendy makes sure that our children finish with empty plates, catered to all allergies, diets and intolerance. 

 

-Level 3 in Food Hygiene

​-Level 3 in Advanced Food Safety​

-Languages spoken: English

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Vialli

Sports Practitioner

Vialli has been at the Ashby nursery for a number of years. She has expereince of working in all of the three rooms during her service.

When she joined the nursery she had a Level 2 in Health & Social Care and had just finished college. She joined us on an apprenticeship programme and she qualified with a Level 3 in Childcare. She has continued to develop her professional development, by undertaking an early years sports and nutrition course.

Vialli loves sports and exercise, and leads our weekly PE sessions.

-Level 2 in Health and Social Care

-Level 3 diploma in Childcare

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

-Safeguarding trained
-Languages spoken: English

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Georgia

Bank Staff

Georgia is currently studying for her degree in Primary Education (3-7 years) with QTS degree. She is currently starting her second year at university.

Georgia loves to go down to the forest and have a bear hunt, whilst also looking for all of the creepy crawlies along the way!

She has previously completed placements in a range of education settings, giving her lots of ideas that interest our children. Georgia will be working with us in between her university holidays.

-Studying for BoA (Honours) Primary Education (3-7 years) with QTS degree

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

-Safeguarding trained

-Languages spoken: English

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Isadora

Bank Staff

Isadora is from Brazil, and is trained as a lawyer. After moving to the UK, Isadora was interested in a career change to working with young children.

Isadora loves to get to know all of the children, and listen to their stories. Her gentle composure makes her ideal to care and build bonds for our little ones. 

Isadora's native language is Portuguese, which supports our EAL speakers in the nursery who also speak Portuguese. 

-Paediatric First Aid Trained

-Safeguarding trained

-Languages spoken: Portuguese, Spanish. English

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