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Our Nursery Staff

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Nursery Manager Lisa Simmonds (L4 qualification)

I have worked in the Early Years environment for over 20 years, 13 of these as Supervisor and then Nursery Manager at St Thomas a Becket Nursery. I share my passions for animals and healthy lifestyles with the children. We have visits from pets and we dance a lot at our nursery!
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Nursery Deputy Amy Curtis (L3 qualification)

My name is Amy and I have working in the Early Years sector for 20+ years! I have worked in a number of settings, all with children aged under 5 years old. I'm the Room Leader for the Elmers, 2-3 year olds.
I’m also a swimming teacher for under 5’s in my spare time and have my own 3 children.
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Nursery Practitioner Gwen Taylor (L3 qualification)

I started at St Thomas a Becket Nursery at the end of April 2019. I am an experienced practitioner, coming from a nursery who have been rated Outstanding. I am very pleased to join this amazing staff team. I work with Amy and the Elmers children. I have children of my own, am experienced in looking after 2 year olds and I have a passion for outdoor play and the outdoor environment. I am very excited to to get going with more outdoor learning opportunities on our new allotment!

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Nursery Practitioner Julie Cook (L3 qualification)

I'm Julie, I have worked at the nursery for 15 years. I’m the room leader for the 3&4 year old Caterpillars children. I love bringing the arty and creative side of children out so if your child loves paint, glue, glitter and materials then come and join me at St Thomas a Becket for some sticky fun. We also have lots of fun with songs, actions and dance!
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Nursery Practitioner Yulia Henevska (L2 qualification)

I’ve started at the nursery 2 years ago and am studying for my L3 qualification whilst working here. I love doing art and craft activities with the children. Recently we turned a cardboard box into a 3 bears cottage! I am very imaginative and love telling stories. I speak Russian, Ukrainian and Polish as well as English.
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Nursery Administrator Edwina Lucani

I have been the Nursery Administrator for over 15 years and am the person to come to for any queries about admissions, funding, invoices, extra sessions. I am also the person to let know if your nursery child might be taking a holiday during term time. I also work in the school office so you might have seen me before!
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Nursery Lead Clare Harrison

I joined the nursery in September 2015 to take on this role, which was previously undertaken by the primary school Headteacher. I visit the nursery on most days and I oversee what happens there and report back to the Trustees. I work closely with the Nursery Manager to ensure the smooth running of the nursery and that all of the business aspects of running a nursery, health and safety, policies and procedures etc are as they should be. I am also trained as a Safeguarding Lead. Before joining the nursery I worked for East Sussex County Council in their Early Years and Children's Services departments and also in our county's Children's Centres. I hold a level 6 qualification for the delivery of integrated services for families.
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Shameem Baig (Montessori & L3 qualification)

Teaching children has always been my passion. I was a stay at home mum throughout my children's growing years and now they have their own children it is time for me to pursue my career.

I love to allow children to explore and enjoy their childhood, to inspire them to gain a love for literacy in fun and exciting ways and inspire them to be able to achieve their full potential in their foundation years. I have loads of patience, empathy, am adaptable as well as flexible and hope to be a good role model to them.

I am very community minded. I am fully involved in the East Sussex Women's Interfaith Network, being their Chair for 3 years (stepping down to give me time to pursue my studies and an Early Years teaching career). I have been an active member of the Muslim community, providing activities for Muslim women and children, plus fundraising for the Eastbourne mosque.
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Chloe Regan (NNEB)

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