The Staff at Little Crickets

The experienced staff at Little Crickets have all worked together for many years and continue to focus on creating a welcoming, friendly, positive learning environment.  
 
Nicky- Nursery Manager
Nicky completed her teacher training course in Roehampton and then worked at a small school in Putney.  She soon turned her attention to full-time motherhood and had 4 children, before returning to teaching.  She has 7 grandchildren, 2 of whom have attended Little Crickets and loved being at “Granny’s school”!  Nineteen years ago, Nicky began working at a small nursery school in Hampshire.  Over time, she became the Deputy Head and, when the owner retired, bought the school and re-named it Little Crickets.  6 years on, and through tireless hard work, dedication and passion, Nicky has created a happy, secure learning environment where every child flourishes as an individual. 
“(I hope that) every child leaves us confident in themselves and ready to move onto the bigger educational world”
 
 
Tanya- Dragon Group Key Worker
Tanya trained as a Montessori teacher and has worked in 2 London prep schools, as well as running a Nursery School in Balham.  She has been at Little Crickets, and its former setting, for over 7 years and is supported by her husband and 2 teenage boys.  Tanya offers her ‘Dragons’ clear guidance and exciting learning opportunities through her enthusiasm, confidence and a love of teaching.
“The relationships between the staff is more as friends rather than colleagues….we have lovely parents who treat us as equals”
 
 
Emma- Tadpole Group Key Worker
Emma has worked at Little Crickets since the beginning, and taught at the former setting from when her son was there (he is now in his final year at secondary school!).  Emma, her husband and 3 children live in Long Sutton.  Her interest in art and creativity means that Emma is always thinking up new imaginative ways for the children to learn.
“(We aim to give the children) a gentle fun start to their education”
 

Catherine B- Hippo Group Key Worker
Catherine started working at Little Crickets’ former setting over 20 years ago and, with a Foundation degree in Early Years Care and Education, followed by a BA (Hons) degree in Early Years Practise, she is an extremely valued member of the team.  Catherine lives in Rotherwick and has 2 sons who have now left home.  She is very creative, not only in her teaching style but also when making all of the costumes and backdrops for the Nativity play, Summer Concert and other activities.
“(We) are lucky to have parents who are interested in their child’s learning.”


Victoria (Tor)- Hippo/ Frog Group Key Worker

Tor has completed the NVQ Level 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development course and has completed her Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo) training..  She lives locally with her husband and two teenage daughters.  Tor is very calm and creative in her teaching approach.  She is also a trained Cordon Bleu cook and often leads cooking sessions! 
“I enjoy…seeing the joy on their faces when they achieve their new goals.”


Catherine B-W- Tadpole Group Key Worker
Catherine has been teaching at Little Crickets and its former setting for 16 years.  She has completed the NVQ Level 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development course.  Catherine has 3 children of her own and particularly enjoys being involved with young children in their formative years.  She offers her ‘Hedgehogs’ a calm, caring introduction to their education, instilling in them a sense of fun and an awareness of others.
“I enjoy watching the children grow in confidence and knowledge during their time at Little Crickets.”
 


Sarah Watt- Supply teacher  
Sarah is a qualified Primary School teacher, who trained and taught in South West London, and then went further afield to teach at the British International School in Hong Kong for 5 years.  She is now settled back in the UK, down the road in Bentworth, with her husband, two young boys and their baby girl.  Sarah is really looking forward to offering creative, exciting, hands-on learning opportunities to all the children.

Sarah Whitley- Supply Teacher

 
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