The Staff

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 8 grandchildren, 2 of whom have attended Little Crickets and a third is there at the moment. They all enjoy 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 in 2010. 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 10 years and is supported by her husband and 2 sons.  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- Duck 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 of university!).  Emma, her husband and 3 children live in Long Sutton.  Her interest in art and creativity means that Emma is always thinking of 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 and  Hedgehog 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 daughters who are both studying at university.  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- Hedgehog 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 Whitley- Duck Group Key Worker

Sarah and her family have lived locally in Bentworth for many years. Her two children both work in London. Sarah has been coming to Little Crickets as a supply teacher for the last couple of years. She is now becoming a full member of the team and will be teaching the Ducks on a Thursday and a Friday.
“I love coming into school and getting to know the children and see them grow and change in their time with us.”

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