Come and meet the staff at St Mary's Nursery, Finchley!
Nursery Manager & Qualified Teacher - Julie
I have a vast amount of experience working within early years and have developed a passion of assisting children’s learning by creating an environment that thrives to develop their individual independence. Working within nursery offers a chance for me to share some special moments and I am privileged to witness each child’s character develop. I also have a performing arts background and aim to bring this creative energy into the classroom. I am trained in MAKATON and believe this is a helpful tool to assist and support all children of an early age to communicate, especially EAL (English as Additional Language) children or those who have additional learning needs. I treasure working with the whole family of children within my care and from experience have seen that offering support and gaining parental engagement assists the child’s ongoing development, supporting the child to reach their individual milestones by working towards building a child, school and home teaching triangle.
Alenka Atif – Senior Nursery Nurse
I have over 20 years’ experience working with children of various ages and it's been such a pleasure to see all the children mature and grow. During the five years that I worked as a Deputy Leader in preschool, I started my university course and I hold a BA Hons degree in Early Childhood. I am passionate about psychology, which I studied to some extent as part of my degree, including behaviour management and social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL). In addition, I love music and art; I play piano and guitar and continually look for creative ways to complete tasks and encourage children within my care to do the same. Furthermore, I am Makaton trained and have a level 2 certificate in BSL (British Sign Language). I believe in a holistic approach when providing care and education for children in early years, which will serve as a precedent for their future education and quality of life.
Nursery Nurse - Colette
I have an NVQ3 qualification in Childcare, Learning & Development and over 15 years experience working in primary schools. I have worked in an inclusion resource base where I was trained in P.E.C.S (Picture Exchange Communication System) and used my basic skills in British Sign language.
Early Years Professional - Diane
I have been working in Early Years for over 40 years, starting my career as a Nursery Nurse and then progressing to an Early Years Professional (EYP) with a Psychology Degree (Honours). During my career I have been a manager in three Early Years settings and I have played an integral part in setting up Early Years provisions and training childcare students.
My training has included advanced Makaton, Montessori, Phonics, Forest School, Early Years music and Storytelling. I work in Early Years because I am passionate about young children’s learning and feel privileged to be a part of it. My desire is for children to grow happily and confidently as they learn through play and independently record their own learning. I also work in the Reception Team providing a bridge for those children who continue their education at St Marys School.
Teaching Assistant - Jigna
I have been working at St Mary's Nursery in Finchley for the last 9 years and the thing that makes my day is seeing a child smiling face! I am passionate about helping children to learn, am enthusiastic and friendly.
Teaching Assistant - Holly d’Esterre
I am qualified within Early Years education and as a Teaching Assistant and have worked in these roles within St Mary's for past 5 years. For the past 2 years I have worked in KS2 working as a 1:1 support teaching assistant to a child with additional needs. I have a passion for early years and I find it inspiring to see the growth the children gain from starting Nursery to their transition into Reception. It is a joy to see the children learning and having fun.
Mealtime Supervisor & Support Staff - Andriana
Having worked at St Mary’s as a Mealtime Supervisor since 2017 I have since moved to the Nursery as part of their MTS & Support Staff in October 2019, it is great to work with such a friendly team. I enjoy supporting the main core Nursery staff, whether it be settling the children in at the beginning of the year or helping them develop throughout the year with confidence. The greatest reward is seeing the children happy, especially after achieving a new developmental milestone.
Mealtime Supervisor & Support Staff - Kelly
I am currently working within the Nursery as a mealtime supervisor and support staff. I am enthusiastic to help children to learn and settle into their new environment, where they feel secure and warmly welcomed. Most importantly, I relish contributing to the children’s on going happiness.