Our team

Our staff are carefully chosen, not only for their professionalism, but because they really care about the wellbeing of our children and fit in with the St George’s ‘family’.

Each room has its own Senior Childcare Leader and Childcare Practitioner. To cover absences, we have a floating staff team and extra supply staff to support other team members wherever they are needed.

Our nursery practitioners provide a stimulating, engaging and caring environment for our children to have fun while they learn and develop. They are fully qualified to work with children, or have many years’ experience as nursery assistants, and most hold a current first aid certificate.

Nursery practitioners are trained in the following areas:

  • Safeguarding children (child protection)
  • Basic food hygiene
  • First aid

Childcare managers organise regular training and development plans to ensure everyone is up-to-date with the latest childcare practices. We also have a dedicated Special Needs Co-ordinator and Child Protection Leads who both attend regular training events and cluster meetings provided by the Local Authority.

All of our staff are committed to ensuring that our children are safe and happy and that their time with us is filled with play, learning, smiles and laughter.

Office

Morgane
Business Manager

Morgane has been St George’s Business Manager since early 2016. She looks after the setting, making sure everything runs smoothly and that children, parents and staff are happy and contented.

Pauline
Childcare Manager and Trustee

Pauline has been a childcare manager since 2010 and is now on the board of directors. She loves being with her grandsons and family, being in a local band and going out with friends.

Kym Russell
Kym
Specialist Childcare Professional

Kym has worked at ST Georges since 2009.  She started as a Room Leader and became Specialist Childcare Professional in 2015 after completing her BA Honours in Early Years.

Teresa Lascelles
Teresa
Childcare Manager

Teresa started with us in 1998, obtained a Diploma in Pre-School Practice and became manager of Little Dragons and The Out of Hours Clubs. Teresa has been a Childcare Manager since November 2015.

Nenita Goodship
Nenita
Childcare Manager

Nenita started in Badgers in 2015, became Deputy Manager in 2018 and is now one of the Childcare Managers.  She enjoys travelling, reading, gardening, long walks and spending time with her family.

Nikki
Deputy Childcare Manager

Nikki joined in February 2020 and has worked in childcare for 10 years. Nikki is also a trained social worker and her favourite activities are messy play and story time.

Geraldine Walsh
Geraldine
Finance Manager

Geraldine has been St George’s Finance Manager since 2015. She looks after our accounts and budgets. She previously worked at Southpaw Communications Ltd and PWC in London.

Kate Foulkes
Kate
Office Manager

Kate has an English degree and has worked as a PA to several Company directors across Kent, Surrey and London. She has two daughters who have both attended St George’s.

Jayne
Fundraiser

Jayne has previously been a childminder and teaching assistant for fifteen years. She is Chair of Trustees of her local pre-school, organises events in Goudhurst where she lives for the school, pre-school and the elderly.

Jo
Receptionist/ Admin Assistant

Jo joined the team in 2022. She previously worked as an events coordinator at the local Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys sports, walking and socialising.  Her daughters attended Little Dragons over 20 years ago.

Little Dragons

Alison
Little Dragons Manager

Alison started working here in 2019.  She has 2 daughters and about to become a grandmother!   She spends as much time as possible with her family and her dog called Pancake.

Lynn Sharman
Lynn
Childcare Practitioner

Lynn started working in Little Dragons in September 2017, previously she was a teaching assistant in a primary school. She says St George’s is a very special place.

Paola
Childcare Practitioner

Paola previously worked as a teaching assistant in an infant school. She enjoys walking her dog, attending yoga classes and reading.

Niki
Childcare Practitioner

Started in Little Dragons in 2019 and really enjoys working here. Her son attended Little Dragons before he went to Primary school.  She likes going to the park, farms and the zoo.

Laura
Childcare Practitioner
Laura has been working with children for 10 years, ranging from babies right up to the age of 6.  Laura has her own little boy who attends St George’s too.
Laura enjoys socialising with friends and family, going for walks and going to the park!
Claire
Childcare Practitioner

Claire started working at Little Dragons in September 2021. She has a daughter and two dogs called Harvey and Hunter. Shes loves spending time with her family, walking her dogs and going away in her campervan.

Liberty
Childcare Assistant

Liberty used to volunteer at St George’s and in September 2021 started to work here in Little Dragons and ASC. Her favourite things to do with the children include arts and crafts and story time!

Squirrels

Paige
Senior Childcare Leader

Paige studied childcare at college and did her placement at St George’s before joining as a staff member in 2012. She enjoys computer games and crime dramas.

Vicky Searle
Vicky
Childcare Practitioner

Vicky joined us in 2015 and completed her childcare qualification.  She grew up on a farm and likes the outdoors and nature.

Jessica Saunders
Jessica
Childcare Practitioner

Jessica works in Squirrels as lunch cover and in Afterschool and Holiday Club. She loves working in childcare because every day is different. She enjoys reading crime novels.

Leanna
Childcare Practitioner

Leanna loves working in Moles because every day is full of laughter. In her spare time Leanna enjoys walks on the beach.

Katie D
Childcare Practitioner

She received her Level 2 qualification in 2019 and is working towards her Level 3.  She loves seeing how fast children develop and seeing them learn new skills.

Aimee
Childcare Practitioner

Aimee has recently qualified in Level 3 and her hobbies are painting and spending time with friends.

Hedgehogs

Chanelle
Senior Childcare Leader

Chanelle completed her foundation degree in Early Years Education in 2019.  She loves to travel the world and see new places.

Katie F
Childcare Practitioner

Katie joined Squirrels in 2018.  She enjoys socialising with her friends and spending time with her family.

Steph Armstrong-Botley
Steph
Childcare Practitioner

Steph has been working at St George’s since 1994, she has been Childcare Assistant and Deputy Manager. She now works in all rooms of the nursery as a Support Childcare Practitioner.

Sophie
Childcare Assistant

Sophie started as Support staff in August 2019. She likes gardening and going for walks in nature. She enjoys creative writing and has a BA in Illustration.

Darci
Childcare Assistant

Darci has had previous jobs in nurseries and St. George’s is the best so far! When at work her favourite thing to do is messy play with the toddlers. In her spare time she enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Eloise
Childcare Assistant

Eloise joined Hedgehogs in April 2022, having previously worked in Squirrels. She enjoys spending time with the children and reading.

Molly
Childcare Assistant

Molly joined George’s in September 2021.  She enjoys caring for the children and doing lots of fun activities.  One of her favourite hobbies is playing football.  She is currently working towards her level 3 qualification.

Moles

Ellis
Senior Childcare Leader

Ellis lives in Tunbridge Wells, in her spare time she enjoys baking and reading.

Charleigh
Childcare Practitioner

Charleigh was a student here until she completed her qualification then joined as a member of staff.  She loves working with children of all ages and her hobbies are volunteering and cooking.

Sacha Carey
Sacha
Childcare Practitioner

Sacha completed a year long college placement in the baby room. She joined the team in 2013 and now loves her job in Moles.  She attended St George’s as a child.

Shelin
Childcare Assistant

Shelin is from India and has 9 years of pre-school experience. She loves singing and listening to relaxing music and enjoys watching comedies.

Rebecca
Childcare Assistant

Becky began working as a SEN Teaching Assistant in 2017 and joined St George’s team in June 2021. She enjoys acting and socialising with her friends and family.

Debbie L
Childcare Assistant

Debbie is a mum and has lived in Tunbridge Wells for 37 years. She enjoys reading, music and eating out. She has previously worked in insurance and retail and joined St.Georges as a Childcare Assistant for a new challenge.

Leigh
Childcare Assistant

Leigh joined in July 2021 for a new challenge as her own two children are older now. In her spare time she enjoys days out with her family or crafty things like making wax melts.

Alex
Childcare Assistant

Badgers

Esther
Senior Childcare Leader

Esther joined Badgers in 2018 and was very excited to get to know the children. She enjoys reading, travelling, movies and long walks. Her favourite colours are purple and black, and she was born on St Georges day.

Louise
Childcare Practitioner

Louise studied French and Italian at university. She had been working at a local pre-school for twelve years prior to coming to St George’s.  She plays the saxophone and clarinet and loves going to see live music in her free time.

Megan
Childcare Practitioner

She loves travelling and walking. She is looking forward to teaching the children how to be able to use sign language as she feels this a fantastic skill that everyone should have.

Sue
Childcare Practitioner

Sue has started working as lunch cover in Badgers in February 2021, She used to work at a preschool for 11 years and has lots of experience with this age group.

Gaby
Childcare Assistant

Gaby was a nanny for over 10 years.  She speak fluent Italian and has a Degree in History of Art.  She is looking forward to gaining her Level 3 qualification. She has a dog, Archie, and enjoys photography and socialising with family.

Otters

Carol
Senior Childcare Leader

Carol has been working at St George’s since 2007. She has two children and three cats. Her interests are interior design, gardening and going to the theatre.

Janette Clevett
Janette
Childcare Practitioner

Janette joined Moles in 2014 and moved into Otters when it opened in 2020.  She enjoys spending time with friends and family.  Janette belongs to a motorbike club and likes touring and visiting British Heritage sites.

Lucy
Childcare Practitioner

Lucy started her apprenticeship in 2017, qualified and became a Badgers team member. She moved to the Otters room when it opened in 2020. She lives with her family and in her spare time she enjoys photography.

Jade
Childcare Practitioner

Jade loves working with children and watching them grow.  She has 2 horses and loves to ride them in her spare time.

Debbie Goddard
Debbie
Senior Childcare Leader

Debbie joined St Georges in 2002.  She is the Senior Childcare Leader in our After School Club and Lunch cover in Badgers.

After School Club

Jessica Saunders
Jessica
Childcare Practitioner

Jessica works in Squirrels as lunch cover and in Afterschool and Holiday Club. She loves working in childcare because every day is different. She enjoys reading crime novels.

Debbie Goddard
Debbie
Senior Childcare Leader

Debbie joined St Georges in 2002.  She is the Senior Childcare Leader in our After School Club and Lunch cover in Badgers.

Liberty
Childcare Assistant

Liberty used to volunteer at St George’s and in September 2021 started to work here in Little Dragons and ASC. Her favourite things to do with the children include arts and crafts and story time!

Holiday Club

Jessica Saunders
Jessica
Childcare Practitioner

Jessica works in Squirrels as lunch cover and in Afterschool and Holiday Club. She loves working in childcare because every day is different. She enjoys reading crime novels.

Support

Lauren
Childcare Practioner

Lauren joined our support team in 2018, in her previous role she ran a baby room.  She loves to socialise and go on long walks with her two huskies.

Roxanne Washburn
Roxanne
Childcare Practitioner

Roxanne has been working with children since 2000. She has a young daughter and likes listening to music and watching films. She has a Level 3 qualification in childcare.

Gemma Newman
Gemma
Childcare Practitioner

Gemma has worked at St Georges in various roles since 2004.  Both of Gemma’s daughters have enjoyed being at St George’s.

Julia Bichard
Julia
Childcare Practitioner

Julia joined St George’s in 2008 and has had a variety of roles.  She is now part of our support team, helping in all areas.  Both of her children have loved being at St George’s.

Jason
Childcare Assistant
Jason loves being part of the Badgers team, the children always brighten up his day.  His hobbies include online radio and he present a rock music show.
Debbie B
Childcare Assistant

Debbie has worked in childcare for over 10 years. She likes spending time with family and family as well as walking her dog Toby.

Kitchen

Sherrell Chapman
Sherrell
Catering Manager

Sherrell has worked here since 2011. Previously she worked for KCC school meals service, and as an area manager for Greggs. She likes gardening and baking.

Julie
Catering Manager

Julie has worked in our kitchen since 2013. She enjoys cooking for the children and the challenge when getting them to try new food.

Carolyn
Kitchen Assistant
Julie C
Kitchen Assistant

In 2010 Julie started her career in catering, when I became a Kitchen Assistant at a local primary school.  She joined St George’s in December 2021.  In her free time she enjoys socialising with family and friends.

Maintenance

Robert
Maintenance Manager

After retiring from the construction industry, Robert now enjoys explaining to the children why he always has a pencil behind his ear…. In his spare time he enjoys gigs, mountain biking and kiting on sandy beaches.