Teachers & Support Staff

Our outstanding early years educators build on children’s individual strengths and passions, setting a high standard for their learning and development. Each child receives a personalised approach that inspires them to become a purposeful, life-long learner. Meet some of our team here, and in no particular order – each and every member is as important as each other!

  • Our teachers and support teams distinguish themselves through their passion for working with children, commitment and diligence.
  • Our teachers are sensitive to the individual needs of each child, their cultural and family backgrounds, and their developmental stage of learning.
  • An appointed ‘key person’ looks after your child all day, every day and is responsible for meeting the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitively to their feelings, ideas and behaviour. They are responsible for keeping and updating your child’s development portfolio, planning for their individual needs and ensuring they are happy and safe.
  • All staff members have a DBS check before commencing work with us. This is then updated every three years.
  • Our staff recruitment policies ensure a thorough and rigorous vetting process to verify employment and residential history, authentication of all professional qualifications and certificates.
  • All staff undergo the Child Protection course provided by the Local Authority and selected staff specialise in Paediatric First Aid and behavioural management. All staff also attend the annual Early Years Conference held by the Local Authority.
  • Periodic reviews are in place to identify further training and improvement to promote best practice and continued outstanding education and care.
Razia Nurmohamed

Razia Nurmohamed

Deputy Head Teacher

Today’s children are tomorrow’s future. I strongly believe that the early years experiences form the basis of how children cope with life situations. Their communication and language and personal, social and emotional development form the basis of skills that give them an advantage for the rest of their life. I consider it a privilege to be part of a child’s formative years and to be able to help shape the future. I am passionate about instilling the love of lifelong learning into a child. This is through positive interactions and through a love of teaching. Interactive learning is a key element to engaging children who have an intrinsically curious nature.
I am committed to providing excellence in a child’s holistic education.

Gillian Storey

Gillian Storey

Nursery manager

I am passionate to bring staff, children and parents together to ensure a happy and safe environment in which to nurture children. My greatest pleasure is seeing children blossom in a caring environment. Children should be placed in a positive environment and recognised that throughout a child’s life, a holistic education is vital.

Natalie Sibson

Natalie Sibson

Deputy Manager

I get such an enjoyment from working with children as it is so rewarding to see them develop and grow. Spending time with children allows you to experience their learning transformations and development first hand which I love to see. I have always believed that role modelling to staff in the classrooms and to the children is also key, particularly as children look up to and copy from adults which then helps to shape how they behave in school, when making relationships and when making difficult decisions in the future.

Charlotte Thomas

Charlotte Thomas

Operations Lead

I have always had a passion of looking after and educating children, watching them grow and develop with their own little personalities. It’s a great sense of achievement when they go off to school and they have had the best start to life with you at nursery. Even though my role means I’m not with the children on a day to day basis anymore, I still love welcoming the children in each morning and being part of a childcare environment.

Diane Varela

Diane Varela

Third in Charge/Bumblebees Room Leader

I love the reaction that children give when they have achieved and learnt something that gives them joy and happiness. I aim to give the children the best learning experience by exposing them to different cultures that widens their knowledge of society. Also by encouraging their independence to give them the best start to go off to be the citizens of the world.

Cherisse Ilag

Cherisse Ilag

Senior Early Years Educator

My passion for working with children stems from seeing them develop, meet important milestones in the early stages of their lives and going through the journey with them. I encourage children to be independent and allow them to work things out for themselves to give them a sense of achievement and pride.

Rea Ricketts

Rea Ricketts

Room Leader

I enjoy working with children every day; encouraging them to be the most confident, happiest little people they can be and supporting their learning, without inhibiting their childhood. The sense of achievement that they get from learning new skills and becoming more independent is gratifying in its own right. Every child is unique and I believe that by incorporating their interests and making learning fun, I can provide an enabling environment for every child.

Katie Blything

Katie Blything

Deputy Room Leader

I am passionate about working with children because it is a fun and rewarding challenge and no two days are the same. Watching the children grow and learn is what makes working with children so enjoyable. I enjoy developing the children's skills and independence to help shape them into their future selves. Children learn best through having sensory experiences and through being active learners and I try to incorporate this when planning activities. I like to give the children the time and space to explore with peers and with me, while giving them the guidance they need to learn. Children that happy are more inclined to learn and grow.

Amatullah Maimoon

Amatullah Maimoon

Student Apprentice

Blossom Tree gave me my first ever job and I’m glad it is with children. I’m passionate about my job because I love working with children. I like helping them reach their milestones and the satisfaction I feel when they reach them. I work at the best of my ability so that the children can work at theirs.

Tina Philpot

Tina Philpot

Room Leader

I have worked in childcare for 36 years. I have worked with all ages ranging from 3 months to 12 years. I love giving the children a stimulating environment and watching them develop in all areas. Children are all unique and develop at their own rate. I have a great job helping them achieve and reach their milestones.

Alesha Hussain

Alesha Hussain

Deputy Room Leader

I have been working in nurseries for the past 3 years and seeing children grow and flourish, meeting each mile stone with my support through extending their learning and giving them vital life skills are the reasons that sparks my passion and helps me grow as a practitioner. Researching childhood development, I always ensure that children are given the best learning experiences through a range of creative activities allowing them to explore and try new experiences that allow them to take risks and develop their senses and language.

Veronika Hoglund

Veronika Hoglund

Deputy Room Leader

I am passionate about helping children achieve their best by supporting their individual needs and interests. I aim to give the children the best learning experience by providing a safe and nurturing environment for children to explore and ensure all children are given equal opportunities to learn and achieve.

Sanehal Patel

Sanehal Patel

Nursery Assistant

I'm passionate about my job because when my children were young, I was a stay at home parent. When they started school I wanted to continue in childcare so started a qualification in childcare as I wanted to continue to nurture children in wellbeing, growth and development. The children receive lots of affection and the freedom to explore their surroundings and I assist them when required so they can play independently with confidence.

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Laura

Administration Assistant

I thoroughly enjoy supporting the team at Blossom Tree in my administrative role. The atmosphere and being around the children makes coming to work a pleasure and I love seeing the children’s happy faces.

An Ofsted 'Outstanding' nursery.

Blossom Tree Montessori received an 'Outstanding' Ofsted rating in February 2020. Blossom Tree believes in providing the best start in life for your child through its effective staff recruitment processes. We employ 'best in class' practitioners. We have high staff retention rates and take care of our staff. So they take care of your child.

I am amazed how much this nursery and the staff have had such a positive impact on my little girl. Every morning we receive a warm welcome when we come into the main reception.
The food looks great with such a varied menu, it makes me jealous! The fact that it's all organic is an added bonus, knowing I am giving my son the best.
Since our toddlers joined the nursery, we have noticed so many enjoyable differences in them, notably independence, confidence and speech and we also notice them pointing out things that we know they definitely learnt at nursery.
I love that I get a detailed update on what my child has been up to in the day through an app and that the updates include pictures which I am able to then share with the rest of my family.
My son has only been at the nursery a few weeks and already I have noticed how quickly he has developed new skills. Everything from holding his own open cup to putting together puzzles.
My daughter has become more and more confident in her home life after attending nursery.
My son has progressed so well since being there and they provide such a wide range of activities for the kids. I would always recommend this nursery to anyone and will send any future children there.
My daughter has a great relationship with the staff members and will happily jump into their arms. I'm so glad I made the right choice at Blossom Tree Montessori.