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Mrs Megan Downing

Nursery Leader

Responsible for:

Health and Safety

Child Protection Designated Safeguarding Lead and Parent and PTA Liaison

 

Qualifications include:

  • NVQ Level 3 Early Years Childcare & Education
  • BA Honours in Education & Early Years Childhood Studies
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Food Safety in Catering
  • PREVENT and FGM trained

 

I have a NVQ in early years childcare and education and also a degree in early childhood and education.  I have worked with children since 2001 through nurseries, holiday clubs, schools, children’s homes and forest schools.  I joined the Chiddingstone Nursery School team in 2018 and became Deputy Leader and SENCO in 2020.  I have two boys.  My interests include Harry Potter and Disney!

 

Miss Sam Wells

IT Manager/ Deputy SENCO

Responsible for:

Online Safety Coordinator

Qualifications include:

  • CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner 
  • Child Protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • PREVENT and FGM Trained
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene
  • Makaton Trained Modules 1-4

 

 

My career in childcare began 2008. I started at Chiddingstone Nursery School CIO in 2015 initially as a nursery assistant, and currently as IT Manager and Deputy SENCO. I feel privileged to play a part in a child’s early years, to set them on a journey of knowledge and success. My interests include spending time with family and friends, gardening and walking, especially in the Lake District.

Mrs Philippa Handy

Deputy Leader/Lead SENCO

Qualifications include:

  • BA Honours in Education
  • Child Protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • PREVENT and FGM Trained
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene

 

I have a BA Honours Degree in Primary Education and Biology. I have previously taught in Private and State Primary Schools for 6 years and most recently in an International School in Singapore for 4 years. I joined the Chiddingstone Nursery School CIO team in 2016. I am married and have 3 teenage children, 2 dogs.

Cover Staff

Mrs Sue Butcher

Cover Staff

  • Qualifications include:
  • Diploma in Nursery Nursing (NNEB)
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Child Protection
  • PREVENT and FGM Trained
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene
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I have over 30 years experience working with young children.  I have previously worked as a Nanny in Vancouver, Canada for 10 years and at a Nursery in a Private School for 15 years where I became Nursery Leader. I joined the Chiddingstone Nursery School team in 2011. In July 2022, I retired as a Nursery Assistant but am pleased to remain on the staff team as cover staff as and when I am required. I am married and my husband and I enjoy breeding and showing pedigree sheep and cattle.

Miss Vicki Wallis

Cover Staff

Qualifications include:

  • CACHE Level 3 Certificate for Early Years
  • Triple Merit – Media Production
  • Child Protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Food Safety in Catering
  • Prevent and FGM trained
  • Child Sexual Exploitation