Staff Team

Our experienced and qualified staff work together to meet the needs of all children in our care.  All staff have an enhanced DBS check, complete Food Safety in Catering training and are paediatric first aid and child protection trained.

To make our staff easily identifiable to both children and parents, they wear the Nursery uniform.   

Mrs Megan Downing

Nursery Leader and Designated Safeguarding Lead

I have a BA Honours Degree in Education and Early Childhood. I also have an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Childcare and Education. I joined the Chiddingstone Nursery School team in 2018 and became deputy leader and SENCO in 2020. I became the nursery leader in 2023.

Mrs Philippa Handy

Deputy Leader, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and SENCO

I have a BA(Ed) degree in Primary Education and Biology. I have previously taught in private and state primary schools and most recently spent 4 years teaching in an International school in Singapore. I joined Chiddingstone Nursery in 2015 and became the Deputy Leader and SENCO in September 2023. I have three children who are all at University and I live with my husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats and some chickens. I love cooking, gardening and travelling.

Miss Samantha Wells

IT Manager and Deputy SENCO

I have a CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner. I joined Chiddingstone Nursery in 2015 and became IT Manager and Deputy SENCO in 2020. I feel privileged to play a part in a child’s early years, to set them on a journey of knowledge and success.

Mrs Jennifer Wickens

Nursery Practitioner

I have a Diploma in Nursery Nursing NNEB Level 3, and have worked in childcare for over 20 years. During that time I have had 3 children of my own. I joined the team here at Chiddingstone Nursery in September 2023. Juggling work and my own family life I have also enjoyed some upholstery projects and I have a keen interest in forest school.

Mrs Susanna Still


I joined Chiddingstone Nursery in October 2023, having previously worked as a teaching assistant and provided SEN support at a local school, alongside helping to run a toddler group and creche in my local church, alongside volunteering as a tent leader at a children’s summer camp. I live on a farm with my husband, 2 boys, our dog and chickens. I love swimming and going for walks in the countryside. I am looking forward to starting my childcare qualification.

Mrs Natasha Lingham

Business and Finance Manager

Mrs Sue Butcher

Cover Staff

I have over 30 years’ experience working with young children, and have a Diploma in Nursery Nursing NNEB.  I 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.