We believe passionately in our small, close-knit and highly skilled teams.

These well-balanced teams are consistently delivering great service and excellent outcomes for the children in our care, as borne out by numerous 5-star parent testimonials and Ofsted inspections.

New staff are carefully selected by other members of the team to ensure they share our caring, nurturing values and the high professional standards that we seek.

We’re great advocates of training and continuing professional development. All employees are therefore encouraged to seek higher Level 3, Level 4 and Level 6 qualifications or train in more specialist areas.

We will always recruit Level 6 Nursery Managers wherever possible or support our managers through a study programme to reach their maximum potential. Our founder, Kate Childs, is a Level 6 Early Years Teacher and provides ongoing support to our increasing number of Nursery School settings.

Kate
Managing Director
Apple Tree Ovingdean

Hello and a very warm welcome from Apple Tree Nursery Schools. My name is Kate Childs, I established Apple Tree Nursery Schools in 2007 initially working alone as a childminder. I’ve obtained a Level 6 qualification in childcare (Early Years Teacher status) and have subsequently used this to improve the quality of teaching standards across our settings.

I passionately believe ‘Small is Beautiful’, that nursery school classes should be limited to just 20-30 spaces. This provides the best outcomes for the babies and children in our care, allowing them to retain their individuality as they grow. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing our children growing up happy, confident and fulfilled.

Linda
Nursery School Supervisor
Apple Tree Ovingdean

My name is Linda, I’m a Level 3 Nursery School Supervisor at our Ovingdean setting. I have many years’ experience working in childcare, providing a high quality and truly professional service to the children and parents alike.

Kristina
Nursery School Supervisor
Apple Tree Ovingdean

My name is Kristina, I’m a Level 2 qualified Nursery School Apprentice at our Ovingdean setting studying for my Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I’m also a mother to 2 beautiful little boys, love playing sports and encourage all young children in my care to keep active.

Leah
Nursery School Practitioner
Apple Tree Ovingdean

My name is Leah, I’m a Level 3 Nursery School Practitioner at our Ovingdean setting. I’ve worked at much larger settings previously and love the small, intimate feel at Apple Tree where the children and staff really get to know one another.

Chloe
Nursery School Practitioner
Apple Tree Ovingdean

My name is Chloe, I’m a Level 2 Nursery School Practitioner at our Ovingdean setting. I love the small, personal feel at Apple Tree, where I can work one to one with the children and see directly the impact of my work.

Telima
Nursery School Apprentice
Apple Tree Ovingdean

My name is Telima, I’m a Nursery School Apprentice at our Ovingdean setting studying for my Level 2 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I love to encourage the children to sing, dance and play as creatively as possible!

Tracey
Nursery School Cover
Apple Tree Ovingdean

My name is Tracey, I’m a Level 2 Nursery School Practitioner providing cover at our Ovingdean setting. I have many years’ experience working in childcare and have loved every minute of it. I have a really caring personality and enjoy helping new children to settle quickly with us.

Becky
Nursery School Manager
Gingerbread Saltdean

Gingerbread Saltdean
My name is Becky and I’m the Nursery School Manager at our Saltdean Gingerbread setting. I have two children of my own who are now growing up far too fast, and a menagerie of animals to keep me busy at home too. I have been working with children in many various roles throughout my working life and I have continued to develop professionally throughout my career, I hold a Level 6 qualification in Learning & Development which, together with many years practical experience, enable me to proactively improve teaching standards and outcomes for the children in our care. With the amazing team we have here at Gingerbread, we go the extra mile for all the children and families we work with, ensuring that the children are able to reach their full potential.

Mai
Nursery School Supervisor
Gingerbread Saltdean

My name is Mai, I’m a Level 3 Nursery School Supervisor at our Saltdean Gingerbread setting. At heart, I just love to be around the children and see the positive impact of our work.

Jade
Nursery School Practitioner
Gingerbread Saltdean

My name is Jade, I’m a Level 3 Nursery School Practitioner at our Saltdean Gingerbread setting. I love to get creative with the children and see them develop to their full potential.

Holly
Nursery School Practitioner
Gingerbread Saltdean

My name is Holly, I’m a Level 3 Nursery School Practitioner at our Saltdean Gingerbread setting. I started out as an apprentice, so I’m well versed with the Nursery School’s personalised approach to providing care and schooling. I love to read with the children.

Lucy
Nursery School Apprentice
Gingerbread Saltdean

My name is Lucy, I’m a Nursery School Apprentice at our Saltdean Gingerbread setting and in the latter stages of completing my Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I’m an energetic, proactive character which comes across positively with both children and parents alike.

Brodie
Nursery School Apprentice
Gingerbread Saltdean

My name is Brodie, I’m a Nursery School Apprentice at our Saltdean Gingerbread setting studying for my Level 2 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I really care about the children I work with and am excited to see them develop in parallel with my studies.

Natalie
Nursery School Lunch Cover
Gingerbread Saltdean

My name is Natalie, I provide cover during lunchtimes at our Saltdean Gingerbread setting. I love being part of this small team and helping out wherever I can.

Ginie
Montessori Nursery School Manager
Apple Tree Montessori Rottingdean

My name is Ginie and I’m the Nursery School Manager at our Rottingdean Montessori setting. I hold an AMI Montessori Diplom 3-6 from the Institut Formation Maria Montessori (IFMM) in Geneva and am bilingual, being fluent in both French and English. I hold a university degree in English Language and Civilisation, have trained as a Yoga teacher for children, completed training in shiatsu massage and love to paint. These many different interests enable me to enrich and widen your child’s horizons. I’m a true professional, caring and intuitive, truly appreciated by children, parents and colleagues alike.

Sian
Montessori Nursery School Deputy
Apple Tree Montessori Rottingdean

My name is Sian, I’m a Classroom Deputy at our Rottingdean Montessori Nursery School. I’ve been working in education since 1997 after obtaining my NNEB Diploma (Level 3). I joined the Montessori Nursery School in Rottingdean in 2010 and, under the guidance of Teresa Elliott, became a Montessori Classroom Assistant. I enjoy singing, making craft and teaching Makaton to the children. I’m also the SEN coordinator and bring a calm, friendly and amusing personality to our school.

Agnes
Montessori Nursery School Assistant
Apple Tree Montessori Rottingdean

My name is Agnieszka, but children call me Agnes. I’m a Classroom Assistant at our Rottingdean Montessori Nursery School having moved from Poland where I previously worked as a teacher in a Primary school. I initially joined the Montessori Nursery School in Rottingdean in 2011 as a support teacher for Polish children who attended but have moved on to become a Montessori Classroom Assistant. I love working with the children, dancing and performing group activities with them such as Origami

Suzanne
Montessori Nursery School Deputy
Apple Tree Montessori Rottingdean

My name is Suzanne, I’m a Classroom Deputy at our Rottingdean Montessori Nursery School. I’ve been working in education for more than 20 years and have run my own Nursery Schools previously. I’m Montessori qualified and am truly passionate about all aspects of my work.

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