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The Staff


Alexandra Manolache, Assistant Montessori Certificate 3-6 (AMI), Head of Nursery. Alexandra is  trained as Montessori Assistant, 3-6 course (under Cheryl Ferreira 2018) at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. Alexandra holds a degree in Early Years Education  and Psychology and Post-Graduation in Educational Psychology.  Alexandra has QTS Level 6. She has 10 years teaching experience working between England and Romania. She is Paediatric First Aid trained and Child Protection Designated Person.

School Office
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Guides and Assistants 

Children's House

 trained as Montessori Teacher 3-6 (under Hilla Patell, 1979) and holds a degree in Child development & Early Childhood Education. She has a vast experience in introducing the fundamental Montessori principles to families and communities. Janet currently teaches in our CH environment.

Kaitlin trained as a Montessori teacher at the Maria Montessori Institute under Louise Livingston, 2018-2019. Holds a 3-6 AMI Montessori International Diploma, Early Years Educator Level 3 certificate, Safeguarding Children Level 1 certificate, and is qualified in Paediatric First Aid.

is originally from Latvia but has been living in UK for over 14 years. She is a qualified Level 3 Early Years Practitioner and is currently undertaking training in leadership. Viktorija currently teaches in our Children’s House and has experience with different age groups. Viktorija also speaks Russian.  When she is not surrounded by children and planning activities she loves a good book. 

Infant Community

Rochelle Cutler, AMI  Dip 0-3 and 3-6 Montessori Teacher Cambridge Montessori
Rochelle, Montessori Diploma 0-3 (AMI),
 Montessori Diploma 3-6 (AMI) Head of Montessori Education (Nido & Infant Community).
Rochelle trained as Montessori Assistant to Infancy 0-3 (under Judith Orion, 2014) and Montessori Directress 3-6 (under Lynne Lawrence, 2004), both at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. Rochelle taught in Montessori schools from 2004-2006 and set up her own school in 2010 – I Can Do It Montessori – providing baby and toddler groups, parenting workshops, home support and family mentoring services. She has been featured by influential Montessori sources including Baan Dek Montessori in the USA and How We Montessori in AustraliaShe particularly loves introducing the fundamental Montessori principles to families and communities: respect, kindness, open communication, patience, observation, positive discipline and consistent limits) using tried and tested techniques, fun and educational activities. 

Veronica, Assistant Montessori Certificate 3-6 (AMI).
Veronica trained as Montessori Assistant, 3-6 course (under Cheryl Ferreira 2016) at the Maria Montessori  Institute in London. Veronica did her teaching practice and observations at the Smiths Children Montessori Nursery School in Cambridge. Veronica is also Cache Level 3 qualified in Childcare and Early Years.
Veronica has more than 15 years as a professional dancer. She has experience teaching Latin dance, creative dance in Madrid (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal) and London (UK). She also speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English. 

studied Early Childhood Education and has a teaching degree in Primary Education and Special Education Needs. She has 3 years experience as a teachers assistant in Spain and UK. Iris has QTS, and has also undertaken additional training which includes paediatric first aid, basic child protection, food hygiene, safeguarding children. Her current role is nursery practitioner.

holds a degree in Applied Social Care. Jo has experience with the challenges and rewards of working with children that need additional support. She has also undertaken additional training which includes first aid, child protection, food hygiene, safeguarding children. 

Anamaria, (children call her Mia) is originally from Romania.  Anamaria has QTS Level 6, holds a degree in Philology a Post-Graduation degree in literature and is currently doing her PhD .Mia is currently teaching in our Infant Community .When she is not studying Anamaria loves singing and reading. 


 has been teaching early year’s children for over 13 years in both Ethiopia and England. She has a degree in Marketing and speaks Amaric and English fluently. Judy currently teaches in our Nido environment and is experienced teaching children age birth to 4.

Paulina, comes from Croatia where she finished the University of Social Science and Humanities. She holds Master’s degree in Pedagogy and Sociology. She speaks English and Polish fluently. She enjoys cooking, baking, sports and  arts in her spare time. 
She holds additional trainings which includes paediatric first aid, basic child protection, food hygiene and safeguarding children.

originally from Romania and moved to UK in 2011. She has been working in Montessori Nurseries for the last 6 years and is currently a Nursery Practitioner in our Nido environment. Ana has completed the 3-6 Assistant Course in London (AMI), Cache Level 3 in Early Years.  She has also undertaken additional training which includes paediatric first aid, basic child protection, food hygiene, safeguarding children. Ana is a great singer and often plays guitar and ukulele for children.


Beppe, carefully prepares our delicious meals with love and Mediterranean flavour. Originally from Sicilly, England has been home now for some 7 years.

"Our catering menu's aim to provide children with a varied culinary experience that reflect the diversity of the nursery community".

Basic Montessori Principles

We have a few basic principles that ensure everyone is safe and can feel confident in their work.

1. Our staff will intervene if something is hurtful, harmful or dangerous. If not, we will observe to see if the children can resolve it by themselves.
2. The adults are role models for behaviour, language and how to use the activities.
3. The children are free to choose one activity at a time and use it for as long as they like without interruptions by other people.
4. We help the children learn how to complete a whole cycle of activity (choose work, use it and replace it on the shelf for the next person).
5. Our staff make time to carefully observe each child’s individual interests so we can tailor activities to suit their current stage of development.