Meet the Team
Hello! My name is Laura and I live in Cranbrook with my husband, two children and our lovely cockapoo, Ruby. I moved to Kent from London in 2015. I really enjoy living in a more rural part of the world and like to get outside often with my family, and Ruby, of course! I like keeping fit and healthy and do yoga and spinning. I'm the lead Nursery teacher here at Smarden Nursery School. I'm a qualified teacher and have taught in Nursery, Reception and Year One, in a range of different schools. My heart lies in Early Years and it is a privilege and joy to work with the littlest children. I think there's something magical about learning through play and seeing children develop holistically. I'm so lucky to work with such a great team of practitioners at Smarden and together we create a happy, caring and purposeful atmosphere.
I’m Marie and I’ve worked here in Preschool for 19 years. I have 5 children and 3 cats and I live in Smarden Village. I love story time, singing, cuddles and rainbows, but most of all I love glitter and anything pink.
I’m Lorraine and I’ve been working with children since 2012. It is my passion to watch and help them grow and develop into unique individuals. I gained my Level 3 qualification in 2014 and have worked at Smarden Preschool since 2018 and absolutely love the fun and friendly environment I work in. I have 2 children and I love going for lovely walks as well as going to the leisure centre.
Hi my name is Philippa and I have many years experience working with children. I live in Hothfield with my partner and three children, as well as our cuddly cat called Tilly and three feathery chickens. I love anything that involves making, baking, crafting, building, creating, gardening and also the fresh air! And I also love reading stories too!
Hello! My name is Katie. I love baking, making yummy meals (especially if they involve a slow cooker!) I enjoy walking, pottering in my greenhouse and spending time at the seaside with my husband, our son and daughter. I adore reading stories too, our house is full of books! It’s a real pleasure to be working here at Smarden Preschool, amongst an amazing team, helping the children flourish and grow.
Hello! My name is Gen and I'm a Montessori trained teacher. I worked for 9 years in a Nursery school in North London and a year at a SEN school before spending the last ten years at home raising my three fabulous children. I feel privileged to join the team at Smarden as I return to work, this time bringing with me the patience and compassion that comes with being a Mother. I love reading, and talking, and smiling! And I look forward to all the fun we will have at Nursery!
Hello, my name is Jen. I live in Smarden with my partner and four children. I enjoy family days out, arts, crafts, reading and being out in the fresh air. I'm really excited to be joining the Caterpillar team, helping the children learn and grow.