Hi, we are the Kanga Room team – (3 – 5 years)
Katie joined us in August 2016 having previously worked in Nurseries in Plymouth. Katie has taken many qualifications specialising in Early Years Childhood Studies finally achieving her Early Years Professional Status with BA Hons in 2011. She is passionate about books and loves spending time with the children sharing stories and doing lots of singing. Katie lives with her partner and enjoys spending her free time travelling and going to the theatre.
Hanna joined the team in July 2017. She has a degree in Psychology from the Philippines and has worked in childcare/pre-school since 2009. Hanna has training in Special Education and has gained her level 3 in Early Years. She loves developing creative activities with the children. Hanna is married and has a little boy of her own born May 2018.
Lisa joined the Kanga team in 2012. She has been in Early years since 1999 and had the opportunity to work at settings across West Sussex. Lisa has a passion for story telling and imaginative play. she has always been interested in children’s speech and language development and understands the importance of learning opportunities in this area. Lisa and her partner have 5 grown up children and 3 grandchildren. They love to travel the world whenever they can and have been fortunate to visit many wonderful places.
Nikki joined the Kanga team in May 2019, having been in childcare since she was 18. Nikki worked as a nanny for many years and then Pre-School settings. She has 3 grown up children of her own and a new grandson. In her spare time Nikki likes to walk her dogs, ride her horse and read. She brings her love of reading into Pre-School and reads to the children at any opportunity. Nikki also loves arts and crafts and incorporates this in all aspects of the children’s learning.
Valerie joined the team in August 2019. She began working with children at the age of 17 and has been in the sector for 40 years. In 2012 Valerie was voted Childcare Practitioner of the year by Nursery Management Today. She has 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
Michele joined the Kanga team in January 2020. She has a level 3 in childcare and has worked both in Australia and the UK. Michele loves the energy and diversity of the children in Kanga room. She really enjoys reading to the children and bringing stories alive. Her favourite activity is messy play both indoors and outside, seeing the children grow and learn in a fun educational way. When Michele is not having fun in Kanga room she enjoys the theatre, live music events, and 4 grandchildren that keep her on her toes.
We pride ourselves on providing fun activities, happy days and an environment where great friendships are made between the children. We also have a great relationship with our parents and carers ensuring they feel confident to leave their child in our care.
Everything the children learn is through play whether that is messy play, building pirate ships, making dens or painting a masterpiece. We ensure that all seven areas of learning are covered in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum alongside this we monitor and observe each childs development.
The free flow play into our garden can offer so many learning opportunities we have our very own outside play space where we can do more grown up activities. They have the space and freedom to run around in all weathers as well as grow their own vegetables and plants all year round which they can pick and eat when we give them to our wonderful chef Michelle. We hatch chicks every Easter which is always great fun.