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Meet the Team

At our Nursery, we have a fantastic team of experienced staff.  All our Nursery sessions are led by a fully qualified teacher alongside at least two well-qualified Nursery Nurses.

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Mel Hand

Mel Hand

How long have you worked at Hazelmere Infant School and Nursery?

I joined Hazelmere Infant School and Nursery in September 2002 as a newly qualified teacher, I have worked in year 2 and year 1 but since 2010 I have worked in the Nursery as my area of interest is Early Years.

What is the best thing about working in Nursery?

I enjoy the opportunity to support children’s early development by planning learning experiences linked to their interests and play. One of the great privileges of working in Nursery is the contact we have with parents and they chance to build relationships with them as partners in their child’s learning.

What makes Hazelmere Nursery special?

Our Nursery is special because it is part of an amazing wider school community and the staff and children enjoy the sense of belonging that this brings. The children in our Nursery get the benefit of the school facilities and staff across the school take an interest in the development of the very youngest members of our school.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I live in the Suffolk countryside with my husband and two daughters. In my spare time I enjoy arts and crafts activities, cooking and going to the cinema. I decided to become a teacher when I left school and did a three year degree in Primary Education, I did some supply work at Hazelmere and loved the sense of community so applied for a job and have been here ever since!

 

Vicky Johnson

Vicky Johnson

How long have you worked at Hazelmere Infant School and Nursery?

I started teaching at Hazelmere Infant School and nursery in 1998, took 12 years out when I had my children and then came back in 2015. 

What is the best thing about working in Nursery?

The best thing about working at Hazelmere nursery is being part of the Hazelmere family. It is a privilege to be part of a team that wants the best for every child and their family. 

What makes Hazelmere Nursery special?

The children make Hazelmere nursery special. Everything we do is based on their interests and every day is a new experience. 

Tell us a bit about yourself?

As well as working at Hazelmere I have lived on the estate for 20 years, my own children are now teenagers but both went to Hazelmere Infants and nursery and loved it! I run a toddler group at Greenstead Free Church and love meeting lots of the children and their families before they start in the nursery. 

Becca Marven

Becca Marven

How long have you worked at Hazelmere Infant School and Nursery?

I joined the Nursery team in September 2011 after completing a work placement in the school the previous year.

What is the best thing about working in Nursery?

The best thing about working in Nursery is watching the children experience new and exciting things. I am really interested in outdoor learning both in the forest school area on the school site and in the Nursery outdoor area and I can often be found bug hunting or den building with the children.

What makes Hazelmere Nursery special?

The thing that makes the nursery special is that we have a great team who work together to provide the best experiences for our children.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I live in rural Essex and my interests include nature and animals, before I did my Nursery Nurse training I also took a course in Animal Management at Otley college. Every year in Nursery we hatch chicks or ducks which then come to live with me when they are too big to stay at Nursery!

Carrie

Carrie(1)

How long have you worked at Hazelmere Infant School and Nursery?

I joined the Nursery team in March 2009 after previously working in a local day nursery.

What is the best thing about working in Nursery?

I enjoy being involved in children’s early education and their first experiences in school.

What makes Hazelmere Nursery special?

Working in the setting I attended as a child means that I get to continue making happy memories. We are a really positive team who work together to do the best for all the children in our care.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I live by the sea with my husband and two boys. I grew up in Colchester and attended Hazelmere as a pupil before eventually returning as a member of staff. In my spare time I enjoy going for walks on the beach and on family bike rides.

Sandie Eldred

Sandie Eldred

How long have you worked at Hazelmere Infant School and Nursery?

I started volunteering in the Nursery and applied for and got a job in September 2016

What is the best thing about working in Nursery?

I wake up in the morning looking forward to going to work and spending time with some amazing young people, there is never a dull moment!

What makes Hazelmere Nursery special?

We are like a family.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I live locally and my two daughters have both attended Hazelmere Nursery and then went through the Infant school.  In my spare time I enjoy days out with my girls and spending time with friends

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