I have worked at Nursery@Aspire since it first opened in 2011. I started as Deputy Manager and Room Leader of the Dolphin Room.
I have always had a passion for Early Years and since graduating from university with a sociology degree, have always had jobs in the childcare/educational sector.
As I’ve worked at the nursery from the within the room I feel I have a better understanding of what the job involves from the position of the practitioners, assistants and room leaders.
I am open to new ideas and keeping up to date with current legislation and ideas in early years. I am a believer in the nursery and have an open door policy.
Room Leader – Dolphins
Hello my name is Despoina and I am Room Leader in the Dolphin Room (Baby Room). I am originally from Greece and have lived in London for a year and a half.
I have a Bachelors degree in Early Years Childhood Education and have full Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).
I worked as part of a puppet theatre group in Greece for one year and was involved in writing scenarios, making the puppets and preparing and taking part in the shows. During Circle Time I like to use these skills to put on puppet shows for the children to engage them.
I have experience working with pre-schoolers in Greece, but most of my experience has been gained working at Nursery@Aspire. I started as a Practitioner in the Dolphin Room (Baby Room) and I love working with the babies and watching them grow and develop.
Room Leader - Froggies
My name is Eleni, I am originally from Greece and have lived in London for four years.
I have a Bachelors degree in Early Years Childhood Education and have full Qualified Teaching Status (QTS). I started my career in Greece as a Reception teacher in a private nursery and in addition, worked as a practitioner in a Museum for educational programmes.
When I first came to England, I worked as a SEN Teaching assistant in a primary school.
I have been Room Leader for the Froggies for almost two years. I started off as a practitioner in the Dolphin Room and am one of the longest running members of staff at the nursery having started in 2013.
I am passionate about working in early years and love my job. I think it’s magical and every day is unique. My motivation and daily challenge is to meet every child’s needs and potential, to activate each child’s own natural desire to learn.
Room Leader – Ladybirds
My name is Olive Tomlin and I have been Room leader in the Ladybird Room for almost two years. Prior to this, I worked in Dolphin Room as a practitioner, and have worked at the nursery since 2013.
I have a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood and recently completed my MA in Education.
I have many years experience in the education sector and enjoy imparting my knowledge and supporting newer members of staff.