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 Tracey and I have worked at Nursery@Aspire for over five years. I started as a Practitioner and now I am the Early Years Professional and Behaviour Management Coordinator.
My role is varied, I work in all the rooms and support the Nursery Manager, so I feel I have a very rounded view of the nursery. I am passionate about Early Years and as a mum myself, understand how important it is to feel that your child is in a secure, loving environment where they are being stimulated.
My degree is in Women’s Studies and Education Studies and I hold the Postgraduate Early Years Professional Status.
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.