Meet The Manager
My name is Farhana Afrin, I am delighted to be joining Walton Montessori nursery as its manager and working with you.
I have worked in Early Years childcare now for over 13 years, seven years in the role of Manager in Private Nurseries meeting OFSTED’s high standards of care consistently.
Previous to this, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Economics, and a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Surrey.
Being a mother of two young children myself, I fully appreciate the joys and difficulties of reconciling parenthood and work, and will do everything I can to ensure you and your children’s experience under my care is as special as it can be.
Deputy Manager – (Maternity Cover) Nicola has been working with Walton Montessori since October 2018 as a Deputy Manager to cover Hayley who is currently on Maternity leave. Nicola has come from Hawk Training so has supported a lot of practitioners to gain their Level 2 and 3 qualifications, prior to her time at Hawk Nicola managed a day nursery and helped to open a nursery. Nicola has a wealth of Early Years’ experience and in her spare time supports her children in their extra curricula activities.
Senior Practitioner – Maria has worked at Walton Montessori since May 2018. Previously she was a deputy at a nursery and a forest school teacher. Over the years Maria has gained numerous qualifications starting with her level 5 in childcare, forest school, SEN, fire safety and many more. Maria enjoys working with the children as everyday is different and loves helping them learn and embrace the challenges that come with it. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her granddaughter and socialising
Early Years Practitioner – Jane started at Walton Montessori in January 1999, Jane has stayed with the nursery through lots of different changes and has supported a number of children over her years at the setting. Jane is a calming influence on the children and has a wealth of Montessori experience which we all love to hear about and learn from. Jane is qualified to Level 3 in Early Years and in her spend time loves to help her family out and spend time with her grandson
Early Years Practitioner (Training) – Rhia started at Walton Montessori in November 2017. She studied floristry and went on to complete her level 3. However, then decided on a change of career. Rhia worked in her previous setting for a couple of years and went on to complete her level 2 in childcare and education. Since starting at Walton Montessori she has begun studying her level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. Rhia has a big passion for the children and their welfare. She loves seeing them progress and all the amusing things they say. In her spare time she likes to meet up with friends and family.
Early Years Practitioner – Charley started working at Walton Montessori in April 2016. After studying and completing her level 2 in childcare and education at Brooklands college, she decided to go into a nursery setting straight away. Charley is currently studying for her level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. Charley has a big passion to see the children grow and see their independence and personalities widen. In her spare time she loves to swim, listen to music and spend time with friends and family.
Early Years Practitioner (Training) – Helen started at Walton Montessori in September 2017, as an unqualified practitioner since then has completed her level 2 in childcare and education and am now completing level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. Previously Helen has worked abroad in various job roles. In her spare time she likes to spend time with friends and family, watching her son play basketball and likes to take long holidays in the sun.
Inclusion worker and Special Educational Needs coordinator (SENCO) – Cheryl started working at Walton Montessori in 2009. She started working one day a week whilst still studying, then it became a full time job that she absolutely loved! Cheryl went on to do lots of in house training starting with her level 2 in childcare and education and then went on to achieve level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education and SEN qualifications. Along with Makaton, Sensory integration, Physical and sensory impairment and more. Recently Cheryl has had a baby herself and returned to work part-time as an inclusion worker. She adores working with the children and watching them grow and progress. In her spare time Cheryl likes to spend time with her little family & meet up with friends.
Nursery Cook – Teresa started at Walton Montessori in November 2016. She has always worked in schools, that way she could also look after her own children. Over the years Teresa has progressed from assisting to mobile cooking to becoming a catering supervisor and eventually a senior supervisor. She went on to achieve many qualifications; Cook level 1,2 and 3. Management supervision, health and hygiene and intermediate levels for good food hygiene. It is Teresa’s mission to see the children she cares for have the best possible food she can produce. Teresa absolutely loves what she does and cares very much that the children enjoy the food she cooks. In her spare time she loves gardening.