Millbank Nursery Schools

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Our Team

Joanne Stewart-Nash

Joanne Stewart-Nash

Principal | Manager

  • BA First Class Honours Education and  Early Childhood Studies
  • Montessori Diploma
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
  • Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
  • First Aider

Jo holds the Montessori Diploma Qualification to compliment her BA (Hons) Degree and has worked with children and families in various establishments for many years.
Before taking over Burgh Wood Montessori Nursery School in November 2016, Jo worked for a charity focusing on vulnerable children and adults and was involved in delivering literacy, drama and parenting workshops. Jo’s career history prior to taking time out to raise her two children involved working in the City, being actively involved with various charities and running a Beaver group for girls and boys in London.
It has always been a dream of Jo’s to run her own Montessori school and to provide a stimulating and happy environment for children to learn and play.

Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies

Manager | Early Years Practitioner

  • NNEB
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
  • First Aider

Sarah has a diploma in Nursery Nursing and has worked in childcare for 26 years. Before joining The Orchard Team, Sarah worked at a local day nursery for 24 years. Sarah became the Manager of The Orchard in September 2017.

Sarah is married and has two children and a family dog called Toby! In Sarah’s spare time she enjoys going for long walks, bike rides and catching up with family and friends.

Lydia Cooke

Lydia Cooke

Deputy Manager | Early Years Practitioner

  • NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education
  • Deputy Safeguarding Lead
  • First Aider
  • Safeguarding
  • Key Worker

Lydia hold a Level 3 NVQ qualification in Early Years Care and Education and continue to learn and keep up to date with ongoing training. Before joining the Orchard Preschool in December 2020, Lydia worked at another local Day Nursery for 22 years where she gained her experience. Lydia enjoys being creative and love to see the children using their imagination and creativity in play and learning.

Outside of work, Lydia enjoys a busy family life with her husband and 2 active boys. Lydia enjoys many sporting activities as a family including bike rides, running, tennis and swimming. Lydia also enjoys meeting up with friends and family, eating out, live music and the cinema.

Hayley Lee

Hayley Lee

Early Years Practitioner

  • Cache Level 3 Diploma
  • Safeguarding
  • Key Worker
  • First Aider

Hayley holds a Level 3 qualification in Early Years. Before joining The Orchard Team in September 2019, she previously worked at Burgh Wood Montessori for a few years before taking a break to look after her family. Hayley has experience working with Special Needs Children and is looking forward to gaining more experience in this area.

Hayley is enthusiastic when working with the children and enjoys participating and observing the children’s play. Hayley is mum to 3 children and in her spare time she enjoys family days out. Hayley enjoys travelling to other countries as well as places in the UK.

Leigh Cohen

Leigh Cohen

Early Years Practitioner

  • Cache Level 2 Certificate
  • First Aider
  • Safeguarding
  • Key Worker

Leigh holds a Level 2 qualification, a Certificate in Early Years Education and Care. Leigh re-joined The Orchard in May 2018, after taking a break to gain her qualification. Leigh previously volunteered and worked with young children for over 3 years.

Leigh is a mum of two girls who attend the local primary school and enjoys a busy family and personal life. Leigh describes herself as energetic and caring and enjoys particularly supporting children’s imagination and creativity.

Louise Brennan

Louise Brennan

Bio to come
Sam Barter

Sam Barter

Bio to come

Happy and approachable...
Happy and approachable...

"Have been very happy with The Orchard Pre-school. The team know both my daughters as individuals and..

A fab team!
A fab team!

"I have been really happy with The Orchard. Such a happy, hard-working team. All the staff have been..

Fun
Fun

"Jo and the team are amazing, both my boys attended Burghwood and the orchard and they loved every second...

So, so happy
So, so happy

"I found this school online after doing some research and it was the best research I have done! I am..

...home away from home
...home away from home

"I cannot praise The Orchard enough! It is my daughter’s home away from home and she adores the staff..

Caring and friendly
Caring and friendly

 "Every single member of staff is warm, caring and friendly which makes you feel so at ease with..

Wonderful
Wonderful

"My son settled so quickly which I didn’t expect due to lockdown and not socialising at such an important..

Nurturing and balanced
Nurturing and balanced

 "Jo and the team provide a caring, nurturing and balanced environment that is perfectly placed..

Caring and loving
Caring and loving

"This nursery is more than just a nursery it is an extension of home. My daughter has had the best time,..

Friendly and Welcoming
Friendly and Welcoming

"My daughter loves the Orchard Pre-school. The staff are so friendly and welcoming that she settled in..

Very Happy
Very Happy

"My daughter has been very happy at the Orchard and changed so much during her time there. She struggled..

Amazing
Amazing

"My daughter attended both Burgh Wood and the Orchard from approx. 2 years old until 4. The staff were..

Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond

"The Orchard Pre-school is such a great pre-school both of my children have attended here. The management..

Super School
Super School

“A lovely nurturing environment, Our second daughter was shy upon starting but has really grown in confidence..

Supportive and professional!
Supportive and professional!

“The teachers are so lovely supportive and professional and all the children are so well behaved, it’s..

...really impressed
...really impressed

“We’ve been really impressed with everything we’ve seen so far. The girls have both settled in really..

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